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munki boi entertainment presents
NAPPYVILLE
WELCOME TO INDIANAPOLIS
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TABLE OF
CONTENTS
coVeR stoRY
PG. 30-33 nappYVille
inteRVieWs
PG. 16-17 Bad lUcK
PG. 34-35 cHoppeR citY BoYZ
PG. 20-21 cReeZe
PG. 36-37 cRoWe tHa cRooK
PG. 10 dJ Balo
PG. 14-15 dJ BlacK
PG. 12 dJ JaY-o
PG. 9 dJ WReKK 1
PG. 22-23 G staK
PG. 38-39 G.B. tHe FlYBoi
PG. 26-27 Kas a noVa
PG. 24-25 KeYlo G
PG. 40-41 lil nUt
PG. 46-47 lil scootY
PG. 18-19 lloYd
PG. 28-29 Riddles
PG. 42-43 sliM oF 112
PG. 44-45 YoUnG Wise
FeatURes
PG. 8 clUB listinG
PG. 11 editoRial
PG. 7 eVent listinG
PG. 6 indianapolis Map
pubLisHer:
Julia beverly
speCiaL eDitions eDitor:
ms rivercity
GrapHiC DesiGner:
David ka
Contributors:
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Jee’Van brown
randy roper
trevor traynor
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malik abdul
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EvENTS
LiSTiNg
tHURsdaY, octoBeR 2nd
staktime ent. presents classic Jump-of
starring keylo-G, G-stak, Lil nut, Jim e mac, &
Lil scooty
@ the ugly monkey
373 s. illinois street
Ladies free until 12 am
FRidaY, octoBeR 3Rd
Mike epps comedy Jam
@ the murat Centre
502 n. new Jersey st., indianapolis, in 46204
317-239-5151
tickets: $37.99
coors light Friday nite classic cabaret
Featuring brian mcknight and Lakeside
@ indiana Convention Cntr & Lucas oil stadium
100 s. Capitol ave., indianapolis, in 46225
317-237-5222
tickets: $40 per person, $400 per table of ten
tyson Foods’ classic pep Rally
Featuring alabama a&m university and tuske-
gee university marching bands.
@ nCaa Hall of Champions
700 W. Washington st., indianapolis, in 46204
317-237-5222
Young Jeezy performing live
@ the murat Centre
502 n. new Jersey st., indianapolis, in 46204
satURdaY, octoBeR 4tH
amp Harris Vip classic Jam 2k8
21 and up. starring idris elba from Daddy’s
Little Girl and the hit tV show the Wire; J rio
and JJ from Hot 96.3.
@ in Convention Center & Lucas oil stadium
100 s. Capitol ave., indianapolis, in 46225
317-237-5222
tickets: $10, frst 100; $20, regular price.
circle city classic
@ Lucas oil stadium
500 s. Capitol ave., indianapolis, in 46225
317-237-5222
tickets: $10-$45
circle city classic Fall Fest
@ pan american plaza
Free admission with game ticket
201 s. Capitol ave., indianapolis, in 46225
317-329-9220
circle city tailgate party
Featuring slim from 112, shawty putt, G.b.
the Flyboi
@ pan american plaza
201 s. Capitol ave., indianapolis, in 46225
12pm
the ofcial alabama a&M and tuskegee
University alumni after party
@ indianapolis marriott Downtown
350 W. maryland st., indianapolis, in 46225
317-925-2702
shawty lo performing live
Featuring Lil scooty
@ Club industry
911 Wabash st.
indianapolis, in
tony neal’s celebrity classic Jam
Hosted by Wrekk 1, DJ JF, DJ panic, big pill,
malik shabazz, t. neal, & DJ kev
@ Jillian’s
141 s. meridian st.
Downtown indianapolis
Free for frst 500 people
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CLUB &
HOTEL
LiSTiNg
niGHtclUBs
300 east
300 e. Fall Creek parkway n Drindianapolis, in
46205317-925-5278
6 lounge
247 south meridian streetindianapolis, in
46225317-638-6660
cloud 9
5150 W 38th stindianapolis, in 46254317-297-
4424
club industry
911 Wabash st.
indianapolis, in
club level
120 e. market st.
indianapolis, in
317-964-0433
Have a nice day café
225 s meridian st indianapolis, in 46225
317-635-8824
ice lounge
235 s meridian stindianapolis, in 46225317-
951-2174
Jillian’s sports Bar & nightclub
141 s. meridian st.
Downtown indianapolis
the Ugly Monkey
373 s illinois stindianapolis, in 46225317-636-
8459
stRip clUBs
dream Weavers
5068 e. 10th st.
indianapolis, in, 46201
317-353-2411
pure passion
3849 north post roadindianapolis, in
46226317-897-6574
sunset
2320 W 16th stindianapolis, in 46222317-639-
4622
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» Words by Ms. rivercity » Photos by brandy froM Phunky Photos
» Words by Jee’van broWn
known for his high energy and no-holds-
barred interview style, DJ Wrekk 1 is probably
one of the busiest DJs in indianapolis. He DJs
on sirius satellite radio’s shade 45 and Hot
Jamz 50. Locally you can catch him on Hot
96.3 Fm and imC tV.
What artists out there are making some
noise?
right now nappyville is the biggest artists
out here making some noise. it’s a fucking
movement with them right now. they’re hot
right now. they’re getting crazy spins around
the world.
Have you put out any mixtapes lately?
Yes sir. as a matter of fact, i’ve got a mixtape
coming out with Whoo kid, DJ noodles, and
sean mac. i got the Crack Chronicles that’s get-
ting ready to drop and i got one with Webbie.
it’s funny because i just got of the phone with
e-40 and we’re talking about doing some-
thing.
How do you feel about the mixtape game
as it relates to free downloads vs. selling in
stores?
it’s a great thing, but it’s a gift and a curse.
You really can’t make any money with it
because you might end up in a situation like
[DJ] Drama. if you’re looking to make some
money of of it, you’d better believe the record
companies and the riaa are gonna be after
your ass if it pops of. You want to blow up, but
you don’t want your stuf to blow up because
the attention will be on you and it’s no way to
control that. Let me give you another example,
and this isn’t even with the mixtape scene – a
while ago Webbie was here in indianapolis
and i was asking him some questions about
him missing shows. i put it out on the internet
and i had no idea it was going to blow up the
way it did. it was just so crazy because we had
already squashed that whole thing and it was
all good. i thought it was some funny shit.
by the time i woke up it was the number one
video on Youtube.
When situations get intense like that with
artists, how do you get through that?
When i do interviews with artists i keep it
real. people want to know the real stuf when
it comes to interviews. i’m not going to be
one of these DJs who comes up with average
questions because it’s not going to make
me stand out. You have to come up with the
pressure and the dirt; if you don’t want it, go
somewhere else. Don’t nobody want to know
about who produced your album; they want to
know why you missed that show and why your
chain got snatched. but at the same time, with
the Webbie situation i got half a million hits of
Youtube and got paid for that.
What would you say as a DJ is diferent be-
tween satellite radio and traditional radio?
Well on satellite i get to say whatever i want
and play whatever i want to play. there are no
limits to my creativity. that’s what i love about
it. on traditional radio it’s conservative. You
have to watch what you say. You have to be
politically correct about everything, and if you
don’t your boss will be on your head.
Are you DJing for the Classic?
i’m at Have a nice Day Cafe, Club booth, and
i’m also going to Jillian’s.
Are any artists performing this year?
i can’t really get into that but i can say we have
shawty putt coming and slim from 112, but
we want to have the element of surprise for
the Classic.
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DJ balo has been around for a while and he
continues to stay true to the traditional style of
being a DJ. known for his classic mixing, balo
continues to do what he does best while focus-
ing on his up-and-coming artists.
What do you have going on right now?
right now i’m a part of bum squad DJz. i’ve
been with them since 2003. i’m really working
on mixtapes. i’ve been working with short
records trying to get things situated with them.
i’ve really been focusing on being a live DJ for
artists; the mixtape thing is just something i
picked up to gain another crowd.
What exactly is Bum Squad DJz?
bum squad DJz is the core of the technicians
after they broke up. it’s basically a bunch of DJs
that break records. We are also afliated with
atlantic records and diferent artists through-
out the map.
How long have you been DJing?
i have been DJing since i was 8 years old so that
would be about 26 years.
Wow, so how have you seen the DJ game
change since back then as far as records, to
CDs, and mixtapes?
i’ve seen it change a lot since back in the day
because i learned back in the kool Herc days.
i actually learned from my stepfather shawty,
and the frst records i mixed were nucleus and
Jamaica Funk together. the way i have seen the
game change now is that it’s more of a political
game now. because everybody wants to be a
DJ but they really don’t have the skills it takes
to be a DJ. i remember when i was growing up
all the pioneers would mix and have a certain
formula to it, but one thing about indianapolis
DJs, even the ones on the radio, we all mix. We
have a formula of mixing and the only ones i
hear that still really do it is a couple of DJs in
Delaware. i can’t think of any other DJs of the
top of my head right now, but it’s really about
who you know rather than your skills.
