Playaz Circle Interview
|Next Project:||DTP: Strength in Numbers / Supply & Demand|
|Website:||Playaz Circle's Website|
With their single, “Duffle Bag Boy,” catching fire on radio stations across the country, allow us to re-introduce the newest industry trend setters: Playaz Circle. Next time you’re walking through the mall and you see a duffle bag across someone’s chest, assume they’ve heard the song and have opted to leave their wallet at home. The duo, Titti Boi and Dolla, grew up in Atlanta and through their friendship with Ludacris got signed to Disturbing The Peace Records. Following a label swap from Universal Motown to Def Jam, the guys look forward to an appearance on the DTP compilation album, “Strength in Numbers,” and their highly-anticipated 2008 debut album “Supply & Demand.” During an interview with The DJ Booth’s DJ “Z,” Titi Boi explains why he and Dolla are unique compared to the rest of their label’s sixteen artists, what makes their collaboration with Lil’ Wayne different than any other, and who in their camp always has the women in a swoon.
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Playaz Circle Interview Transcription
DJ Booth: What’s goin’ on ya’ll? It’s your boy “Z,” doin’ it real big, and joining me inside the DJ Booth is one half of the Duffle Bag Boys. Please welcome a fella who is always disturbin’ the peace: from Playaz Circle, Titi Boi! How you doin’?
Titi Boi: What’s good!?
DJ Booth: DTP collaborative album, “Strength in Numbers,” is about to drop. With over sixteen artists signed to the label, how did your song, “Duffle Bag Boy,” with Lil Wayne, get chosen as one of the two leads?
Titi Boi: It just stood out like a sore thumb. It was also picked by the street – it wasn’t picked through the corporate offices or anything. It was something we created, something we put out, we leaked out to the streets. It caught wind and started walking. It started getting attention of other hood DJs around the area. It started getting played on the radio and [there was a] demand for that record. And that’s the name of our album, “Supply and Demand,” so it’s kinda like the whole concept of Playaz Circle. The streets is in desperate need of something they can rock to for the summer, something they can jam to, so we released the “Duffle Bag Boys” featuring my partna Lil Weezy.
DJ Booth: For those who aren’t familiar, Titi Boy, why do you guys call yourselves the Duffle Bag Boys?
Titi Boi: We’ve always moved like that. Playaz Circle was more our laid-back character. You know, it’s more about corporate style. Of course we still fresh either way we go, but Duffle Bag Boys is kinda like for anybody who’s doin’ it big – it was kinda like a hustlin’ trophy for me and Dolla comin’ up. It was something that we always said we were gonna strive to accomplish or strive to do is to fill up a duffle bag full of cash. It was to the point where we used to make jokes about getting so much money where you couldn’t fit it in a wallet, or fit it in your pocket. So a Duffle Bag Boy is kinda like a hustlin’ trophy. It engulfs the whole hustler feeling of stashin’ money. If you’re a Duffle Bag Boy, you can’t always be spendin’ money; it’s all about really stashing your money – investing and things of that nature. So that’s, aka the Duffle Bag Boys. That’s where we go – that’s our movement, that’s the name of my label, that’s the name of my crew on the South Side. We always been goin’ by the DB.
DJ Booth: Well, you’re certainly gonna brand that name. Your received your deal through your relationship and friendship with Ludacris. Do you feel that you can succeed on a subsidiary label , like DTP, that has such a large roster of artists?
Titi Boi: Well, yeah. Like I said, it’s all about sticking out like a sore thumb and it’s all about what you bring to the table. And knowin’ that what you bring to the table is something different than everybody else is bringing to the table. And so being on Disturbing the Peace, we understand that – Disturbing the Peace is a label where you have Ludacris, Field Mob– as far as being the core gutter of the street of Disturbing the Peace or the belly – it would be Dolla and myself. When we walk, our whole swagger’s street, our whole the way we talk and express ourself is street – we’re educated, and we’re creative, but the way we move and the way we talk is so street that you can see from a distance what we bringin’ to the table. Just that alone without even the music being played, and then the music – I just compliment everything with how our attitude and the music’s basically goin’ with that. That’s what we bringin’ to the label, and that’s why we accepted. I mean, the climate of music now, it accepts street music. With Jeezy comin’ or Boosie, Plies, with all these street people – everybody that applies, everybody just comin’ and makin’ anything they want, it’s a perfect fit for Dolla and myself right now. This whole climate’s real comfortable for us.
DJ Booth: Certainly, it seems like that. The Playaz Circle debut album, “Supply and Demand,” has been ready for release for a few years now. I know you guys are just itchin’ to get it out there. When it does eventually drop – hopefully sooner rather than later – how much of the album’s original material, that you had cut right away, will actually make the final version?
