2007 Interview with 2-Chainz formerly known as ‘Tity Boi’ [Read]
That’s right our first lady, Queen Princess, is back. On 7/19/07, she sat down and chopped it up with DTP representers, Playaz Circle. Who are these cats you might ask, well their one of the offsprings of the DTP family and can be most recently seen spitting ill verses (Duffle Bag Boy featuring Lil Wayne to be exact) on the DTP compilation album Strength In Numbers due to come out on August 28th. The duo, straight out the ATLill, is composed of Tity Boi and Dolla Boy. If I had to say one thing about them is that they’re not your run of the mill humble type cats, these naagaas are crazy and really keep shit real. So buckle your seats for this one….
Queen Princess: What’s going on you guys?
Tity Boi: Hey
Dolla Boy: How are you doing?
Queen Princess: I’m doing fine. So, what are you guy’s background in the music industry
Tity Boi: We’re from Southside college park Atlanta. We’ve been doing this rap thing along with our own independent projects which is called Playaz Circle of course. At this time we ran into Chris Lubba Lubba AKA Ludacris who was a radio personality. He had moved into our neighborhood and we were making tracks then and he kind of gave us the confidence to be where we are now. We had a lot of positive feedback and a lot of people telling us we need to keep doing what we were doing.
Queen Princess: How did you two end up coming together to form Playaz Circle?
Tity Boi: Did you say Playaz Club or Playaz Circle?
Queen Princess: No I said Playaz Circle (both laugh)
Dolla Boy: We’ve been down since high school, we came up together, we’ve been in the hood together, had good times and bad times together. And all of this was before we even thought about recording a song or started rapping.
Tity Boi: Yeah, we’re kind of family oriented. We know each others’ family you know aunties, uncles, cousins brothers, sisters..….
Dolla Boy: More than anything we were put together. We both do this, we had an opportunity a door opened for us to make it happen in this music industry and we’re going for it. Whether it was, a solo deal, a duffle bag label deal, a Playaz Circle deal whatever, we just want to make it happen.
Queen Princess: Alright, what about the name Playaz Circle, because it kind of sounds like a place. Where did it come from?
Dolla Boy: We were trying to do rap and we wanted a name that had meaning. Back in the day you had people like OutKast and Goodie Mob whose name stood for something. So we were called Playaz Circle which was originally an acronym that stood for Preparing Legal Assets for Years from beginning to end. A-Z is from beginning to end. Circle is 360 degrees, all day. So back then we were like we’re Playaz Circle, we’re preparing legal assets and doing what we have to do to make ends meet.
Queen Princess: So what’s the title of your album and when can we expect it to drop?
Tity Boi: The title of the album is Supply and Demand, coming real soon.
Dolla Boy: I don’t want to put no date on it. It’s a Def Jam deal so we have to go up there and meet with everybody and see exactly when the album is going to come. Hopefully we’ll be out the end of this year or beginning of next year.
Tity Boi: AKA the Duffle Bag Boys!! Yeah!
Queen Princess: The first single is “Duffle bag boy” which kind of explains one dude’s hustle; can you guys talk about that song a little?
Dolla Boy: Shouts out to M16 who produced that, he gave us a hot beat. We sat in the car and listened to it, we were like, man I don’t know what to do with this one. Tit was like, I’ll send it to my dude Wayne. Tit and Wayne are like real partners they hang out together and everything. So he sent it to Wayne and Wayne sent it back with the hook and it was a smash so we just jumped on it. “Duffle bag” is like a hustle it goes back to Playaz Circle, somebody who hustles all around, plays the game of life 360 degrees. With duffle bag you just want to do it big you know what I’m saying? We just want to make it better for our community, make it better for our people so we’re living life out the duffle bag, on the run getting money, you already know what it is.
Queen Princess: So how will you album be better than the rest of these albums out here?
Tity Boi: We’re doin this man! It don’t get better no than this. I know y’all been seeing they been stealing stuff from us, styles here and there. That’s just because we’ve been in a situation with Universal where we couldn’t get on the same page as far as Universal/DTP, but this time we’re on the same page. So be looking out for us, we’re going to try and lock the industry down and make it better for all the hoods across America.
