IAA SPOTLIGHT: GET TO KNOW – SOUTH CITY COMMISSION – CHICAGO’S HOTTEST STAR!

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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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199 COMMENTS

  1. Big ups to SCC!!! Tone and Johnny are extremely talented individuals!! Keep doing y’all thing! You guys are definaetly destined for greatness!!!

  2. When you grind hard you shine hard big props to my homies Tone and Johnny .y’all continue to do y’all thing and you will get the recognition that you deserve.I’m proud of y’all.

  3. I’m so glad to see that 2 men chose to use music as a positive outlet instead of being consumed by the streets. Continue to let The Most High lead you and you’ll never go wrong! Congrats!

  4. Salute to the guys SCC tone and Johnny. Got a chance to work with these guys on a project and really respect the grind. Wish yu guys nothing but success. Bruce Leroy yu got the Glow! #ScreamingOwl #ILikeDat

  5. I love too see my older bros do their thing! Congrats too the SCC movement and you already know “GoldMinds” (Artist group under Screaming Owl Records) will be pushing with y’all every step of the way!! #SOR #T2S #GMM

  6. It is really good to see young men doing there thing in a positive way. I have known Tone for many years and can only imagine the type of man John can be. I have always told him to let go and let god and he will work it out. I encourage them to keep god first and life is the limit. I wish you all well n keep up the great work.

  7. Congratulation!!!!!! I am looking forward to the Album\Mix Tap Release!!!! Amazing Story by the way, the industry need Artists like you guys (-:

  8. Great article! The music is hot and I am looking forward to hearing and seeing so much more from SCC. I’m definitely buying the album when it’s released on itunes. I’m proud of you two,

  9. Congratulations, Salute To SCC Love Your Movement, Straight Greatness Tone And Johnny. Keep Up The Awesome Works…
    Nothing But Success To You!!!

  10. I salute y’all! Keep doing y’all thing! Congrats to you both on your accomplishments. Don’t give up and keep the faith. Hard work pays off!!

  11. I salute y’all both! Keep doing your thing making major moves. Good music and much respect. Keep the faith because hard work pays off!!!

  12. Congrats on your music, this is a great article. I have known Tone for years and I know that he is a hard worker. I am most definitely looking forward to hearing the album when it drops. Congrats again to you both! !!!!!

  13. I HAVE BE LISTENING TO TONE CAPONE SINCE HE CAME OUT WITH HIS FIRST MIXTAPE HE IS WHT THE GAME IS MISSING!!!!…I ALWAYS KNEW IT WAS A MATTER OF TIME FOR HIM!!!!
    #UNDERBOSS!!! I LIKE DAT!!!!

  14. It is good to c a black and white guy with so much talent together working towards there goals and dreams . groups like this could help change the world.
    congrats tone and johnny

  15. I saw SCC perform in Minnesota with project pat if u think the music is the shit u should see these guys live!!! CAPONE AND 2JOBS compliment each other so way, cant wait til they come back!

  16. just listen to the album it bangs from the beginning to the end…tone capone is killing those tracks and 2 jobs has his own style…they blend well togther!!!!!!!

  17. south city commission has a sound that is unmatched by anything that is out today. I see big things in the near future for this group. Iwill be watching and listening!

  18. JOHNNY 2 JOBS AKA DON LUCIANO HAS TAKING HIS SKILL AND FLOW TO ANOTHER LEVEL…SCC IT A BREATH OF FRESH AIR!!!!!
    CANT WAIT TO HEAR MORE!!!!

  19. I meet Tone Capone at a meet and greet for Project Pat and south City Commission in Arkansan. He was down to earth and just a all around cool guy. But reading this I feel like I no more but him. Thank for the sign CD and I am happy for your success.

  20. These two are what I’ve been waiting on, this is one of my favorite groups now. I give Tone and Johnny big props, they deserve the respect. Got to see em live, and I cant wait for more. These two are goin places!!!

  21. I just seen SCC’s video on YouTube and I listend to the album and that song was not on it. I hope it’s on the mix tape cause I like that song. Keep up the good work.

  22. tone capone has been grinding for a long time its good to c him getting some recognition. he is one of the nicest mc’s out here! # i like dat

  23. So happy for you guys! Lookin’ forward to hearin’ ya’ll’s flow. Have enjoyed working with both on some photography projects and they are truly genuine people. Good luck and Congrats!!

