MP3: League Of Extraordinary Gz – “Grind” (Prod. By Statik Selektah)
The LOEGz Drop An Exclusive, Non-Album Single, Premiered By Brooklyn Vegan
Critical Praise for League Of Extraordinary Gz:
“The eight members of the group were a high-energy bunch, rapping with distinctive Texas twang and pogo dancing nonstop.” – The New York Times
“A goddamn typhoon onstage.” – Houston Press
“Eight immensely capable lyricists, all of whom bring a unique perspective, voice, and level of vigor to the stage” – Austin Chronicle cover story
“…what promises to be a defining group in Texas rap history: The League of Extraordinary G’z.”- DJ Booth
Fresh off the release of their debut album, #LeagueShit, eight-member Austin rap group League of Extraordinary Gz drop an exclusive, non-album single today on Brooklyn Vegan. The track, titled “Grind,” was produced by Boston-based DJ Statik Selektah, who got in contact with the LOEGz after seeing the crew perform at last year’s SXSW.
League emcee Greezo tells us the message of the track is to let newcomers know that grind is everything in the rap game. “Most aspiring rappers assume that there’s not much to do outside of rapping. With this track, we were echoing the same message Goodie Mob did: ‘You need to git up, git out, and git something!'” Statik’s scratches on the hook of “Grind” give it an old-school, east-coast feel, which Greezo says “we aren’t too accustomed to as Southern artists, but in the end it came out dope.”
The LOEGz’ new album, #LeagueShit, was released earlier this month and features appearances by Slim Gravy of A.Dd+, Grupo Fantasma, Dead Prez, and Bavu Blakes. Recently passed League member Esbe Da 6th Street Bully can also be heard rapping on the release. #LeagueShit is available for streaming on DJ Booth and for purchase on iTunes.
Listen to “Grind”: https://soundcloud.com/theloegz/grind-prod-by-statik-selektah/
Check out the Brooklyn Vegan premiere: http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2013/10/league_of_extra.html
Preview and purchase on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/leagueshit/id708663564
Check out the album stream via DJ Booth: http://www.djbooth.net/index/albums/review/loegz-leagueshit
League Of Extraordinary Gz Background:
When Austin, Texas, reality rap collective League of Extraordinary Gz recorded “We Gone Make It” in spring 2010, Octavis “Esbe Da 6th Street Bully” Berry stepped in the recording booth and yelled two words: “League Shit!”. Three years later, it has become an emphatic anthem, brand and title. The Bully’s vision formed in 2009 when his choice of eight members and three groups with their own budding local buzz – Dred Skott, Da COD and Southbound – sat in a driveway plotting a collaborative mixtape. In 2010 they debuted locally, played the South by Southwest Music Festival and Fun Fun Fun Fest and were featured on MTV Jams’ Texas All-Star Edition. In 2011 they rocked over 60 shows, including a West Coast tour with Jackie Chain for their Concealed Weapons 3 mixtape, and a national tour with Dead Prez. Then, in October 2011, The Bully passed away suddenly due to a pulmonary embolism. As 2011 ended, the LOEGz were named one of Sonicbids’ Top 5 Hip Hop acts. They released The Plug EP in December. All of this came from a collective effort by three groups in three years via the foresight of a now-absent leader. All anticipation, questions or doubt after a few spins of The Plug EP will be quenched with their debut album #LeagueShit. Clearly rooted in traditional Hip Hop, #LeagueShit includes stout musicality and wildly free speech featuring Dead Prez, Bavu Blakes, Grupo Fantasma, and Slim Gravy of A.Dd+.
“Grind” (Prod. By Statik Selektah): https://soundcloud.com/theloegz/grind-prod-by-statik-selektah/
“Still Bigger” Ft. Dead Prez: https://soundcloud.com/theloegz/still-bigger-feat-dead-prez/
“Maybe She’s Right”: https://soundcloud.com/theloegz/maybe-shes-right
“4$ Blues”: https://soundcloud.com/theloegz/4-blues/s-jNFfq