IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
NOVACAIN: We are from Kansas City, Kansas aka Killa City Kansas. The city of hustlers and broken dreams.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
NOVACAIN: My musical background ranges from hip-hop to jazz music. I learned early on how to play instruments and was in band until I left high school. I began rapping at 12 when. My brother and I use to freestyle over screw tapes and at the point I fell in love with writing music.
DEWEY DA DON: Well back in the day I used to play the alto saxophone, but I put it down due to lack of money at the time to buy a new sax. I still to this day regret putting it down. I also obtained my degree in Audio Engineering from Atlanta Institute Of Music. So I do all the mixing for Urban Republic as well as local Atlanta artists.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
URBAN REPUBLIC: We record and release our own music to tell our stories in hopes that it will provoke the mind of the next great lawyer, president, doctor or up-coming hip hop artist. We feel it’s so important to inspire the generation behind you because they are our future. We want to give that same feeling to someone that we had when we heard “Juicy” for the first time. We want to tell our story so that kid who lives in a city looked over by many will be inspired to be great.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
URBAN REPUBLIC: Our songs are about real life experiences. We write about the joy, pain, and everything in between the highs and lows of life. We’ve been through a lot so we want to share that with world. We’ve always said that our music truly resonates with people that have been through things in life because it’s real, authentic, honest, and painful. We make music that is going to make laugh and music that will make you cry.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who is your fan base directed towards?
NOVACAIN: Our music is directed towards the everyday person, who has been though something or going through something. Our music is authentic and we make to provoke that nostalgia we got when we fell in love with hip-hop.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
NOVACAIN: my musical influences would be the Houston hip-hop scene, I grew listening to UGK, Chamillionaire, Paul Wall, Slim Thug and that whole Texas movement. It made me want to rap. I didn’t just want to rap. I wanted to be them. The music just has so much culture in it and I feel I learned about Houston without ever going. My other influences are Jay Z, Biggie, and 50 cent. I believe they are all great songwriter and I pride myself on writing great songs
DEWEY DA DON: Some of my musical influences would be the west cost scene like Jacka, Berner, Joe Blow, all the way down to Texas with Chamillonare, Paul wall, and Slim Thug. My favorite group would have to be Bone Thugs and Harmony hands down. They changed the game of fast raps by blending with melodies. I used to try and rap like them early in my career, but I soon realized that wouldn’t work for me lol.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
NOVACAIN: I would describe my music as real and authentic. I want my music to be transparent to the person standing in front of you. A lot of times artists try to play up an image, but I’d rather be me so if it doesn’t work I know why. I refuse to chase an image of any kind
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
NOVACAIN: We feel that we stand out from other artist just by being authentic and not trying to follow trends. We aren’t too cool to be honest and show that we go through things like the next man. Our music isn’t trendy or gimmicks. It’s two guys with a dream to change the environment and circumstances they weren’t dealt
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
DEWEY DA DON: Our latest project is “Killa City State of Mind” a six track Ep. That includes songs like “Blur”, and “Heavy Artillery” two of our most popular songs to date. But contrary to these turn up based records. We actually go deep as well with tracks like Distorted Portraits, where we voice our experiences with people trying to box us in as artists and limit our creativity. To songs like “Killa City” that’s about telling God we are never coming back home. We made it out the killa before it made us a killa. This project is really all about the Killa City mind state. Which is times are hard and the pressure is on, but im going to hustle my way up out of this.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
NOVACAIN: My career goals are to be able to be one o of the greatest duo every in music not just hip hip. I want to win a Grammy. I want to become a renowned philanthropist and continue inspiring and motivating the people around me.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
URBAN REPUBLIC: Twitter @novacain007@urbanrepublic2, @Iamthadon. Our soundcloud is UrbanRepublic we are also on Instagram Under @urbanrepublic2, Deweydadon, Novacain007. Lastly Our website is www.loudpack.biz