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Straight from the streets of Chicago comes a new and exciting supergroup called L.E.P. aka The Low End professionals.
Comprised of the artists Count, Moonie and Big Rugg, these aggressive mic handlers represent another side of the windy city. Displaying vivid musical portraits of gang violence and street antics that go down on a regular basis, L.E.P. with their new single 'We ain't Playin' Featurning Fabolous are determined to make waves and shine the light on the darkest part of their hometown.

What's good L.E.P., give the readers some background of the movement.

Low End Professionals started on the low end of Chicago (state street to the
lake on Chicago's South side) in the Harold Ickes Housing Projectst

Being from the Chi, do you feel there is a specific image the hip hop community expects to see from your area? How do you differ from the expected?

Right now they probably judgin' all Chicago artist by what they see in Kanye or Lupe cause they in the national light but L.E.P bring the whole gang influnced aspect of Chicago. That's what the city was built on, Laws and Policies. We trying to tell the real story that everybody else scared to talk about.

I know you guys don't promote violence through your music but your music describes a vivid picture of a day in the life of those who rep gangbang music and who have grown up in gang related atmosphere, break down the realness of this lifestyle from where you rep.

We came up in the streets. The reason why we putting it out like that is we grew up in the gangs, different organizations and you can't take that away. So, we really talking about things we went through. We're not glorifying it, but people haven't really seen what Chicago is about. Chicago is based on gang politics. It's a little different now. But, you do nothing around here if you're not plugged. To make money in the streets… you gotta be plugged in with an organization. There's no freelancing and doing your own thing. I look at other cities and see them making their money… and doing their own thing. It's not like that in Chicago. So, we're just explaining that. We giving a small history of Chicago and elaborating on our own experiences. I want to add this, too… The gangbang music movement is really about bringing these gangs together to strengthen the city. We need to get in and come back and pull it all together.

I understand your brother Lil Larro was murdered shortly after your first deal with Sony, how has that affected your business and your motivation to continue the movement?

It just motivates us to push harder to make this music shit to pop so our fallen soldiers didn't die in vain, we all here doing our part.

Let's talk about the new banger 'We Ain't Playin' F/ Fabolous, how did this collab come about and how is the record doing for y'all?

It was arranged thru Sony when we were affiliated. The record is really taking off currently spinnin in over 40 cities....so call your local station and request it!!
L.E.P.
Earlier in 07 you did records with Jim Jones, Young Dro and Bump J, all did well on radio, what is it about your sound that attracts the listeners?

My overall swagger, original tone and story I'm tellin about my city, Chicago.

You guys were originally signed with Sony BMG through your company Infared, and then when Sony started to crumble you guys left the label and are now going the indie route, is there any benefit to either being signed or not when it comes to the direction you guys are going?

Right now we're so focused that we're prepared to do whateva it takes to get the music out, with or without a label right now we're spinnin in over 40 cities without major label backin, they can feel free to reach out if they wanna help push this L.E.P/Bogus Boy movement but other than that we're gettin it done.

You guys have been featured on a lot of sites, magazines, what is it about your movement that attracts the attention of music lovers alike?

The realism in the music, everybody can relate to something in each track we do. On a universal level way past local. They feel the music and movement alike.

Big Records with Big Names, Big Movement, what's the next Big thing on the agenda forLEP?

We just might start preppin to drop the Rick Ross collab, but right now were just focused on pushin the single, floodin da streets, and cookin up new material.

How can fans find you online?

www.myspace.com/bogusboysinfared

Any last shouts?

Too many to name. But everybody who support L.E.P: all the magazines, mixtape dvds, radio stations , and all the Djs spinnin the Single. R.I.P. Larro & Law

- Big Cobi


State your name and where you're from

L.E.P.(Low End Professionals)….We from South Side… low end of Chicago ...State Street Projects.

Tell us how you got into hip-hop? When did you first know that you wanted to do this for a career?

I used to listen to NWA , Rakim, Big Daddy Kane , and from that I started
rappin about what was cracking in my hood or whatever I felt like talking
about . Then I started getting my styles and patterns down pack and just was
doing it ever since. I knew this was I wanted to do when I started seeing the reactions from people at shows after that it was a wrap!

For those who haven't heard you yet, describe your style and what sets you apart from other artists out today?

Our appearance is fly so we catch attention off top just by the swagga alone, the music is bangin', the lyrics keep there attention and the presentation is professional. We just tryin to tell our story and the true story of the city we was born and raised in...Chicago

What are you working on right now? Do you have a mixtape out? Are you working on a album?

Right now we promoting our newest mixtape "Don't Feed Da Killaz Vol. 2" real heavy in the Midwest and MidSouth. We doing the Raw Report in the next coming weeks, and a couple mo mixtape dvds. Afta that We probably drop one mo mixtape just to keep dat buzz goin'. We in the process of finishing up the album but right now the focus is on building the force of the L.E.P./ Bogus Boy movement state to state.

What's up with the Chicago scene? Do you feel artists from the Chi haven't gotten the love they deserve in hip-hop?

In Chicago the radio stations are not even pushing street music and the city is a gangsta orientated city. The city wants us but the radio is not complying, even the DJ's are supporting us. The program directors are not supporting it, saying that we too street but Jeezy and Lil Wayne are street. The streets are a reality. We're not promoting violence; we tell them what we going through on a day-to-day basis. We're working hard, we're original, we're coming with our own sound or own lingo.