  24. Love the story and the music. A great way to channel their experiences into positive energy. Can’t wait to see what successes SCC experiences!!!!

  25. I love this group, the information is great and I have bookmarked it in my favorites. This is a well organized and informative website. Great Job!

        

  26. I usually don’t comment on websites but this group and there story is so relevant and well put together that I just had to stop and say,CONGARTS TONE AND JOHNNY GREAT WEBSITE.

        

  27. I personally know Tone Capone and Johnny also known as “south city commission” and I have to give props to them! They are very motivated in doin what they love best and will work to 8 in the mornin hours if need be to get things done! Very talented good guys with the mind set to achieve anything so don’t sleep on ’em at all cuz they makin major moves!

  28. Often whether you’re good or not has nothing to do with music or your success . Often many artists that are phenomenal don’t get the spotlight because they’re simply not know, even if the artist actually has a fan base. It is good to see you guy get to show what u got! CONGRATS TONE AND JOHNNY!

  29. Appreciate this. This group has been building and grinding from scratch and you can see that making it is a process. The individual research of each and reaching out, is another story. this grout is doing what it takes to reach there goals!

  30. Thanks for this spotlight i really appreciate you taking the time to create such an helpful way of knowing the best of the best that’s out there.

  31. You rock! I do try to keep up with hip hop and what’s hot.. but sometimes the other genres creep in too much. BUT SOUTH CITY COMMISSION GOT MY BACK WERE I NEED TO BE!

  32. I can’t believe I found this, I am so excited. It’s not easy to find up and coming talent and be able to know there story and give them as much exposure and feedback as possible. I am willing to support ,comment and participate. What a great article , thanks very much for posting it and giving them the spotlight! SOUTH CITH COMMISSION!

  33. This is highly commendable. In a dog eat dog world, group’s like this would go a long way in helping indie hip-hop artists no to never give up on you dreams. It might look like a drop in the ocean but trust me, its not easy to make it. Knowledge is king bruv!! thanks for such a detailed and great story.

  34. I swear sometimes it feels like nobody even gives a fuck about the underground its like if you dont selling 50000 a week who cares it use to be about how good you spit now the game is full of swollowers. thank you for this gem. And thank you for reading. respect scc!

  35. Glad to see South City Commission doin big things! I went to a Project Pat show in Nebraska and they performed. They got some dope music. Keep doin ya thang.

  36. South City Commission is about to BLOW!!! I’m so proud of y’all! I’ve been a fan of Tone Capone for years and now I’m Johnny’s fan too. I love the music so keep it coming.

  37. I could not help but take a minute to support these artist that is trying to do something positive with his hiphop music The music has a great vibe so to those who appreciate good music i hope you all enjoy like I did!

  38. The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the iniquities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he, who in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And HAD will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know his name is SOUTH CITH COMMISSION! when he lays his vengeance upon thee

  39. THE FUTURE OF HIP HOP IS HERE SCC, YALL SHOULD DO STORY’S ON ARTIST THAT ARE, ON THE INTERNET. THAT ARE LEAVING THE RADIO, AND TV MUSIC AKA MAINSTREAM MUSIC, AND JUST STRICKLY LISTENING TO UNDERGROUND MUSIC, AND BEATS CHECK OUT SCC!

  40. Johnny and Tone Capone deserves this recognition. Johnny has always been a great business man and I have no doubt that he will be a successful artist. Hard work, dedication, and talent is the recipe for success and SCC has what it takes. I’m cheering for you South City Commission!

  41. Underground hip hop at its best. Tone Capone got bars and Johnny flow is tight. Guess they wont be unsigned too much longer cause they rising to the top. Show em how to do it SCC #Hustle101

  42. Get em SCC!!! Tone Capone and Johnny are go getters! I’m proud of you two. Go download their music if you haven’t already. You won’t regret it!

  43. I met Tone Capone and Johnny at a CD signing in St. Louis then watched them perform. They got some good music. South City Commission is gonna be a force to reckon with in the hip hop game.

