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.