Scars shape us. They remind us of our toughest times. They tell our stories. Big Scarr may carry the marks of life’s trials and tribulationson his face and body, but he emerges from those tragedies triumphantly. In under six months since hisdebut, he’sposted up nearly 5 million YouTube views independently and locked down a deal with Gucci Mane’s 1017/Atlantic Records. Now, the Memphis rapper speaks on his life without fear or filteron a series ofupcomingsingles and projects.
“It’s rough out here,”he exclaims. “What I’m rapping about is what’s going on where I’m from. It’s the slums. It’s the trenches. It’s the hood. It’s tough. It’s real.”
One of nine kids, he grew up in the Magnolia neighborhood of South Memphis. He lived with his grandmother until the age of thirteen. After she passed from lung cancer, he moved in with his father. Dad unlocked invaluable knowledge to navigate a dangerous world.
“Real talk, my dad showed me how to be a man,” he admits. “Hewasin the streets, but he was still always able to take care of me and my brothers and sisters and make sure we had what we needed. Everything I know I learned from him—the streets,how to be disciplined,andaboutGod. That’s my dawg right there.”
Along the way, Big Scarr faced this environmenthead-on. At 16-years-old, he endured an intense car wreck. After flying through the windshield, he walked away with scars on his eyes, nose, and the whole side of his face, inspiring his chosen name. Trouble still followed though with a near deadly shooting in 2020. He caught a bullet in the hip, yet it traveled up into his chest...
“I was moving, so the bullet kept movingtoo,” he recalls. “Thedoctors had to split me down the middle to save me. My insides got messed up, and they had to remove my appendix, so I could walk again. I recovered and bounced back way quicker than I thought though.”
Nevertheless, his music generated serious heat. Inspired by the likes of Kodak Black and Boosie Badazz, he started to rap with encouragement from a day-one friend namedBaby K.A fiery freestyle powered his first-ever single “Make A Play.”Upheld by gruff flows, robust rhymes, and dynamic hooks,the intense music video generatedover 1.3 million YouTube views. Meanwhile, Big Scarr’s cousin and fellow 1017 artist Pooh Shiesty shared the track with none other than Gucci Mane.Blown away, the icon signed Big Scarr.
It ain’t no question Wop is a legend,” he goes on. “He’s my momma’s favorite rapper. We used to ride around in the car listening to him. It’s crazyI’m signed tohim now.”
Maintaining this momentum, he joined Pooh and Foogiano for “SoIcyBoyz” on the blockbuster compilation Gucci Mane Presents: So Icy Summer. The video tallied 1.4 million YouTube views and
the project would be plugged by the likes of Complex, UPROXX, and more. It also set the stage for more to come.
By embracing his scars, Big Scarrgives hip-hop one of its realest storiesout there.
“I don’t want anybody to get the wrong image or anything,” he leaves off. “I just go in there and say what I live. What you’re hearing isexactlywho I am.”