good, everything's going well.
world who 334 Mobb is
is myself, Big Ken aka Supastar, and my brother Sawed Off. We're in Montgomery,
Alabama. 334 is the area code, and 334 the name is like three plus three
plus four equals ten, and then the M.O. and then B.B. which is like "Ten
More Brothers Buried," which means we're representing for the people
that don't have no voice. We have to rep for them.
the "Mobb" with two "b's" like Mobb Deep, do you see
that being a problem?
heard some people say some little shit, but our music is way different.
We're southern. I don't know what their Mobb means, and if there is a
problem, so what, fuck it, let's handle it, it's all good.
hearing your name a lot more now, what do you think got you that buzz?
just been years of grinding man. We've had that mind-frame that nobody
cares about you. We just did a show with David Banner and Bonecrusher.
That helps. We've been hitting the streets in the music, because no one's
going to push your music like you. We finally realized that. It's about
creating awareness for the product you're selling. We got people in New
York knowing about us now, we got a song with Loon, it's all good.
is still drying on the Def Jam contract, how have things been since signing?
is good. Def Jam is running now man. It's all good man.
the deal go down?
your boys been grinding. Atlantic, Sony, and a few other labels wanted
to sign us. We did an A&R showcase, Ray Romulus, Tata, everybody was
there. We did the songs, "Take a Picture," "Hustler,"
and "Keep it Pimping," and it was a wrap. We went to L.A. Reid's
office because the A&R's were like "we want to sign these motherfuckers.
L.A. Reid's got a nice plushed-out office. We went in there, Chaka Zulu
was in there, and we performed the same three songs for them and L.A.
Reid was like "I don't want them to leave the building until they
sign contracts. They don't leave the building until they're Def Jam artists."
That's how it went down. They heard about the grind and set up a showcase.
I've been after this a long time and God came through. This is a real
blessing. I sat down and asked the Lord to bless it because this is something
that we needed. I never had a real job, my brother used to do the restaurant
thing, but this is a blessing. L.A. Reid is a legend, he signed Outkast,
we're supposed to meet with Jay-Z next.
your goals for being on Def Jam?
my whole shit was to get on a major label. Now, I'm not just happy with
a mil, I need two mil, three mil, ten mil. It's like what Lloyd Banks
said, "Hunger for More," I never understood that until now.
We're going to show that Southern cats can spit some shit. We're about
to lay down some real controversial shit about George Bush. We're going
to have a real diverse album with something on there for everybody. It's
going to be a classic album, you can quote that shit. If you don't want
to hear the lyrical shit, there'll be some buck shit. People at HipHopGame,
they want that hard Hip Hop shit, we got some of that too. I'm going to
bring them a classic album. Gold or platinum, that's the next step. Shout
out to everybody at Def Jam!
don't work with David Banner, how was that?
We were at
the radio station Hot 107.9 in Atlanta, and Banner had heard our song
"The Wicked Church," where we're talking about a preacher that's
fucked up and sells dope, and he came to us and said "we need to
do a track" because he liked that track so much. He's real humble,
and we really appreciate that shit.
feel like you have to get collaborations to get people to give you an
I feel like
certain DJ's aren't just going to look at a new artist and put them on.
It's not really an option. That's why you have to go out and get features.
I could be on a bullshit site like doodoo.com or HipHopGame.com. It's
a name game. That's why we do collaborations. It's not like we're saying
those guys are better than us. Sometimes you have to do that to get the
DJ's to accept you and put you on their mixtapes.
the DJ's been supporting you so far?
wonderful. There's been a couple of fuckboys that call themselves DJ's.
Other than that, they've been supporting us good. My boy DJ Chuck T from
North Carolina, my boy DJ Swan, DJ Wats, DJ Judgemental, DJ Jelly, and
DJ Drama. There's a lot of DJ's that dickride after you get hot. I'm like
"fuck with me while I'm independent before I become a major artist."
It's all about the product.
you want to give people with your music?
to bring Alabama to the forefront dog. Our whole state has been pushed
back. I've never heard an Alabama artist on a Big Mike tape or a lot of
motherfucker's tapes. It's time. They're from Alabama, but they're not
slow or riding in the back of the bus. All that shit is over. When people
say Alabama, they're going to think of 334 Mobb. We're not rapping that
old bullshit. We're not saying our name five times in a song. We're saying
some real shit. My goal is to let people see the real gutter and let them
see what's going on. There's kids that go to HipHopGame.com and just look
at the people on there and just feel that they can't never be a part of
it. We want to represent that motherfucker that doesn't have that voice.
up with Alabama?
few groups that have been on a label
but my goal is for people like
you that say 334 Mobb you think of Alabama.
you bring to the group?
I bring knowledge.
I bring real lyrics. I bring beats. I bring singing. We sing, rap, produce,
do everything. I bring the business aspect too. There has to be a business
aspect too. And Sawed Off brings the life to the group, that high-pitched,
fast rapping. That shit is beautiful. We're brothers, so we're bringing
the same shit. We're bringing talent, that's what the industry doesn't
have right now.
you guys working on now?
on an album right now. We had the mixtape, which is called "Here
in the Gutter Volume One." That had David Banner, DJ Drama, Bobby
Black, Wally Sparks, Sammy Sam
we sold like 10,000 of them in the
streets. Now, we're pretty much done with the album. We're still trying
to get a few features. Once we get this major deal locked down we'll get
a few more features and we'll be done.
we watch for that's coming up for 334 Mobb?
Entertainment Awards are coming up, the SEA's, we're nominated for a few
categories, and it was just phenomenal to see that shit. We got that,
you're going to see a major deal coming up soon. We're pushing that single
"Take a Picture." A lot of good things are coming up for 334
Mobb, and I'm going to just keep faith in God to make it happen.
you want to say to everyone out there?
Go to 334mobb.net.
There's not a lot of music up there because we had a dumbass web designer
that didn't know how to post music. We got a SoundClick page a fan made
for us. You can search our name on Google. And there's no one in the South
that's really touching what we're about to bring to the game, it's a lot
of versatility. There's not going to be songs about trappin' or bitches
every song. We bring lyrics. There's finally a group that brings excellence.
It's not on just no gritty shit, it's not on no dumb shit, it's everything,
it's like gumbo. If you want to call us, hit us up at 1.800.203.2270.
This ain't no Mike Jones shit. That's for everybody to hit us up.