Archive for October, 2005

Field Mob: ‘We Aint Comedians’

October 1st, 2005 | By Administrator

Field Mob?s Smoke says people have mistaken their country mannerisms for comedy ? an erroneous assumption.

?We ain?t no f***in? comedians. They like to put us in that comedian [category], because we country [and] it?s taken a major toll on our career,? the Albany, Georgia native told ?Like we were proud to be country [and] people know this in the back of their heads like they know Chris [Ludacris is] that n***a in the back of their heads.?

Nevertheless, Smoke said the group’s style, which debuted commercially in 2000, has been hijacked by some of their peers, who were not specifically named.

?I know I got kids [imitators] out there,? he said laughing. ?We started that country s**t in ?99 before n***s came out with their country grammar albums. We were screaming country before it was cool. They see us and it?s so massive, but they don?t want to see it.?

Although the group released a pair of acclaimed albums, 613: From Ashy to Classy (2000) and From Tha Roota To Tha Toota (2002), the crossover success somehow eluded them.

Smoke said the group intends to change that with their upcoming set, Light Poles and Pine Trees.

Smoke said location has also hindered their success as the Atlanta musical explosion somehow escaped him and partner Shawn Jay.

?If you look at Ray Charles, Ray Charles is from Albany, Georgia ? they ain?t even put it on TV. Why? Because Albany ain?t as metropolitan as Atlanta, New York or L.A.

“He?s not from a very popular place,? he continued. ?So they do it the same way in this rap s**t. ‘Oh, they ain?t from?[Atlanta].’?

Both of their previous albums came out under MCA Records, but Smoke would only state that the situation was a ?terrible deal.?

Under Disturbing Tha Peace/Geffen Records, Smoke said they would even market themselves slightly differently to accentuate their personas.

?Yeah, dark-skinned n***as are in. Them light-skinned n***as tried to come back, but I?m going to promote my black ass,? he said. ?Other than rapping, we got banging personalities.?

More seriously, Smoke explained that the group has high stakes with the expected November 29 release of Light Poles and Pine Trees.

?We trying to reestablish ourselves with our fans. We not trying to disappoint them,? he expounded. ?We gotta come with a great album and the album is great. For the new people, we trying to make a great first impression.?

The group has already released their single, “Friday Night,” and their third album features a high-powered supporting cast that includes Ciara, Bun B, Bobby Valentino, Jazze Pha, Bone Crusher and others.

Bun B. Teams With Dame Dash/Pro-Keds For Sneaker

October 1st, 2005 | By Administrator

Texas rap legend Bun B. has signed a sneaker deal with businessman Dame Dash to create a signature line of Pro-Keds sneakers.

The UGK star?s limited edition Pro-Ked sneaker is scheduled to drop in the near future.

“Dame Dash is giving me a limited edition Pro Ked and that’s just love from Dame,??? Bun B. told ?Anytime Jay-Z or Dame or Biggs needed anything, I was there for them. I feel honored and respected.”

The shoe will compliment the Pro-Keds? State Property shoe line, which is promoted by Beanie Sigel. Pro-Keds was founded in 1949. The brand became popular in the Hip-Hop community in the 1970?s and 80?s.

In related news, Reebok has also agreed to highlight the Port Arthur, Texas MC to represent their throwback tennis shoe that will be featured in the NBA 2006 All-Star game.

?Reebok was like ?we’re doing a tie-in for the city of Houston and the All-Star game, we want to tie-in what we are doing with the city; we think that you would be the artist to use.? I was really flattered. They want to do a Houston shoe, something like with the old [NBA team] Rockets theme.???

With the announcement of his shoe deals, Bun B. continues his enjoy a successful and fruitful breakout year.

He has been featured on several smash singles including Webbie?s ?Give Me That,??? as well as Slim Thug?s ?I Ain?t Heard of That.???

This fall, Bun B will release his first solo album Trill which features an array of big name guests and producers including Mannie Fresh, Jazze Pha, and Lil’ Jon.

Trill is scheduled to drop October 18 on Rap-A-Lot/Asylum records.