Pac Div: Grown Kids Syndrome

 “What

it is one time, Pac Div!” Hailing from the West Coast, Pac Div

consists of brothers Like, Mibbs and longtime friend BeYoung. The trio

are putting their stamp on the West Coast sound with songs like the

anthem, The Mayor and Pac Div. In 2006, Pac Div released

Sealed for Freshness: The Blend Tape

and their latest, released earlier this year, Church League Champions,

generated an enormous buzz through out the LA scene forcing Hip Hop

to take notice. Legendary acts ranging from Legendary Roots Drummer

Questlove, Hometown Hero Snoop Dogg to even Millionaire Mogul Diddy

couldn’t deny the “Pac”, and their hustle managed to gain

attention from the major record label, Universal Records and the trio

is prepping to change the tide of the industry with their debut release,

Grown Kid Syndrome in the first quarter of 2010.

      AllHipHop

sat down with the hilarious trio to discuss internet rap, CA Hip Hop,

their album and what to expect from them in the near future. 

AllHipHop.com:

Break down your new album Grown Kids Syndrome. What’s the new

record gonna reflect? 

Like:

The Grown Kids Syndrome reflects a lot of honesty coming from

a place as three young men in their mid-20’s who didn’t graduate college,

who didn’t pursue their parent’s dreams, who didn’t live in college

dorms but junky apartments, it speaks to all the people that have no

plans basically to show them that the idea that syndrome comes in, we

have friends in our mid 30’s, we have friends who are complete dead

beats in their life, it’s still a syndrome because they still eat their

parent’s food at the house. They still don’t have a job, that’s grown

kid’s syndrome. We know all about that.  

AllHipHop.com:

Tell me a little bit about some of the tracks on the record. 

Mibbs:

We have a couple of joints on Grown Kids Syndrome,

actually it’s not even done with the recording process. We are about

70% done. The Mayor record is on Grown Kids Syndrome.

We have a joint on Grown Kids in which we are talking where my

brother just explained people get pink slips, we got a song on there

called Chaos where it describes the recipe for chaos, anything or any

type of situation where it can become chaotic. Like Like talk’s about

how I just had a girlfriend I broke up with and I accidently sleep with

her friend so stuff like that. [Laughs] She gets me drunk and

we sleep together. Yeah, that’s what it’s about, like, those are a couple

of the tracks that we have on the album.     

AllHipHop.com:

Take us through your creative process of making music, what do you think

about? 

BeYoung:

In the creative process, we try not to put any pressure on it, we gotta

let it come, as normally and free flowing as we can, we don’t try to

make it into “Oh, I gotta do this, oh, I gotta do that.” We

just like to play off of the emotions and feelings that we get from

the track we’re doing and we just channel it.   

AllHipHop.com:

Let’s talk about the idea of internet rap, Pac Div has used the computer

as a major marketing tool for artists with no deals, you’ve been able

to create such a buzz with the computer, how did you use the computer

to your advantage? 

BeYoung: We didn’t have any restrictions. I mean at the time, as we were saying,

our paychecks worked to shoot our own videos, we would’ve taken those

paychecks and going straight to shooting videos, and putting them on

the internet, going to the studio, taking pictures, just making sure

the quality of our image match the quality of the music so that we can

put it on the internet so that we can broadcast it to the world.  

   

AllHipHop.com:

What about the transition from net mc to budding label stars? How different/hard

is it? 

Like:

It’s not difficult, we don’t look at difficulty. Everything is just

done naturally and it’ll take it’s natural course. We don’t consider

ourselves internet stars, or label stars or any of that. We just do

what we do and let it flow naturally.  

AllHipHop.com:

If you hadn’t chosen to have gone down the path of making music, what

would you be doing with your lives right now? 

Like:

I don’t know, somewhere making money or trying to. [Laughs] We’re

doing that no plan, plan. I would be at my parents house, with my Dad,

eating his food, stealing my Mom’s car keys driving somewhere.  

AllHipHop.com:

What, if anything, has changed and/or evolved in your music – your sound

Mibbs:

Life happens, I mean just things that happen in your life, just changes

you as a person and as rappers, we were rappers from day one, like,

we been knowing how to rap, so like, we understand how to adapt to the

times and how to adapt to the changes and just get better as a rapper

every time, every day and things that happen to you, just brings more

honesty into our music. It becomes, like the person that we are, who

we are, it comes out of our raps.   

AllHipHop.com:

What, if anything has changed about your approach to the industry,

your lifestyle(s) from 2006 when the three of you as Pac Div began to

take offs and your release of the Sealed For Freshness Blendtape,

to 2009; the recent release of your mixtape Church League Champions

and your upcoming debut, Grown Kids Syndrome

Life:

Whooo! Yeah, there is a change of lifestyle a little, we don’t work

at jobs anymore, we are under a constant pressure, not in a bad way,

but to perform at every opportunity, I don’t know, just opportunities,

more opportunities come our way, at our door steps and we take advantage

of it. It’s no rush but this is what we signed up to do and we like

it, we enjoy it.   

AllHipHop.com:

The legend goes that Biggie had to have fried chicken in the studio.

What is unique about your studio experience? 

Mibbs: In the studio,

man, all we need is some water and maybe a little bit of Hennessey,

and just clean air. [Laughs]  

Like:

We don’t really need much, just give us a mic and we got protools or

whatever, we use, it gotta be a nice beat, that’s pretty much it really.

We’re not really super picky guys like that, we don’t really need a

dream catcher, or anything like that or boiling pots, [Laughs]

just music, just a good microphone, a good mic.   

AllHipHop.com:

What are some of the musical elements outside of what most would define

as Hip-Hop that have helped you build your craft? 

BeYoung:

Everything. Everything from the older music, to the legends of the older

music. Prince, Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra, those type of guys, it

might be our uncle. The inspiration can come from anybody. Anybody has

something that they going through. So we just draw from all that and

incorporate it into the music.   

AllHipHop.com:

Let’s talk about CA Hip Hop, how has it influenced your rhymes? 

Mibbs: How it has influenced

our rhymes is that the lifestyle out here is very laid back, the air

is cooler, I mean it’s not really cleaner, the air is nice out here,

like, we don’t got to stress about it snowing, it’s not cold out here,

it’s pretty chill, it’s a pretty easy place to live in, yes, it comes

out in your raps, it comes out in everything you do, the way you walk,

the way you talk, it’s just easy. Everything is laid back and easy out

here.  

AllHipHop.com:

So talk to us about 2009/2010. What can we expect from you? 

Like:

Just expect it all, just expect the world’s introduction to Pac Div,

the production to international notoriety. It’s going to be everybody’s

introduction to who we are and what we are about and I think people

are going to really like, gravitate towards it because its honest, its

fun, it’s real, it’s energetic. it’s authentic, it’s Pac Div.  

AllHipHop.com:

Is there a release date? 

BeYoung: We are probably

looking at the first quarter of 2010.

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