Steubenville, OH has been in national news headlines due to the alarming murder statistics and violence within the city. Being that the game glorifies negative surroundings and living conditions how has this helped or hurt your music/product being that your label is based there?
JAG: First off, I don't see how anybody being murdered would be helpful towards anything but motivating us to speak and reach out so that people know that this music is really a life or death situation for us. that's what keeps me on my grind because its not a game to me.
Agoni Brown: For me Steubenville is home, so I cant say that it helps or even how something like that could help. Other than always havin something happening so you always got something to write about, but it definitely hurts cause the city so small that even though it dont hit your circle directly you still feel it like thats ho2fa's boy Wally that got hit up on the hill or ag's boy Charlie that got hit up on 9th and that's potentially catastrophic to the music cause there aint no telling where or how far shit might go from there.
HO2FA: Steubenville is what it is man Steubenville is da music and da music is Steubenville 3 h dat a1 pure uncut Colombian wit da rainbow in it, dat bling like da jewels in my pinky ring. Ag n jag like go work to dats like mixing Colombian Venezuelan and peru feel me 4 H DA GREAT IS HERE AND HE BROUGHT DA MOB WIT HIM DA WHOLE GAME IN TROUBLE. real talk
What was your reaction when you heard/read about your label, WiseGuy Entertainment being linked to an NYC crime ring that extended down to Steubenville,OH? We only ask because we know the truth so we want to give you guys an opportunity to clarify it to the world as well!
Agoni Brown: Oh my god, where going down, im hot enough by myself already, as a matter of fact nobody ever say that again. And burn that.(In my steel ball voice) Seriously I was shocked and appalled, I said this is preposterous how could they make up such slanderous accusations about such upright and upstanding members of the community like ourselves that was outrageous.(Old brown eyes look side to side with beety eyes and starts whistling).
JAG: I was mad as hell at first but then once I thought about it I was like fuck it, we made the front page! lol really though, it's a bunch of bullshit we don't know nothing about, so the reporters and the people who print that bullshit can suck a dirty dogs balls! and I mean that from the bottom of my bowels. lol
Why did you decide to release a group album?
Agoni Brown: We figured we was about to kick the same door in so we figured we should just kick it in togetha.
JAG: Well, at the time we were working on a Wise Guy compilation album but me and HO2FA seemed to always be the ones in the studio together all of the time getting it in so it kind of decided itself.
How would you describe your styles individually, and how does each style compliment the other on the album?
Agoni Brown: That's funny idk how to describe my style, idk if i could call it style. I just talk about my life, what I feel, What i see, What im goin through, and how i feel about it. I aint got no style, i got a testimony. I'm just testifyin' on wax.That's real rap everybody got to respect that. That's that blood type O. That blend with everything.
JAG: my style is lyrical, it's complex but yet so simple and easy to understand. I talk on the track the same way I talk everyday, like in normal conversation. I use a few words niggas might have to look up but I need niggas to get on my level so look them up if you don't know what it means. our styles balance each other out, it's like heart and soul. I'm the heart and he's the soul of the street!
What are you hoping people take from the album? What are the main points/concepts your hitting to drive this home?
Agoni Brown: Them boys is dope. They got that good dope, that fire, any type of dope you like. What you like? Tropical droze, exotic beans, crystally powders, or that raw. Them boys got it all. We got a little something for everybody. From little mama's to the mama's, from the young trap stars to the og triple og mack's.
JAG: I want people to start thinking and listening outside of the ignorant box that everyone has been trapped in for many years now. I want people to see that it's not cool to be stupid as fuck, music is supposed to be fun, but it's also supposed to have meaning, some type of positive substance.
What other artists were featured on the album and how did you go about selecting who you worked with?
Agoni Brown: We got Jimmy Jones on there, Ghostface Killa, and a couple other honorable mentions that we workin on, but that's a better question for Pauly.
HO2FA: jim jones, ghost, my man agoni brown, jag da apostle and more ayo we did our part uncle paully did his and da rest is history
Many different styles have came out of Ohio from Bone-Thugs, Kid Cudi, Ray Cash, Chip The Ripper. When I hear your music & lyrics it sounds more East Coast than MidWest. How would you say this style developed over the more Midwestern style rappers in Ohio?
Agoni Brown: I just do what i do im just doin me.
HO2FA: Dats easy my g we just a different breed.
JAG: Most of my favorite MC's are from the east coast, but the advantage we have is that we are kind of in the middle of all coasts so we get a little bit of it all in our styles....we are hybrid MC's
Lets talk about how your stage names came about. Describe the meaning behind AG & Hof2a and how those were given to you.
Agoni Brown: Which one shit i got so many? AG, Agoni, Agoni Brown, Old Brown Eyes, Black Sunny, Agoni coleone, BS 3X Black, The Bogey Monster, Agulous, Agulous Maximus, Agulous Prime, Old Agulous, man we'd be here all day. All I can say is they all come from AG and AG come from caps pill, so caps pill say AW.
JAG: My big cousin Mark B gave me the name Jagged Edge I. like 1994 or 95 then a few years later an R&B group that we all know came out with the name, then when I linked up with Preme a year or two later he just started callin me Jag for short. then, we thought about how Jaguars are the biggest cats in North America and I'm one of the biggest cats inthis rap shit, attack these rappers like a wild animal. Jag Da Apostle, spreading the truth
What are your personal favorite tracks on the new album and why?
Agoni Brown: Man I love the whole shit, its one of them albums you can just put it in and let it play. I can ride to Cleveland with that bitch and not have to change my cd.
Do you find it more challenging to try and brand yourself in this digital era or was the game better before all the technology hit?
Agoni Brown: Dont make or break me, salt and peppa to high steppa, Heisman on a half steppa to me. There's pros and cons to both of them. There's pros and cons to everything, fuck it long as your chain blang.
JAG: Hell yeah and no, because all the digital shit does make it easier to get ur shit out and heard, but it also means everybody can do it and those with paper can do it more and not to mention that mp3 downloading has destroyed cd sales. the game is a mess right now compared to what it used to be, they cornered the market on us.
Tell us about the WiseGuy Movement. What does the brand stand for and what is the mission behind the music?
Agoni Brown: I just say this, Jag said it the best. We here to transform the game back to the form from which it came. Say my name say my name.
JAG: we stand for our Fam, for our people, kind of like the organized crime way, mafia, La Cosa Nostra. we have a mission made up of many missions. I can only let you in on a few and one is to make everybody stop, look, and listen.
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