MP3: League Of Extraordinary Gz – “4$ Blues”
Gas Prices Inspire New Track From Seven-Piece Rap Group League Of Extraordinary Gz
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
Austin, Texas’ League of Extraordinary Gz know what it’s like to be too broke to fill the tank. Premiering today on Potholes In My Blog, the track “4$ Blues” was inspired by skyrocketing gas prices and trying to get by on fumes. As part of the Dred Skott 4 President mixtape back in 2008, the track was originally done over Emily King‘s “Walk In My Shoes.” Now, the song has been remade over an original beat by the League’s Reggie Coby and placed onto the upcoming album #LeagueShit.
The verse delivered by the late leader of the League, Octavis “Esbe Da 6th Street Bully” Berry, was kept on the new version of the track. League member Lowkey says The Bully’s verse captures the mood of the song best, with lyrics like “Got an ounce of bake but my low fuel light came on at 8 / And it’s 8:16 now I’m basically pushing fumes / And Habib’s is on the other side of town (Oooh).” Reggie says the most enjoyable part of recording the track were the skits. “Me and Tay (The Bully) always had fun in the studio. We were always trying to put bits of comedy into our music, and this track is a perfect example of that.” #LeagueShit is due out October 15th.
Listen to “4$ Blues”: https://soundcloud.com/theloegz/4-blues/s-jNFfq
Check out the Potholes In My Blog premiere: http://potholesinmyblog.com/league-of-extraordinary-gz-4-blues-potholes-premiere/
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+.
“4$ Blues”: https://soundcloud.com/theloegz/4-blues/s-jNFfq