That’s kind of with everything, right?
Yeah, and it’s the same thing with rap because
there are a lot of real DJs all across the world
that can really DJ. but there are some, and again
i’m not trying to diss no one, there are some
who yell all over the mic while they’re DJing. i’m
used to playing the records and letting them
speak for themselves. but all these programs
like sonar and Lime Wire are making it real easy
for DJs. i remember back in the day when us
older DJs had to dig through the crates and put
a label over the album we wanted to break.
Where do you DJ at?
right now i do a lot of DJing at college parties
and i’m trying to get back into the radio and
doing more internet shows. but i’m more of p-
Funk, earth Wind and Fire era kind of guy. When
i DJ at these younger parties as soon as i put
on a hype record they start fghting. i’m mainly
trying to push my artists through my company
apC 1000 productions to get them out there
and known. We’re kind of like swisha House;
we’re not really a label but i put them on my
mixtapes because they have their own thing
going on too.
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DJ Jay-o took full advantage of last year’s
internship with DJ scream and Hoodrich. now
an ofcial member of the team, Jay-o is using
his new position to help indianapolis artists
put out quality product.
How were you able to become a part of the
Hoodrich crew and get to where you’re at
now?
i was at indiana university and i organized an
internship with scream last summer. i got the
internship and went down to atlanta. i put in
hard work and they made me part of the team.
Were you doing mixtapes prior to the intern-
ship?
i had probably done fve mixtapes at that
point. i did one with trae, Dsr from Dallas, Jim
e mac from indianapolis, nappyville, and G.b.
the Flyboi. i had already been working with
the indiana scene and some nationwide stuf.
Do you only do artist tapes or do you do com-
pilation-style tapes?
i had a series called Gangsta muzic but when
i got to atlanta i did a Lil boosie: Life stories
mixtape. it was a real big tape. i put it together
the right way, more artistically, and that kinda
led to a series i started in January called the
Chronicles. i did an n.W.a and snoop Dogg
Chronicles. people really liked it ‘cause it
sounded like a documentary. those mixtapes
really tell a story. that’s the series i’m most
proud of. i started of being infuenced by big
mixtape DJs and then took it to another level
that nobody else has really done. When i was
in college i studied History so i kinda took rap
History and put it together in a mixtape. any-
body can listen to ‘em and learn about how
n.W.a and snoop Dogg came along.
are you planning to do another Chronicles
tape?
i’m working on part 3 right now and some
other tapes that will take the Chronicles even
further with bigger concepts. part 3 is going
to be the Hot boys but it’s also going to have
Louisiana and new orleans rap. it’s going to
start with early new orleans rap, then go into
bounce, then Cash money and no Limit.
Were you ever tempted to stay in atlanta after
your internship?
Yeah. after i graduated i had made up my
mind to come back to atlanta. since scream
and spinz from Hoodrich already had the
artists tapes down there, i was gonna come in
and push some more creative stuf like these
Chronicles mixtapes. but scream encouraged
me to stay in indianapolis and start working
with the artists here.
You seem to be doing well there so far.
Yeah. it’s going well. there is a lot of talent up
here but the scene is real small. there’s not a
lot of people making things happen. the tapes
are coming out good but as far as the scene
goes, there’s not a whole lot going on.
Who are some other artists you’re working
with?
i’m grinding with G.b. the Flyboi. i really like
his music. He has a single called “Freak u” we’re
pushing. i think he has a lot of potential. most
of my work has been with him. We’re like 5 or
10 thousand units strong in the streets. i’m
also working on a tape for an artist named pac-
man, and one for Lil scooty and mrC. they’re
defnitely doing their thing.
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» Words by Jee’van broWn
DJ black defnitely puts on for his city. through
his strong ties with three 6 mafa and a tour DJ
position with Hyptonize minds, DJ black has
brought a lot of shine on naptown – and he
doesn’t mind sharing the fruits of his labor.
What have you been up to lately?
i just took a lil’ time of since may, going
through a personal situation, but everything is
straight and i’m back. everything’s still in efect
with three 6 mafa, Hoodrich, and my mix CDs,
i just had to take some personal time for myself,
for the frst time in ten years.
What’s your relationship with HoodRich? You
combined eforts?
For those that don’t know, that’s DJ scream out
of atlanta. Hoodrich is a crew of the hottest DJs
putting the hottest music out in these streets.
We got DJs swamp izzo, mLk, the names go on.
We’re ready to take that movement to the next
level. it’s like Hoodrich street a&rs. i’m also
with Hittmenn DJs and i have my own crew
taking of in January.
As a street A&R, who do you think is the
future of the Rap game?
Lil nut – he’s from indianapolis. He’s got a real
nice sound. You’ve got o.J Da Juice in atlanta.
Yung D. is a new member of Hypnotize minds.
He got a new single called “Damn” that we just
shot a video for. of course we got Lil Wyte and
Chrome on Hypnotize minds. Chrome got a
single that’s blowing up the radio called “she
Fine” featuring t-pain.
Now that your break is over, do you have
plans to hit the road soon?
i’m ‘bout to be on the road with the nelly House
of blues tour, the bet College tour, and you’ll
see me at anything Hypnotize mindz and three
6 mafa has going on.
What are some crazy things you’ve experi-
enced while on the road?
Honestly, when we perform on the road, we
come in, do the show, and in less than ten min-
utes we are out the building and already on the
highway. We keep it business frst. really, the
craziest thing i’ve experienced is when i walk
out on stage and play the music and the crowd
starts going crazy. it’s a good feeling every time.
So you’re saying the perception of being on
tour isn’t really what everyone might think?
touring is work. it’s a job, but it’s fun at the same
time. When you start mixin’ fun and your job
together, you start getting lazy and getting a
big head. You put business second and ass frst,
and then slowly but surely you’ll start to fall of.
being on the road is overrated ‘cause most art-
ists sleep every chance they get, wake up and
do the venue, then go home.
Where is your store located at? I know you’re
closing one of the stores down.
i work hands-on in my record stores. You can
come to my store and DJ black is gon’ serve you
a CD. Holla at me at Dragged up music located
on 34th and keystone. it’s a soundscan store.
With most of your music family being in
Memphis, do you see a big diference in their
market and yours?
When i go down to memphis, they take my
language and make fun of it in a joking way. but
it’s kinda the same ‘cause don’t none of the art-
ists get along. everybody is just now starting to
network. When people come together it makes
everything easier for the city. things are the
same for that but as far as the people, memphis
is a lil’ more advanced. but don’t get it fucked
up, there’s more than corn in naptown.
You have some strong feelings about “com-
puter DJs,” huh?
man, i hate that shit! i hate the simple fact that
it’s just the click of a mouse. You’re taking the
art away from a mixtape. it’s not a mixtape, it’s
a music CD. but i’m not hating the player, i’m
hating the game.
What else is going on with you?
i got a set on rap City for a whole week in Janu-
ary. my ten year anniversary is in January too.
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T
hough his name might suggest
things haven’t went well for him,
bad Luck claims his experiences
have been nothing but positive.
ever since winning the frst tal-
ent show he ever entered, bad Luck knew he
was destined for good fortune.
Who is Bad Luck?
Well, i’m with rebel World records. i basically
got street music. i’m from the hood so i make
music that relates to people from my area.
Which of your songs best expresses issues
related to those people?
the single we’re pushing right now is called
“Cop’em.” it’s basically about buying whatever
you want. the hook is: “i see it/i like it/i want it/
i buy it.” that’s what we’re pushing right now.
Ok, so it’s about spending money. What do
you usually spend your money on?
i got a clothing fetish. they call me the walking
mannequin. i get fresh, that’s what i do. When
you see me you gonna know that i’m fresh.
I’m sure everyone asks you about your rap
name. Why do you call yourself Bad Luck?
i don’t personally have bad luck. (laughs) but
a lot of crazy things happen around me so
people started saying, “man, you bad luck.” it
just stuck. it’s been my name for over ten years.
Were people calling you Bad Luck before you
started rapping?
Yeah, they been calling me that, but i been
rapping forever. i just never really had a name.
it’s a catchy name. my thing is, i’m trying to
turn bad luck into a good thang. everybody
needs a lil’ luck in they life.
You said you’ve been rapping forever. Ex-
actly how long is that?
i been rapping since i was 9 years old, that’s
when i did my frst talent show and i won. it’s
been on ever since.
Who were some rappers that you looked up
to back then?
i came up on Geto boys, scarface, snoop,
people like that. i was young listening to
grown music.
Did your folks encourage you to do the
talent shows or was that something you got
into on your own?
i always liked attention. i love the spotlight. i’m
a fend for attention. i’m a messenger. i guess
that’s my gift. i been rapping in front of my
mama’s friends and other people my whole
life. it’s just something that came natural.
Is rapping your only talent or are there other
things you do well?
nah, i feel like i can do anything that can
be done. i hoop, play sports, video games,
anything.
So you can sing?
shit! i’ll try, but i can’t.
