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On Aug 18, 2010 Dem Raleigh Boyz was interviewed by Cyrus Webb of Conversations Magazine.
Cyrus Webb has his own Radio and Television Show in the State of Mississippi. As well as an internationally recognized Book Club and a Bi-Monthly Arts & Entertainment Magazine.
DEM RALEIGH BOYZ: Creating Art With Art Rhyme, Skills and Drive by Cyrus Webb for Conversations Magazine
It all began while they were together on the high school football team at Raleigh High School in Mississippi. One day in the locker room Darrell Ashley aka GB approached Chris Ervin aka Dj Down South and asked him about his love of music and where he was trying to get in making it a career. DJ Down South then invited GB to record at his home studio. Some time later while working on GB's Debut album 'Tripnosis' and Dj Down South's mixtape 'Get to Know Me vol. 1', GB invited his long time friend Russell Clark aka Big Blaze to a recording session. After seeing that they all had the common goal of taking their dreams and making them a reality, they formed the group Dem Raleigh Boyz.
Now with a real drive and determination to succeed, Dem Raleigh Boyz is ready to do what it takes to get themselves heard. They took out time from their recording to talk about their influences, where they see themselves headed, and how they are getting the word out about their music and creating a solid fanbase without radio play.
* Thanks guys for taking out the time to talk with me. I know you all are busy, but I'm sure our readers will appreciate this opportunity. Who would you each say are your influences? Dj Down South: Kurt Cobain, Bob Marley, Ice Cube, Eazy E, Jimi Hendrix, Augustana, Danielle Ate The Sandwich, Tupac, and Bone Thugs -N- Harmony. I grew up listening to 50's, 60's, and early 70's music as a kid. I have a lot of respect for that music and the artists that contributed! I still listen to those classic tracks and some of my favorite songs are from that era.
Big Blaze: There are many great artists out there, But in an attempt to keep a unique sound, I try not to be influenced by them. Our generation says they want to be unique and different, But a lot of today's artists still share the same sound.
GB: I would have to say the ones that influenced me the most was Bone thugs -n- Harmony, Notorious B.I.G., Tupac, T.I, Young Jeezy, Ludacris, an Emenim. I think having an eclectic ear contributes to Dem Raleigh Boyz unique sound, and versatile lyrics. Just being open to multiple genres and having respect for their art.
* Music is something that is seen by many as a unifying force. What does music do to you all, and how is your sound different? Dj Down South: Music brings out the best in me, I love everything about music. I love learning new instruments, listening to new music and helping out other unsigned artist. I give a lot of my time to help young kids who show interest in the arts by volunteering my time so they become more confident in their talent.
Big Blaze: Music brings out the full spectrum of emotions in me. Music also brings me peace. That's what music is meant to do, inspire people to feel emotions and motivate them to do great things. I encourage everyone I meet to pick up music, because the only way music will survive is by being passed from one generation to another.
GB: Music is my way of expressing my feelings and having a good time. I love the feeling I get when people run up to me an ask me if I could get em a Dem Raleigh Boyz cd or if me an the boys would do a track with them.
* As three individuals, I know you all have ...............
Read the rest of the interview at http://cawebbonline.blogspot.com/2010/08/dem-raleigh-boyz-creating-art-with.html
In a age where people want to be somebody, so they act like somebody, Dem Raleigh Boyz push the bar to say that they want to be like nobody else out there and strive to be unique. Crawling out of the street corners of Raleigh, Mississippi, Dem Raleigh Boyz broke into the hip-hop scene in 2008 when all 3 gathered in the studio while working on GB's debut album, Tripnosis (2008). The group's latest album, Last Road Out (2010), combines Dj Down South, GB, and Big Blaze's hard-hitting flow with soulful bass lines to produce a disc overflowing with bassy street anthems. With standout tracks like "Punk Kid Featuring NeyNey," look for Dem Raleigh Boyz to be a major leader in the hip-hop landscape for years to come.