Titi Boi: Man, I’m gonna be honest. It will probably be maybe two to three (songs.) And these two to three will probably be songs that we feel like were timeless from the beginning, just weren’t promoted properly. Due to me and Dolla’s consistency and how much we love goin’ to the studio and recording, we can never just have a set album ‘cause each week it might change, because we try to record songs that are better than the songs that we have, and if they are – if we get a consensus of everybody in the studio feelin’ like it’s better – we’ll knock off a song, and replace it with something that we just did. But we do understand it at the same time, we gettin’ demo-itis– we hearin’ the same song over a hundred times. We keep playin’ it. So maybe our ears are tired of it, and maybe yours are not. So we just figurin’ out a way to get out this music, so we keep recordin’. We just tryin’ to figure out different avenues and pathways to get the music out – whether it be Internet, mix tape, movie soundtracks, Duffel Bag Boys, that album, Playaz Circle albums, Dolla solo album, Titi solo album, it’s just about what can we do with all this music, and then it’s about makin’ sense on what project each song goin’. So it just about findin’ out where it fits, and makin’ sure it fits perfectly on the project that we put it on.
DJ Booth: You guys left Universal Motown in favor of Def Jam late last year. It hasn’t been long, but have you begun to see major changes that indicate this is a better situation for Playaz Circle?
Titi Boi: I’ve always understood this, but I guess I really never felt it because I don’t know if I ever had a song that just got this big so fast. But due to the growth of that song, a lot of things have changed. A lot of people forget certain things that they said, certain things that they’ve done. But I guess this song, “Duffle Bag Boys,” is kind of like the beginning – you know, although we did a lot of preliminary work and a lot of preliminary hustle, this is like the beginning of the Duffle Bag Boys who we are, two individuals – of course with Wayne gettin’ on that and blessin’ us with such an emotional hook, and him singin’ and doin’ what he doin’. His new thing, though, with the melodies and everything, he really broke it on our record. People kinda bein’ on Wayne’s world right now and just for them to come into the Playaz Circle world, I love dude for that, and the whole Cash Money. We used Wayne’s world to get attention towards us– me and Dolla, you know, we can hold up our weight, too, so it was about people startin’ to mess with us on the rappin’ tip and just tryin’ to hear what stuff we got. Now people are curious, like, “I wanna hear something else.” And we got it for ‘em!
DJ Booth: Titi Boi, do you think that because how hot Wayne has been, on remixes and feature verses, that it was important that on this single, “Duffle Bag Boy,” he did something different?
Titi Boi: Well yeah, like I talked to him – he was sayin’ that a lot of the songs that he does are remixes, you know? He of course does some original songs, but not that many. And the next thing he was sayin’ was that he really likes to sing on the song – he don’t do that all the time. I don’t even know if thought it was going to be this big. But I know he has it included to his show now, and I know we doin’ it, so it’s kinda like a double look. But I just appreciate him – it’s a real blessing.
DJ Booth: Certainly. All right, let’s play a game. It’s gonna be called, “Who Disturbs the Peace?” I’m gonna ask a question and the answer will be the name of one of the artists on the DTP roster. First one: which DTP artist’s cell phone always rings during recording sessions?
Titi Boy: [laughter] Oh man, who could that be? Always ringing during the recording session – who gotta walk out? And this DTP, this is not Playaz Circle, this is the whole camp?
DJ Booth: Yeah, you can get everybody in trouble here. Is it Shareefa?
Titi Boy: I don’t want to say Lil Fate because I know you gonna ask another question and it’s gonna be about Lil Fate, so, um, whose phone always fuckin’ ringing, man… I’m gonna say Lil Fate.
DJ Booth: Which artist is never satisfied with material they record after it’s already been wrapped and has to go back in the booth?
Titi Boy: Oh, Shawn Jay of Field Mob.
DJ Booth: Which artist always walks in late to an interview or a media event?
Titi Boy: Man, I don’t wanna be gettin’ myself in trouble like this. Some shit could be taken the wrong way, man. Like, they know who they are for real.
DJ Booth: Okay. Which artist spends the most time getting ready in their dressing room or trailer?
Titi Boy: The girls, Shareefa.
DJ Booth: Which artist, other than Ludacris, has the female fans in an uncontrollable manner when you’re out in public? You can say you, if you’d like.
Titi Boy: Yeah, I’d say, uh – Yeah, I might have to say me.
DJ Booth: Okay, that’s a great answer.
Titi Boy: Well, you know, of course we’ve got Chingy, too. I can use that; I don’t wanna be all about me, I can say Chingy.
DJ Booth: Titi, go ahead give everybody a website and a Myspace address, so they can find out more about the Playaz Circle…
Titi Boy: All right, check it out, man. I go by Titi Boy. I am one half of Playaz Circle and a member of the Duffle Bag Boys. The name of my new album is called, “Supply and Demand,” and will be coming soon. It is a very, very creative street album from two of hip hop’s newest and finest. Our Myspace is myspace.com/playazcircle. You will look online you will see our upcoming tours, what we got goin’ on, shows. We’ll have T-shirts on there real soon, that people can actually buy, shirts that we wore in the, “Duffle Bag Boy” video, that’ll be coming out real soon. We also have the cover of the Ozone this month, so a lot of big things for Playaz Circle, Duffle Bag Boys. We have the music – it’s just all about getting the marketing and the promotion around so that everybody’ll know what it is. And the music’ll basically talk for itself.
DJ Booth: I wish you guys nothing but the best of luck on this brand new compilation “Strength in Numbers,” as a part of DTP, and hopefully soon I’ll get to hear that, “Supply and Demand,” album. The best of luck!
Titi Boy: All right, man. I appreciate you, brother!
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