What’s the history behind your label Rebel
World Records?
We started of being called naptown records
and it was located in Huntsville, alabama. in
2000, my Ceo marlin Driver moved the studio
back home to indianapolis and i was the frst
artist he signed when he got back. We were
like childhood friends. We went through a
lot of ups and downs. When we frst started
we had eleven artists on the label, now we’re
down to just one. in 2003, the Co-Ceo, Lee
Driver, was murdered. so we done had our ups
and downs. but now we’re headed in the right
direction.
How was the label based in Huntsville, Ala-
bama but called Naptown Records?
the Ceo is from indianapolis. He was down
in alabama going to college and that’s where
he started the label. He was still connected to
here ‘cause this is his home.
What do you and the label have going on as
far as mixtapes or albums?
i just dropped a mixtape called it’s not a
Game. We got it in mom and pop stores here,
like DJ black’s store. it ain’t in no major stores.
In general, mom and pop stores aren’t doing
very well. Are they doing better in your city?
they’re just like everywhere else. they strug-
gling. that’s why we gotta do all the footwork
ourselves. i’m in the club fve nights a week
with the music, and in the streets, the gas sta-
tion, wherever. that’s the hustle. We need the
mom and pop stores, they help us out, but we
gotta do a lot ourselves.
With you out promoting the mixtape, are you
getting a lot of shows?
Yeah, i just opened up for plies. For the last
couple of years, i’ve opened up for any major
artist that comes through indianapolis. i done
opened up for everybody from Lil Wayne to
8ball.
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loyd insists he is ready to leave
his “comfort zone,” but today
you’d never know it. He is sitting
at a table on the outside patio
section of his favorite breakfast restaurant, J.
Christopher’s, and he couldn’t look more at
home. every morning he walks two blocks
from his suburban atlanta apartment to this
trendy breakfast spot (imagine Wafe House
meets the Four seasons brunch) and orders
the exact same meal — a grilled chicken
breast, cheese grits, scrambled eggs, bacon
strips, and one pancake. He knows all the
waitresses by name, and they all know exactly
what he wants when he asks for “the usual.”
sitting at a table across from his closest friends
and manager on a sunny Wednesday around
his way, there is no reason Lloyd shouldn’t be
comfortable—but he’s not. in fact, he is far
from it.
the 22-year-old singer has recorded chart-
topping singles, and sold records all around
the world, but he still feels uncomfortable
with his position in the game. plagued by an
insatiable hunger which can’t be cured by any
bacon and eggs, the Lessons in Love instruc-
tor is longing for more. He won’t be full until
his song catalogue rivals the beatles, and he
is looked at as the greatest performer since
michael Jackson or bobby brown.
but right now it’s time for him to eat.
“We some country boys,” he says casually, right
before he orders his carnival of calories. “We
gotta start the day of with a little pork on our
forks.”
and for Lloyd it’s always pork, never beef; and
perhaps that’s what has hindered his career
thus far. “this music [industry] is all about
drama,” he laments. “that’s probably why i
haven’t sold those 2 or 3 million albums—i
don’t really like to deal with drama.”
today is a little diferent, however. His third
album, Lessons in Love, has just been released,
debuting at number 7 on the billboard 200
chart. although Lloyd is content with the song
selection and overall album, he still desires to
grow as an artist, and even suggests that his
label, the inc., has hindered this growth. Lloyd
is more than ready for his robust musical taste,
which includes such genres as alternative and
electronic to refect more in his own work,
and maybe it’s time, he feels, to stop being so
damn cool with everybody.
When i was pulling up to the restaurant your
single, “Girls around the World,” had just come
on the radio, so that must be a sign that this is
going to be a good interview.
(laughs) every time i see you, man, something
crazy happens, like the time we did the inter-
view at the hotel, and my cousin wrecked the
benz right as we were pulling in. so hopefully
nothing too crazy will happen today.
Yeah, hopefully. that song is a hit though; it
propelled you to a top ten debut, man. You
can never go wrong singing about the ladies.
Yeah, and i really do want all the girls. i wanna
make all the girls my girls. i wanna have 3
million girlfriends at one time and have all of
them be cool with each other. seriously, when
i walk in the club, i want all these other r&b
dudes to be irrelevant. all these other niggas
shouldn’t even matter. my shit should be the
hottest.
Damn, so right now, at this point in your
career, do you feel like you’re the best?
i feel like i’m top fve in the game for r&b sing-
ers, hands down. i feel like i’m building a nice
catalogue of music. one day i’ll be able to rock
for 2 hours straight on they ass, but i do think
that top 5 ain’t good enough.
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s one quarter of the rap group
merc squad, Creeze has been
an instrumental asset to his
labelmates. now that merc
squad has branded them-
selves as a collective, Creeze is trying his hand
at some solo projects.
What have you been working on lately?
i got into an accident after the kentucky
Derby so it slowed me up as far as getting out,
promoting, and doing what i like to do. i had to
go to the chiropractor and doctor three times a
week so i just stayed at home and in the studio.
I know you’re doing your solo thing, but are
you still with the Merc Squad too?
it’s still all love. We’re working on merc squad
songs and mixtapes. We all keep in touch and
we’re still working. i’m just trying to branch
out and do Creeze.
Did you come up with any good songs while
you were in the studio?
i got a single called “all Good” featuring nappy
roots. We reached out to them and they
blessed us on a track. We feel like it’s some-
thing we can really push. We have other things
in the works as far as features, singles, stuf like
that. We’re gonna start servicing the [nappy
roots] record soon. We’re gonna test it in
some markets, get some satellite and mixshow
play and then go from there.
What are some other good promotion out-
lets for independent artists like yourself?
i think the streets play a main part in promot-
ing and letting people know who you are. the
internet is a good source, the clubs, the mom
and pop stores, clothing stores and the small
arab gas stations. You gotta make yourself
open to promoting.
Were you doing your solo thing before you
got down with the Merc Squad?
Yeah and no. i didn’t really wanna do the solo
thing, i wanted to work with a group. i won’t
say i got pushed into being a solo artist, it
was something i grew into. the group thang
is real tough and it’s a lot of responsibilities to
uphold within the group. i thought the solo
thing would really pay of frst.
Do you think having to deal with the chal-
lenge of being in a group has made you a
better artist overall?
most defnitely. Dealing with a lot of indi-
viduals and running the company helped
me prepare myself in the long run and made
me stronger. Dealing with certain situations,
sometimes you might gotta bite your lip, but
it’s all business.
Do you have a separate label for your solo
projects and the group projects?
my company is titled Dodge this productions.
merc squad and Creeze are the artists signed
to the company. We got in-house production,
we got our own studio – the graphics, the
photos, everything is in-house. We got people
that’s really willing to work.
What would say are your strongest qualities
as an artist or as a person in general?
being humble, being myself, and keeping it
real. i’m a humble, laid-back person. i like to
show my work instead of talking. i don’t go
outside of my boundaries and try to be some-
thing i’m not. that’s the main key with me.
So when you say you try to be yourself, does
that interfere with the goals of the group?
i have my own goals. the solo thang is really
about me expressing myself, expressing a
whole lot of things going on in my private life,
and releasing some tension. i’m just trying to
let Creeze come out.
Is that your ultimate purpose behind creat-
ing music?
i love being involved in music. i been doing
music since i was a child, playing instruments
and stuf like that, so it just stuck with me.
Out of all the elements in the game that you
need to succeed, are there any aspects you’re
trying to improve on?
improving my craft is the main thing and
maybe improve some of the ins-and-outs of the
business, being responsible and professional.
How do you try to improve your craft?
as far as improving as an artist, it might take
sitting in front of a mirror and coming up with
ideas, coming up with a distinctive voice so
people know who you are. those are certain
things i think will bring out an artist so people
will notice them and their character.
Do you have any projects coming up?
We’re working on my Louisville Lip mixtape
which should be ready for the Core DJ
retreat. there’s another merc squad mixtape
coming up called Grand entrance Volume
5. We have a compilation coming out called
smoke till You Drop. We’ll have a few features
on it. i’ll be working with DJ Drizzle and swag,
inc. on some Creeze and merc squad mixtape
series. You can check me out on myspace.com/
Creeze502 and myspace.com/mercsquad.
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lso known as the “Lyrical ter-
rorist,” G-stak has spent over
a decade perfecting his craft
both in and out of the booth.
With the Circle City Classic
bringing out the town, G-stak is busy showing
the streets why he’s still a major player in the
game.
Introduce yourself and give us some of your
background history in the rap game.
this is G-stak, a.k.a. bossHawg. i been putting
it down for ten plus years. i started out doing
talent shows in high school, doing gong shows,
and talent shows throughout the city. i came
out with my frst album in 1998 called World
Wide Huslin’. the album sold over 10,000 copies
on independent distribution in the frst year.
How many projects have you released to date?
i’ve done about seven projects. World Wide
Hustlin’ was the frst. then i came with raw
Dawg, Convicted and a DJ panic mixtape called
real oG/Hot Like Fish Grease. after that i did a
3-disc box set called Flood the streets and vol-
umes one and two of my Dirty mix mixtapes.

