About eighteen months ago, Tone and Johnny linked up through a mutual friend while Tone was performing and Johnny was running a local recording studio, Screaming Owl. Through lots of conversation and music they clicked, knowing that they were destined to work together on something big. Tone at the time was creating a solo project and began working with his music at the Screaming Owl studio. Eventually, Johnny started vibing to the instrumentals Tone was working on and began to freestyle. When Tone heard Johnny’s lyricism, he saw potential for them rapping together, and they began experimenting with music together. Then, to see how they mixed both in personalities and in music, they created one trial song together. Not long after that first song, they created their group South City Commission. Their name came from Johnny’s origin, Southern Illinois (South) and Tone’s Origin, Chicago (City). Their styles individually stem from their influences and life experiences that they’ve lived through, and when they came together their unique style compare in some areas and contrast in others like night and day. Tone already knew project pat (associated with 3 6 Mafia) and made the connection between South City Commission and Pat. After the connection was made, South City released their first EP and single featuring Project Pat. They started touring with pat in 2013, opening for him all across the country through the fall and into winter, spring, and summer of 2014. South City’s first independent album will be dropping the 19th of September with a mix tape to follow. They’re working on breaking into the music industry in a major way. The rest will make history!
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
SOUTH CITY COMMISSION: Tone and John both were born in Chicago. John grew up in Southern Illinois in a big college town. Tone grew up in Chicago and later moved to Southern Illinois.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
SOUTH CITY COMMISSION: John’s music background consists of playing the cello, guitar, bass, drums and writing lyrics for many different genres of music. Tone’s music background is as a singer and song writer, being of the hip-hop generation he began to writing hip hop while keeping his roots of singing that can be heard through his music.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
SOUTH CITY COMMISSION: We wanted to record and release our own material because the initial response we got from our music was so well received. We feel our sound is so different from what’s being heard today we wanted to make sure it would stay true to our unique sound. We also believe with us being of different races our music can really impact the world right now.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
SOUTH CITY COMMISSION: Our songs are about the ups and downs we have gone through in life. Our topics range from feel good music to just ride around thinking music. When you need motivation or when it’s time to celebrate, SCC has you covered. Both Tone and John have gone through some crazy and extremely hard tests in life. We come from gangs and violence to becoming the kind of men that now choose their family and future over hatred and violence. All of these experiences can be felt and heard through out our music.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
SOUTH CITY COMMISSION: John’s musical influences range from classical and rock, to his massive love for hip-hop. Some of John’s Favorites are Wu-Tang Clan, Jay-Z, Nas, Jadakiss, Fabulous, Atmosphere, 2Pac, Project Pat, Snoop, Game, Beastie Boys, Dre, and many more. He is influenced from the cello work of Yo Yo Ma to Frank Sinatra and Jerry Lee Lewis. The list could go on for days. Tone’s musical influences range from Jay Z, Project Pat, LOX, Nas, biggie, 2pac, DMX, Juicy J then to his love for singing from R Kelly, Gerald Levert, Prince, Michael Jackson to James Brown.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
SOUTH CITY COMMISSION: South City Commission is a very upbeat vibe and has original feel good music that can stand the test of time. Due to the fact that we come from simulator yet different backgrounds we both bring a very strong and diverse lyrical range with substance that separates us from the pack.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
SOUTH CITY COMMISSION: South City’s look and sound are like no other in the game. Tone for one is black and Johnny is white. Along with our look, we both have very different sounds, but like yin and yang we mesh perfectly together, offering something for everyone. Growing up with similar life stories, together it gave us a unique musical perspective. Our love for hip-hop shows in our music, creating the perfect mix of old school to new school to give people something new and special to our listeners.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in your music career, and how did you overcome?
SOUTH CITY COMMISSION: Getting our studio built and finished was not easy, but we had to work hard so we could record and get our music out to the masses. We having been finishing our first full length cd and mixtape so we can flood the market with our music and videos. so we are now focused on get our music and brand out to the world.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
SOUTH CITY COMMISSION: South City Commission is releasing their first full length album on September 19th ” Welcome to South City” that will be available for sale on ITunes, scchiphop.com, and screamingowlrecords.com. SCC is also releasing a mixtape” Music, Money, Motivation Vol .1″ with Coast to Coast mixtape on September 22nd. It also will be available to download for free on coasttocostmixtapes.com Datpiff.com, scchiphop.com screamingowlrecords.com. We are also releasing a DVD on making the album and touring with Project Pat coming in November.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
SOUTH CITY COMMISSION: We see SCC everywhere, from holding awards in music, and topping hip-hop charts, to making and acting in movies. Both members of South City have a passion for music and the business that walks hand to hand with it. We want to have a recording studio and Independent label. Our team is growing to things they we never knew it could. In ten years, we plan to take this label and professional studio to the industry level.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
SOUTH CITY COMMISSION: Our fans can find our music on Itunes.com scchiphop.com screamingowlrecords.com Reverbnation.com/southcitycommission facebook.com/southcitycommission youtube.com/southcitycommission amazon.com also connect with us on facebook.com/southcitycommission (for our like page) facebook.com/SouthCityHipHop twitter.com @Don_Luciano13 & @1southcity @tonecaponeontop instagram.com Donluciano13 or for booking info contact Cory Frisby of Screaming Owl Records @ 618-351-OWLS (6957)
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