When good music releases, it’s recognized and respected. Now, imagine if that was consistently true in Hip-Hop culture. Certain artists have actually garnered a fan base that are willing to wait for new material longer than most, because the product will be that damn good. Cue in Overdoz., a larger Los Angeles collective that’s represented by its core four members Kent Jamz, P, Cream, and Joon.
The rhyming rat pack’ buzz grew a few years back, but they decided to take a hiatus to reevaluate how they wanted to move forward with their music. For artists like them, it’s easy to get caught up in and ultimately get too comfortable being independent. That wasn’t their goal. Instead, Overdoz. are confident in their talents; talents they see becoming world renowned one day.
With a little patience, a lot of recording, and a some faith to boot, the four signed a deal with Polo Grounds Music/RCA Records nearly two years after releasing their last body of work. Their hiatus ended November 14 when they released BOOM, a 17-track mixtape that’s just as animated and meaningful as it’s title.
Hip-Hop Wired had an opportunity to speak with Overdoz., this week’s Certified Fresh feature, about their latest body of work and share a few jokes as well (most were too raw for this written piece).
Who: Overdoz. are a direct representation of the things that are authentic to them. That includes the women, weed, and weather the sunny streets of Southern California are known for. But that’s today. The four MCs’ stories actually stem back to when they initially met about a decade ago. As friends first, the music thing comes easy to the collective, because they’re all still fans of Hip-Hop culture, music overall, and each other.
Credentials: Overdoz. have been a rising fixture in rap music since emerging on the scene around four years ago. A free project called NOVA was their first release to make noise, which was directly followed by a feature on Dom Kennedy’s “The 4 Heartbeats,” a track on his breakout From The Westside, With Love mixtape.
With that momentum, Overdoz. made their rounds doing shows and gaining the experiences necessary to create their free album, Live For, Die For, in 2011. The crew’s stock rose soon after, and with an admittedly higher notoriety, they had the opportunity to display their talents at larger events like Lollapalooza 2012.
Fun Fact: Pharrell likened Overdoz. to legendary rap duo Outkast. The exact quote read as follows: “Waiting for somebody to come in and reinvent the movement, swag their personality just like what OutKast was. OutKast was…at that time when everybody had they backpacks on, those ni**as still kept it hood, and that’s what I get out the music that ya’ll making.”
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Photo: 10 Deep, Overdoz.