Who are some of your influences in the rap world?

All the greats! Way too many to name

What can we expect out of LEP in 08?

Grinding. We haven't' made it yet. We have a great camp. All of our production is done by Producers Fly Boyz of Ice World Entertainment. We represent 5 rap and R & B acts along with LEP and the Bogus Boys, We stay Shooting new videos, and are currently finishing up writing a movie that we're about to shoot. Bogus Boy Tv is still in the making. There are a bunch of other CEO's – we're going to create a Chicago Commission. We're not begging, we're going to get out here and work out – that's why we give our music away so that people have a chance to hear it. We are about to head back in the field, and get it done we wont leave any stones unturned.

Where can we find you at on the internet? Do you have a myspace, a website?

You can find news, updates and new L.E.P./ Bogus Boys music at
myspace.com/bogusboysinfared & myspace.com/bogusboyslep
- Mehka


MANY TIMES ARTIST FROM CHICAGO OR THE MID-WEST GET "PASSED OVER" BY INDUSTRY REPS. WHAT HAS/IS L.E.P. DOING TO CHANGE THE MINDSET?

We gettin the music out on a national level without the help of a major, we got the new single "We Ain't Playin'" with Fabolous spinnin in over 40 cities. We just tryin to let em know that we can and will get it done, with or without major backin.


YOUR MUSIC HAS BEEN DESCRIBED AS TRUE GANGBANG MUSIC? HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR SOUND AND MESSAGE?

The sound and message is real street influenced. We talk about the real Chicago. The whole city was built on gang bangin and structure, order, laws and polices. We don't feel like we promoting violence, we just trying to show the real side of Chicago that everybody scared to speak on.


BECAUSE OF THE INTENSITY OF YOU MUSIC, DO YOU FEEL A SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY TO YOUR COMMUNITY?

Definately, the younger generation who listens to the music can relate because they grew up in the same element we did. It kinda let them know that its possible to take something negative and make it a positive.




HOW DO YOU PLAN (STRATEGICLY) TO MAKE YOUR MARK ON THE INDUSTRY?

Promotion. They say the mixtape scene is dead, they dead wrong. We pass out at least 80k mixtapes, in several states. We load up the wrap vans and hit the road like a presidental campaign gettin the music out. I mean real recognize real, the music speaks for itself




ONCE THAT MARK HAS BEEN MADE, WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS TO STAY RELEVANT?

Basically, never change the method ya know stick to the script. The hottest production, the verses on point and a feature here and there we can't lose. We got the whole city of Chicago behind this L.E.P/Bogus Boy movement.



PLEASE GIVE US SOME INSIDE TO THE NEW ALBUM THAT DROPS THIS YEAR. WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF WITH THIS ALBUM?


We got features from Bun B, Twista, Rick Ross, Jim Jones, Young Dro And Fabolous who's on our new single "We Ain't Playin'". Everything. We worked hard on puttin a project together that will guarantee us fans in everycity on the map


- Hype Magazine


Raptalk.net caught up with Chicago based group, L.E.P. / Bogus Boys this week for an exclusive interview to talk about their brand new mixtape entitled "Don't Feed The Killaz Part 2", their thoughts on new technology and the internet and their background. Make sure you check out the new track "Run This Town" off "Don't Feed The Killaz" Part 2 Mixtape at the end of the interview.

What's up LEP, who are the members of the group and some background on the movement?

The original L.E.P. consisted of me (Count), Monty, Outlaw and Larro (rest in peace) but now we have grown and now we added on my click the bogus boys and we all been tight, we just broke it up in different chapters.

L.E.P stands for Low End Professionals, what's the story behind that?

Its basically the the section of Chicago we represent, the Low End section. From state street to lake, And we are always professionals at how we handle business with what ever we do, and right now we messing with this rap game.

Your music reps a whole other side of chicago that many previous artists from that area have been come to be known for, why is the L.E.P story need to be told?

Cause it's the real Chicago. The city was built on the structure of street organization/gangs you know laws and policies . A lot of the original leaders of these organizations are currently political prisoners in the system and all the structure is gone. We try to get it out to the little guys involved in the streets to know that that you can get down and do what you gotta do to survive but you gotta do it with some kinda structure and follow the laws and policies started by the heads.

Talk about your initial deal with Sony and the differences between moving with a major vs your current indie situation.

My mans E had a plug with one of the A&Rs over at Sony and he liked what he heard ya dig! We had to wait for some legal issues to pass and when they did we caught a blessing. As far as the major vs. indie question- indie wise, we got more control over how we get the music out to the fans. Way more creative control 100%, and thats the way it should be.

You had 3 major records gain national attention over last two years w/ Young Dro, Jim Jones, and Fabolous, what's the next bomb your about to drop on the listeners?

We still trying to decide, we got a little something wit Rick Ross, we got that Bun B joint right now its hard to say but you can count on some heat with which ever 1 we choose.

With todays technology an artists music and video can get to millions in the click of a link, how are you guys utilizing the internet to strengthen your buzz?

We try to make sure the fans on the net get the music first cause they the ones thats gonna make sure it get passed like a cold, ya know. On top of that we distribute at lease 60k mixtapes everytime out the gate. So the buzz is starting to hit some of the big wigs in the biz. We everywhere promoting all over the net, and all through the streets Its makes it easier for the fans to get at us.