Which of these projects would you consider
to be the most successful and why?
World Wide Hustlin’ basically established me as
an artist and connected me to the streets and
the streets were labeling it as a classic.
What’s your opinion on the Naptown scene?
Is it growing and getting better?
since i started it’s defnitely growing and get-
ting bigger and better. the city started show-
ing more unity and everyone started working
together more. i see naptown as being the
atlanta or Houston of the midwest soon.
What do you love most about your city?
i love my family, friends, and my babies.
What are some things you’ve had to over-
come in order to continue your music career?
being in and out of prison and losing fve years
of my career in the music industry. Living in
indianapolis is challenging. it’s a city that’s not
really known for Hip Hop music, it’s known
more for sports: basketball, football, racing.
You seem to be a more seasoned rapper.
Explain how you’ve improved your craft over
the years.
Just time, marinating, experience, and keeping
up with the industry. all that along with repeti-
tion, practice, and staying one with the streets
has made me a better artist.
Talk to me about some of the songs you have
out right now. What are they about and how
are you promoting them?
i got three albums that just dropped at the
same time. it’s something the industry hasn’t
really seen yet, and that’s just volume one. but
some of my hot tracks are “move Work,” “shake
‘em,” and “it’s Your World.” i promote with show
performances, radio promotion, and hardcore
internet promotions like myspace (myspace.
com/Gstak), blog sites, forums, and digital dis-
tribution through itunes, rhapsody, napster,
and a few others.
Who all have you collaborated with or per-
formed with over the years?
it’s so many people it’s hard to keep track of to
be honest. but i’ve worked with keylo-G, n.a.p,
Jim e. mac, Lil scooty, Lo Life, Chris style, soul-
ja boy, spice 1, 8ball, bamn biggahalow, ak,
alandra, poose man, the entire Dawg Life
family. i do a lot of performances and collabs
in and out of town.
Tell me about the team of people you work
with and what are their roles in your career.
Dennis “Fatman” boyd is the Ceo of real about
entertainment. big Weezy from real about
entertainment handles my beats, market-
ing, and managing. Freddie “p” peterson also
does marketing and promotions. big pete
from strategy entertainment also handles my
management, marketing and booking. Jones
from rap alliance productions is a producer/
engineer. DJ DJ and J Goldz do my graphic
design. ron mac is my fnancial investor. eric
“starter kit” Coke is the partner and Founder of
staktime entertainment.
This issue is for the Circle City Classic. Tell the
people some places they gotta check out
while they’re in town.
the ofcial Circle City Classic Jump of is at
the ugly monkey – 50 West south street –oc-
tober 2nd. it starts at 9pm. the reunion show
starts at noon at panam plaza october 4th.
and make sure you hit up every record store
that sells G-stack.

What’s next for you?
i got more shows, more CDs, and a group
album from G-stak and keylo-G coming soon.
it’s called unkut records and staktime ent.
present First round Draft picks. i got some
more collaborations coming and we about to
food the city with mixtapes.
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eylo-G is one of the original
naptown power movers.
Formerly associated with the
group n.a.p., keylo-G had a
successful run on the charts
back in the days. nearly a decade later, the
Circle City vet is still making moves.
What’s your history in the Naptown rap
game?
i started of with a group here called n.a.p. my
frst tape dropped in ’96. it was in the midwest
region and a little bit down south and on the
west coast. We had distribution through select-
o-Hits. We did a lot of touring. i went on tour
with 8ball & mJG, master p and ‘em. i done did
all kinds of shows with big names like ice Cube,
snoop Dogg, and too short. We did a video
for our song “out Hustlin’” and it wasn’t even
nationwide but we was #2 on the billboard
charts, under tupac. We made a lot of noise.
So what happened with the group?
a lot of stuf started happening. You know how
it be when it’s a lot of people. i was the frst one
to leave. it seemed like when i cut out it was
all over. i was damn near the hypest member
of the group. i wrote a majority of the hooks
that got us a lot of radio play. i was just ready
to go ‘cause i was gettin’ screwed out of a lot
of money. and then people in the group was
goin’ through stuf so i cut out and started
doing my solo thang. in ’99 i had a solo album
called it ain’t Where You From. i sold 10,000
independent, underground copies of that.
What have you been working on recently?
i just dropped an ep called the return of the
pushaman. it’s hot right now. they been playin’
me on the radio. i got a single on there for
the ladies called “stick With me.” on myspace i
been gettin’ like over 10 or 15 thousand plays
and about 400 downloads a day on my own,
no cheatin’, no codes, none of that crazy stuf.
i go straight by the book ‘cause i wanna see
who’s really playing me.
What’s your Myspace page for people who
wanna check the facts and see if that’s true.
myspace.com/mrunkut.
Why did you make a song for ladies?
they radio started hitting me about it. i was
getting to the point where i was just making a
lot of underground hood shit. For a while i was
just frustrated with everything and i had a lot
on my mind. i had a lot of animosity built up in
me so i really wasn’t making nothin’ for the ra-
dio. i was just making hood shit. all that sugar
coated shit was soft to me and i kept it rough
and raw. but now they be requesting me so
much, and i went through some shit with a lil’
female so i made a lil’ song. everybody like it.
it’s some real shit.
Everybody acts like they’ve never had feel-
ings for a female but every dude has gone
through something with a female before.
Yeah, exactly. everything i’m rapping about is
real. the women problems i deal with, when i
had baby mama drama i made a song about
that. i talk about stuf that goes on the world,
even the election, the fucked up president,
bullshit that goes on with bush. i talk about
hood shit, grinding. i ain’t major yet so i still
gotta hustle and do what i gotta do to keep
the lights on. everything i rap about i do.
Are you a political type dude?
i’m political and street. i’m versatile. i can
rap about anything. i don’t just stick to one
subject and only talk about diamonds, being
iced-out, and rims and all that shit. that’s cool
to a certain extent, but that’s lil’ man shit, i’m
on some grown man shit.
How difcult is it being from a city with no
major outlets in the music business?
it’s hard because we don’t have a lot of people
lookin’ at us. but then, a lot of major people
are from indianapolis, like michael Jackson,
mike epps. We got a lot of people here doin’
it but they never come back and put us on.
there’s a lot of talent here and i’m trying to
bring everybody together. i got a compilation
coming out in the spring called First round
Draft pick. it got all the hottest artists from the
city on it. it’s coming out on my label unkut
records. but yeah, it’s hard here so i leave a
lot. i go to Florida, Georgia, California. i do all
my networking and handling stores myself
instead of waitin’ on somebody to come and
knock on my damn door. i get out and get it.
What else do you have going on? What will
you be doing during the Classic?
the owner of the radio station is doing an
n.a.p. reunion for my group. that’s going on
oct. 4th. i’m working on my new album called
i am Legend. i’m going to drop the compila-
tion and my solo album in the spring. Look for
that “mr. Gold Grill” video.
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eing raised by a father who
taught kas a. nova everything
about the drug game may have
had a less positive infuence on
the Chicago native, but his past
shaped his future and rhymes, which ultimately
created a notable regional and internet buzz.
The name of your next mixtape coming out
is called Between Heaven & Hell. Why did you
choose to name it that?
every day in life we’re tempted by all types of
transgressions, and i’m fnding a way to live a
better life but i have also had homies on the
grind that’s going through hell. With those
certain situations going on, i’m trying to make
the right choices.
You lived in California for a while, right?
Yeah i lived in Long beach for a couple of years.
i was back and forth from the west to the
midwest. i actually got ofered a deal out there
by mr. suge knight and that was in may 2000.
Death row records unfortunately had a lot of
stipulations with the contract and as you know,
they lost their distribution with interscope. if i
would have signed the contract, you wouldn’t
have heard shit from me.
How was it meeting him?
He a large nigga. He about 6’4” and about 6’4”
wide too. He’s a cool dude though, but due to
his reputation he has a bad name.
What inspired you to start rapping?
i started when i was in high school. i was the
class clown and i used to always play around
with rhymes all the time. after a while, a lot of
my friends started telling me i needed to really
pursue that. so i started listening to people and
watching videos and was thinking to myself,
these niggas getting money and they talking
about nothing. so after a while it was kind of
like therapy. i started writing my problems on
paper.
You have a large fan base. Would you say
most of your fan base is street?
Yeah it’s real underground. but it’s not just
street, it’s also versatile because i want
everybody to vibe with it. i don’t just aim for a
particular audience, i want your momma to like
it, i want your grandma to like it, i want your
sister to like it, i want the streets to like it, and
i want the backpacker to like it. i don’t want to
be placed in just one genre or category.
Your father had a real negative infuence on
you growing up. How has that afected you as
a rapper?
oh yeah, i can’t even call him my father because
he never fathered me, but he was there. He had
his hands full, especially when it came to selling
dope. at the age of 12 he was showing me how
to cut dope. but i look back on it and i don’t
regret it because it taught me a lot about the
streets. plus, everything happens for a reason.
