The Break Presents: The Gooneez

Breakout: “Weed N Rhymin’” feat. Mac Miller (prod. by Cardo)

Also Check: “F.Y.I.” feat. Mann

And: Live Performance at Key Club in L.A.

Download: New mixtape, Astoria Bonus Version here

Name: The Gooneez & The Fratelleez

Ages: Frank Clark: 28, vocals; Andre Abella: 27, vocals; Eric Flamer: 25, bass; Jake Bowman: 20, guitarist; Chente Garnica: 19, drums

Reppin’: Southern California

Our style and/or skills have been compared to: Beastie Boys, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Roots, Sublime. We’ve been heavily influenced by a wide range of music genres especially growing up on the West Coast scene. Our band, The Fratelleez, started out as a punk band so when you see us perform live, it’s kind of like seeing the stage energy of The Clash mixed with the vibe of a Cypress Hill concert.

We started rapping: In 2002. We used to go to parties in high school and spit freestyles all the time over instrumentals for fun. Eventually, people kept asking us, “When are you guys gonna drop a CD?” So we decided to record our first album. We bought 20 beats from a local producer, wrote to 15 of them over one weekend and gave a couple of discs out to our homies to bump. Then they got burnt and passed along to other people and it spread. Technology wasn’t as updated then as it is now. Our first album was recorded with a Radio Shack mic, Two CD players and a rewritable disc. Fast forward to now, we’re using Pro Tools 9 and studios, and we realize we’ve come along way since then.

Our standout records and/or moments have been: “Weed N Rhymin” featuring Mac Miller. We linked up with Mac through his manager Quentin right before K.I.D.S. dropped last August and we really dug his music and wanted to work on a joint together. So we slid him this beat we had got from Cardo and we just vibed on it to create a hit. We released it and it just started getting blogged real heavy with viral success. Also, “FYI” featuring Mann. He and Jamie Adler are the homies, so he blessed us with the remix #BDMCG. Another big moment was chillin’ downstairs VIP with DJ Quik at the Key Club when he grabbed our video guys camera and put his face directly in the lens and started talking about not being from this planet. Smoking with Wiz backstage at the Big Sean show at the El Rey Theatre in Hollywood while watching Sean was perform live was dope, too.

We’re gonna change the game by: Doing the exact opposite of what everybody’s else is doing. This game is full of people trying to mimic other people for what’s hot right now. We don’t wanna follow that trend. We just wanna do us. There’s only one Em, Jay, Wayne, Nas and we could never duplicate those styles. We’re trying to build our own lane and maintain originality in the process. Staying real and humble always equals success

Our goal in hip-hop is: To leave a lasting contribution and legacy to the culture and be respected for our work. Travel the world making music, gain fans and live a positive blessed life.

We’d like to work with:
We’re working with Kendrick Lamar and Andy Milonakis on our new album Anonymous. But we’d definitely like to work with Big Sean, Lupe Fiasco, Nas, Yelawolf, Travis Barker, Devin the Dude, Curren$y, Rick Rubin, Alchemist, Dr. Dre, DJ Premier.

We’re gonna be the next: Big hip-hop band on the West Coast.

To check out more of our music you can go to: Our official siteTwitter, or  ReverbNation

  • Aaron Starkman

    Can’t say enough about how it makes me feel to see my boys progress in the game. If there is anything I can say it’s that they are the real deal…..steady on the grind in a positive way to make good music and produce a good vibe to all that listen. I’ve been fortunate to have spent my whole life with Andre and Frank as personal friends and have nothing but love and respect for the hard work I’ve watched them put down for years. Sky is the limit for the Gooneez. Nothing but love….”City”

  • Ernie Salazar

    I Enjoyed reading this, Right On! Cause Its All Real! Cheers Fellas!

  • DDay

    man with that kind of keyboard i was expecting some sort of light show! but overall they were dope!

  • Mitch Gleason

    Thats good shit, enjoyed reading it myself. Probally cus i apsoultly agree specially after sat night in Laughlin NV. I dont no shit about making music however I do no when my fuckin neck feels like its broke by the end of the night, I no its good shit. Just met Frank a couple years ago cant help to have mad respect for him, Dre, all of em, they deserve everything comming there way soon. Da shit is Hot call it watch ya want.