  44. South City Commission doin big things. Y’all deserve time in spot light. Soon everyone will know Tone Capone and Johnny. Keep making hits cuz y’all about to BLOW #grindseason

  45. Johnny two jobs is off the damn hook. He is the next damn eminem!!!! Woot woot, remember us little people when you hit the big stage!! (:

  46. Congratulations y’all that’s what’s up!!! Great article and great music! I’m so excited for y’all. When y’all coming back to Oklahoma? South City Commission is doing big things!

  47. hip hop needs a group like south city commission. they speak what they know and they dope as hell. no pretendin they spit true shit. respect

  48. we screaming MURDA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    its motherfucking MURDA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    all day long its MURDA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    scc gone MURDA THE GAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  49. Shout out to scc I love supportin and watchin my family doin it up can’t wait to be there for yall when u go big only a matter of time and determination!!

  50. I find a few occasional hip hop songs that I’m happy to listen to.
    Often, if I listen to a hip hop / rap song enough, I’ll get into it.
    But, other than that. I hate the stuff
    That’s just me, and the ‘image’ of my clique. But South City Commission is one of those hip-hop group’s I can get into. I really love Tone Capone’s style and how he approaches each song.

  51. i do like hip hop. what i do like is more intelligent hip hop. which isnt mainstream and when people think hip hop they think gangsta rap. if you really listened to the old hip hop or current hip hop acts like The Coup, Dead Prez, Immortal Technique, Achozen, Public Enemy, The Last Poets, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five but i usually listen to political and Conscious hip hop. after listening to that youll not be so quick to judge hip hop music. But what South City Commission has managed to accomplish is staying current and still bring that old hip-hop feel good job!

  52. I love this group and I think Rap and Hip/Hop are largely misunderstood mainly due to the fact that mainstream Rap and Hip/Hop usually isn’t the best music that is available. The music industry has turned making music into a business instead of a place where artists can express themselves. That’s why I love this spotlight and group’s like South City Commission.

    I like to listen to more underground Hip Hop artists (Brother Ali, Aesop Rock, Danger Mouse) but also can handle listening to some more mainstream artists like Outkast, Ludacris etc.. Unfortunately, the radio doesn’t care about playing GOOD music because of the fact that it’s not a huge “mula-maka”.

    I look forward to seeing where artist like Tone Capone and Johnny 2 Jobs can go, and where Hip Hop goes because I think some of the artists are really trying to take back the genre and keep the big music big wigs from watering it down and cheapening it, and group’s like this could be at the forefront.

  53. Yes!!!!! this shit is dope!!!!! all the music I have heard has been on point. I just wish more people would take the time to search for new artists like this and then spread it around! Any chance I get, I burn a CD for someone or suggest an artist, and I will do the same for South City Commission!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  54. hey I really enjoyed this, why don’ you try SCC’S music. Specially “clockwork” just go listen to the whole album just awesome!

  55. If the world is a cold place
    Make it your business to start some fires!!!
    This article it fire!
    The musik is fire!
    The look is fire!
    These guys are starting some fires!!!

  56. Every story has an end, but in life every end is just a new beginning,and the story i just read is just the beginning for SCC! Bright Future!

  57. Big ups to South City Commission! I love the music. My favorites are Clockwork and Poorin and Sippin but the whole album feels good. I’m proud of y’all.

  58. I have been knowing Tone Capone for years and he has always keep me motivated and he don’t even know it and,when I can’t find me way home,
    and when life gets too hard to face on my own.
    He has always been the light through the darkness unknown,He is the type of person that would walk with you, so you’re never alone. He deserves everything GOOD that is happening for him. Congrats to Tone and johnny.

  59. Love love love love love South City Commission!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I love the album. It reminds me of dre and snoop, and makes me feel a bit more at peace with everything and everybody I cant get enough of ” cares away” on the album!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  60. Haha, yes, a few of those songs mentioned are already on my playlist
    But yes, if there’s any more suggestions, the genre should really be albums like this!
    listen to the last song on the albums “music, money, motivation” enough said!

  61. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows.
    It is a very mean and nasty place and it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it.
    You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward. and that’s what SOUTH CITY COMMISSION IS TRYING TO SAY AND STAND 4!!!

  62. Taking everything the spotlight, the video with Project Pat and the lyrics into consideration (and I believe I have listened to this album in its entirety close to a hundred times) I would say it’s most likely to be one of the best body’s of work I have heard in a long time. But yeah, I could definitely imagine listening to this album years from now, and getting the same feel.