With having over 400 songs stashed away,
how often do you record?
man i write a song whenever even when i’m at
work. people look at me like i’m crazy because
i’m always writing lyrics down on napkins. but
that’s just how i am. i’m always writing down
lyrics in my sidekick. it’s funny because i will
wake up in the morning with songs in my head.
it’s a blessing. i’m just using my time before God
take it away.
Do you have any songs on the radio?
i don’t know if you’re familiar with DJ kid
scratch down here with power 92; he’s with Vio-
lator. We’re actually trying to get a good radio
song going on. it’s not as easy as it may seem.
nowadays they want a big time marketing
company behind you. Let’s cut the bullshit, they
want money. it’s still a business and you have to
come with it.
What’s going on with you and 50/50 Records?
i’m actually not signed with them. i’m just really
close and afliated with them.
Your MySpace has over 10 million plays. What
has come from that?
it’s been such a crazy transition for us – the
digital market, paypal, myspace is just wild. i
actually had to ship some CDs to Japan once.
that was shocking. knowing that they don’t
speak no english but buying the CD anyway is a
blessing. even though shipping it of costs way
more than the CD, but it’s cool.
What was the key to gaining all those
MySpace hits?
promotion. i think you can sell some hot shit in
the sun if it’s promoted right. at the end of the
day, it’s all about marketing and promotion.
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complex than your stereotypical
rapper. Contrary to most lyricists,
he didn’t even grow up listening
to Hip Hop. but that didn’t stop
him from developing superior skills along with
some creative concepts.
What’s the theme behind your latest CD?
What can people expect to hear?
it’s called remedy: the mixtape. basically, it’s
like everything these artists are missing in the
game. We got a bunch of prescription bottles
on the cover that say things like Hip Hop
knowledge, swagger, Lyrical ability. the music
i do is mixture of r&b and Hip Hop, it’s like
the origin of Hip Hop. they can expect a lot of
wordplay, a lot of cuts in there for the ladies
– that’s a majority of my audience. i love ‘em.
So has one of those ladies managed to lock
you down yet or are you still mingling?
um, i’m not mingling, but i’m not locked
down.
So with the whole concept mixtape, and
with your name being Riddles, I fgure
you’re a pretty intellectual type of dude.
Is the wordplay and being able to express
yourself what got you into rapping, or was it
something else?
oh yeah. You know what’s crazy? Like a lot of
artists, i started of doing poetry at a young
age. i began rapping when i was 16. in poetry
you got diferent rhyme schemes and pat-
terns. once i started rapping i took my knowl-
edge of poetry and put it into ridin’ beats and
making music. i started listening to DmX and
Jay-Z when they frst came out and that’s how
i got into Hip Hop.
So you weren’t actually raised on Hip Hop?
no, DmX and Jay-Z actually introduced me to
Hip Hop. i was raised around my grandparents
and they listened to blues. my mother listened
to old school and r&b. i was raised up around
that so it infuenced my music. that’s why my
music isn’t so hardcore. i wasn’t raised in the
streets and i don’t do street music. i don’t sup-
port violence. i don’t knock it, but you won’t
see me doing it.
So your song “This Ain’t That” with 8Ball has
a lot of rock instruments in it. I take it you
were infuenced by a lot of diferent genres.
all of it. You hit it right on the nose. i’ll listen
to the alternative station; i’ll listen to r&b/old
school station; i’ll listen to the Hip Hop station.
i love all kinds of music. i listen to everything
and it all infuences my music.
How did you hook up with 8Ball for that
song?
my peeps that own my label had a few con-
nects. they were saying i did a lot of songs
for the ladies and i had that locked down,
so they thought i should get on a song with
8ball, who’s a legend, and it would be a good
look for me. i was like, i don’t know, i don’t
wanna sway away from what i do. but it came
together well.
How long have you been with Munki Boi
Ent? Is The Remedy mixtape your frst project
with them?
oh no, i’ve been with them forever, before it
was even called munki boi ent. i was the frst
artist on the label. it was just three of us – me,
my manager, and J.
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Who all is on the label now?
Just me and nappyville. i produced one of their
singles called “take em of,” and i also have a
verse on it. it’s a song for the ladies. it’s blazing
right now. they’re loving it.
So you’re a producer as well?
a producer, a writer. all kinds of music inspired
me and there’s no limits to what i can do.
Coming from someone with a lot of musical
knowledge, what would you say is the difer-
ence between music in the Midwest verses
other regions?
indianapolis is like melting pot. i was born and
raised in st. Louis until i was like 16 years old.
the whole midwest is inspired by all the other
coasts. east coast, west coast, down south, they
all come through the midwest so our music
is a mixture of everything. When you hear a
midwest artist it’s real spectacular because we
have a little bit of everybody.
What are some things you’re into outside of
music?
nothing really. i was into sports. that was my
original goal, but i ended up breaking my
fnger and dislocating my shoulder so i had to
move on to something else. that’s how i got
into music.
What’s next for you and Munki Boi Ent?
Look out for us. We started from the ground
up. our label is bringing real talent. We’re not
just gonna give you one single. our music
is endless. i want people to know i’m a well
rounded artist – i don’t have corners.
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oung true & rokstar are
undeterred when it comes to
putting on for their city. even
their nappyville name, which is
another term for indianapolis,
is representative of their hometown pride.
recently, the newly formed duo came to the
conclusion that they hold the key to what’s
missing in the midwest – and Hip Hop in
general. their out-of-the-ordinary qualities are
indeed impressive, as their fun-loving sound
has given them two chart toppers – “supa
Clean” and “take ‘em of” – both which have
spread with supernatural speed.
Nappyville has been creating a huge buzz
in the Midwest and word is spreading about
you guys. For those who aren’t familiar with
you, tell people what y’all are all about.
Young true: We’re bringing a brand new sound
to the midwest. nothing against everybody
that came out of the midwest, but right now
there’s a drought in the midwest. What we got
going on right now is promoting the single
“supa Clean” with boosie. Coming from india-
napolis, we’re really trying to solidify our city
and put it on the map. that’s our main goal.
What’s so unique about Indianapolis? What
are you bringing to the table that people
should know about?
Young true: our city is a lot diferent and we
don’t get the same respect that a lot of other
cities do. i think we have the same exact
amount of talent, if not more, but we get over-
looked ‘cause the city isn’t recognized. We’re
trying to bring that recognition to the city, the
way it should be.
So you guys had been doing your solo thing
before hooking up as a group. What made
you want to combine eforts?
Young true: We been working together for
years and our songs came together so well,
and we were so in sync, we said let’s go on
ahead and do it. We used the name nap-
pyville, which is what we call the city, and just
put the city on our back and ran with it. basi-
cally “supa Clean” was one of the frst songs
we did. We had a few songs before that, but
“supa Clean” was the one everybody picked
up on and got behind so we put a big push
behind it and ran with it. so literally, as soon as
we came together we started making hits.
rokstar: We weren’t even a group yet when i
made “supa Clean.” i was just making music for
him, collabing on a lot of stuf.
So Rokstar, give me some of your back-
ground history.
rokstar: i produce. i been making beats for
about 10 years. i frst started playing in church
back in the day and everything escalated to
making beats. i ain’t always rap. Just being
around real lyrical people, it started to rub of.
Do you produce all of the music for your
group then?
rokstar: Yeah, i did the whole album with the
exception of two records.
You’re referring to the Supernatural album?
rokstar: Yeah, it just dropped a few weeks ago.
it’s in best buys and Wal-marts in this region,
and it’s online. it’s moving pretty good right
now.
How long was the process for completing the
album?
rokstar: not too long. not to sound arrogant,
but the music comes real easy. it’s kinda like
a format to it and as long as you stick to the
format you’ll keep cranking out hits, even
if the songs don’t sound alike or it’s not the
same subject or even the same genre. it’s like
a hit factory formula, i don’t know, it’s just
something i fgured out i guess. it didn’t take
too long to make the album. We’re actually
working on the second album right now.
How would you describe your image? How
do you want people to view you?
Young true: We got one word we tell every-
body, and it’s supernatural. We use that word
over and over. We ain’t like nobody. You can’t
compare us to no other group. We’re not like
8ball and mJG or nobody, there’s no compari-
son. We do every kind of music we can do.
We’re not just rappers, we’re all around artists.
rokstar: We’re something diferent to the
industry. everybody keeps telling us we’re a
breath of fresh air. it’s not the typical music
that’s been out lately. me being a producer,
i listen to all kinds of music. everything from
pop, to Classical, to r&b, to rock & roll. i use all
of that throughout the album. We’re not like
regular rappers or regular people. We’re kinda
out of touch from everyone else.
What made you want to feature Boosie on
“Supa Clean” as opposed to another nation-
ally known artist?
Young true: We had several people to choose
from, but we felt like boosie is a very big artist
in our market. He’s also a good artist for the
type of song we had. our Ceo J. black asked
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us what we thought about boosie, so when
boosie came to the city we got him on it to see
what it would sound like. When the song came
back it sounded good so we pushed it. the
record was good, but once boosie got on it, it
took it to the next level.
