Playaz Circle: Open The Damn Bag!
Tity Boi and Dolla are collectively known as Playaz Circle [aka The Duffle Bag Boyz]. After pooling resources to put out their independent album United We Stand, United We Fall the group lucked up by linking up with friend Ludacris after Tity Boi was shot and Dolla was incarcerated. They bounced back by putting in work and their hard efforts have resulted in the booming single, "Duffle Bag Boy" with Lil Wayne.
Ever present in the streets and motivated by progress, the tandem speaks with HipHopDX as they talk about the revitalized interest in rap, how they can move past being labeled trap rappers and how Playaz Circle can supply the demands of the people.
HipHopDX: Rap, right now is kind on an upswing. The 50/Kanye thing got people hype for music. How do artist follow up with that?
PC: Even with them coming out and all, our song was climbing the charts. So, we know that were here to stay in the game. Shouts out to 50 Cent and Kanye, but were the duffle bag boys. Were filling up our own lane, man. The new joint that we have coming out is full of nothing, but our album is full of anthems. We want to have everyone listen to what we have to say.
DX: Hustling is definitely an art. So, in this business what are a few key things to know when trying to hustle to build a name for yourself that can apply to anything that youre doing not just rapping?
PC: Basically communication, man. Thats the key. You got to let people know what you want and what you want to do. Another part is that you have to be consistent. You have to stay on the grind. You cant go at it part time. What people dont realize is that this is a business. Were from the streets and it gets interesting because were used to moving how we want to move. But we enjoy doing this [making music]. You can check us out at Myspace.com/PlayazCircle to see how much we love this shit.
DX: Ludacris gave you guys an opportunity to really shine due to yalls hard work. But, really how does it feel to know that everyone wants to be a rapper?
PC: Its been that way for the longest. Were family and were students of Hip Hop. Everybody knows that weve been down with Ludacris and DTP. We had our first deal with Universal, but that was cool. When we finally linked up with Def Jam, it went more smoothly. You have to stay down on your grind and stay focused, especially, if you want to be a rapper. Rap has open up so many doors for so many people. Its feeding a lot of families. A lot of people want to be the star, but you dont have to be the star. Right now, the climate is that you dont even have to be an artist, you can be a producer or executive, too. I wouldnt tell anyone not to be it [a rapper], but if you really want it go after it.
DX: With so many trying to do that how can Playaz Circle supply the peoples demands?
PC: There has been a lack of consistent albums. We wanted to bring that feeling back. Right now, everything seems to be aimed at pop music.
DX: "Duffle Bag Boy" is definitely an anthem. For me the line where Wayne says, and I aint never ran from a nigga and I damn sure aint bout to pick today to start runnin, is the lick. What is it in a mans heart to where hes not going to allow another man to get over on him?
PC: Its just a motivational song. It is what it is. Its not about what it takes, but the song is powerful. Its an inspirational song to run out and get money.
DX: Yall come from the streets, but a growing consensus is that that only works for so long. As artists how do you plan to go past street anthems and hood stories?
PC: Weve been doing so long that weve been messing with other sounds. We know what direction that we want to be in to solidify. We have to start because thats where we come from .The blueprint is out there and weve studied the game, its not a hard formula to master.
DX: Whats the next single you guys are dropping?:
PC: "Number One Trap Pick." It was going to be on the mixtape, but we had a lot of creative control with this album. The office [Chaka Zulu and Ludacris] heard it and thought that it was a great follow-up to the first single. It grabs our core audience.
DX: In the bio, Dolla, you say that nobody has ever done what we do and nobody can do what we do. If youre successful in that regards how will you continue to stay ahead of your competition?
Dolla: We be ourselves, were not trying to be anybody else. You cant imitate us. God only made one of us. Were going to keep being ourselves. Whether were successful or not, people dont understand that its not about money. We love to create and paint them pictures. Were going to stay down for our family and do that. Were going to be successful. Id like to shout out all of our fans, too.
DX: What would be the song that best describes both of your personalities and why?
PC: "Duffle Bag Boys." Its because you can believe it with us. A lot of songs detail our past and you can hear where were going. A lot of our songs are just pictures that were trying to paint.
DX: Rappers have always provided us news from the streets. But there are a few cautionary tales that would help those still in the street rethink their actions. Do you think thats because the artist doesnt care and wants to spit their shit? Or do the record labels have a say in what gets put on the albums final sequence?
Dolla: The record label always has something to say. The great thing about being with DTP is that T.B. and I have great creative control. There is a change happening with radio, now, and I think that they have to play what the streets want. The doors are going to be open for the streets for a long time.
DX: With yalls album on the way, a hot single and a co-sign by one of the industrys giants whats next for Playaz Circle? PC:
The album -- Supply & Demand drops on October 30th. Wed say go out and cop two or three copies. [Laughs] Right now, were prioritizing, so that means you can go out and get the ringtone which wont hurt, a bit. Were both really excited that this project is coming out. Weve put our whole hearts into it from the layout to the verses, its been us from the jump.