While chilling at a local Mexican restaurant, I had the pleasure of meeting the VIP of “Death on Call Productions.” Straight in your face and real, he’s one of the chilliest and down to earth Gangster Rappers you will ever know; Mr. Trevor Race Fletcher. Accompanied by his Manager Mr. Brent Redino of Syryc Productions, Trevor goes by the stage name: “Wrath.”
Growing up in Kingsburg California, Wrath described his childhood as a rough time. He explained how he was this short fat kid that everybody picked on. Now, a grown man who lost all that weight, he says, “Nobody fucks with me!” He also explained how he got into Crystal Meth and soon after, life got dark. One day, he ran out of dope and saw an opportunity to steal money, but his conscious decided against it. It was that day, that very minute, he quit using drugs; cold turkey. He flushed away his pipe along with everything else and he’s been clean since 2005! Today, the only thing Wrath tries to OD on is music; he just hasn’t been able to do it yet.
According to Wrath’s Manager, his live shows are off the hook! Wrath makes his entrance to a pre-recorded track and once the gun fires, its spits and beats that make the people go crazy. Fans never knew what hit them. At a recent performance, Wrath was accompanied on stage by strippers from Sugar & Spice.
It was an impromptu meeting; we ordered a round, snacked on chips and salsa and talked shop.
Q. How would you describe your style of music?
A. “Scrub-Hop.” A “Scrub” is someone who has overcome the beat downs of bullies and society; an underdog.
Q. So how long have you been operating under the name, “Wrath”?
A. Since 1998. “Wrath” is described in the bible and one of the most deadly sins. The name just kind of stuck with me, my arm says it all.
Q. How long have you been writing music?
A. Well before the age of 15, I used to cut tracks with a little toy keyboard. Later I played the drums. Me, my bro “D-Rock” and my friends would ditch school just to jam all day in my dad’s basement.
Q. Do you feel that your music has changed direction from when you first started out?
A. Starting out new, lyrics were bold and risky but they weren’t genuine. Today, my lyrics are still bold and risky, but now their influenced by life. Now they are genuine and real.
Q. How often do you work on your craft?
A. Well, I’m single with no kids so I have the time to work on music every day, even if it’s just jamming on my acoustic.
Q. You’re a versatile musician, is there an instrument you can’t play?
A. Piano, not yet anyways.
Q. Who are your primary influences in your music?
A. Yungg Strech, he freestyles like a mad man. He’s real and spits about gansta and thug life. He’s done it all. He’s talented and you can also hear him on my track “Ammunition.” And also Cooley Killz out of Sacramento CA. He took me under his wing and helped me stay clean. Working with Cooley, I was able to open for main headliners in Vegas for crowds reaching 400+.
Q. Were there any embarrassing moments during your musical career?
A. Jiffy Lube. A.K.A. “Peanut Butter”. It’s a song I wrote talking about masturbating with Peanut Butter. Not one of my proudest moments but it did bring me some fame. Not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing…….next question.
Q. With risky lyrics like, “Buy you a drink if I can bust my nut girl, what do you think? (Bust My Nut) And, “Got the cops on my ass, your lady on my dick.” (Dag Nabbit) Do you worry about what people think?
A. I don’t give a fuck about what anybody thinks, cause I do shit for me.
Q. Out of all of your musical pieces, is there one that resonates with you?
A. “Hit Me.” That song has the most emotion. It was written one night when I was all alone and coming off of my drug addiction. I was awake for a week. It was like living through death.
Q. What are your future plans?
A. We’re planning a West Coast Tour with a big headliner. Details to follow soon. Also this summer we’re putting on a big ass CD Release Party. It’s going to be a huge fusion with rappers and heavy metal bands. It’s going to be crazy.
Q. Any final words of inspiration to new and inexperienced rappers?
A. Don’t worry about what other people are doing and focus on what you want to do.
It goes without saying; Wrath has overcome many obstacles to get where he is today. For the past 12 years, Wrath has been busy releasing “Mixed” tapes and now, with a Producer, a Manager along with financial backing, the sky’s the limit. He is definitely one of the hottest and upcoming artists to watch. You can hear Wrath at www.myspace.com/acousticFresno and www.youtube.com/ruggsvillecounty .
Written by Rob Escamilla