Tremont Music Hall

8 Ball

Fenced In Entertainment presents

8 Ball

Mr. 704, Sean P (of the Youngbloodz)

Sat, January 5, 2013

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$15.00 - $20.00

This event is all ages

$3 underage surcharge for those under 21

8 Ball
8 Ball
With a career that spans nearly two decades, Memphis, Tennessee rap duo 8Ball and MJG have done nothing short of that. And in an era where hyperbole is in no short order when it comes to the latest flavor of the month MC, these two veterans aptly wear their titles of living legends, because that’s what they are and that’s what they’ll continue to be.

Premro “8Ball” Smith and Marlon Jermaine Goodwin (dubbed MJG for obvious reasons) were both reared in households that championed the classic soul sounds of Al Green, Marvin Gaye and the like. They met at Ridgeway Junior High School, where they shared an affinity for hip-hop, but also played in the school band together. It was the early ‘80s, and the hip-hop scene in Memphis at the time was bubbling, infused with music and imagery that people were hearing on the radio, seeing on TV and in movies. “We were in the age of breakdancing; freestyling; Adidas jogging suits; Cazal glasses; donkey ropes and dollar sign finger rings,” says 8Ball, reminiscing. “It was a real hip-hop scene in Memphis for sure. Memphis was like ‘Beat Street’ or ‘Breakin’.”

Their union as a rap group was solidified during their senior year at Middle College High School, an alternative school for students seeking advanced education and college credit. It was around this time they started recording their own songs and becoming more ambitious about having careers as rappers. “We started throwing parties, doing shows,” says MJG. “We had a DJ partner, he used to build his own turntables out of the entertainment system you would have in your living room. DJ Squeeky from Memphis, Tennessee. We would record on whatever was available, instrumentals on wax, or if we had access to drum machines, we’d use that.”

8Ball and MJG initially met success locally, quickly attaining a reputation as a rising rap group. Concurrently, Tony Draper, an aspiring record business entrepreneur, had an upstart indie label based out of Houston, Texas called Suave House. A mutual friend of the group connected them with Draper, and within months they found themselves in Houston, living out of a hotel and recording their debut LP, Comin Out Hard, in the spare bedroom of Tony Draper’s baby mother’s apartment. “We produced the whole album, with records, actual wax that we brought from home,” 8Ball says. “We brought a suitcase full of records and created Comin’ Out Hard from that bedroom.” The project was released in 1993 and was successful in the growing Southern rap market.

Subsequent albums from 8Ball and MJG- On The Outside Looking In (1994) and On Top Of The World (1995)- sold well, and were met with critical praise, thus further solidifying the group as an emerging act in the Southwestern hip-hop scene. They rose along with UGK, The Geto Boys and from their own hometown, Three 6 Mafia. These projects also raised the profile of Suave House Records, a family-like label with a growing roster of artists, that was quickly becoming an independent powerhouse.

The group’s run with Suave House continued through their gold-selling 1997 LP, In Our Lifetime Vol. 1., and eventually a set of solo records for each member- MJG’s No More Glory (1997) and 8Ball’s double album Lost (1998). In 2000, they left Suave House and released Space Age 4 Eva independently through JCOR Records. “Through JCOR, ‘Pimp Hard’ and ‘Stop Playing Games’ were big songs for us,” 8Ball says. “The project we released was successful but the label made a lot of bad records that caused them to go out of business.”

By 2003, 8Ball and MJG were looking for a new recording home. They had multiple deals on the table, but one particular offer, from Diddy’s Bad Boy Records, who they’d had a relationship with dating back to the Mase-era (they appeared on “The Player Way,” from Mase’s Harlem World in ’97), seemed most promising. “We felt it would bring a more organized structure, and maybe better marketing,” explains MJG, of the group’s eventual signing with the Bad Boy South division of Bad Boy Records. “We were trying to take 8Ball and MJG to the next level. Not necessarily saying we’d be there forever, but do something new and keep it moving.”

The signing was met with much hype. It was seen as a strong acquisition for Diddy’s label in what was at the time an exploding Southern rap scene. 8Ball and MJG were considered, as their Bad Boy Records debut title alluded to, Living Legends. The album dropped in 2004, spawned the trunk-rattling hit single “You Don’t Want Drama,” and quickly went Gold. Things were looking up for the group.

It was only a few years later that everything went awry. Their second Bad Boy album, Ridin High, released in March of 2007, wasn’t promoted well by the label, and stalled out at roughly 200k copies sold. The group lashed out at Bad Boy in interviews, blaming them for the project’s failure. A year later they were amicably dropped. “It wasn’t like sh*t was over for us; it was just over for us at Bad Boy,” clarifies 8Ball. “I felt like it was love. Diddy’s reputation, he’s not known for letting a group like us go with no strings attached, which we did. We didn’t owe them anything.”

Dusting themselves off, May 4th, 2010, the Tennessee rap titans finally released their comeback project, Ten Toes Down, through a partnership with TI’s Grand Hustle Records, Push Management and E1 Music. Explaining the album title, MJG says: “Ten Toes Down means staying humble and true to what you do, to who you are. To reach forward, to reach for the sky, but keep your feet on the ground, and keep yourself firmly rooted to where you come from.”

