Bake Up Boyz Hit Charts With Jim Jones
New Single and Video, Album Coming 2008
Detroit, MI -- After years of working on solo paths, the Bake Up Boyz came together with a singular mission: success. With four members and an impressive extended family, the Michigan MC's have been hard at work on their debut album, Fresh Out Da Kitchen, which will be released in April 2008 on their own Fharm Music Group in association with New York-based Phase One Communications and distribution via EMI. Their new single "Now I Can Do That" featuring Jim Jones is climbing quickly up the charts in several regions, and the video is picking up speed on MTV.
Bake Up Boyz is comprised of four unique lyricists with a cohesive perspective on their movement. Bub, who often writes the catchy choruses for the group's songs, is the head of Fharm Music Group and the catalyst for bringing things together. His longtime friends Dirt, Loot 75 and Jino each bring a blend of business, artistic and social sensibilities to the table; and together the foursome creates a strong sound and impressive presentation of their music.
"We have a special chemistry," explains Bub. "We got a good recipe together. That's why they call us the Bake Up Boyz - we're all in the pot together. Everybody brings a different flavor." The group's new single "Now I Can Do That" features Michigan rap legend MC Breed, who is also signed with Fharm Music Group, and Diplomat superstar Jim Jones. Each verse on the song is equally matched as the MC's trade off with their intense flows. Bake Up Boyz have made the song available for stream/download at www.tygereye.net/bakeupboyz
Enlisting the expertise of their manager Billion, industry veteran RJ Rice, and Phase One Communications' team Steve Oaklander and Frank Babar, the Bake Up Boyz are on their way to releasing an explosive debut album. Thus far, features on the album include Jim Jones, Miami powerhouse Rick Ross, and soul legends The Dramatics. A 10-city tour with Jim Jones is currently in the works for early 2008, as the group prepares to promote the album aggressively and effectively.
In the midst of setting their plans in action, the group emphasizes that there are always things just as, if not more important than, business contracts. “Bake Up Boyz is a combination of good ghetto music, good street music, good reality music, ambitious people - family oriented and caring,” says Loot 75. “That's what's really gonna make us get to the top, because we care about each other."
Phase One Communications is proud of the progress being made with Bake Up Boyz' project, even in the beginning stages. “We are excited about this project because it has been a long time since a solid group from the Midwest has been introduced into the market," explains Frank Babar of Phase One. "We couldn’t have chosen a better partnership to undertake a project of this magnitude.”
Steve Oaklander of Phase One echoes the sentiment. “These guys put together a real album. I truly believe the audience can relate to every song on this record. The Bake Up Boyz can have a career span of several albums, which is very rare.”
To kick off their show dates, Bake Up Boyz will be performing in Detroit over the holidays at Hot 102.7's Christmas Party at Plan B on December 23, the Rolex Gentleman's Club New Year's Eve Bash on December 31, and WGLB's First Friday event at Plan B on January 4.
For more information on Bake Up Boyz, go to www.tygereye.net/bakeupboyz and www.myspace.com/bakeupboyz
About Bake Up Boyz
Straight out of Michigan emerges a second-generation rap family, The Bake Up Boyz. The group’s line-up consists of four “Wolverine State” natives with an affinity for fortune, fame and flossy things: Dirt, Bub, Loot 75 and Young Jino. As they prepare for their Spring 2008 album release, Fresh Out Da Kitchen, (Fharm Music Group/Phase One), they recently released the single and video for “Now I Can Do That” featuring Jim Jones.
Fresh Out Da Kitchen is setting up to be a very well rounded album, with guest appearances thus far from the likes of Rick Ross, The Dramatics, Dwele and Jim Jones. This project will also mark the triumphant return of the legendary MC Breed to Hip Hop’s forefront, as he appears on three songs on the album. Breed is also signed to Fharm Music Group, and has played a supportive role in the Bake Up Boyz’ growth.
The inclusion of the classic soul group The Dramatics is an integral part of the album’s vibe as well. Known for a slew of historic chart-topping hits including “Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get,” “Me and Mrs. Jones” and “In The Rain,” the Detroit-based group has contributed to the smash hits of rappers from Snoop Dogg to Ice Cube. It was only right for a true Michigan collaboration between Bake Up Boyz and The Dramatics. RJ of Barak Records, a long-time friend of Ron Banks and LJ of The Dramatics, linked everyone up for the track “One Of These Days,” and the magic was undeniable.