Dolla Boy: Expect a lot of consistency and style, we’ve been recording and trying new things and getting comfortable with ourselves. Expect a lot of comfortable music, expect a lot of feel good music and that’s Playaz Circle’s album.
Queen Princess: Aight, that’s what’s up. What would you say was the hardest part of breaking into the music industry?
Tity Boi: Bitch ass niggas!!
Dolla Boy: Naw, I don’t have a problem with it, but it’s just the struggle of trying to prove yourself. Not only to yourself, but to the people around you, your family, your label, everybody.
Queen Princess: Is there anything that’s kind of boring or that moves kind of slow that you would like to change?
Dolla Boy: Well the industry done went corporate. The streets don’t really control what they hear on the radio.
Tity Boi: It’s programmed.
Dolla Boy: Yeah it’s programmed, so we would like the streets to speak up in areas say what they want to hear on the radio as opposed to somebody coming in and shooting a little money and playing their songs on the radio.
Queen Princess: Would you guys agree that the rap game is kind of overcrowded.
Dolla Boy: It’s a lot of one hit wonders, a lot of people who aren’t consistent.
Tity Boi: A lot of people who are basically not working.
Dolla Boy: We’re in the studio working every night.
Queen Princess: So how do you guys work together? Do you work better solo or together?
Dolla Boy: Basically, we just do it, we work together great as a duo.
Tity Boi: We both work great in the studio it’s crazy, we switch CD’s.
Dolla Boy: Right it’s crazy, you have to be there to see how we work.
Tity Boi: We get it done.
Queen Princess: What is it about your style that’s going to keep you from getting overshadowed in the mist of all these other artists?
Dolla Boy: Basically you can hear everything, you can hear where we’re from, you can hear what we do, you known there’s truth in what we say by how we say it. A lot of these artists we don’t believe, the streets don’t believe, the hood don’t believe. That’s just us, we can’t be nobody but ourselves. You’re either going to accept us or not accept us. If you accept us we’re going to ride and have fun together. If you’re not going to accept us be a hater from a distance or beneath us.
Tity Boi: Oooooohhh
Queen Princess: Has the creative process been slow or has it been moving pretty quickly?
Dolla Boy: We’ve been done with the album. I was telling Tit the other day, I’m sacred to record another song with you man. There ain’t no telling how hot this next one is man. We really got too many songs so we’re going to have to sit down and figure out what songs we’re going to do. We got maybe two or three albums done now, singles and all.
Queen Princess: Wow okay so what have ya’ll been doing as far as promotion?
Tity Boi: Tearing up the streets, we’re practicing a new thing. We used to wait for the ok and head nods before we put stuff out, but now we got a DJ working with the album. The D-boy clubs, the strip clubs. If you’re going to the club, that’s where our DJ’s at, I give him the records and that’s basically how duffle bag boy started.
Dolla Boy: We also got the mixtapes out. Tity boi got his solo mixtape out Me against the World. We got the Playaz Circle mixtape out Pound for Pound and then you got the duffle boy mixtape coming soon and I also have my mixtape. So we get out there and work those streets man. We do what we gotta do to make our music crack.
Tity Boi: We put it our people’s hands you know.
Queen Princess: Right, is there anything else that y’all want to add.
Dolla Boy: Yeah, check out our myspace so you can keep up with our shows and whatever else we got going on. The name of our album is Supply and Demand coming real soon.
Tity Boi: And we’re coming to a hood near you real soon.
Queen Princess: Aight I’ll be looking out then, thanks for the interview.
Tity Boi: Holla at ya boy!!
Dolla Boy: Aight.
Big ups to the Playaz Circle for making this happen. Don’t forget, you can check them do their thang on August 28th when the DTP clique drops the compilation album Strength in Numbers on August 28th. Oh and by the way stay tuned for more on that Supply and Demand album which PC is working on. Peace!
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