The buzz single from the project is the Lil’ Boosie-assisted “Ten Toes Down,” which features the MCs planting their feet in the ground over Drumma Boy’s brass-infused production; the first official single is the festive Nitti-produced “DJ Bring It Back,” where Grand Hustle/ Push Management affiliate Young Dro rides shotgun. Other collaborators on the LP include Bun B on “I Don’t Give A F*ck,” Snoop Dogg on “Smokin, Chokin, Locin,” David Banner on “Where We From,” and a surprising cameo from one of the youngest in charge, Soulja Boy.

Despite the unequivocal respect they’ve earned, 8Ball and MJG are appreciative of their position within hip-hop- grateful even- but not necessarily coasting on their past achievements.”Living legends was one of them titles that was given to us,” says MJG. “But now we feel like we’re on the enterprise, only going where no man has gone before; into the unknown, going deeper and deeper into a career that we weren’t even sure would make it this far in the beginning.”
Mr. 704
Mr. 704
Mr.704 encompass all things of the Carolinas and serve the mainstream music industry a heavy dose of southern” lyricism”. The North Carolina native has made his presence in the hip-hop spectrum since 2002. The youngest of five children he was exposed to various types of music through his siblings. His style is deeply southern routed and his lyrics will take you on a southern ride into the day and
life of “The Real Mr. 704”. Mr. 704 brings smooth tracks for the ladies such as on ‘Dreaming” and his new hit single “Lately”. Not to be mistaken in his street delivery he can and will hush doubters with a hard dose of street poetry. Formerly of the group “Fenced In” he went on to produce solo projects such as “Ain’t Taking No Losses Volume 1” with DJ Drop and “Money, Mixtapes and Moves” hosted by DJ Head Bussa. Mr. 704 came onto the music scene moving 15 to 25K independent cd’s and gaining attention all across the South. His new project “Welcome To Charlotte” has taken off with a bullet and has acquired surmountable reviews and airplay in major music markets. Mr. 704 has been compared to many of Hip Hop greats including Bun B, Outkast and Jeezy. With indie label “Fenced In Entertainment” behind him CEO “Jermaine (Carolina Maine) Johnson, says the best of Mr.704 and FIE is yet to be heard.
Sean P (of the Youngbloodz)
Sean P (of the Youngbloodz)
How do you put an exclamation point an illustrious, trend-setting career in the music industry? Easy – by doing the same thing that got you there in the first place.

Sean Paul, half of the creative hip-hop force known as YoungBloodZ, is back with the fresh new single “Brang Back Out the Lac” from his upcoming solo album “Cadillac Music.” “Brang Back Out the Lac” recently dropped on Itunes – after Sean Paul himself leaked it at Cornerstore, the website for the indie record label he founded in conjunction with Front Street Entertainment.

This latest track will remind Sean Paul’s fans that nobody since has been able to replicate his style.

“That’s actually what ‘Brang Back Out the Lac’ is about,” he says. “We’re bringing back the old school.”

Look for “Cadillac Music” and the album’s anticipated second single “Shoes Match the Hat” to hit Itunes, Facebook and Twitter soon through CornerStore Entertainment.

“Shoes That Match the Hat” is ready to go with a Sept. 14 release date.
You’ve been warned.

As YoungBloodZ, Sean Paul and longtime collaborator J-Bo were pioneers in the Atlanta hip-hop scene and changed music as we know it with their signature Crunk vibe. Their debut album, 1999’s “Against Da Grain” on LaFace Records put them on the map with hits like “U-Way,” “Shakem’ Off” and “’85” – which incidentally featured none other than Outkast’s Big Boi.

It all set the stage for 2003’s “Drankin’ Patnaz.” The duo’s sophomore effort featured the Lil Jon-produced; Grammy-nominated single “Damn.” The track would peak at No. 4 on Billboard’s Hot 100. Then, 2005’s “Ev’rybody Know Me” left its own mark on hip-hop with singles like “Datz Me” featuring Young Buck, “Chop Chop”, Produced By Scott Storch, and the hard-hitting track “Presidential” also Produced by Lil Jon. YoungBloodZ’s song “I’ma Shine” has also been featured in the 2006’s Movie “Step Up,” a big reason the movie’s collection of tracks reached No. 1 that year on Billboard’s Top Soundtracks.

Sean Paul’s unmatched career has included appearances with artists like Cherish (“Do It To It”), Sammie (You Should Be My Girl), Lil Jon (“Snap Ya Fingas”), Lil Scrappy, Twista, Dj Khaled, T-Pain, E-40 and so many more. He Also brought in and collaborated with Up & Coming Artist Crucifix on “Down 2 Die,” a track that introduced fans to what Sean Paul likes to call his Biker’s Life Movement.”

For His upcoming “Cadillac Music,” Sean Paul worked with an up-and-coming producer from Mastermind Media Group, who simply goes by Traxx who Produced the 1st two Single’s “Brang Back out The Lac” & “Shoes Match The Hat“. He has also Signed a number of Artists & Producers– including Drizzle, Elroy, Sputty G, Young Dolla, Ben Frank Jr., Young Magic, Shawty G, Hitmane and Mackbeatz, to name a few – under his wing at CornerStore Entertainment. Possessing a rare mix of music and business savvy, who better than Sean Paul to guide the next wave of rap and hip-hop innovators?

Because, as “Brang Back Out the Lac” not so subtly puts it: “You are watching a master at work. Take notes.”