The new song “Take ‘Em Of” is doing real
well too. How did that come about?
Young true: it’s basically a slow joint. it was
more catered towards the ladies but now the
fellas like it too. it’s a whole diferent sound
from anything that’s out right now. We put it
out and everybody liked it. it’s one of those
records where as soon as you hear it for the
frst time you’re gonna like it. it was produced
by riddles and he got a verse on the extended
version.
rokstar: it’s one of those songs that makes
you say wow and you’re singing along by the
second hook. it draws you in and makes you
wanna hear it again. everybody has the same
reaction.
A lot of your music appeals to females, and
then dudes eventually catch on to it. Is that
your target audience?
Young true: it just depends. We make music
based on what we deal with in our real life,
and if it ain’t someone in our record label or
in our circle, we don’t deal with males at all.
We cater to the ladies all day. We make music
from our standpoint, and males that are like us
are gonna like it too. all we really care about
is the women. not that we don’t care about
the niggas, we got love for them too. if a dude
sees a good girl get on something, he’s gonna
get on it too.
Who are some of the important people
behind your movement?
Young true: First of all, i wanna give a lot of
love to brian Wallace, the program director.
He’s a big part of our movement. He’s the one
that really believed in us and got our song on
the air. We got close to 1,000 spins in our city.
also, DJ Duck and DJ Wrekk 1 are real impor-
tant in our movement, James rutherford and
our Ceo J. black.
Did you have to get “Supa Clean” hot in the
streets before radio picked it up?
Young true: to tell you the truth, we didn’t
even get it hot. most people gotta push a
record for a long time in the streets. but with
this song, the radio station came to us. i never
even seen the radio station until they called
me. i didn’t even give a damn about going
to radio and begging them to play my song. i
feel like if you got a hot enough song then put
it out and it’ll go where it’s gonna go. music
spreads like wildfre if it’s hot. so as soon as we
made the song, we took it to a couple of DJs.
DJ JF took it back to the lab and let everybody
hear it. the station called us and said they
wanted to throw it in rotation.
rokstar: the crazy thing was nobody even
knew we was from here. they heard the song
and got in contact with us and then found out
we was from here. they was just blown away
so they jumped on the record.
Did you know the song was going to be a hit
right of top?
rokstar: We was just playing around in the stu-
dio and i came up with a skeleton for the beat
and he added some ideas. once the beat was
made he threw a hook on it. the crazy thing
was, at frst he hated the hook. He wanted to
me to erase it, but i was like, nah this is some-
thing diferent. He thought it sounded stupid.
if you really, really listen to it, it sounds funny,
but it works. We really don’t talk like that.
What do y’all have going on during the Circle
City Classic weekend?
Young true: We’re gonna be all around the city.
You can catch us anywhere anything’s happen-
ing. We have like 9 shows. our favorite spot to
go to is sunset strip Club. We love it. We be in
Cloud nine too, that’s a nightclub.
What do you want people to know about you
guys as artists, people, and Nappyville as a
whole?
rokstar: Look out for the album. We’re about
to shoot the “supa Clean” video. another thing
i do is videography. We’re about to do a video
for every song on the album. it’ll be like the
album but in DVD form so you can actually
watch the album. the “take ‘em of” video is in
the editing booth, fnishing it up.
Young true: i want to let everybody know
we’re down-to-earth, real people. We’re just
doing what we like to do. We ain’t following no
trends, we ain’t going with the new fads. We
just living our lives, having fun, and making
music. We’re real blessed. We got a good team
around us. our song is picking up all over the
country. We feel like we’re about to do some-
thing super major and put on for our city.
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t’s been three years since the most
infamous storm in u.s. history, and still,
the frst thing that comes to most minds
upon the mere mention of new orleans
is Hurricane katrina. the Fema trailers still
litter the lawns of the once-proud neighbor-
hoods, mold continues to engulf the interior
of many abandon homes throughout the city,
and the crime rate remains through the roof;
comparing new orleans to a jungle is still a
very fair interpretation. and while most of
the new orleans rap community has left, the
Chopper City boyz are still there, and they’re
still hungry. b.G., Gar, and snipe are hunters in
the jungle, and like it or not, they’re at the top
of the food chain.
the three essentially solo artists, who hunt in
a pack, have seen more success in the game
than most would imagine. their frst project,
2007’s We Got this, debuted at #1 on the
billboard top independent albums chart and
made it to #21 on the Hot 200 chart. the koch
release sold almost 30,000 copies in its frst
week, and led to a new deal with asylum.
one unique element that certainly attracted
asylum to CCb is that while many veteran art-
ists such as b.G. attempt to form a group with
lesser known emcees, Gar and snipe can actu-
ally hold their own on the mic. the Chopper
City boyz have become a respected collective,
drawing comparisons to many of the legend-
ary rap groups from new orleans’ past.
However, not all the news surrounding
the Chopper City boyz has been positive.
Following the release of We Got this, the
group experienced a rather ugly divorce with
longtime member VL mike. mike had accused
b.G. of being dishonest and unfair fnancially,
and had just begun a solo career when he was
gunned down in new orleans on april 20th,
2008. b.G. and the rest of the group maintain
that regardless of their situation, VL mike was
family and they have mourned his passing.
“We looked at him as family,” says Gar. “We
made history together, so of course it hurt
when we lost him. but now we’ve gotta focus
on the future.”
and in focusing on the future, the group is
gearing up to release Life in the Concrete
Jungle this fall. Fueled by the catchy club
anthem “bubblegum,” featuring new orleans
artist Lady Dolla, the Chopper City boyz are
looking to eat again, and this time they have a
bigger appetite.
the world has been familiar with B.G. for a
long time, but most people aren’t as famil-
iar with snipe and Gar. can you guys tell me
what it is that you bring to the group, and
why people should pay attention to you?
snipe: i bring myself to the table, that’s what
makes me unique. i’m a diferent individual,
everybody not the same. i bring my originality
to the table.
Gar: i’m the same nigga that be in every hood.
same nigga, diferent story, same struggle.
i bring my heart and my authenticity to the
group. i’m a real nigga, i’m real loyal, and every
circle needs a nigga like me. i’m gonna display
that, and show that to the world.
What made you guys do a song like “Bub-
blegum?” it’s a hot track, but it seems like a
deviation from your normal style of music.
b.G.: Honestly, we already got the streets on
lock, we already know that the album is gonna
be gutter-gutter-gutter, so we really just
wanted to show another side of the Chopper
City boyz, and give ‘em a club record, a female
record, a radio friendly record, but at the same
time have it G’d up.
do you fnd it frustrating that artists like
yourself, who usually rap about street life
are somewhat forced to do “Bubblegum”
rap to get mainstream success?
b.G.: Don’t for a second get it twisted, man.
“bubblegum” is just the name of the song...
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fter releasing a long collection
of underground mixtapes,
Crowe Da Crook recently
dropped his frst independent
studio album. Here he dis-
cusses the purpose behind his lyrics, his work
with Haystack, and plans for stepping his game
up next year.
Everybody’s got a story. What’s yours? What
got you interested in music?
i started writing raps in 1994. then i got into
some trouble and went to prison. ever since i
got out two years ago, i been doing the music
thang full-time. in two years i’ve performed
all over the midwest, tennessee, kentucky. i
just dropped my frst studio album in august.
i have about ten underground mixtapes. i also
work with a couple of groups – me and my little
brother got a group called thurobreed and me
and my dude paulbearer got a group called
Hawgbillyz. We sold almost a thousand copies
of our mix-CD Chevys and Cocaine in the last
three months. i’m currently signed to a deal
with Fatman records. We’re talking to koch and
select-o-Hits about distributing a compilation
called Fatman records & Haystack present:
Livin’ that trash Life.
How did you link up with Haystack?
Dough, the owner of Fatman records, is real
good friends with Haystack. When i started
messing with Dough on the music tip, he seen
some potential so we signed the papers. He
asked me did i want to feature Haystack on my
album. i said yeah so he brought Haystack up
here in January and we did a show.
Your album is called Mask on My Face. So do
you literally put on a mask and rob people?
a lot of the album is from my experience. i
wrote a lot of it while i was in the penitentiary.
there was times when i wrote raps in the dope
house, in the kitchen while my dudes was
cooking crack. it ain’t all negative. there’s some
gangsta shit on there but there’s some positive
shit too. a couple years ago i lost my wife to
drugs and there’s songs about that. there’s
songs about how i’ve tried to change since i got
out of prison. there’s political stuf on there. the
song “mask on my Face” is from experiences of
having to really put a ski mask on and do what i
need to do to feed my family.
What’s going on with the groups you’re in?
my little brother is out on bond. He’s facing
habitual felony charges. so we’re trying to fnish
the thurobreed album now. me and my dude
paulbearer did the Hawgbillyz CD. i hear Chevys
and Cocaine playing all over the city. they play
it down in tennessee. We’ve sold a lot of CDs in
kentucky. after he drops his solo album we’re
gonna go real hard on a Hawgbillyz studio
album. that’s the only CD i’m going to do next
year except for a DJ Choice and maybe a DJ
black mixtape.
