The Proton-type

There is this stigma about Atlanta-based rappers that says if you’re not rapping about balling, trapping, hustling, etc…then you are biting Outkast. If you’re not dressed in whatever mainstream expensive brand of the moment is…then you’re biting Outkast. If you use too many odd sounds in your production…then you’re biting Outkast.

So when I hear folks try to compare these cats Proton to ‘Kast, it kind of urks me. Mainly, because these dudes have been circulating in the underground for a minute and have pushed the music envelope in their own way, its just that they never got any wide scale attention for it. The only comparison you could even make bewteen Proton and ‘Kast is that they are duos who are from Atlanta. That’s it.

That being said, I wanted to continue with my little New Year’s Resolution of bringing alternatives and solutions.

These cats Proton are underground celebrities in Atlanta. I mainly started fucking with them a because the female-to-hardleg ratio at their shows are definitely in my favor. I mean, I like Jeezy and them, but it be too much testosterone at his shows sometimes.

But yeah, when I got past the eye candy at the shows and actually started getting into Proton’s music, I heard alot that I liked. Their sound reminded me of those cool ass niggas in high school. The ones that were easy going, but bet’not run up on. I also appreciated their stripped-down production style in the midst of Atlanta’s frequent overproduction syndrome.

They also inject comedy in their lyrics which is always a plus in my book. They had this joint called “Notice Me” about the shit some of us do for female’s attention that really struck a chord. One of their more serious songs “Whats Up Now” about unfit fathers and unappreciative homeboys presented a angle about relationships that I hadn’t heard done in a song before. Their accents also drew me because they sounded similar to not only mines, but the people I hang around.

Late last year they released a collection of songs on a CD called Girls & Ghetto Sh!t, and that’s exactly what the content on the album is about. But, its presented in more of a satirical way than it is a “yeah, we on some bullshit and we love it” type way.

I can’t really jump the gun on what all is lining up for these dudes, but 2008 looks like its going to be a decent year for these cats. Their bandwagon still has some seats available, so hop on while you can. I guarantee it won’t be a sausage party.

If you fuckin’ wit’ it, you can peep their myspace page for more.

Ready To Go f/ Muffy

What’s Up Now

Good Guys

Jheri Khurl

Notice Me

Boys And Girls

Now That I’m Without You

One Step

  • Rockcity

    Ready 2 go do sound a lil Outkastish other than that They sound different but good, imma have to check them out.

    • Flymasta

      WOW ROCKCITY U JUST PROVE HIS POINT THNX ASSHOLE

      “DICKHEAD”

  • http://www.taj-anwar.com taj anwar

    I’ve been a fan of the Pro- Cash since they were on the scene in the late 90′s- they are not new to the game, let me assure you. They have established a healthy following on the underground scene- shit they might as well be O.G.s by now.

    Physically, they have expanded- they used to be vegan Rastafarians- by the fly, freshness and innovative sound has remained consistent. its almost as if when they cut off their crowns- like the Kast- the creativity grew faster, as if people had already developed in their minds what Proton was/is, like they had the Kast.

    As an ATL underground hip hop head- who has all of their offerings from their self titled joint circa 1997 to Guinness da Menace mixtape to the current jump- off, Girls and Ghetto Shit, I can tell you this- the corner boy with the god- u in his hip, the Black Power backpacker rocking the crochet head-wrap, to the model in stilettos to the skateboarder rocking the Sol Munki hat and Chilly O sweatshirt- for that matter, even my kids fuck with Proton. They consistently deliver quality homegrown produce that hasn’t been cloned with the mad- gangsta disease or coonin’ bullshit we’ve been poisoned with as of late. what’s not to respect by doing it your way and making a way for yourself while you’re at it?

    yeah- Proton isn’t OutKast. i’m sure they’re honored by the comparison- but thanks to the Kast making it okay and cool to be your got- damn self even on wax makes it easier to push the envelope of hip hop. like the Kast was they first got on that ATLien shit, Proton is easily misunderstood at times. like the kast, niggas don’t recognize the genius of Proton. Yet.

