Monday, December 19, 2011

Life after Shady/Aftermath: Bobby Creekwater and Stat Quo 'Blast Off'

Posted By on Mon, Dec 19, 2011 at 2:38 PM


Atlantans Bobby Creekwater and Stat Quo have both been about the business of rebuilding their solo careers after sitting on the shelf for what seemed like an eternity at Dr. Dre and Eminem's Shady/Aftermath imprint (long before Em recruited Yelawolf for his 2.0 re-up).

As talented MCs who emerged slightly before the mixtape era changed the game and made label A&Ring obsolete, Stat and Creekwater are something akin to the Last of the Mohicans. But the two Shady/Aftermath survivors have formed their own duo, which they call (dig this) FUPM (hint: the last two letters stand for "pay me"). It's the perfect name for two independent artists all too familiar with label politics at this point in their careers. The new music coming from these cats ("Alright Alright") shows the kind of promise that warranted their respective deals with a producer of Dr. Dre's stature in the first place.

The latest track, "Blast Off" ft. Sonny Moon, is as ATLien spaced-out as the title suggests, and even stylistically revamps some of those throwback G-funk-era keyboard sounds Dre was so well known for back in the Chronic era. But the duo's doing no coattail-riding, by any means. As Stat Quo raps, "I used to ask Dre how success tastes / now I want my own glass with plenty food on my own plate."

"Blast Off" ft. Sonny Moon

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