Production credits on the album will be mostly attributed to up and coming producers that Bake Up Boyz have hand selected. “We pick the beat first, once a beat is played we hear somebody on it,” explains Bub, who writes many of the hooks and choruses. “You could be playing me a nice song and I instantly hear Young Jeezy or India.Arie - it doesn’t matter what type of music it is, I can hear it.”
Although The Bake Up Boyz have been a group just under two years, the members have known each other for most of their lives. The whole situation and concept came together quite organically. “I was doing my solo record at first,” explains Bub, “and Jino and Loot were already signed to my label Fharmacy Records [which is now Fharm Music Group]. I hadn’t done anything with them in two years, and basically I didn’t want to leave them out just to do my solo, so I formed a group."
"I brought us all together and came up with the group – it’s been Bake Up Boyz ever since," Bub continues. "We have a special chemistry; we got a good recipe together. That's why they call us the Bake Up Boyz - we're all in the pot together. Everybody brings a different flavor. The name of the album is Fresh Out Da Kitchen, so really when we say kitchen it's the recording studio, and that's where we bake up our music at.”
“Bake Up Boyz is a combination of good ghetto music, good street music, good reality music, ambitious people - family oriented and caring,” adds Loot 75. “That's what's really gonna make us get to the top, because we care about each other. We've been around each other without anything so we’re going to hang in there when we got something too.”
Bake Up Boyz’ manager Billion expresses heartfelt appreciation for their working relationship. “From a management standpoint I couldn’t ask for a better group,” explains Billion. “I have under-studied for some of the greatest managers out there – Paul [Rosenberg] with Shady, Coach who started Young Jeezy and E-Class with Rick Ross. It's a wonderful feeling to wake up everyday and know that I have a national group. Even before the deal, I knew that these guys had the potential. When I first got the call from Dirt, he said, 'Billion, I need you to call Rick Ross and have him come to Atlanta.' I called Rick Ross, he came down to Atlanta and the chemistry was crazy. MC Breed was there… the response from Rick Ross was monumental. He looked over and said, ‘Is that MC Breed?’ Rick Ross was open off that, and the song [‘Ain’t No Sense of Y’all Hatin’] came out crazy.”
Dirt, a genuine boss and leader of the family with Master P, Donald Trump, and Bill Gates’ influences, delegates authority while preserving the group's image with a stylish gangster strut. Known on the block as the Commander-in-Chief, Dirt has been running this dynasty since the early MC Breed days of the ‘90s. "I kept myself in the dark but now I want the lime light / Catch me in Louisiana, dog fight, ten bet or even at a dice game." Dirt, also known as "Tha Hustler" brings a "front-office-business" swagger to the group.
Bub, Chief Counsel or Consigliore of the clique, has the unassuming style that is often questioned but never confronted. While his poker face masks a "hustle-til-I-die" ego, his lyrics also give you a glimpse of his "poppin' tags" mentality, "I spent thirty on my watch just to make wrist glow." For Bub, image is everything: "No matter what you are pushing rocks, houses, cars, or whatever, if you can't look good doing it, what's the point?" Ladies love him and hustlers respect him.
Enter Loot 75 - Loot for his "gimmie-the-loot, stick 'em up" approach and 75, paying homage to his hometown off of Interstate 75. Though his addiction to the fast life and fearless disposition granted him a government sponsored vacation (early in life), this rehabilitated Romeo is all about the three H's: Hip-Hop, honies, and holding down the hood. "I be at the finest spots, shop at the flyest stores, got money in the bank, big houses with plenty floors / I'm all hood and raised in the gutter / Fly ‘til I die, 75 in a fly coupe." If you don't want to fall victim, hide your lady and your loot when Loot 75 steps in the building!
Young Jino, is considered the bambino or nephew to the empire. His "in-your-face, I-think-you-got-me-confused" demeanor is present both in his lyrics and stage presence. Jino's style is versatile. He can spit like a thug from the derty-derty or flip it and rhyme like a west-side cat with NY ties. "Move up out the hood before the feds indict us / But I'm built for the time, immune to the cell / Rob you without a mask, try to undercut / Be staring down a black hole." He plays a lot, but not when it comes to his money.
Together, the Bake Up Boyz' debut album will encompass the range of personalities with a montage of street anthems and club-friendly hits. “The group is a blessing for the streets," explains Young Jino. “We all say ‘streets’ - but the streets ain’t nothin' but the world, because everybody is in the streets if you really look at it. From your snakes to your rats to the realest person out there, you'll find them all on the same block. Bake Up Boyz is that full feeling, it's like being right there in the hood listening to one of your friends tell you about what just happened. It's just like living, Bake Up Boyz is life of the streets.”