I heard your stage performances are tight and that there is a lot of energy involved, how would you describe your show and how important is the live visual aspect when it comes to L.E.P as a product being sold to the consumers?

Image is everything, we go out there and set it up with style you gotta give the people something to look at. You gotta keep the right tool for the right job ya dig, the clothes, jewelery, cars, swag everything gotta stay in order if we plan on taking this L.E.P / Bogus Boy thing nationwide

You have a new mixtape in the streets called 'don't feed the killaz' pt 2, what can listeners expect?

Banga afta banga!! Real life stories about what really go on in these thirsty ass Chicago streets. We really just laying in out there in the raw, going hard the lyrics, patterns, everything. Its like Volume 1 on steriods. Everybody gettin' it in.

Where can fans find you online?

www.myspace.com/bogusboysinfared & www.myspace.com/bogusboyslep

Any last shouts and plugs?

It's way too many to name. But everybody who support L.E.P/Bogus Boys : all the magazines, mixtape dvds, radio stations , and all the Djs spinnin the Single. R.I.P. Larro & Law.
- Dub


The other day, hiz and herz entertainment had a sit down and maintain with chi town’s most wanted, LEP, which stands for low end professionals. Before getting signed to Sony records, they been on the grind hustle hard. Going from block to block , project to project, their style of music is gully and grimey that reps the streets and hoods all over. At the same time, we asked them how did it feel getting signed to a major deal, Count of L.E.P. said, “ from my point of view, I could be wrong, but it feels no different you know. We got a budget. We do everything out of our pocket, its cool though. The label gives you an opportunity to put your musicout there and they’ll take it from that point to this point. But they better catch up before we do the whole damn thang, ya dig.” real talk y’all.

We got into other artist from Chicago such as Kanye West and Common, about how they went crossed over to doing commercials. On LEP’s visual, there is no role play but realness in the gang. You don’t have to worry about them doing skateboard music and shit. They gonna bring the real to the game and let the world know what the hoods out there in chi-town are really about. Nowadays nobody is really talking about whats going on bluntly in the hood. This is where LEP come in and bring that street life to the light. Right now they are working on the up and coming album with features from Rick Ross, Bun B, Young Dro, Jim Jones, Fabolous, and in talks of a callab with lil wayne. That should be hot. - Unstable


The conscious lyrics spewing out of Chicago would make you forget all about the broken glass, hypes, and projects that decorate the South Side Chicago streets. The cold Chi-Town streets have been waiting for representation. Someone to speak for the everyday struggle of the hustlers, pimps, and gang bangers! Low End Professionals got the hood on their back and they are determined to reveal how things are run down on the Lower End. With the sudden fall of Larro, one half of the L.E.P., the surviving member Count has the job of speaking on the Laws and Policies of the streets.

Count (L.E.P.) - The hold up is that Kanye, Lupe, Common broke through the doors first, so that's what the world seen first but they fittin' to see the other half of it because we get it crackin'.

Rappersroom.com - What part of the Chi are ya'll from?

Count (L.E.P.) - We from South Side… lower end… State Street Projects.

Rappersroom.com - If you were driving me through your hood what would we see?

Count (L.E.P.) - Y'all see projects, some torn down… y'all going to see a gang of guys getting their money… y'all going see a gang of police and detectives… twenty-four seven. It's the structure of the streets. I described it on our new mix tape called Laws and Politics. It's describing how you move around here in Chicago. You can't just do what you want to do or go where you want to go. Can't just go out and get money… you got to be part of this gang or this mob…can't just freelance… can't be neutral. We call those people neutrons. That's just how it is out here so now we got this new mix tape coming out now called 'Gang Bang Music.' 'Gang Bang Music' really doesn't promote going out banging or nothing like that. It's just describing an era that we came up in. Chicago is just gang affiliated… period. So that's where that came from. So that's just a background on what is going on out here. We are not promoting no violence and gangs… we are not telling no one to join a gang.

Rappersroom.com - How are you not promoting gangs when the mix tape is entitled Gang Bang Music?

Count (L.E.P.) - Basically we are giving our outlook and speaking our slang. We gang bang… we gang bang but we are not telling you to do it. We are telling you what we do over here. It's like how other rappers are telling you about how they skateboard we're telling you how we get money. But out here there is a way to get money. It's the Laws and Policies. It's the code of the streets; you can't exploit it like that. You can't expose the code of the streets.

Rappersroom.com - Rest in peace to your partner, how has that changed you as an artist?

Count (L.E.P.) - Unfortunately we have been dealing with guys getting killed in the crew before. But as far as the music it's more on me. In the past we put together songs as a group but now it's just on me… solo. So it's just more work for me but that's basically it. You know as far as the streets we move in the streets the same way.

Rappersroom.com - So you've been dealing with your soldiers falling?

Count (L.E.P.) - Yeah man, sad to say that wasn't the first member to fall like I said. The other guys were not signed so I didn't know how the label was going to react but we showed them that we could make music. We made that quality music so they moved forward with us. But we are trying not to loss more… we are trying to stay focused. We are staying away from the penitentiary and all that negative stuff. We are taking it day by day. We are dealing with it from both ends.

Rappersroom.com - Do you think there is a way out of the hood life?

