The G.O.V. AKA The Govament
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The G.O.V. AKA The Govament


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"CD Review"

The Campaign by The Govament

The Govament's campaign completely sheds preconceived notions of D.C. music being strictly go-go and off centered, centrally located on the east coast off "95" G.O.V. politics over ten original tracks varying in topics but remains steadily focused as the trio lobbies for votes.

This branch of Govament is uniquely formed by The Mayor, Intrigue and Jay The Gov-Na who combine to bring another dimension to the game as artist on the come up by launching their own clothing line "G.O.V. Fashion Statement" as well as the groups recording studio "G.O.V. Studios" in which proved instrumental in spreading their sound throughout their D.C. stomping ground and abroad.

The hard and edgy "Hustle Backwards", "All I Really Want" and slow winding "The Pole" featuring B. Wright offers glimpses of the squads diversity and ability to create songs pleasing to the streets and club without loosing themselves or compromising their respective artistry.

Driven to succeed and give a face to the D.C. hip-hop scene The Govament's moment can further be tracked on their myspace page at for further information and upcoming projects.

Reviewed by Peavy, Mr. Young Black & Gifted - Drahma Magazine

"Grassroots Campaign"

Grassroots Campaign
Nile “The Mayor” Nu’man
By Rhonda Richardson

“If I can’t get my Streetz interview, I’ll just do it myself,” says DC rapper Nile “The Mayor” Nu’Man. Since 1998, The Mayor has been pushing mix tapes and CDs out of his home studio in hopes of making it big and getting an interview from one of the best Hip-Hop publications in the area. Needless to say, he got his wish. But before this moment of triumph, the phrase ‘I answer to no one but myself’ was taken in its most literal sense.

In 2004, Nu’Man started peddling pseudo-interviews via email, in which he both asked and answered all his own questions. “It’s another way to market myself,” says Nu’Man. This marketing technique seemed to be effective as it attracted the attention of the Washington City Paper, and eventually this magazine. However, the self-proclaimed mayor of the Middle East (D.C., Maryland and Virginia) believes that his musical endeavors, not his marketing tactics, should be the main reason that people are taking notice. The Northwest DC native says the big record labels weren’t noticing him fast enough and that prompted him to start his own record label, Grown Ass Man Entertainment (G.A.M.E.) “I’m the franchise artist. I don’t have to answer to anyone because I’m the boss. I’m in charge,” says the G.A.M.E. CEO.

This take-charge attitude has resulted in a few mix-tape and independent album releases and a couple chance meetings with people whom the Mayor hopes can help take his career to the next level. “I talked to Russell Simmons and he gave me a couple of things he wanted me to do. And I’m doing them right now.” Nu’Man says he is also in talks with Chamillionaire to do a mix tape that he hopes will get his name known in the Houston area. The Mayor is showing the Middle East how to run a campaign without a budget. He says that his latest album, “Politically Incorrect,” which is slated to drop the summer of 2006, is his finest work to date. Let’s just see if the public votes for him.
- Streetz Magazine

"Mayoral Fixation"

Mayoral Fixation
Petworth rapper Nile “the Mayor” Nu’Man does his own damn interviews.
By Sarah Godfrey
But Enough About Me: Nu'Man and the other members of the G.O.V.(Photo by Charles Steck)
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The Mayor on the Mayor
Nile “the Mayor” Nu’Man circumvents reporters with his special brand of self-interrogation. “You have to read it to believe it,” he says.

Hip-hop journalists can be dicks, especially where independent rap artists are concerned. It’s difficult to get us to listen to your albums or cover your shows, and when you do manage to convince one of us to stick a tape recorder in your face for a few hours, the resulting article is rarely the piece you envisioned. We don’t focus on the things you find important, don’t shout out your various labelmates and team members, and refuse to include your e-mail addresses, telephone numbers, and Web sites in our text.

But the 20-something Petworth rapper Nile “the Mayor” Nu’Man, who has been releasing albums and mix tapes since 1998, doesn’t need reporters: He does his own damn interviews, both administering and answering the questions.

“It separates me as an artist. Some people spend all their money trying to buy their way into the game; some may kill somebody—whatever people do to get famous. I interview myself,” he says. “It’s something different, it’s me, and you get to know [me] on a personal level.”

