Atlanta, GA – In the ever-evolving music landscape of New Orleans, a new star is emerging. Aha Gazelle is combining the many flavors of the bustling city’s scene to create his own gumbo. The 23-year-old rapper released his Trilliam 2 mixtape earlier this month after signing with Atlanta-based Reach Records.

“Master P taught us how to grind. Master P was the original. He was the one who taught us how to get in these streets, get in this business and really carry yourself accordingly,” Aha says of New Orleans’ impact on him in an exclusive interview with HipHopDX. “Then [Lil] Wayne came through, the best rapper alive, he pretty much proved that people from the South can rap.”

Besides that, Aha names Kevin Gates, Boosie Badazz, Frank Ocean and PJ Morton as hometown influences that have shaped his artistry.

His special blend of lyrical wordplay, singing and producing caught the attention of Lecrae, who announced earlier this year that he signed William Gazelle Fields Jr. after watching him from a distance for some time.

“He’s really the future of what you see me doing — it’s all he’s known in terms of just being an

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