Count (L.E.P.) - We do it day by day… hopefully we make it. We're trying to reach the finish line. Just hope nothing happens to us in between now and then. It could easily happen cause we still in these streets and there's still stuff going on. We trying to stay focused and stay out of the way but we're still in the hood…we can't run from it!

Rappersroom.com - From NWA to 50 Cent, how do you feel about the state of gangsta rap music?

Count (L.E.P.) - Gangsta rap, if you're living that lifestyle… that's what it is. If you're talking about your lifestyle and living a "gangster lifestyle" then you're a gangsta rapper. That's automatic gangsta rap right there. They just label it gangsta rap but it's just urban music. Hood music you can call it or whatever you want to call it. It's the everyday struggle. Everyone didn't go down that road of school and jobs. I'm not condoning anything and I'm not knocking nothing. Those who didn't go down that road and are getting money in the streets; that's what they are talking about. They live their life all day long and go to the studio and rap about it. Drama and bullshit! Go to the studio at night, pick up a pen and rap about what happens in the streets.

Rappersroom.com - Who do you think is doing it in the rap game?

Count (L.E.P.) - Aight, lyrically…lyrically I got to go with Lil Wayne. But I mess with Jeezy. Only thing I - Deyoir Dunbar




What’s up?

I’m doing good. Another day, another dollar.

Group member Larro was just murdered. How have you been doing since that tragedy?

Personally, I’ve been dealing with the loss of a loved one. It’s not the same, but I’m doing it up and grinding it out. That’s what we’re here to do and that’s what he’d want me to do. We’re banging it out. We got some bangers.

How has LEP’s chemistry changed since the loss of Larro?

We all have our personalities and our roles. His flavor that he added is not there no more. It’s still good soup, though, but it’s missing that one little flavor. Everybody else has their own little ways. He’s not around and we miss that.

Your single “Gettin’ Money” features Jim Jones. How’s that song doing for you?

We’re getting love from the radio stations and the people like it. I’m happy with the response to it. Chicago likes it and that’s what’s up. That’s who we did it for.

How’s the LEP album coming?

We pushed it back to September because we had to make some adjustments. Plus the more we push it back, the older the music sounds. We had to freshen it up and I had to do some stuff on my own. We can’t keep it sitting for too long. That’s all we’re doing now, making sure it’s fresh. Rick Ross, Bun-B and Twista are on the album. We had a song with Young Dro before the Jim Jones one.

Are fans ready for an LEP album?

To tell you the truth, I want to hold off and put some more work into it. When we drop it, I want it to be solid.

Why did LEP sign with Sony?

Anton, he’s an A&R over there. He’s Foxy Brown’s brother. He’s cool and he looked out for us. That’s how that came about. Anton is cool with us. He looked out for us. He said he would look out for us when he came into a position and that’s what he did.

How important is it to grind on your own with or without the label’s support?

You’re a liability if you’re sitting around asking for stuff all of the time. We don’t ask for nothing. Our Remy Martin sponsorship is on our own. We got the radio play and features on our own. We’re taking care of business. We know how to handle money and we know how to take care of business.

Are you confident that Sony will know what to do with your project?

I don’t know how to answer that one. I can’t tell the future. I don’t know how things are going to go because there are a lot of things in the making right now. I can’t talk about that one.

How did LEP come together?

Me and my man, E, we got down in the streets. When he came home, I told him I wanted to still rap. I know he knows how to handle business. He does real estate and all that type of something. I needed someone to handle my business while I did my craft. Then everyone else came around. We were already doing it and my man told me, “You take care of your business and I’ll take care of my business.”

Were there any growing pains at first?

There was some knucklehead shit. Larro was a knucklehead and him and E got into it. You’re going to have your fallouts but you have to find your common ground. Our shit is tightknit as hell. If the train comes in over here, we follow our protocol. We don’t have issues. We don’t have no pride issues. You have your bosses and generals and you have your positions. Our shit moves smooth. I wouldn’t do this without anyone else.

Your bio states that you don’t advocate gangs, but you represent them in your music. How do you do that without sounding like you’re promoting it?

We call it gangbang music because that’s the era we came up in, in the ‘80’s and ‘90’s. That’s just how it was. We do it in a positive way. A lot of black men needed instruction because they weren’t getting it at home. There’s the different organizations, but we came together still.

What was it like coming up in Chicago in the ‘90’s?

It was hard and it was organized. There was a chain of command and people knew what their positions were and people respected those positions. You couldn’t just do what you wanted to do. We were organized. You couldn’t just sell drugs where you wanted to. You knew not to be somewhere with your hat turned a certain way or to go certain places. Then the Feds got involved and they changed all of it. They got a lot of political prisoners and they’re trying to make them out to be monsters. They don’t want to see black people come together. Back then, you didn’t just shoot people up. It was organized. You knew what to do.

Hip-hop-wise, is this a good time to be coming from Chicago?

I’m going to say it is because there ain’t no time like the present. Chicago is 99.9% gangster. It’s gang-related. You see Kanye and whatever. That’s a small percentage of preppiness. We’re representing for what it is. There’s nothing wrong with Kanye and much respect to him, but that’s a small percentage of what goes on over here.


What are you going to be doing from here on out to make sure LEP gets noticed?

We’re just going t - Brian aka Mr 730



Thanks for taking time out to do this interview for rapcapital.com!
So lets get this cracking

How did you get your start in HipHop?

