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G-Biz

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States | Established. Jan 01, 1996

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Established on Jan, 1996
Duo Hip Hop Avant-garde

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"Making the Video: G-Biz"

Remember when Tom Green sang his way through town, bumping his bum against taxis, cheese, and battleships? Local hip hop duo G-Biz has taken the former MTV star’s concept to the next level—their newest video’s theme is an MCAD student humping his way through Minneapolis, alongside G-Biz rapper “Blingo Gringo.” The Wake braved a ride in a ‘92 Aerostar van to follow G-Biz and crew from the Walker Art Center’s steps to the Government Center as they filmed shots for their upcoming video, “What It Is.”

“Ready for the music?” yells Tone Def, a 27-year-old rapper whose shock of orange hair swirls around a pale face. “Dance to the beat in your head!” instructs the day’s director, Matt Ernster, crouching on the Walker’s front steps with a small camcorder pressed to his face.

On cue, Brendon Brogan, a tall thin man in a white tank and button-up wind-pants a few inches too short rocks his pelvis backward and thrusts his arms forward, swaying back and forth like a dog in heat looking for some leg action. Twenty feet away, also standing on the vast expanse between the Walker and Hennepin Avenue, another tank-topped white boy, Noel Young (a.k.a. Blingo), begins dancing in place, hopping from foot to foot while pumping his fists in the air and shaking his head like an ‘80s jazzercise instructor.

“Keep going! Pump harder!” Ernster yells. “Stay on beat!” adds Tone Def, waving her hand to an imaginary sound, which is interrupted by the Bastille church’s noon-time bells and honking from a white van speeding towards I-94.

“I think I hyperextended my joints or something,” Brogan says after completing the shot, lighting a cigarette, and collapsing to the ground in a dramatic heap—not a good sign, since this is only the second scene of the day. Blingo, it seems, is a bit more optimistic: “All the fine women love my supreme dance moves,” he says.

After chugs of acid-yellow Gatorade lemonade, it’s into the three-door van, or “shaggin’ wagon,” and off toward downtown. Matt tosses Harvest Power Bars and chocolate-almond-raisin Zone Perfect Protein bars to everyone as we peel away from the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

The motor purrs loudly over shouts to Blingo in the driver’s seat. “Go in reverse!” “Not now!” “Fuck.” “It’s a dead end.” “He can just turn around.” “Can this thing turn around?”

“I told you I’m in no condition to drive today,” Blingo says as we shoot through an alley and backtrack to Hennepin before finally making it to a parking ramp by First Avenue.

After hump-dancing through the garage’s walkway we emerge on the street. “Who’s got my back when I get my ass kicked?” Brogan wonders out loud. There are no takers. But there is a stretch limousine sitting in front of the Radisson hotel—and what is a hip-hop video without 25 feet of sparkling white automobile?

Ernster runs into position near the hood, Tone Def grabs a clunky flashlight—err, spotlight—and illuminates Brogan’s body as he pretend humps the limo for 30 seconds. “That was awesome!” says a prim-looking valet, in a white-button up and professional black pants with shiny shoes, guarding the hotel’s lobby, as Brogan and Blingo strut towards our next hit: Nicollet Mall, a retail stretch teeming with parents pushing strollers.

“I want you to punch that baby in the face,” Matt directs Blingo, who’s now standing on a platform before the Gap’s window display, where a baby’s face smiles in an advertisement for furry cloaks with ears on the hood, making the child resemble a tame bear.

Next door is an entrance to the IDS tower, the next scene’s location. “I predict this will be our first encounter with…” “Johnny Law,” Tone Def interrupts, finishing Ernster’s thought. Fortunately, the only people inside are a few bemused elderly men and parents holding small children. Brogan and Blingo do their thing on opposite sides of the Center’s indoor water fountain, before a Ritz one-hour camera shop.

Racing out the door (just in case), we walk to the Metro Transit light-rail station. “Is any humping happening on the vessel?” Tone Def asks. The answer, for now, is no—but we do hop on and ride to the Metrodome. As the crowd of families and teenagers, in striped jerseys and baseball caps, spills out of the dome’s doors after the morning’s game, Brogan takes up a position behind Blingo and thrusts away. Matt films from inside a light-rail car, to the delight of its passengers, who point and laugh at the spectacle outside.

“Do you think they shoot music videos in Hollywood like this?” Brogan asks when the shot has wrapped.

“Oh man. I have a beer in my car. I’m excited about that,” Blingo responds, and it’s off to the Government Center Plaza for the next take." - The Wake


Discography

Tired of Being Poor, 2014

Rock n Roll / Roadkill, 2011

Fuck Michele Bachmann 2010 vol. 2, 2010

Fuck Michele Bachmann 2010, 2010

G-Biz is Putting the Massacre Back Into X-Mas, 2008

Crunkin' Driving, 2007

Hugs for Thugs, 2007

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Bio

G-Biz is a Minneapolis-based, non-traditional hip-hop trio who sequence feedback and distorted beats. In 2004, the Blingo Gringo began recording G-Biz demos in his wood-paneled basement (which would later be featured in G-Bizs music video for The White Hawk on Hugs for Thugs) and performing at house parties. These original recordings were released on an Internet-only basis on the ShitMonger record label, attracting the attention of Tone Def, who became the second member of G-Biz in mid-2005. Putting together their love of beats, bass and noise, the duo began writing and recording the EP Hugs for Thugs, going through several drafts and finally finishing in June 06, officially releasing the EP January 8, 2007 [i.e. 1.8.7]. The result of their collaboration is a mush of phat beats, guitar shred, clunky keyboards and lilting singing over the duos rap stylings. In the summer of 2008, the duo joined forces with a dj, G-Nome, taking the noise to the next level.

Hugs for Thugs is a four-song enhanced CD EP that features G-Bizs video for The White Hawk. Nicknamed the Lewis Carrolls of rap, G-Biz rails against suburban SUV drivers in The White Hawk with lines like Have you seen the demographic in which these polarized morons fit?/ It's the richest white yuppies driving through the burbsand ghettoest gangstas sellin' crap on curbs. Pointing out the wastefulness, narrow-mindedness and (in their opinion) utter pathetic stupidity of suburban sprawl and the suburban dream is one of G-Bizs trademarks. By virtue of being in the hip-hop industry, which is largely supported by suburban white youth, perhaps they can bring this over-fed and under-thunk idealism down from the inside.

The response to G-Bizs sarcastic, rapped social commentary has been so enthusiastic that G-Bizs fandom has joined in to create a sort of G-Biz-centered art community: in October 2006, The University of Minnesota-Minneapolis literary magazine The Wake featured an article detailing the duos production of a second music video for the single "What it is." This video was written, directed and largely produced by fans of the band, who co-starred with the rappers as they filmed in various locations around Minneapolis. This is but one specific example of the multi-media fan involvement surrounding the duo. By their own volition, fans have approached the duo to contribute lyrics and song ideas, shot and directed music videos, mastered recordings, offered to make products such as websites and T-shirts, invited G-Biz to participate in art auctions, conducted several professional photo shoots, contributed illustrations and art to the EP, and generally offered to assist the musicians in current projects or help launch new ones. The trio continues to evolve into a music-centered multi-media bonanza always ready to spawn new creative progeny.

Watch G-Biz videos:
"What It Is" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1ZttEv11qg

"The White Hawk" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_bEhwJ0gfA

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