“TrenchMobb is guaranteed to turn the crowd all the way up.” – Earmilk
“TrenchMobb is a group from Chicago, Illinois, that is quickly rising the ranks in their City.” – RESPECT Mag
“You don’t really see Blacks and Latinos working together; that’s what’s special about us,” notes TrenchMobb member Spazz. “We’re showing the world that we can do this together, as opposed to just one culture at a time.” In a divisive world, a family-minded Rap group from Chicago’s West Side is a testament of unity, diversity, and positivity. Bandmate JR007 adds, “We’re all together, the Blacks, Hispanics, and white people.” Led by JR, Spazz, and Lil Jaydoe, this DIY group of artists with Colombian, Mexican, Puerto Rican, and Black heritage based in the Austin section of the city has nearly a dozen videos with views in the millions. Now partnered with EMPIRE, the collective is gearing up for its full-length debut in the spring of 2020.
Like other famed Rap crews, TrenchMobb is comprised of many affiliates—releasing songs that support solo and group endeavors. At its core, founder Sosa Corleone (aka Johnny Calvin) galvanized groups of friends from the trenches of the city’s West Side in 2017. He and JR007’s music talent inspired those around him. Lil Jaydoe, Spazz, Bankroll Batman, and others forged ahead with making viral songs such as the captivating club track “All Types.” Tracks like this gave the Windy City a new youth identity, outside of shooting, jugging, and drug records. By 2018, TrenchMobb released Be Home Soon, including the popular title track and breakout “2 Of Everything.” Both videos crossed the million-mark, garnering Wordstar and DatPiff coverage.
As the movement gained strong momentum, TrenchMobb suffered a significant loss. Sosa Corleone passed away during the summer of 2019. JR007, Lil Jaydoe, and Spazz prefer not to address the matter out of respect for privacy. However, they honor Sosa’s spirit, including plans to release his posthumous solo album. In Sosa Corleone’s absence, TrenchMobb worked to carry on the brand, playing their respective positions, including JR’s musical know-how, Spazz’s business savvy, and Jaydoe’s knack for networking. This synergy showed itself on 2019 TMBG4L hits “Tweakers” and the melodic “Very Far.” These songs stand apart from anything else in the space, in a group that models itself with jiggy, dance-friendly records in the spirit of the West Side’s get-fly mentality. As a result, TrenchMobb boasts a substantial female following.
“This is the first time to show what we got on a higher level,” Jaydoe says of the group’s debut. “We’ve been dropping mixtapes and viral videos, but this is how we show that we belong; we deserve a spot.” TrenchMobb is no fad; they are here to stay. EMPIRE recognized that, and provided its state of the art studio as well as full creative control. “This album, it means something to us,” Spazz notes. “It’s like there are 24 seconds on the shot-clock, and everybody is stepping up.” JR007 adds, “We’ve got our own Wave. We always wanted to bring something new to the table.” That desire manifests itself in “Spinback,” a single that shows a group with a proven ability to make catchy songs, from verses to the chorus. “Shake Something” is a funky West Coast-inspired groove, while “Invest” downshifts the mood for a smooth, melodic vibe.
“Before the music, we had a brotherhood,” Spazz shares of TrenchMobb’s roots spanning back to its members’ early teens. “The music stuff is a bonus.” In 2020, the multicultural, multitalented clique will show the world how very far they’ve come, and how they have all types of music.
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