I used to listen to NWA , Rakim, Big Daddy Kane , and from that I started
rappin about what was crackin in my hood or whatever I felt like talkin
about . Then I started getting my styles and patterns down pack and just was
doing it ever since.


For those that dont know can you explain what L.E.P. stands for and the
meaning behind it? And the original group members?

Low End Professionals started on the low end of chicago (state street to the
lake on Chicago's South side) in the Harold Ickes Housing Projects .The
original members were me, Monty, Lefty, Mikey Mike, Cosmo, OutLaw Larro,
RanDam, and China,

We have heard about your recent loss, Lil Larro (r.i.p.) and we wanted to
know if its hard to function as a solo artist now since the tragedy?

Emotionally it gets trying to deal with but as far as work is concerned its
something he would've wanted me to do...ya know keep pushin'.

Will the next album be solo or with Larro's vocals?

Fo'sho my lil brotha gone be on it!......I wouldn't have it any other way.
We want the people to know who he was and what he could've been.

How did the deal with Sony come about? Was it a long hard or easy to get
signed?

My mans E had a plug with one of the A&Rs over at Sony and he liked what he
heard ya dig! We had to wait for some legal issues to pass and when they did
we caught a blessing.

Your new single "Get It Like We Do" with Young Dro is tearing shit up out
there ... how was it working with Dro?

The boy Dro is on his bidness! He came and laid a hot verse, enuff said!

Real Talk??? Why is your shit worth checking before the next man???

Im coming out of chicago which is different slang,accents,and our streets
are ran different so we got a different story. Now its time to listen to the
story the streets of Chicago gotta tell!

Whens the next album,mixtape or anything gonna drop?

We're plannin' to drop a mixtape every 3 months just to keep the streets
buzzing until the album is done.
We have Gangsta Muzik Vol 1 in the streets rite now, Hosted by the Heavy
Hitter Gangsta Boogie.

Coming out of Chicago where the competition is abundant... would you say
there is more supporters of your movement or more haters?

Right now the city, and da the radio showin' us a lotta love right know. I
can't complain!

Ok whats a typical day like for Count?

1. Wake up
2. wash my ass
3.smoke some purp
4. organize my bread
5. and get to this rap shit
Bidness Period!

Here at RapCapital.com we are known to ask "not your typical" interview
questions sometimes because the fans have things they would like to know
personally.So these may be a little out of the norm but paint a better
picture for the people to know you better.....


What 5 cd's are in the whip right??

Lep , anything dipset, project pat, lilwayne, jeezy

Whats the 2 hottest albums you checked in 06?

Crook by the book -project pat, and Like father like son - lil weezy and
birdman

What is your ultimate goal in the hiphop game?

To get wealthy and then even wealthier, ya dig!

How do you feel about New Yorks comeback on the charts right now?

shiiit do ya thang

Nas titled his album "Hiphop is Dead", Do you agree with that?

Hell naw! how can it be when niggas is eatin off the shit

Out of all the people you have ever crossed paths with in the industry what
person made you feel just a little bit starstruck?

Hell naw dog i ain't nobody's groupie

back to the norm----

Who will you be working with in the future as far as Producers and Artists??

Its hard to say right now, we are taking beats as we speak and alot of
platinum plus , as well as up and coming producers are getting at the kid,
plus we got some hot in house dudes too. But we already have Jim Jones, Bun
B, Fab, twista, Dro and Rick Ross collabose, done, finished and signed off
on, so the album will be sick!

Out of all the tracks your recorded what 2 will make someone a definate LEP
fan!!?

"Fall back" and "In the hood" both produced by Ice World Entertainment out
da Chi

Where can cats check you on the web?

Myspace.com/bogusboysinfared <http://myspace.com/bogusboysinfared>

10 years from now where do you see yourself?

Very comfortable ya dig!

Is there anything else you want people to know,or anything you want to plug?

I want to say what up to the whole LEP, E Jones, Rugg, Monty and Law and the
everybody who supporting our music, chuch!! - Advocate


Simply called Low End Professionals, there’s nothing Low End about their album “Gang Bang Music”. Set to drop the first quarter of 2007, the first single ‘Get It Like We Do’ featuring Yung Dro is slowly gaining momentum with urban radio stations across the states.

But, just as their success started to push them through the hierarchy of hip-hop, the streets claimed the life of Larro, one half of LEP. The quirk of fate is that according to Count, the other half of LEP, the interviews, radio spins, recognition amongst hip-hop peers, is all Larro wanted.

But this theme is one too common in hip-hop. Artists who teeter totter between the streets that raised them and the hip-hop culture that seems to glorify the streets. It’s a perpetual cycle that all too often has dire consequences.

Even with that being said, Count is determined to continue LEP’s legacy of creating gang bang music that doesn’t celebrate the streets. It’s about educating a society about the reality of Chicago’s streets. Something Count feels isn’t represented at all. LEP is to Chicago what N.W.A was for Cali, or Public Enemy to New York. Count and Larro are students of the streets, who seek a better life but still feel tied to the ‘hood.

Why? Because… the hood loved them before people like us took notice. It’s a loyalty to the hood and street politics that Count carries with him always… even at the expense of never seeing Larro’s killer come to justice.

One month after Larro’s untimely death, Count talked about the new album, the guilt of leaving the streets and life without Larro.

If heaven has the internet, you know Larro’s thrilled. He’s international now… even if he can’t be here to enjoy it.

