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The Source Magazine: Generations
September 2008

When Hip-Hop began it was compromised mostly of young people that believed in the power of their culture to change the world. More than two decades later, many of those young people have grown and passed down our great culture to a whole new generation. Only The Source has been around long enough to have gained insight on both generations of Hip-Hop. And The Source knows how to best cover them in style! - The Source Magazine


Left Right Ft. Doug E Fresh and We Ridin Ft. Krayzie Bone



When you listen to a SQUARE OFF track you are sure to hear the tight rhymes, the undeniable flow and hooks that stay with you long after your iPod has been turned off. Of course these are all elements you'd expect from a group out of Harlem. But then again high expectations are inevitable when your father is known as the "World's Greatest Entertainer."
Growing up in the family of Hip-Hop pioneer and originator of the human beat box, Doug E. Fresh, has given SQUARE OFF a unique perspective and appreciation for the history of the music they love. Their music, self-described as the “New Old-School” style, is a combination of old-school hip-hop with a new flavor of their own. This is their way of paying homage to the history of Hip-Hop while keeping old-school alive. Though still students of the game, these young motivators are quickly becoming teachers for the next generation of Hip-hop fans and artists alike.
Each member of SQUARE OFF brings their own unique style to the group. TRIPS is the smooth ladies’ man with a bit of a street edge; SLIM, who grew up in Brooklyn, adds another dimension to the group with his outgoing personality and street flavor; and NICK GLEAMZ is laid back, with a voice that represents that classic Harlem sound. Along with DJ CMS, these characteristics make up the four elements of SQUARE OFF.
Even the group’s name has historical ties. The name "SQUARE OFF" was given to them when they were only 9 and 10 years old by the late Jay D. Walker aka K. Superior who was a close friend of Doug E. Fresh and who often performed with the Get Fresh Crew.
The teenage rap group has opened shows for Lil Scrappy, Romeo, FLO RIDA and Doug E. Fresh. They have performed twice at both the Apollo, Tom Joyner’s Events at Walt Disney World, and several times at Mount Vernon Week and Harlem Week. SQUARE OFF has been featured in XXL (Lil Wayne Cover) and the premiere issue of Hy Grade Magazine.
The single “WE RIDIN” is a hot record produced by DJ CMS and features KRAYZIE BONE on the track and it has a down south feel while still staying true to their New York style. "It’s a track that can be played anywhere and everyone will feel it”, states group member Gleamz.
Plans for the future include starting a record label, creating a clothing line and establishing a foundation for a non-profit school of music where future generations can go to learn aspects of the industry, such as writing, engineering, producing, etc.
As the sons (Trips and Slim) and the brother-in-law (Nick Gleamz) of the World's Greatest Entertainer, these young men have a lot to live up to. However, a few things are certain. You can expect them to work hard to earn their place amongst the hip-hop heavyweights. You can expect them to uphold the high musical and performance standards set by Doug E. Fresh. You can also expect to hear a lot more from SQUARE OFF in the near future and for many years to come.