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After emerging on the hip hop scene in 2008, Lakewood, Washington’s underground hip hop group, South East Camp (S.E.C.) is already proving they are hip hop artists to keep an eye out for. In a time where hip hop groups are scarce, S.E.C. is transpiring to use their talent and natural-bred hustle to declare hip hop groups are back. Using the likes of fellow hip hop groups Three 6 Mafia and UGK, S.E.C. is proving that underground rap can and will impact mainstream. “S.E.C. music is needed. ‘Feel good’ music is what the world needs but it’s lacking in hip hop. We are bringing it back and giving the world what they have been asking for.”
Before uniting as S.E.C., Alabama natives QT, DT Da Professor, and Mastermind started rapping under the name, Key Soldiers. “We really didn’t know what that meant. We just started rapping and the different combinations led to a beautiful sound,” stated QT. After recording their first club banger, “Baggy,” they knew their style and quality of music would enable them to emerge as a successful and enduring rap group. But it was not until they connected with Tennessee native and underground producer, Loo$e the Goo$e, that they knew their popularity and appeal would reach a wider range of audiences. “In a time where rappers rep just their city; we rep our city and our region because we are all from the southeast. That is why we call ourselves the South East Camp.”
Best known at their home base for their chaotic performances, S.E.C. has a loyal fan base and “cult like” following. “We have grown over the past few years,” confesses DT Da Professor, “and Rep My City’ from their much anticipated mixtape, “Thunder Dome Chronicles Vol. 1: Tha Movement,’ has flooded the streets, signifying the group as a force to be reckoned with as well as elevated their sound beyond the Washington area.
“We don’t see our differences. We have a respect for hip hop and musicians in general,” confesses QT, “Our style is a representation of rap artists past, present and what we foresee in the future.”