A couple of times each month, Nu’Man sends out these interviews to the thousands of people in his e-mail address book. The pieces discuss his upcoming projects and performances, as well as whatever else happens to be on his mind, such as in this entry from March: “Q. Are you getting burned out? A. Hell NO. I just wanna get on hot 97 in NYC. I wanna hit other markets. Im independant not local, no point in just being here.”

Nu’Man started the self-interrogations in 2004, after a couple of articles focusing on him, his Grown A$$ Man Entertainment label (aka GAME), and the group of artists he’s affiliated with, the G.O.V., were killed by a local magazine.

“We had like a Benzino/Eminem thing,” he says. “The writers wanted it published, but one head guy never let it out. After that point, I interviewed myself about the dispute—I didn’t wanna just say, ‘Fuck this magazine,’ so I said, ‘I heard you did an interview with a magazine—what happened?’ And I answered.

“It didn’t come out as biased as I thought it would,” he adds. “It was almost objective.”

Another interview session took place a few months later, after what Nu’Man says was an e-mail campaign driven by people—“Mayor Haters”—who were “attempting to assassinate my character.” “Instead of being an Internet gangsta, I interviewed myself about it,” Nu’Man says. “I asked ‘Why people hatin’ on you?’ then said, ‘It doesn’t upset me. I know who I am, you know who I am—it’s insignificant.’ ”

From there, distribution took off. “There were funny ones—I did one where I got into a beef with 50 Cent and interviewed myself,” he says. “It became a marketing tool. Not everyone will read an eight-page e-mail about what we’re doing, but they’ll read the interviews.”

Nu’Man says the e-mails are one component of the grind that has enabled him to push 25,000 albums in the past eight years, including Nu’Man’s My Life, My Way, which has been re-pressed in several different iterations since its 2004 release. But the interviews are only one component in a large arsenal of guerilla tactics the rapper employs to generate buzz.

Nu’Man and crew have done everything from crashing the studio audiences of video shows like BET’s 106 and Park and MTV’s Direct Effect to setting up camp outside of Hillcrest Heights’ Iverson Mall every day to sell CDs. Nu’Man also made an impression on Texas rapper Chamillionaire during a recent meeting by taking a cockier approach to the typical “please listen to my demo.”

“He was at Iverson Mall signing CDs, and I was there selling CDs,” Nu’Man says. “I walked up to him and gave him a poster and a CD. And I said, ‘That’ll be $10.’ It tickled him—he had to buy it. And he’ll remember that.”

This year Nu’Man is hoping to release his next CD, Politically Incorrect (Keep It P.I.), featuring himself and fellow G.O.V. artists such as Jay the Gov-Na and singer Nina Ross. It’ll come out, he says, on either his own label or through Russell Simmons Music Group—the rapper met the mogul in March and now has his sights set on a major deal.

Although Nu’Man contends that a lot of rappers try to get by on slipping their work to major artists, selling CDs out of their trunks, or politicking with hip-hop impresarios, he says the one arena without competition is his Q&A. “Nobody else can interview themselves,” he says. “No one else has that gift.” CP - DC City Paper

"Industry Quotes about The G.O.V."

The industry is talking about The G.O.V. see what they
are saying:

Russell Simmons( hip hop impresario):”This is really
good(Cd’s and DVD package) and I appreciate the work
you are doing in the community.

Sarah O’Connor former music director for WPGC 95.5
“What’s Inyo Cup is the first local song I have added
into rotation in 3 years.”

LaLa from MTV ”I love you guys energy, y’all doin’ it
real big”

Daryl Brooks Manager and promoter of acts like Mya,
Gang Star, Public Enemey and Salt & Pepa “ I think
you could be raps next great story teller for the next
5 years”

Big G. Aka Slim Charles of The Wire TV Show:”You aint
playin’ wit’ em huh man’? I love y'all grind
homie...y'all really out here sellin’ CD’s on

Rane ½ of WPGC 95.5's Home Team:”The Mayor is more
than just an artist he comes out to all community
events and makes songs about having pride in yourself
and in your city. He really is our mayor out here.

DJ Flexx,1/2 of WPGC 95.5's Home Team:”We are
witnessing The Mayor’s E true hollywood story.