  • http://www.myspace.com/sinistahmoneybagz Sinistah aka Sin Piffcaso

    i’ll check em out when i get home, sounds like some shit up to my musical tastes….

  • EReal

    Man BXS needs to get off his fat ass, stop eating ghetto BigMacs and write a fuckin blog already.

    Besdies, these cats sound like outkast wanna be’s.

  • muffy

    KEEP Up The GOOD Work Protons… ATL LOVES YOU and So Does MUFFY..

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  • Tito Santana

    Da Backwudz(U gonna luv me)and (I dont like the look of it) are now Labratz. They’ve departed Dallas Austin’s label Rowdy Records to start there own(Royal Family Music) along with producer Sol Messiah(chamillionaire sound of revenge),(David Banner),(Goodie Mobb),(Dead Prez),(Nappy Roots).. Check da new video called (Creation) on YOUTUBE or myspace.com/thebackwudzmusic..Also they just released an album Independenly Via the internet called (Atlantis Rising) available on Amazon.com, Itunes.com, rhapsody.com, ect..
    To all up and coming artist much success and dont be afraid to put that extra grind in and go Independent!! It’s a new era… Everything resides on the Internet even Hiphop! Dont sleep on The Move ment!!Wake up

  • J.A.D.N.

    Sounds like OutKast…just gayer!

  • http://myspace.com/awaremovement A.ware

    These are the Big Homies .. huge inspiration all around!!

  • that girl

    There’s a whole underground ATL scene that needs to be recognized. Let’s not forget about our otha favs like The Dreamer and Supreeme. Big up, A-town!

  • http://www.plasticsquirtguns.blogspot.com thoreauly77

    they are obviously not biters, though def influenced by the dungeon. hell, most good hip hop (especially from the south) has been touched by the dungeon fam. anyhow, thanks for some tasty new music.

  • thank you for smoking

    yeah, these dudes were pretty jamming the one time i saw them live. but the smoke from the drunken unicorn was so intense, i could barely keep my eyes open long enough to watch them perform. it was quite sad. i think i caught lung cancer that night.

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  • http://myspace.com/chadjwilson Chad | FLY SOCIETY

    DUH, PROTON | OUTKAST…..see the line…see the difference.

  • http://www.myspace.com/wilmay Bill May

    Proton…Good shit homies…Grind hard

  • Maddolies

    BXS Gt fired Cuhz

  • DJ Black Nasty

    I’ve seen them perform several times and they always give a good show. Even last Friday, other artist couldn’t even be heard over the crowd chattering since nothing was entertaining them on stage. Then PROTON brings the club back to life with crazy beats and lovable lyrics!

    ATL loves Proton

  • http://comeupkids.com thomasan

    Gayer than Outkast? Cool. That sounds PROgressive. Must be doing something right. Maybe that can be our new myspace headline! And Muffy, we love you right back.

  • maia

    well, i’ve been listening to Proton, before any of yall knew anything about them, like when they were rockin locks and hailing His Majesty. so, sounding like OutKast, dont know about that, but of course OutKast does influence a lot of artists, they are masters in the game. but, Proton, is the SHIT!! KEEP DOING UR THANG!! MUCH LUV & POSITIVITY!!

    MAIA

  • http://myspace.com/simpleelissa dj lissamonet

    girls and ghetto shit, don’t you be scared of it….
    Toronto loves Proton.
    xo
    ~lissa

  • http://comeupkids.com fadia kader

    i mean damn, can a B at least get a shout out in a song .. I mean jeez… I want to be immortalized….
    lol..
    but no on a serious note, I’m blessed,honored and proud to work with these two ARTIST, they manage to amaze me every time, and are the reason why I came back to the music industry.. i love them to death and I’m here to testify to how hard they work now, so I can only imagine all the years before I came on board..

    I cant wait to see what the future holds for these two.. with the drive they have.. I know the sky’s the limit… keep it up fellas!!

