Some things just naturally compliment each other: A pitcher of iced tea on a hot Atlanta day; A slick pair of Jordans on a crisp new outfit; A fresh set of rims on a newly painted Chevy; And June Bug and South Paw-Atlanta's hottest, most talented, most versatile, and most promising musical duo to come out of the city with the musical Midas Touch since Outkast in the early 1990's.
But you would be hard pressed to put a label on this dynamic duo, who appropriately call themselves "Grade A". And forget the easy comparisons. With a style and sound that redefines the term unique, these two gentlemen promise to set a new standard in the music industry, and bring back an era where talent and creativity trumped what has now become an unpleasantly familiar state of blandness and canned unoriginality.
Blessed with lyrical abilities that are both rugged and raw, and also elegant and seductive, these two lyrical assassins are already making massive inroads on the underground circuit with their recently released smash hit, Can't Count.
But they haven't stopped there, and have pushed the envelope even further with their infamous production skills, and are often sought after by discerning artists in the music game-both newcomers and established artists. Those who a re serious about their production and require producers with a high level of skill and creativity have come to know that Grade A represents the realness of the streets, and a production that assures an unmistakable and uncompromisingly sophisticated sound.
Call it the best of both worlds.
Its very hard to find this level of talent in an industry that has for too long relied on rehashed beats, garden-variety production, and the kind of elementary rhymes that have helped bring Hip Hop to a point where it resembles a one trick pony. But Grade A is a refreshing departure from that, and promises to usher in a new era in the game. Call them Hip Hop's equivalent of Bat Man and Robin, here to save the day for the genre.
Who are these musical mavens' main sources of inspiration? It varies. From the classic soul sounds of the legendary Curtis Mayfield and Aretha Franklin, to the Hip Hop vanguard Jay Z, these two fellas are the real deal and have accumulated a respect and appreciation for the music that culminates in a sound that is refreshingly futuristic, and yet comfortably familiar.
Both June Bug and South Paw are Atlanta born and bred, and have honed their chops in studios and on stages across the Southern map.
Currently in demand on the touring circuit, they can be seen and heard gracing stages across the Southern states, and when not wowing crowds, they can be found in their base studio, Advance Audio Studios in Riverdale, Georgia.
Grade A: Raw. Refined. Real. Ready. Hip Hop can't wait and it ain't ready.
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