Have people ever made comparisons
between you and other white rappers like
Bubba Sparxx?
no, not at all. people compare me to Young
buck or tupac. people even say my stage pres-
ence reminds them of biggie. i don’t really get
compared to other white rappers.
Being a white rapper, do you feel like you
have to prove yourself more than other rap-
pers do?
i don’t think so. i’ve had more black folks buy
my album than white folks. my music is aggres-
sive and real. i’m talking to you right now while
i’m living in the projects. We’re the only white
people on the street and everybody on my
street bought my album. they love it. i’ve done
shows in front of white folks and i’ll see a couple
folks bobbing their heads, but when i do shows
in front of black folks they go crazy.
Are you performing during the Circle City
Classic?
Yeah, i got a show at the ugly monkey with Jim
e mac, keylo-G, and G-stak. We also got a show
coming up that’s north of indianapolis called
Crunktoberfest. it’s on october 25th at noon.
it’s got all kinds of people from Dayton, oH,
kentucky, nashville, Detroit.
How would you describe the Midwest move-
ment?
a lot of cats in Detroit and Dayton are aiming
towards that Hip Hop shit. the cats in Chi like
kanye and twista got they own lil’ style. We got
Hip Hop lyrics but when we spit it’s real shit. it’s
hard times right now with the economy fucked
up. there’s some folks here that rap fast but i
don’t rap fast. a lot of people think the midwest
is a lot of fast rappers but i just rap what comes
to mind.
What’s the overall plan to use music to better
your life?
Hopefully we’ll get this distribution deal with
Fatman. maybe i can take that money and in-
vest it, maybe move out the projects. all i do is
grind and i’m gonna keep doing what i’m doing
‘cause it’s working.
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.b. the Flyboi knows how to
make a good frst impression.
His debut mixtape hosted by
DJ scream opened a lot of
doors for the new-comer and
now he’s gearing up for his second project fea-
turing DJ Jay-o. at 23 years old, G.b. has already
developed a standout style, both musically and
image-wise, and hopes to take his next single
nationwide.
What do you have going on right now?
i’ve been working on my second mixtape Fly
america ii with DJ Jay-o. i put the frst one out
with Hoodrich’s DJ Jay-o and DJ scream.
What was the response like on the frst
mixtape?
that was just an introduction to get me out
here. i had nothing but good feedback. my
people in my hometown are ridin’ with me,
i got some people in the a ridin’ with me,
throughout the whole midwest. it was a good
look.
Are you originally from Indianapolis?
i’m from indianapolis. i stayed in Chattanooga,
tn during the summers with my grandma and
auntie so i got a lil’ southern in me.
What are some places people should check
out when they come to your city?
it’s not as big as miami or new York, but it’s a
lot to do in the city. You can hit up Cloud nine.
Have a nice Day Café is gon’ be poppin’.
A lot of people describe the Midwest as a
melting pot. Is that how you would describe
your music?
i don’t really think we have a distinct sound in
the midwest. some people think the midwest
is biting of the south and it’s not like that. ev-
erybody sounds diferent. i got a bounce to my
music; you can ride to it and it’s for the clubs.
What songs do you have out right now that
people are supporting?
i have a song called “think i’m icey” that’s
getting played throughout the midwest on
the radio. right now i have a new single called
“Freak u.” it’s hot. my little 20-year-old brother
is doing his thing as a singer. it’s a banger. i ap-
preciate everyone that supports it. it’s a song for
the ladies but you can bang it in the clubs too.
the fellas like it too. You can hear my music on
myspace.com/GbtheFlyboi.
How did you get your rap name?
When i was younger and coming up, no matter
if we were going through hard times or not,
my mom always made sure i stayed fresh.
everybody already called me G.b. and my mama
called me Flyboi. G.b. stands for my real name
Greg branson.
How old are you?
i’ll be 23 on october 16th.
Do you ever run into people from back in the
day and what is their response to the success
you’ve had lately?
they really support me. they wanna see me
make it. they motivate me to keep doing what
i’m doing.
You got any shows coming up?
actually i just had a big show with DJ scream
at Cloud nine. that turned out well. tonight i’m
performing at ball state university in muncie,
indiana. i’m performing at the tailgate party
during the Circle City Classic.
How were you able to start getting booked?
i be on Facebook, myspace. i’m in all the
midwest magazines, all the magazines in the
city. party promoters hit me up and ask me to
perform.
What is Fly Star Entertainment?
that’s the record label i’m on. that’s my record
label, me and a guy named mJ. Fly star enter-
tainment consists of mJ, he’s like the oG of the
family, tiggy, he’s the r&b singer, DJ Jay-o, and
Hamp is mr. Do it all. He’s like a promoter. He
makes sure everything is going good.
Did you have anything else to add?
Welcome to the Circle City, naptown.
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fter learning how to make good
on his past mistakes, Lil nut is
fnally seeing his positive deeds
pay of. using knowledge he
gained through life’s trial and
errors, nut has become a lyrical preacher in the
indianapolis streets.
Go ahead and tell everybody a little bit about
yourself.
my real name is marco Clark. i was born in st.
Louis and moved to mississippi when i was
a year old. my family is from Clarksdale, mis-
sissippi. i was in mississippi ‘til the frst grade.
then moved to indianapolis and that’s where
i was raised at. Coming up, i earned my name
because they used to call me the bighead nut. i
took the bighead of and changed it to Lil nut.
How long had you been rapping before
people became familiar with your name?
i always been rapping since i was little. i was
writing songs in second grade. i really started
getting serious about it when i got out of the
penitentiary in 2002. i started going to the stu-
dio and really doing this music thing. i dropped
one album in 2003 called Wear i Liv through
blackstone/Warner brothers. the album
featured 8ball and mJG, Coo Coo Cal, bosco
and some other artists. the album was mixed
and mastered on the west coast. it’s still on the
shelves at some stores. i also have volumes one
and two of Da show stoppas underground
tapes. both of those got me hot in the streets of
indiana and indianapolis.
What happened with the Blackstone deal?
that was just a distribution deal. i looked at
it like a stepping stone. as far as where i’m at
right now, i got my own label mGG entertain-
ment. i got an artist on the label, i got come-
dians. We’re gonna do a lot of stuf. We been
workin’ real hard.
What does MGG stand for?
it stands for money Go Getter.
You mentioned Da Show Stoppas mixtapes.
What’s up with the In My Prime CD?
that’s my newest CD i got out right now. a lot
of people are ridin’ ‘round bumping it and say-
ing they can’t take it out their CD player, saying
it’s one of the hottest CDs out in the country.
right now i’m just shopping around, doing my
networking thing with diferent magazines and
DJs. i’m messing around with Hoodrich DJs,
Hittmenn DJs, and a lot of hot DJs in my city. i’m
doing collabos with a lot of artists from Detroit,
Chicago, and Cincinnati. i’m trying to do a lot
more. a lot of people know me when they see
me, even artists that’s blown up. my name’s
ringing, i’m just gon’ keep pushing and working.
it’s in God’s hands.
What is the signifcance behind the title of In
My Prime? Why do you think you’re in your
prime at this moment?
i’m in my prime as far as it the business aspect
of it. i done got my knowledge up, i got my
foundation right. i’m also in my prime as far as
my music. i know exactly how i want to present
myself. i know exactly what my mission is. i’m
more explosive on the stage, that’s why they
call me show stoppa. as far as artistry, i got
everything down pat. i’m feeling more ready
than i’ve ever been. i’m in my prime.
You had mentioned being in prison, what was
the situation behind that and how did it afect
your life?
i got a good mother, real respectful, taught us
all the morals of life. she tried her best to keep
us out of things. i really didn’t have a father
fgure around to keep me from veering of so i
was kinda raised by the streets. i made a lot of
wrong choices, but everything that happened
in my life made me the man i am today. i was
in and out of juvenile until i got old enough to
go to jail. Finally, i went to the penitentiary for
assaulting a police ofcer. they originally gave
me ten years, but i ended up serving three. i got
out in 2002 and been doing music. i ain’t went
back to jail since then. i done went from taking
from the hood to giving back to the hood. i
have a whole bunch of songs about how i came
up, trying to talk to people.
This issue is for the Circle City Classic. What do
you have going on that weekend?
i’ll be performing thursday at the ugly monkey
with Lil scooty, Jim e mac, keylo-G, and G-stak.
Friday i should be performing at 300. i’ll be
around, doing a lot of networking, the rest of
the days. tell everybody they can contact me
at myspace.com/Lilnut317. one love to the
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He’s a MeMBeR oF a
GRaMMY WinninG R&B
qUaRtet tHat sold Mil-
lions oF RecoRds. noW,
sliM oF tHe R&B GRoUp
112 tells oZone WHY
GoinG FoR selF is “so
FlY.”
it’s been about three years since 112 dropped
their last album. What have you been up to
since that last album?
