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Musical Influences

Meech: “I'm influenced by Notorious B.I.G. I’m influenced by all. B.I.G. Too $hort. I’m influenced by a lot of people, some of the people I am influenced by don’t have vocals. Jimi Hendrix. I can listen to that guy without his vocals to be honest. I don’t really need that shit. That’s just being 100 percent. That’s mostly who I am speaking of. But as far as hip-hop goes, Biggie, Busta Rhymes, Jay.

”One thing all those guys taught me is the best thing you can do when you make music is to be as in-tune with yourself as possible. Don’t try to be anything else but yourself. Biggie always rapped about the facts, the truth, and himself. He never really like fucked around and that’s what got him far. That’s really what I learned. I put it all out there. My mother would hear some shit and be like,’Damn.’ And she has to turn away and shit like that. It is what it is because that’s who I am. If I did some other shit, it wouldn’t be me.”

Juice: “First and foremost, probably Snoop Dogg. He’s probably one of the biggest influences ever. Snoop Dogg, Biggie Smalls. I even have a portrait of Biggie Smalls tattooed on me. Ill Bill. Bone Thugs. Easy E. Mac Dre. Thizz Nation. Those are some epic artists in music history. I used to listen to all that shit when I was a kid.

“My favorite album is Doggystyle by Snoop Dogg. Because he’s a fucking pimp, gangster, hustler, everything. It was so versatile. The flows were crazy. You never heard something like that ever during the time of rap. Snoop Dogg did some unbelievable shit. I still get shivers down my spine when I heard Snoop and Dre's “Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang.” That shit was awesome.”

Erick: “Portishead. Coldplay. Rick James. Etta James. I like a lot of old shit. ‘60s soul. Motown. Hip-hop obviously. It's just making beats a lot of times the sounds only to use were listening to Slick Rick or that old real boom boom bap kind of Eric B. and Rakim shit. I was always a fan of it but I wanted to leave that for the time that it was. So I try to listen to other genres of music to try and recreate what was present then and kind of make that the now. I hate when MCs or producers make something that sounds just like the 90s. I hate that shit. It’s not the '90s. It's 2012. You got to reinvent that.”

Meech. “You know who we forgot to name, man? Robert Kelly.”

Erick: “Oh God, yeah. The master. Definitely him. The list for that goes on.”

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