  63. I’m not exactly the best person to comment on this, but several friends have suggested singer-songwriter style songs are always good choices – can’t imagine it myself, but a consensus was reached so I won’t challenge it and you can tell that Tone Capone and Johnny 2 Jobs are true singer-songwriter with style!

  64. This is great! I love being an early fan of up and coming artists like Tone Capone and Johnny. South City Commission delivers a pure hip hop sound and the tracks are diverse so you don’t get tired of listening to the album. If you haven’t heard it I encourage you to go listen to it!

  65. I like to see talented unsigned artists get recognition. South City Commission keep going and everyone will be bumpin yo music in no time.

  66. Just got a chance to read the article and listen to some of the music…SCC is on their way to the top…wow..cannot wait to read more about their success and hear more of their music..great job..hard work pays off.

  67. I deleted 80% of my music on my laptop and ipod as I need fresh music as I’m bored of the ones I had. My friend text me about this spotlight and I’ve gotten into South City Commission!

  68. Love SCC! So does my mom. hahaha. But like right now I am listening to “shinning” I also really like “hi and by” and a bunch others.

  69. I downloaded the album on Wednesday and I have to say I like it. I find SCC songs growers where I like them more and more I listen to them so in about a week it’ll probably be the most listened to thing on my ipod I like the song they have done with Project Pat. I love Pat, I love SCC, Tone and Johnny sound great together Good mix!

  70. Oddly enough i like this group, its a bit different for me and kinda catchy, also im kinda a fan of rock music, but i can get into this tho.

  71. This is Johnny 2Jobs I just wanted to thank everyone who left us a comment so far and those who will read and Post later. You guys are the motivation we need thanx for all the kind words and real ass comments! We had a lot of fun making this album.poorest our heart and soul into our music. It’s been a dream come true to start breaking out! Thanks again from South City we love you all! SALUTE!!
    we have a mix tape coming soon with a DVD. And right after that our second album!
    Watch for us!!! We ain’t leaving!!!

  72. I listened to their music for the first time Saturday and loved it! Have listened to it all weekend! U go guys! Looking forward to the road ahead for u guys!

  73. I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE WHO HAS TAKING THE TIME TO SHOW SO MUCH LOVE! WE ARE WORKING HARD AND WE APPERCIATED ALL THE SUPPORT! THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF REAL COMMENTS AND TO BE HONEST ALL OF THEM HAS BEEN VERY MOTIVATING SO AGAIN THANK YOU AND WE R JUST GETTING STARTED!!!!

  74. I SCC and there music is now one of my all-time favorites albums (as in I could listen to any of their songs, any time, anywhere and be satisfied)

  75. These bands/artists will always have a special place in my heart
    (These bands\artist Will always be my most favorite artists ever)
    Jay-Z.
    Lupe Fiasco.
    Notorious B.I.G.
    Panic At The Disco.
    Paramore.
    Jack’s Mannequin.
    Taking Back Sunday.
    The Smiths.
    Wu-Tang Clan.
    Belle & Sebastian.
    A Tribe Called Quest.
    Say Anything.
    Kid Cudi.
    The Roots.
    Death Cab For Cutie.
    Kanye West.
    Blink-182.
    AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST SOUTH CITY COMMISSION!!!!!!!

  76. The tracks go hard, I got several of them on repeat and from this article it looks like these dudes not playin around with this music for fun, that drive and hustle separating them from a lot of people out there, keep it coming with them hits

  77. South City Commission ! is the shit!!! been listening to there cd for a couple days now and love it more and more each day. Hope to see more and more of them keep it up!

  78. Two of the hardest working artist in the league. Great potential, great music and great individual stories leading then both together. Can’t wait to bang this album I’m the club, car or just my home. Wherever I hear it, the feeling is the same! SCC TO THE TOP. PURE AWESOME. Tone Capone and Johnny 2 jobs are the truth. They lived every lyric they rap. I can honor that. #screamingowl

  79. sic ass article i go to school at SIU where these guys live and must same DAMN PROUD of Illinois Hip-Hop now!! killing..

  80. i don’t really know much bout anything but I know Tone is doing big things and gone make a difference for southern Illinois

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