We’ve been doing tours worldwide and i’ve
been getting my label together, m3 produc-
tions. it’s a great work in process. i just made
history with asylum because i’m the frst r&b
singer that they signed. basically, i’m working
from the ground up, bracing myself to be the
next Def Jam and arista. i’m trying to do the
same thing with m3 productions.
How did you decide to become a solo artist?
i didn’t want to do a solo project actually. i
wanted to start my own label, and i looked at
it as a business. it’s easy [for me to be the frst
artist] ‘cause i already have a sound and a brand
with 112, and it’s easier to get the ball rolling
with my label and build equity so i can pave the
way for other artists who i’m about to sign. it’s
a good look. even though i really didn’t want to
do a solo project, i’m happy i did because the
frst single is doing real good.
Why didn’t you want to do a solo project?
i felt like i sang enough with 112. i was very
comfortable with the role i played in the group,
i just never had that desire to be an solo artist.
but businesswise i did want to be the Ceo of
my own company and i wanted to do some-
thing i hadn’t done before. With 112 we’ve been
in this for 12 years, we’ve won every single
award there is: Grammys, mtV, bet awards,
everything, so what can elevate me to the next
level? it’s about challenging yourself and grow-
ing from being an artist to a young Ceo.
is everybody in the group still cool?
How are the relationships now? i was actually
the last person that wanted to jump out and
do it [solo]. it’s just that my situation rose faster.
i was the last person to start on it and the frst
person to have it grow a little.
Why you think your situation rose faster?
i don’t know. i put that in God’s hands right
there. i just feel blessed that i’m not making a
bunch of mistakes. Whatever he wants to hap-
pen, i put it in his hands and let it happen.
so what do you think is the diference between
your solo music compared to 112?
With 112, we all played roles to make sure the
112 brand and sound was developed. When i’m
performing it’s defnitely a signifcant diference,
because [in a group] you’ve got three other
guys out there that got your back. they dance
just as well, that can sing just as well and it’s all
love. but with the solo project i had to fnd my
own niche and almost reinvent a sound, i didn’t
want to go out there and pick the same produc-
ers as everybody else uses...
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oung Wise is ready to give his
hometown a voice and he knows
that he’s the key person to do
it. the cocky rapper has been
behind the scenes but is now
ready to open up the curtains for him and his
home state of ohio.
What do you have going on right now?
i just got out of a contract with multiman
music Group that i was in for three years. i’m
just doing my own thing with promotions and i
got a couple of mixtapes out right now. i’m just
pushing my new album and trying to get my
internet game up more because my myspace
is crazy.
How long have you been rapping?
i don’t even remember when i started, but my
whole family has been afliated with music,
and my mom was a backup singer for patti
Labelle.
How did you hook up with Multiman Music
Group?
i was up in new York trying to expand a little
bit and i had a couple of spots on mtV’s real
World where my song played in the back-
ground, and i had a spot on espn with a show
called “City slam.” i just kind of bumped into
him, while he was working the paris Hilton
project when she was working with scott
storch, and he hooked me up with a ghost
writing project for this kid from Disney. When
i frst started i really was just working with
him without no paperwork so after a while we
went ahead and made it ofcial. i’m still back
and forth to new York taking care of diferent
projects.
What rappers inspired you coming up?
everybody, but Jay really inspired me around
7th and 8th grade when reasonable Doubt
came out. as i got older i started to look at who
would be my competition and in my range.
Julez was buzzing around that time. Wayne
wasn’t as popular as he is now and that’s
crazy. biggie and tupac of course. i was a die
hard pac fan but people i respect is red Cafe,
Julez, Fab, Wayne, and of course bone thugs
n Harmony. When bone came out everybody
was expecting rappers from ohio to sound like
them, but i’m trying to change that and make
a diference.
Speaking of rappers from Ohio, I read your
blog about Bow Wow. What’s going on with
that?
nothing. maybe that’s the problem, i feel like
he ain’t doing his part as far as home. We from
a place where we get overlooked. the game
has moved from the east coast, to the west
coast, back to the east coast, then down south.
You know when he was small it was all good
because he was young, but now you older and
you have the chance to show your support for
home. i love my home i show my support and
i’m thankful for the support of others, and if i
had the chance i would be helping my city. it’s
almost kind of disrespectful and people out
here don’t even think of him when it comes to
rappers from ohio; they think of bone.
What kind of style would you bring to the
game?
the real midwest – that’s all i can think of. i
will bring style the game really hasn’t heard
yet because you’ve heard the east, west, and
south sound. the midwest doesn’t really have
a sound. i think my style is the real midwest,
that cockiness and little bit of danger that’s
showing that we deserve something.
Do you think the game is oversaturated with
backpack rappers?
oh yeah, the game is so commercial right now
and its ringtone season. to me a backpack
rapper isn’t Hip Hop because all they do is rap
about stuf that has no relevance, and that’s
cool if that’s all you know. if all you know is
rap and what goes on in the studio then you
a backpack rapper. if all you know is what’s
going on in the streets then you a gangsta
rapper, and if all you know is your life then you
a real nigga.
What’s your biggest accomplishment thus far?
i’m thankful for everything that i have ac-
complished. i have opened tours for akon and
ne-Yo and that was pretty cool. i didn’t even
plan that one; i just went through and the
promoter liked me and put me on. i appreciate
the little things, for example, somebody may
call me and be like, i just heard your song on
mtV. i love little stuf like that. then my video
“ryder” was on mtV2 for 14 weeks straight. it
also aired on VH1, so that probably was of the
biggest achievement so far.
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il scooty is the naptown new
blood. at 21 years old, he’s
already emerging as the future
of the Circle City, the midwest,
and Hip Hop as a whole. Don’t let
his age and level of experience mislead you,
scooty is capable of producing hit after hit.
Introduce yourself to our readers.
my nickname has been Lil scooty since i was
a kid. i been rapping for two or three years. i
just fnished up my frst mixtape hosted by DJ
b swift from the radio station. i got mrC enter-
tainment going on. that’s our label.

Are you the only artist on the label?
it’s me, kano, spitty spark, and indiana tom.
You can probably compare us to trill entertain-
ment, how everybody is basically solo artists
but it’s one big family.
What made you decide you were ready to put
out a full project?
i been rapping since back in the day, rapping
to kids in the neighborhood, freestyling in clubs
and at parties. everybody kept asking me when
i was gonna put a CD out. i didn’t think i was
ready for an album so i did the mixtape thang.
Which songs do you think are the best on
the CD?
right now i got a single called “brown Louie
bag” featuring Young true of nappyville and Gb
the Flyboi. actually they just played it on the
radio about ten minutes ago.
How did you link up with Young True and GB?
Are you guys good about networking in the
city?
as far as nappyville, they always been doing
their thing as long as i can remember. they
always been the #1 local cats in the city. they
hit me up on myspace and told me the songs i
had were good but i needed some better qual-
ity. so i started recording with them and built a
relationship like that. they just like family too.
as far as Gb, i seen him doing his thang and we
basically met on myspace. We been kickin’ it
and networking ever since then.
Besides Nappyville, who are some of the local
legends as far as rapping goes?
We actually got a show on thursday the 2nd
during Circle City Classic weekend. it’s gonna
be starring keylo-G – he used to be in a group
called n.a.p., they was on billboards and
everything back in the day. then you got Lil
nut, G-stak, and Jim e mac. Gb the Flyboi is
defnitely doing his thang right now. those are
the people with the limelight.
Tell me about your future plans.
i’m trying to drop another mixtape with DJ
Jay-o from Hoodrich. i’m working on my frst
ep called 21 Years. i’m trying to drop that on
January 1st, my birthday. i’m in college for
network administration, fnishing school right
now. i just fnished my frst year. i got another
year and a half before i get my associates
Degree. i’m going to school full time.
How are you able to balance college and a
rap career?
it’s cool. i can promote at school. everybody
at school knows about me. even the teachers
support me. they see me out here on my
grind. they see me come to school every day
and balance it out. it’s kinda hard but i look at
it like gettin’ up to go to school is like another
hustle, just like going to the studio and writing
raps. it’s about the money at the end of the day.
Is the money why you started rapping?
Well, i started of rapping as a hobby, just as
something to do to pass time. and then there’s
the money. but this is my #1 hobby.
How would you describe Lil Scooty?
i’m just trying to set myself up for my future.
i’m an outgoing guy, cool person to be
around. i’m just an all around cool person. i
can basically ft in good with anybody. i kick
it with the thugs, i kick it with the upper-class
people.
Beside the show you already mentioned,
what else do you have going on during the
Circle City Classic?
i’ll be performing at Club industry that week-
end on october 4th. We’re bringing shawty Lo
down here and i’m opening up for him. that’ll
be my biggest highlight for Classic Weekend.
What else you got on your mind?
that’s about it. people are gon’ hear a lot from
me. i’m gon’ be on my grind 24-7 hustling.
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