Philly’s own, Hip Hop Trio, Ground Up, came through to Riot Fest Chicago and turnt up Friday afternoon on the Radicals Stage. They just recently performed at the Made In America Festival. Not only did I get the chance to bare witness, but I also got the chance to sit down and have an interview with them. I swear it was like me just asking the homies a few questions! They were so chill! Their performance and music is dope! Get the low down on Ground Up and check the interview below.
B Roc – You guys just performed recently at the Made In America Festival, held in your hometown Philly. What are you feelings about that?
Malakai – Made In America was definitely one out of three of the top shows we have done. It was sweet! It always feels good to perform on stage in our hometown… it was awesome.
Bij Lincs – Made In America was dope. And we love Chicago and Riot Fest is dope! Usually when we stop in Chicago the weather is much colder. So it’s cool to be here now. It’s summer time, so all the festivals are going on… and we don’t mind being outside… feels good!
B Roc – What do you hope your fans get from your music?
Bij Lincs – I think we relate to a lot of the same things that people, our fans, or anyone can relate to. We all went to college, we have all had our struggles, and at the end of the day… we are all the same! It’s just we do music. And music is a form of expression, a form of release. So maybe they can also find the same… it’s therapeutic.
Malakai – Getting our music out to the fans is important to us. I just want them to have an awesome time man! It’s all about having a good time!
Azar – I hope that they feel as inspired as we do, when we listen to good music. We want y’all to have fun!
B Roc – Do you have any shows lined up in the near future?
Azar – Yeah! We have our fall tour, Seventeen Eleven Tour. And we will be making our way back to Chicago in Novemeber. We also have our album that drops October 2nd, and we’re excited about it. The album is about how Ground Up all got started, how we first meet, and we are celebrating that.
Malakai – And Marty Grimes will be coming along with us on tour… it’s gonna be dope!
B Roc – Are there any artists that are currently doing their thing that you would like to collab with?
Malakai & Azar – We work with Hip Hop artists, Rock artists, Singers… we diversify ourselves, and we’re definitely open when it comes to collaborations. We’re open to working with anyone who wants to work with us!
Bij Lincs – We have a new single featuring Marty Grimes, and the video for it will be dropping soon. Shout out to Marty.
B Roc – Do you have any ventures going on outside of music?
Azar – Yeah! We have our clothing line, Seventeen Eleven, MDCCXI, in roman numerals. Clothing is like our second passion, so we decided to chanel our energy in to that.
Bij Lincs – Ground Up is more than just myself Malakai and Azar… Ground Up is literally over 20 people! Having a clothing line gives us another avenue to reach our audience… to reach the people. It gives them the opportunity to express themselves as well. And we are passionate about our music, our fashion, and all things Ground Up.
Malakai – It’s important that we have, what we have, in order to break bread with and show love to our Ground Up family. We are all in this together… wouldn’t have it any other way.
B Roc – What’s something you have to do before you leave Chicago? Can’t leave Chicago without….?
Azar & Malakai & Bij Lincs – DEEP DISH PIZZA!!! Shout out to Lou Malnati’s, we love the food here! Can’t leave with out shopping and picking up some gear. Shout out to RSVP Gallery… definitely a Chicago staple, shout out to Kanye!