2Face The Wild Boy (Host of radio show on WKYS
93.9):”I think the music is pretty good, keep me
updated..” He played our single the same day he got it.

Mya R&B singer:”I love the CD I keep it with me all
the time.
- G.O.V. Publishing

"Ozone magazine's RapQuest"

Northwest DC collective The G.O.V., is trying to move up in the DC music stratosphere. They've utilized a shameless grassroots promotions blitz of online blasts and local shows to push themselves beyond their fanbase and into the pages of the Washington City Paper and The trio which consists of The Mayor, Jay The Gov-Na & Intrigue, recently released their new album Dollartic$ and their album-titled single has been getting some recent burn on WPGC. The G.O.V. recently aired their new Hip Hop roundtable show The G.O.V. Report on Comcast.

- Pharoh Talib( - Pharoh Talib


Dollartic$ Movie Fall 2008
Dollartic$ Soundtrack June 24th 2008
G.O.V. Life! Dropping October 2008



Name the last rap group to leave an indelible mark on the conscientious of the hip hop nation. According to MTV you would have to go back to 1994 when Outkast, funked their way onto the scene. Similar to their 1994 counterparts The G.O.V. manages to substitute gun play with substance, bling bling with lyrical meaning, and thug overtures with a relenting desire to tell the truth in all recordings. Even when doing so leaves them exposed to human frailty; such as the track "Behind Bars"where they invite you to come behind their 16's and witness the side of the human psyche that hip hop typically leaves unshown.

The G.O.V. consists of 2 members who also own the label house to The G.O.V., G.A.M.E. Music Group, LLC: Nile "Nu' Heffna The Mayor" Nu'Man CO-CEO and M.C., Jawara "Jay The Gov-Na" Lee CO-CEO & M.C.. This two pronged attack is anchored by in-stellar production courtesy of various local producers who together make up the foundation for what The G.O.V. call's "Dollar City Funk" The uniqueness of this group lies in their diversity, attacking each song from two different perspectives.

The G.O.V. lives by the mantra "We're Better Together". They are more than a crew of rappers. They are a family who have known eachother over twenty years. That speaks volumes to their comfort level, chemistry, and synergy. The group was formed on Georgia Ave. in NW, DC, with one vision by Nu'Heffna The Mayor "Give me one year, and let's see what happens". That pledge turned into a record label partnership, "G.A.M.E. Music Group, LLC", a clothing line, "G.O.V. Fashion Statement", a weekly e-newsletter, that turned into a TV show on Comcast cable "The G.O.V. Report". They have also noticed a cult like following developing amongst peers and fans, who refer to themselves as "Dollarticians" Aterm Nu' Heffna coined as the new milleniukm word for hustler. Hip hop hasn't been challenged like this since a few groups came out of towns in obscurity, NWA from Compton, Outkast from Atlanta and the original kings from Hollis Queens.

The 1st step in The G.O.V. campaign for greatness is releasing "DOLLARTIC$" The movie and soundtrack which is a collaberative effort with former member Intrigue. DOLLARTIC$" illuminates the group in such a complimentary light because, as an independent release, it can not be dimmed or overshadowed by industry zealots or politics.

The G.O.V.'s sound is a hybrid of hardcore east coast lyricism over smoothed out funk. Some are calling it "adult contemporary hiphop", we don't really like that title. It's musical, smooth, funky, melodic, hard edged it's a hodge podge of "real music" with aggressive lyrics and adult content. We talk about what adults go through in life. We talk about the grind, the struggle, the hustle, relationships and maturing in the decision making process. Our music is a reflection of where we are in our lives.

"Hip Hop had to grow up at some point right? Now that does not mean our music is pop or R&B. We still got some gutter music for you b.u.t the instrumentation sounds like we have a live band backing us...hmmmm...not a bad idea. Stay tuned for that."

If you have been tired of little kid hiphop or ringtone rap or backpacker rap or gangsta music where everybody dies or sells crack. We are an alternative. We are not the wierdo tight pants rappers either. We niggaz. Niggaz that grew up. That dude at your job who you knew used to be up to no good b.u.t. you see him and you go "he really got his stuff together, i bet he was wild when he was younger" thats what we represent. Street music that matured. 2pac had he lived to be 30. What would that have sounded like? We have a message, we have great instrumentation and we are lyrically unparalleled in todays rap market.