Tell us who you are and what it is you do in Cincinnati.
I AM B. LUCK aka BAD AZZ LUCK.. 1/3 OF THE GROUP BEAT GANG. AND WE RUN CINCINNATI… HA, WELL WE ARE A RAP GROUP WITH ONE OF THE LARGEST FOLLOWINGS IN THE CITY’S MUSIC HISTORY…
Yeah I’ve noticed! You guys get mad respect down there and across the state. A lot of people clique up but whats the formula for putting together a TIGHT family?
WELL HONESTLY, THE ONLY WAY ITS GOING TO WORK IS IF ITS NOT JUST BUSINESS. THESE ARE ACTUALLY LIKE MY BROTHERS. I AM WITH THESE GUYS EVERYDAY. SO WE ARE COMFORTABLE TOGETHER. WE ARE A UNIT. AND THATS HOW WE CARRY OURSELVES. IF ITS ALL BUSINESS, THEN THERE IS NO LOVE AND THE SMALLEST DISAGREEMENTS WILL BE BLOWN OUT OF PORPORTION
Beat Gang Members from Left to Right - B. Luck, Tweez, and E-Check posing with Slim Gudz and Machine Gun Kelly
Thats true. Egos and money often get in the way of a good thing, its nice to see a group have fun while they are making moves. Beat Gang seems to have a very heavy VISUAL presence in the market, and i heard you also do design work and a lil directing on the side. How did you get into that and how can others benifit from your hustle?
WELL I ACTUALLY GOT INTO GRAPHICS BY BEING PUT ON THE BACK BURNER BY ANOTHER LOCAL DESIGNER WHO HAD ME WAITING MONTHS SOR MY COVER. SO JUST GAVE IN AND DID MY OWN. IT WAS WACK AS HELL BUT I GUESS GOOD ENOUGH TO CATCH THE ATTENTION OF TWEEZ, A BEAT GANG MEMBER, AND MY FIRST PAID CUSTOMER. HA. I JUST KEPT PRACTICING. AND THE DIRECTING CAME JUST LIKE THE DESIGNING. OUT OF NECESSITY. I CAN ONLY WAIT SO LONG ON A SERVICE BEFORE I ATTEMPT IT MYSELF! HA, EXCEPT A HAIRCUT!
Haha yeah, I leave the haircuts to the pros. So your under Ameer records, they seem to be a beast out in the Nati. How did you guys hook up that deal?
WELL AMEER RECORDS IS OWNED BY A GUY NAMED CONGO WHO HAS BEEN KIND OF A PUBLIC FIGURE IN CINCINNATI SINCE HE MOVED HERE ABOUT TEN YEARS AGO TO OPEN A CHAIN OF CLOTHING STORES. THROUGH SHOPPING AND STORE VISITS OVER THE YEARS I DEVELOPED A RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM. BUT EVEN AFTER OPENING THE LABEL HE WAS HESITANT TO SIGN A RAP ACT, AND THOUGHT R&B WAS THE ONLY ANSWER. BUT THROUGH OUR GRINDIN AND TALENT WE SHOWED HIM THAT WE HAD WHAT IT TOOK AND NOW, WE’RE THE BEST THING SMOKING.
Im sure hes glad he got with yall, your grind is strong. In 09 you guys took home the Ohio Hip Hop Awards Best New Group plaque. In 2010 you are going for best overall group in the state. How did the scene in Cincy take to you receiving that accolade and has there been a lot of support for yall?
WE WERE CONGRATULATED ALL OVER THE CITY. BUT LIKE ANYTHING ELSE, THERE WERE A COUPLE HATERS WHO FELT THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN NOMINATED OR THAT THEY DESERVED SOMETHING. YOU’RE ONLY AS KNOWN AS YOU MAKE YOURSELF. WE WERE ALL OVER THE PLACE DOING SHOWS AND GETTING LOVE AND CONTACTS IN OTHER CITIES. WE EVERYWHERE, YOU NEVER THERE BABY! HA
Yeah I remember meeting you out in Toledo during the bash at the bay. How many shows do you guys do a year and do you guys travel out of state a lot?
Yea… We’re always traveling. Especially these days… We’re close to that big break… LAST YEAR WE DID MAYBE 50-60 SHOWS… THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR BEING MOSTLY PAID…
Thats good to hear… Whats the word on new projects? I know the MR. Myagi video is doing numbers for yall, any new singles or mixtapes coming out? Solo projects?
WELL RIGHT NOW WE’RE BEGINING THE NATIONAL CAMPAIGN FOR THE MR. MIYAGI SINGLE AND NEXT WEEK WE’RE DROPPING THE “WHO DEY?” MIXTAPE. WHICH YOU ARE THE FIRST TO FIND OUT, BECAUSE WE JUST DECIDED THE TITLE ABOUT AN HOUR AGO! HA.. BUT ITS A GREAT NAME TO INTRODUCE US TO THE WORLD PLUS TIE US INTO CINCINNATI… CREATIVE HUH? YEAH, MY IDEA HA HA!
Haha yeah, you heard it first! EXCLUSIVE!!! Yeah make sure we get a copy an we’ll hook the download up 4 ya. Thats whats up. Thanks for the interview B.Luck, any shot outs or links you want to drop on us?
OF COURSE! I WOULDN’T BE RAPPER IF I DIDN’T HAVE SHOUT OUTS! SHOUTS OUT TO E-CHECK, TWEEZ AND THE WHOLE BEAT GANG MOVEMENT! ESPECIALLY THE ONES THAT HOLD IT DOWN THRU OTHER OUTLETS OTHER THAN MUSIC… RAU’SHEE “NUKE” WARREN, ADRIEN “THE PROBLEM” BRONER, AND TYLER NELSON (GOOGLE ANY OF THEM). R.I.P B-CHUBB, and FREE KIZZLE! SYLVER KARATZ UP NEXT! THE WHOLE MONEY AVE! AND SHOUT OUT TO ALL THE HATERS, “HATE IS THE NEW LOVE”! Mr. Miyagi COMING REAL SOON! I HATE YOU ALL!!! MMMUAH!