Brothers Terren and Treyvan Gallegos feel like underdogs.

They’re two young African American men trying to break into the hip-hop industry while living in Wyoming. You don’t exactly hear about many, if any, mainstream rappers who are straight outta Gillette, as they might say.

But that’s the thing: there’s a burgeoning, if not thriving hip-hop community in the state, especially in Cheyenne.

It helps that tucked inside Presidential Barbershop, there’s also a recording studio.

Shop owner Angel Maldonado told the Wyoming Tribune Eagle earlier this year that one of his major priorities was to use the recording studio to help up-and-coming hip-hop and rap artists.

Maldonado and his creative director also created a series of videos called Funeral Friday, where local artists would showcase their freestyles, and the public would then vote on their favorite.

The Gallegos brothers have both taken at least one top spot on Funeral Fridays apiece, with Terren Gallegos being crowned winner earlier in the year, and Treyvan Gallegos nabbing it about a month or so ago.

So when the crew behind Presidential announced this summer that they were going to host a free concert headlined by rap group the Sugarhill Gang, the brothers were two rappers they knew needed to be on the lineup.

“The guys from Presidential know us, and I think they could see the stage presence Terren and I bring,” Treyvan Gallegos said. “We’ve really put in a lot of work to get where we are, and I want people to see that when we perform.”

His brother echoed the sentiment, noting how excited he is for the possibility of a new fan base coming in, and for younger audience members to be inspired by him and his brother’s passion, talent and work ethic.

Although the brothers have grown up listening to rap music, it was Terren Gallegos who got started rapping first.

The brothers’ stepdad was a major factor behind getting the two into rap music, letting them listen to Lil Wayne when they were children. Don’t worry, the Gallegoses admit they were too young to listen to at least some of Lil Wayne’s songs.

“I’ll never forget the first song I wrote,” Terren Gallegos said. “On Lil Wayne’s ‘Tha Carter’ album, he has a song called ‘I Miss My Dawgs.’ Treyvan and I really don’t have a relationship with our biological dad, but we’d met him a couple years prior to this point. So my first song was ‘I Miss My Dad,’ which I rapped over Lil Wayne’s music.”

He was in the fourth grade when he wrote his first song.

Treyvan Gallegos, on the other hand, focused more on basketball, becoming a star, of sorts, in his own right while he was attending Cheyenne’s Triumph High and even obtaining a scholarship to play basketball at Laramie County Community College.

He’s always had an interest in music, even participating in choir as a child. But after being teased by his classmates, he began to hide that part of himself.

But around Thanksgiving in 2013, he asked his brother to include him on a track.

It was the first song Treyvan Gallegos had performed on, but it sparked a fire that he’s continued to spit on every song he’s recorded since then.

In the nearly six years since then, the brothers have been separately improving their respective rap games.

Terren Gallegos is known as 2une Godi, and he noted that he takes most of his influence from rappers like Tupac Shakur (he even was inspired to use the “2” in his rap name from Shakur) and Drake.

Treyvan Gallegos is known as Trey Wrks and takes influence from more contemporary rappers like Quando Rondo and Lil Durk. He noted that he likes to harmonize on his tracks, being able to mix his styles.

The two can be found under their rap names on Facebook, YouTube, Spotify, Soundcloud and other streaming platforms.

While they’ve been spending most of their time rapping separately, they noted that they’re going to start working together more often because they bring out the best in each other.

For this show with the Sugarhill Gang, the brothers hope they can inspire local children to see that it doesn’t matter what color your skin is or what your background is, with hard work and determination, you can achieve your dreams.

“We want to be the first rap artists to come out of Wyoming and show people that we’ve put in this work to be successful,” Treyvan Gallegos said.

“This is like the NBA for us,” Terren Gallegos said. “If I can inspire one person at the Sugarhill Gang show and boost up their confidence, I can die happy the next day. I’ll have done what I set out to do.”

Ellen Fike is a freelance writer living in Cheyenne. She can be reached at elfylucille@gmail.com. Follow her on Twitter at @EllenLFike.

Ellen Fike is the Wyoming Tribune Eagle’s features editor. She can be reached at efike@wyomingnews.com or 307-633-3135. Follow her on Twitter @EllenLFike

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