Explain the whole situation with Infrared and Sony. Infrared is a label in Chicago, right?

Yeah. The whole thing is it’s our own label but we signed on with Sony for a production deal. So, they gave us pretty much an opportunity to make our own music.

How does an independent label go about getting a distribution deal with a huge powerhouse like Sony?

Well, I really can’t say because people get different record deals based on different reasons. It could be personal connections or someone was at the right place at the right time. So, I really can’t say. But, I can say this. Grinding and staying focused helps. Coming from the artist point of view… it’s great to have someone handling your business for you. It’s hard when you try to do both…. Be the artist as well as take care of your business. So, that’s one. Finding someone that can handle your business. And, to stay focused on self and don’t give up.

But, don’t you think it’s important for artists to know the business end, too? I mean, especially if you’re on an independent level or if you plan on eventually becoming mainstream. Shouldn’t you know both? Because on some aspect, as on artist… you are the business.

Yeah, you have to know both because that’s the only way you gonna make money and not get screwed. So, it’s important. Our A&R has a nice relationship with Sony… and so the situation was pretty much fair. That’s just how our particular situation worked out. We had an attorney who read us what was going on in layman’s terms. Sometimes, they advise you in terms on making the right decisions. Because you can get stuck in a situation that you can’t get out of.

So, Low End Professionals? Who are the Low End Professionals?

Originally, it was myself, Larro, a guy by the name of Monte and Outlaw. But, just myself and Larro got signed to Sony. So, as a group there’s more of us but since me and Larro only got signed… but Larro was killed about a month ago. So, now it’s just me singed to Sony.

Let’s backtrack for a moment. Your music is said to be really speaking on what’s the streets are like in Chicago. And, to be fair… there isn’t a lot of music coming out of Chicago that really addresses that.

Exactly.

So, what’s your background? Did you live a life in the streets?

Oh yeah. We came up in the streets. The reason why we putting it out like that is we grew up in the gangs, different organizations and you can’t take that away. So, we really talking about things we went through. We not glorifying it but people haven’t really seen what Chicago is about. Chicago is based on gang politics. It’s a little different now. But, you do nothing around here if you’re not plugged. To make money in the streets… you gotta be plugged with an organization. There’s no freelancing and doing your own thing. I look at other cities and see them making their money… and doing their own thing. It’s not like that in Chicago. So, we’re just explaining that. We giving a small history of Chicago and elaborating on our own experiences. I want to add this, too… The gangbang music movement is really about bringing these gangs together to strengthen the city. We need to get in and come back and pull it all together.

So, are you still affiliated with an organization? And, were you at th - Kennita Hickman


Whats good L.E.P., what does the name mean and what does it symbolize?

Low End Professionals....the low end represents the lower end of the South Side of Chicago

You guts def represent a different side of Chicago and a whole new sound as well, where does you musical influence come from?

The streets and the gang era we grew up in. We have seen it all out here. Its a way of life whether you want to live it or not.

I n your bio I read that you recently lost your brother Lil Larro, who was the animated member of the group, how has the affected your music and overall motivation to succeed?

I just motivates us to push harder to make this music shit to pop so our fallen soldiers didn't die in vain, we all here doing our part.

You were recently signed to Sony BMG through your production company Infared Music, how is that relationship, are you guys still on the label?

The CEO of our label had a relationship wit a A&R over at Sony by the name of Anton Marchand he respect our movement and the realism and quality in our music and gave it a shot! We still trump tight with Anton but when the Sony situation fell in we fell back and strengthened the movement and chose the independent route bangin out singles.

You also have some very big features on the album for an indie group- Rick Ross, Twista, and you had previous radio success with records in 07 featuring Young , Bump J and Jim Jones too. What are you guys looking to do with this 'We ain't Playing' record featuring Fabolous.

Push it over the top...spinnin' all over the globe, every radio station and every DJ need to jump on this 1. We work hard and look for relationships that can help strengthen our movement, and the DJ's def show us love.

I hear you guys tear a stage down!! What is the L.E.P. show experience like?

Our appearance is fly so we catch attention off top just by the swagga alone, the music is bangin', the lyrics keep there attention and the presentation is professional and at the same time we just up there havin' fun being ourselves on stage and I guess that makes for a good show

You guys travel alot, and unlike most groups outside of NYC that get criticized for not being lyrical, you guys really spit!! I seen Moody on a youtube clip and he straight tore it down!! In todays musical climate of snap dances and corny hooks, why are lyrics still so important to you?

To us dope lyrics is a sign of creativity and hardwork, this new quick corney finger snappin jigg dancin' bullshit is a sign of no creativity and no hardwork. The radio is brainwashing you with it so its like drinking piss cause aint no water around to be drinking.

If Im in the whip, southside of chicago with the L.E.P.click, what we have in the lace to listen to?

LEP/ Bogus Boys WHAT ELSE?

So whats next for L.E.P.? whats the new year gonna bring for y'all?

Movies, Videos, and a new situation, with a new label deal

How can fans reach you online?

myspace.com/bogusboysinfared
infaredmusic05@yahoo.com

Any shouts?

