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.