AG Membership Brings Style-Bending Rap from the Bay to L.A.

AG Membership Brings Style-Bending Rap from the Bay to L.A.: Style-bending hip-hop collective AG Membership used to be shaped through Child Boy and Jody Fontaine in Brentwood, within the East Bay a part of the Bay Space, in 2017. Their project used to be easy: have a consultation, make track in combination.

However issues picked up steam lovely briefly. A string of well-received initiatives and singles has noticed them generate an audible buzz, and a transfer from the Bay to L.A. helped push them ahead. Issues are going exceedingly properly, but they nonetheless can’t nail down their sound.

“For my part, I might say that the sound now is a bit more of a centered model of what we had been doing at first, which used to be in reality identical to making cool songs,” says Fontaine. “At first, possibly our material and stuff like that wasn’t very centered as it used to be reflecting what used to be happening on the time, and we had been just a little bit more youthful than we at the moment are. I used to be simply getting out of highschool, Child Boy used to be nonetheless in highschool. So I think like, now that we’ve long gone thru all that we’ve long gone thru, and this factor has come up to now, we’re making track that may be a little bit extra centered however nonetheless has that younger sense of exploration. That’s why we at all times say that we’re genre-less, as it’s identical to us attempting issues. We’re very experimental.”

The fellows had been doing simply advantageous in Brentwood, but if they were given picked up through supervisor Brad Scoffern (who prior to now labored with Tyler, the Author), a transfer down south made sense.

“We visited L.A. after which we went again house, and COVID and quarantine stuff used to be taking place,” says Fontaine. “So it used to be in reality tricky for us to paintings with him, after which we were given a legal professional. We began development a workforce, and everybody else used to be in L.A., and we had been nonetheless in Brentwood. So it simply made essentially the most sense. I don’t assume it had a lot to do with the rest greater than that. We had to be nearer to our workforce.”

The crowd’s subsequent unmarried is “Kevin,” a music that has an enchanting backstory involving a real-life Kevin.

“Months in the past, we jointly watched the jeen-yuhs documentaries through Kanye, and that in reality put a battery in our again,” Child Boy says. “Our major manufacturer/engineer Isaac Rose, we had been running in his room. There used to be now not a large number of house. Then when we watched the jeen-yuhs documentaries, we had been identical to, ‘it’s time to hunker down.’ Upstairs in our area, there’s this giant room, this open house, and we simply transformed it right into a full-on workspace. We have been going from side to side with Epic about what our total imaginative and prescient is, yadda, yadda, yadda. There used to be this man that used to be running as a part of our workforce and his identify used to be Kevin. We simply felt like, out of everybody that used to be there and everybody that used to be on our workforce, he used to be the one who in reality were given what we had been looking to do. The day that we made the ‘Kevin’ monitor, Kevin referred to as us and informed us that he used to be going to be leaving Epic. It used to be a large hit.”

The true Kevin, the fellows say, doesn’t know in regards to the music but, a minimum of on the time of writing. He almost certainly will through the summer season, when it presentations up on their lately untitled new album.

“We’ve been running in reality onerous in this album for the better a part of this yr,” says Fontaine. “Truthfully, we’ve been running in this since closing yr. We’ve had ideas and various things. Closing yr, we took a go back and forth to Oregon, and we had been running on track there and stuff. I think like each and every task that we’ve performed has documented our lives at that cut-off date. Our first task, Midway off the Porch, used to be appearing the various things we had been going thru looking to leap off the porch and create those lives for ourselves. Fuck Your Expectancies used to be the following stage, the following segment, the place we had jumped off the porch and now we had been attempting not to fold below the pressures of what other folks be expecting from us.”

As for the following bankruptcy, this album will element the beginning in their luck as they make headway within the trade.

“We’ve had some lovely giant successes so far as we will be able to inform with positive songs and likely issues,” Fontaine says. “It’s like, now individuals are beginning to think about us in such and such gentle. Striking those labels on us or no matter. We’re being championed for issues that don’t outline us essentially, however in the similar vein we’re being outlined through the ones issues. So it’s like, feeling such as you don’t essentially deserve positive accomplishments as a result of you’re feeling like they’re now not a real mirrored image of you. Attempting to determine the place the road is between being aware of significant issues that you just’ve performed whilst on the similar time now not feeling such as you repeatedly need to are living as much as one thing. That’s this new degree in our lives and that defines this subsequent task. That’s why there are such a lot of other lanes in this subsequent task. We’re doing such a lot of various things. We dropped a rap report, but in addition there’s some funk, a majority of these various things as a result of they’re all other personas.”

Taking a look forward, Child Boy says that there’s so much to return this yr from AG Membership, together with movies, a excursion with Pusha T and a go back and forth to Europe.

“We come again house and return at the highway with Denzel [Curry] for the autumn,” provides Fontaine. “We don’t wish to develop into project-based artists essentially – that’s the place we’ve been in the previous couple of years. Drop a task, wait, drop some other. So after this one, I think like we’ll get started experimenting with other ways to roll issues out. Visible concepts, a unmarried, simply having amusing with losing shit now that issues are getting just a little bit extra customary.”

AG Membership Brings Style-Bending Rap from the Bay to L.A.: AG Membership’s “Kevin” unmarried is out June 10. The album is due out in the summertime.


Updated: June 9, 2022 — 1:30 pm