Too many to name. But everybody who support L.E.P: all the magazines, mixtape dvds, radio stations , and all the Djs spinnin the Single.
R.I.P. Larro & Law

- Cartel/ Hoodgrownonline.com


Discography

L.E.P. (Low End Professionals)
Discography

Performed at
Remote Lounge, Don Hill’s and Club T NY (NYC)
Detroit with E40
Milwaukee with YoungDro
Chicago with Rick Ross
Cincinatti with Jim Jones
Snitch with E Ness and Murda Mook
Lil Wayne in Chicago
Fluid Night Club in Philly
Get Your Buzz Up Seminar

Collaborated with
Jim Jones, Killa Mike, Bump J, Fabolous, Rick Ross, Twista, Young Dro and Bun B

Featured on
Hi Tek- Hit Teknology ‘ Handling My Bizness’

Mixtapes Appearances
LEP Bogus Boy Mixtape "Laws and Policies" Hosted by
Dj Pharris and DJ VDUB aka DealMakers
‘Wild Bidness Mixtape’ hosted by DJ Monte
Way Of The Gun Mixtape
Infared Compilation
Look What I found- Triple Fun Unlimited
Gang Bang Muzik Vol 1 Hosted by Gangsta Boogie
Rock Candy Pt 2 Hosted by DJ Mix A lot
Industry Gotta Problem Mixtape Vol 2 Hosted by Bedtyme357
LEP Bogus Boys Mixtape ‘Don’t Feed The Killaz’
Sean Mac ‘Sold Out 9’
DJ Scope ‘Street Certified’ Vol 16 (Streetsweepers)
‘Out Of Town’ Pacman and Goldie
DJ Culture ‘Block Movement’ Vol 7
J Armz ‘Streets on Lock’ Part 6
DJ Lazy K ‘ Drama Queen’
DJ Scoob Doo ‘Born to fly high’
DJ Pimp ‘Call To The Boss’ 25 (France)
DJ Ophax ‘Just Heat 7’ (France)
DJ Mixalot ‘Cancel My Appointment’ Hosted by Sic Osyrus
Get Your Buzz Up Vol 1 Hosted by Bedtyme357
Don’t Feed The Killaz Vol 2

TV/DVD Magazines
Straight Hood DVD 2006
Hood To Hood DVD 2006
State to the Lake DVD 2006
LadiesRoom DVD 2007
Well Connekted DVD 2007
Epydemik DVD 2007
Lyfe Sux TV 2007
Undadog TV 2007
Mad Ciphas TV 2007
Spate Magazine DVD/ TV 2008
Block Report DVD 2008
All Or Nuthin DVD 2008
Check The Credits TV 2008
WhoMag TV 2008
Video City TV 2008
Source Spit 16 2008
Takeover TV 2008
Raw Report DVD 2008
Chedda DVD- 2008
All Access DVD- 2008

Hard Copy Magazines
Concrete Magazine- July 2006
As Is Magazine- Feb 2007
Protégé Magazine – Jan 2008
iFlow Magazine– Jan 2008
IB Concept -Jan 2008
Hype Magazine- March 2008
The Source- Off The Radar- Aug 2008
Ozone Magazine- Aug 2008
Streets Mos- Aug 2008
Don Diva – Aug 2008
Hip Hop Weekly- 2008
Intro Magazine – Dec 2008
Street Masters- Dec 2008
Rap Fanatic – Feb 09 TBP

Online Magazines
YoRaps.com- Jan 2007
Rappersroom.com- Jan 2007
RapCapital.com- Feb 2007
Mic’d Magazine- Feb 2007
iFlowMag.net- Feb 2007
HipHopGame.com – Feb 2007
ThickOnline.com- Feb 2007
Hoodgrowonline.com- Jan 2008
Nobodysmiling.com- Jan 2008
TheFlowLive- Feb 2008
Officiallastwordonline.com – May 2008
Raptalk.net- June 2008
Rapmullet.com review- June 2008
BreMagazine.net- June 2008
HipHopRuckus.com- Aug 2008
Mogulstatus.blogspot- Aug 2008
WorldstarHipHop.com- Aug 2008 (10x)
Thatshiphop.com – Aug 2008
Illroots.com- Aug 2008
Rapmullet.com – Sept 2008
Rubyhornet.com- Oct 2008
Intromagonline.com- Dec 2008
Champ Magazine Online- Nov 2008 TBP
TheOvun.com- Jan 09 TBP
Wordonthestreetsmag.com- Jan 09 TBP

Radio Shows

WGCI- Chicago, IL
KTTB- St Paul, MI
WTMP- Tampa, FL
KVSP- Oklahoma City
KPHW- Honolulu, HI
KJMM- Tulsa
WJVC- Toledo, OH
WHNT- Fort Wayne, IN
WRBJ- Jackson, MS
WQBT- Savannah, GA
WRVZ- Charleston, SC
KHTE- Little Rock, AK
WFXA- Chicago, IL
KMJJ- Shrevport, LA
KWNZ- Reno, NV
WPWX- Chicago, IL
KUUU- Salt Lake City
WBTP- Tampa, FL
WEUP- Hunstville
Hate Money Radio on 1.FM Jamz (iTunes radio)
KNDS 105.9 w/ Big O and VA
DJ Mega Skills on PartyRadio.com
Big Cal and Jewelz on 1240 WGBB AM
Spate Radio
Jam X Radio (Germany) Radio
WQHT- New York City, NY