    This is a real movement, not just a passing moment, recognize their consistency of quality timeless music, and imagine whats yet to come…Im scared.

    love
    F Diddy [lmao]

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  • DJ Passport of THC

    Over hear, we like Proton because of their positive outlook on a predominately negative Hip Hop landscape.
    Lets have some fun again, the Creator knows we need it.

    Girls, reto-fashion, bright visuals, living beyond our means, “being cool”… its what we’re all into.

    Y’all keep up the good works, my comrads.

    FYI… the comparison to “Outkast” is just plane lazy and unimaginative. Do northerners have any southern groups to reference?! To them, its seems, all we Southern folk w/o gold teeth look/sound like Outkast. I dare you to expand your musical horizons.

    -Paz

  • Bricks

    Yo my girl Taj Anwar put me onto these Proton cats when I first came from Brooklyn. I was nervous at first because I had never seen so many model chicks at what was supposed to be an underground hip hop joint. Im like Taj what the fuck you got me at. But then these dudes came on stage and fucking- not killed it- but kilt it. Real lyrics and shit that everybody was fucking with. She even told me these niggas do a lot of their own production. Impressed, I gave the CD a shot. And I gotta tell u yo, I see big thing poppin for Proton. Do ya thing my niggas. One.,

  • Dub Boogie

    Proton rocks.

  • http://www.myspace.com/shaleyahent Shaleyah

    The truth is PROTON and Outkast are very different yet similar. Most people love it… Others hate or don’t know how to categorize PRO.

    I like the article. Fadia, don’t be scared:) I say ya’ll keep doing ya thang and everything else will happen as it should. ROCK ON PRO’s!
    Shout out to all the PRO fans!

  • http://lolasmalls.blogspot.com Lola $malls

    “I mainly started fucking with them a because the female-to-hardleg ratio at their shows are definitely in my favor.”

    That statement was HILARIOUS!! But on a serious note Proton deserves this recognition and NOT because they’ve been in “the game” for a while but because they make music of substance. They aren’t setting us back their being very progressive.

    Gayer than OutKast? Well, whoever said OutKast was gay in the first place probably doesn’t appreciate true lyricism in hip-hop let alone the type of collaborative lyricism that occurs in a hip-hop duo/group such as Proton. I guess if they had you “crankin’ dat proton shawty” they’d be that new “fye” to you.

  • http://comeupkids.com mas

    No Fadia, it’s F-Kitty

  • boi-dan

    “Your mom and them insisted that you be all that you can. Did she see that ad on BET…..?”

    LOL

  • sour smoka

    that u2 sample hard as shit. and thier flows. and nothing wrong with outkast comparisons even thuogh they clearly doin thier own thing.

  • http://www.myspace.com/leephotographyatl LEE BOI THE EARTHTIAN OHHMERICAN

    CREW LOVE

    PROTON ARE GOOD COMPOSERS NUFF SAID. I WENT TO SCHOOL WITH SOME OF THE DUNGEON FAM AND I KNOW THAT THEY WERE INFLUENCED BY ATL’S EARLY TRENDSETTERS(RAHEEM THE DREAM,SHY D, KILO, DJ EDWARD J AND MANY MORE) WE ALL GOT THAT GA BOY SWAG(IT’S EMBEDDED AND THE NEW HEADS DOWN HERE IS GETTING SOFTER CAUSE THEY’RE OUT SOURCING OUR SWAG TO SOUND LIKE THE NEXT FAD RAPPER.)PROTON IS REAL ATL MUSIC ALL DAY.

    CREW LOVE

  • http://www.abenghorn.net/Heat FireBrand

    ATL got next, period. This record is good as hell, and there is SO much more coming. When ATL hits the scene with shit from our Rock, Electronic, Hip Hop, and folk scenes the World is gonna wonder where the fuck it came from.

    Been here, been waiting.

  • http://www.abenghorn.net/Heat FireBrand

    Every decent rapper that comes out of ATL gets compared to Outkast. When are folk gonna realize there is an accent here? Yes one of the brother’s voice has a strong ATL accent. So what? that don’t mean they are outkast. The subject matter isn’t the same, the style isn’t similar…how the heck do the sound like Outkast?