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Quiet as it’s kept, the South has been busy. Chattanooga, Tennessee artist Kevin Adams better known as YGTut or Tut, released his debut project Preacher’s Son in late 2014; a 16-track project comprised of personal stories, life lessons and a whole lot of character.

With over 100,000 listens on SoundCloud alone and endless support on social media, it seems as though listeners are impressed. Tut not only came out swinging, he’s backed by a team of artists doing the same.  They affectionately call themselves The House. They, especially producer KToven, lent their talents to the unique and well-rounded sound that complements Tut’s southern lyricism on Preacher’s Son, which we recently found out is all off clear memorization, Tut doesn’t write any of it down. His music seems to embody his personality perfectly. As he speaks, it is evident that he and his team are not only working hard, they are doing it right and for all the right reasons.

As many have listened to and made a connection with the music found on Preacher’s Son, we got the chance to chat with Tut regarding everything from his personal story and influences to his connection with TDE artist Isaiah Rashad and much more, as well as who The House is and how they came to be. We found that he is an open book with a hell of an interesting story and so much more to come.

Preacher’s Son is your debut project, correct? How do you feel about its reception so far?
Yeah this is our first project, me and KToven. It took us about 8 months to put it together.  I think it’s doing good; a lot of people have been reaching out, saying it’s been helping them get through certain situations and that feels good to hear. I was really just giving a message about my situation, the shit I go through personally and the things that people around me go through, from my perspective. I’m just glad people are able to relate, I like where it’s going.

Being a Preacher’s Son, has your dad and your family been supportive of what you’re doing?
My pops is supportive; he’s always been there for me. When I was a kid, he would ask if I wanted be a preacher when I grew up and I would tell him no, I don’t know if that’s my calling. Over time we have had our ups and downs. There were times he didn’t necessarily see what I was trying to do with it, he thought I was just trying to talk about “bitches and hoes”. I got a little more substance to it. He texted me the other day and said, “I listened to some of the stuff on your album and you’re good, you’re damn good. It’s major to see everybody finding out about the music and liking it.” He said he was proud of me.

What inspired you to become an artist?
I’ve always been fascinated with rap, even when I was a kid. I don’t even remember how old I was; I just remember riding around in the car with my pops and listening to Nappy Roots and A Tribe Called Quest. That inspired me from jump. I always had hip-hop influences around me. I wasn’t that Preacher’s Son that was always in the church. I grew up in the church but I was probably in the streets more than I was in the church back then.

Once my pops took me to a studio for the first time on MLK Blvd, he took me to a studio called Big G’s Grill. It was a restaurant. They had a studio in the back with an engineer and everything. I did my first track, it was the first time I ever recorded and I was like, “this shit kinda tight”.

My pops gave me a bunch of studio equipment and come to find out, some of it was Too Short’s old equipment. Once I got that, I started fuckin’ around with Fruity Loops. Then I met KToven in high school in Little Rock. He told me that my beats were bullshit and I should come to his crib. Since then, we’ve been pretty much recording together.

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 “Sheba” from Preacher’s Son is a pretty heavy track, what inspired you to write that?
You wouldn’t believe me if I told you. It’s crazy how that song came about. Eric (part of Tut’s management) & I were sitting at the crib listening to a sample with a choir singing in the back and I liked how it sounded. Then we were watching Kevin Gates on some high shit, we thought he was washing a girl’s feet and that would be a hard concept for a song. Then I went to church that Sunday and my pops was talking about Sheba and it came full circle. The washing feet concept is just help people and do for others. Be of some service and don’t always be about self. Don’t nobody win that way. Shit always comes out bad. It’s basically on some work together shit.

I feel like as an artist, that’s what we are here for. That’s why we make music, to help people get through their day-to-day situations. It’s our job to make some shit that will get them through. Not just for money.

Who is part of The House?
Me, Isaiah Rashad and Michael Da Vinci started The House. We came up with it in college. I’ve known Rob (Da Vinci) since 9th grade, we ended up going to TSU (Tennessee State) together and he introduced me to Isaiah. Black Metaphor actually produced our first track together. On the production side we have KToven, The Antydote, Cody Jordan, D Sanders, Chris Calor and The House Band. Basically, its all these musicians that we picked up around the city.

What is next for you?
The video for “Holy Water” is coming out soon. I’m doing multiple shows and SXSW in March. We are still working on the calendars. I’m trying to come out to Texas, y’all be showing me a lot of love. I’m working on this next project that will probably come out around the fall.

What is your outlook on where southern and even your local hip-hop scene is going?
It’s looking up. There’s a lot of talent in Chattanooga. Isaiah (Rashad) was the first to come out, and now I’m starting to get some attention in my direction.  It can only go up from here. I know for sure that we got a lot more shit on the way. I was recording last night; I’m in the studio right now. Chattanooga is on the come up; it’s the first time attention has been on us in this kind of scale in a long time. Not only in the music area, everywhere. People are expanding their businesses whether it’s fashion or a restaurant or whatever.

Download Preacher’s Son here