NEW ARTIST MONTH
September '08 is New Artist Month on Freestyle 101 and who better to kick it off than Los Angeles-based spitters Custom Made.
Founded in 2002 while still in high school, Custom Made started as a crew of MCs before settling on a three-piece lineup of rappers Element and Bluff, and DJ Scoobs, who can be heard on their highly-anticipated sophomore release, Original Dynasty. After a steady stream of underground mixtapes, including the awesome Street Cinema series, Custom Made signed with ultra-hip indie Babygrande in 2006, who issued Sidewalk Mindtalk: The Best of the Custom Made Mixtapes that same year. The group’s official Babygrande debut, Original Dynasty, hit the streets earlier this summer, following the digi-only EP Truth Be Told.
Freestyle 101 was stoked to get this trio of fire breathing MCs in the booth at the Engine Room in Hollywood over a sick R.N.S. beat, and chatted with them in the parking lot about the current state of the L.A. underground.
Freestyle 101 goes up at 9 a.m. PST (that’s noon over on the east) every Tuesday. Next week we continue New Artist Month with Cash Addictz, Fashawn, Ikka-Bod of M.O.P.’s Hevi Medal, and Damani of Dubb Union and more. Make sure to dig our behind the scenes photos, visit us on MySpace and rant in our Forums. And if you dig Custom Made, then check out fellow L.A. artists Tash, Ras Kass, Del, Murs, LMNO, Thirsty Fish, and more on Freestyle 101