Audio/ Video Posts

YoRaps.com
Thatshiphop.com
Hoodgrownonline.com
Worldstarhiphop.com
DefSounds.com
Fakeshoredrive.com
Ldntimes10.wordpress.com
Mogulstatus.blogspot.com
Hip-hopelements.com
Hiphopruckus.com
Spoems.com
Musicremedy.com
Exclusivetrax.com
Imeem.com
Freeraphop.blogspot.com
Recordpoolchart.com
Hiphopmarket.com
Bebo.com
Irismaka.com
Hiphopdx.com
Hiphopgame.com
Singersroom.com
Skategroove.com/chart
Recordsystemslv.com
Dancekings.com
1swag.com
ithaita.com
Sixshot.com
Hoodgrownonline.com
Thatshiphop.com
Mzhiphop.com
Bumsquaddjz.com
Str8hiphop.com
TJDJs.com
Exclusivemusic.com
Thatshiphop.com
Mmr247.com
Rnb-sensation.blogspot.com
Notmikejones.com
Hiphoplinkmafia.blogspot.com
Justmusicstore.com
Boxmp3.net
Mp3casual.org
Juicemanradio.com
Bestmp3shop.com
Todaosmp3.com
Mp3onic.com
Mp3cold.com
Lump3.com
Mp3zz.org
Mp3-trance.com
Radio1.gr
Blingd.com
Djbootleg.com
Djstew.net
Fettrap.com
Rap4ever.net
Mediabase.com
Mp3audioz.com
Mp3Skyline.com
Mp3Salez.com
Mvdownloadz.com
Realraptalk.com
Allofmymp3.com
DJcity.com
Mp3sale.ru
Mp3dream.com
Downloadmp3now.net
Mp3worldz.net
Discjockey101.com
Mp3black.com
Djmvp.com
Djmixtape.blogspot.com
Music.spain.sc
Yourmp3top.com
Urbanmusic.awardspace.com
Chibangin.com
Yoraps.com
Allhiphop.com (2x)
Lungz2Chicago.com
Blastro.com
Myspace TV
Aol TV
Blip.tv
Nuplay.tv
Aol Video
Mywaves.com (3x)
Clevver.com
Revver.com
Singin

Photos

Bio

L.E.P.
(LOW END PROFESSIONALS)
INFARED MUSIC GROUP

BIOGRAPHY

Ever heard the saying, ‘There is two sides to every story’? For the Chicago Hip Hop scene, that couldn’t be any more evident then now. Up until just recently. Chicago Hip Hop has been represented in a more eccentric, conscious and soulful tone. Well, there is another side to this story. L.E.P. (Low End Professionals) reps the ‘Other Side’ where things aren’t so pretty. “L.E.P reps that true gangbang music, not promoting violence, but just making the listeners aware of what we've been through in the projects of Chicago” says Infared Music’s Eric Jones, “Just know that it’s Chicago's turn and the world has a force to deal with”

No newcomer to radio recognition, Chicago's bogus boy's L.E.P. received instant support for their current single 'We Ain't Playin' F/ Def Jam Recording artist Fabolous. In 2007, L.E.P. bangers 'Gettin Money' F/ Jim Jones peaked out at 600 BDS spins and 'If Rap Dont Work' F/ Bump J and Young Riz peaked out at 800 Spins. The new single is already building up momentum in Chicago (WGCI, WFXA and WPWX) as well as Florida, Oklahoma, Georgia, South Carolina, Nevada, Arkansas and many other radio market and has charted on more than 28 record pool charts including TJ's DJ's and Illinois Record Pool where the single was at #6 for 2nd weeks straight.

L.E.P. had recently gained a label deal with Sony BMG through there own production company, Infared Music. Unfortunately several weeks after signing their long awaited recording contract , one member of the group , Lil Larro was murdered as a result of gang violence on the streets of Chicago and a few months later due to industry crunch and label issues , L.E.P. decided to leave Sony and go the Indie Route for their up and coming first release. The other members of the Bogus boys click, Count, Big Rugg and Mooney continue to hold the torch for L.E.P. and have already recorded collabs with Young Dro, Killa Mike, Bun B, Rick Ross, Twista and have been featured in The Source ‘Off THa Radar’ and XXL and Remy Martin hip hop initiative along with Jadakiss, Saigon, Slum Village and many others. Count, lead rapper of L.E.P. is also featured on Hi Tek's new album Hi Teknology 3 on 'Handle my Bizness' on Koch/ Baby Grande records in stores now. Armed with a new single, radio support, and a major movement, L.E.P is poised to continue building on the success of previous records and their deniable buzz to throw down with the greatest in the game.

“ L.E.P. got their initial deal because of the originality they possessed as individual artists as well as a group. The sound they have is very unique to their region and musically tasteful” says Infra Red Music’s Eric Jones. Anton Marchand, LEP’s former A&R at Sony BMG states, “ They voiced the life and struggle of Chicago’s darker side, and when I saw their grind and dedication to their music I had to sign them” L.E.P. has also been featured on AllHipHop.com, HipHopGame.com, as well as XXL , AS IS Magazine and several notable DVD magazines and TV shows across the country. L.E.P. has been steady on their road performance grind opening for the likes of Lil Wayne, Jim Jones and Bun B to name a few.

Be on the lookout for L.E.P. in a town near you shortly!!

For Booking, Press and General Info Contact mogulstatus@sprint.blackberry.net

For More info on Artist www.myspace.com/bogusboysinfared