We Major

show & proveIt’s been 50 years since civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks changed the social landscape of the entire nation, but ironically the perception of her hometown has remained the same. Montgomery, Ala., natives Keith and Kennie Buchanan, collectively known as 334 MO.B.B., are determined to change their city’s worldview. “A lot of people get it misconstrued, thinking everybody a farmer,” laments 19-year-old Keith. “We don’t milk no muthafuckin’ cows,” adds his older brother by three years, Kennie. “Montgomery is just like where you at.”The Buchanan brothers’ upbringing in “Da Gump” was somewhat different than most, though. Raised in an anomalous two-parent household, Keith and Kennie’s music career began in the choir led by their father, who’s a Baptist minister. “A lot of niggas try to avoid saying that they parents done took ’em to church,” scoffs Keith, a.k.a. Sawed-off. “God is nothing to be ashamed of,” adds Ken, a.k.a. Supa Star.

But even with faith and family, poverty led the boys to street pursuits and a less saintly direction. This dual reality is reflected in the group’s area code–inspired moniker. “334 MO.B.B. stands for ‘10 Mo’ Brothers Buried,’” explains Ken. “Three plus three plus four equals 10, then you got the MO.B.B. We representing for the people who don’t have a voice.”

With their music touching on topics ranging from church corruption to the traditional tear-the-club-up fare, Keith and Ken dismiss any comparison to the current crop of crunk rappers. 334 insist their hook harmonizing and studio skills simply don’t compare. “We rap, sing and produce,” explains Ken. “If you just rap, you’re not in our realm.”

After a brief stint on Atlanta’s Tight 2 Def Records in 2004, 334 took their self-contained operation to label showcases in New York. “Every label up there wanted to sign us,” says Ken, “But LA Reid was like, ‘Y’all ain’t leaving until y’all go ahead and sign [with us].’” With the stunnas’ anthem “Take a Picture” paving the way for their Def Jam debut, these ’Bama boys are sure to shed the dated perception of life in Montgomery. “This whole shit has changed,” says Ken. “Niggas is not on the back of the bus no more.”

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  • http://www.yahoo.com killa

    my nigga’s doin it big, MONTGOMERY,AL stand up because they finna put the whole state on the map

  • bluerid

    i qoute you:

    A lot of people get it misconstrued, thinking everybody a farmer,” laments 19-year-old Keith. “We don’t milk no muthafuckin’ cows,” adds his older brother by three years, Kennie.
    LMAOOOOOOOOOO hahahaa i thought i was going to die from pain today but now i feel way better.thank you!!

  • bluerid

    i will bring you to church if thats what u want marshall ive been in church a couple of times i like it inthere

  • bluerid

    omg ima shut my mouth.thats it we are going to get married in a baptist church.

  • http://source.com one

    u fuck’n country fried niggas i dont have to say anything just look at these 2 clowns faces one is a fake ass lil jon and the fat one looks like he’s take’n a shit in his pants.u fuck’n farmer ass donkey ridaz fuck the ignorant ass south yall niggas learn how to rap….
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  • A.R.

    Im Glad yall niggaz got on. I luv yall shit. I still got underground shit that was never manufactued I still bump. I hope DefJam know what
    they doing. Kenny keep makin them fire beats and Sawed-Off keep bringing that south flava to them haters.fuck what dem other niggaz talkn bout. Stay true to yourself and to hip-hop and yall will be around for a long time.

    Keep It Gangsta.

    WhiteHorse Entertainmnt

  • Bayarea_mexican

    Balance is the shit he should have got number one or two

  • BAMA G

    fuck these niggas they stay in atl i never see these niggas in the gump they anit no real 334 niggas but yall look out fo the real niggas from bama

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    no bullshit emails plz

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    welcome to the red light vol.1

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