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Public Defendaz / Press

““We the People” sings about the group’s close knit community and how they’ve come up through the ranks through hard work and camaraderie. Imagine trying to launch a hip-hop career in homogenous SLO! Yet these guys have developed a solid following and managed to take home top honors in the hip-hop category of the New Times Music Awards the past two years in a row.”

“Oktapus, Royal, Taktical, and IyayI... collectively California's Public Defendaz. This group goes hard. Thats it.”

“I’m not a super big hip-hop fan either, but Public Defendaz are laying it down, and the crowd’s eating it up. Not only did the rap ensemble win the hip-hop genre, they won the online Readers Choice award and by the end of the evening, the judges would also award them Best Live Performance.”

“Public Defendaz have not fallen short on this one, they have carefully picked the beats and they didn’t fall short on that either -- a very impressive line up of beats! Listen on as the rest of the mixtape follows suit, the sounds of REAL HIP HOP echo throughout each track, the lyrics and word play showcase exactly what Public Defendaz are all about… I will stop here, my best suggestion to you now, download this mixtape and burn it to CD, everyone will be asking you for a copy!”

“I honor and respect these guys to the fullest, and I am very proud to have them rep this apparel...Tripp Apparel solutes you Public Defendaz! PD and Tripp Apparel STAND UP!”

“What I think will go on to be the group’s most enduring quality is their in-house production. J4RD, Oktapus and Taktical all take turns furnishing the album with interesting beats that at moments span traditional hardcore Hip-Hop and then at other times incorporate rich, soulful samples.”

“Self titled “I Live Hip Hop” our mixtape features some of the realest HIP HOP from across the globe. Featuring such artists as Aposoul, Aspects, Daboi aka Whit G, Hussein Fatal, Gonzoe, Bizarre, Cisco Kid, Click^North, Curtis The Great, Dead Letter Poets, Influence, J-Dove, MaxxSteelTheGOD, Nuff Said, Public Defendaz, Ro Scythe, Torrance Brossette, Valid, Triple M, Opera Steve & Kool G Rap himself!”

"The production values are mind-blowing, with the various members taking turns producing the record’s 20 tracks while they collaborate on the vocals. Sometimes they remind me of Fun Lovin’ Criminals, other times Digable Planets, other times Snoop or Dr. Dre."

"A group with a West-Coast Dungeon Family sound. Something like Living Legends crossed with Boot Camp Click, combining all styles of hip-hop in one group."

"Their purpose: to bring audiences a quality of music that directly reflects the "voice" of the people."

New Times 1st Annual Soundcheck

"The Defendaz have opened for such high-profile acts as Slick Rick, Tech N9ne, Boot Camp Click and Andre Nickatina, among others. Along the way, the group has managed to gain a considerable fan base throughout the Central Coast."

"You should really just expect a high energy show thats gonna have a diverse set. Your definitely gonna get your money's worth, ya dig...We take our performances seriously...it ain't like we just gonna get up there and rap over our own CD unrehearsed. Thats just something we don't do."

"Their music has been described as counter to the stereotype that rap is all money and flash."