Hip-hop isn’t just music for some, it’s a lifestyle replete with rules and regulations that one must follow in order to survive. Enter the TMI Boyz, a group from Texas that has been co-signed by such heavyweights as Wendy Day, Bigga Rankin and Swishahouse’s own DJ Michael “5000” Watts. There’s a concurrent theme with the references: incredible work ethic, inventive sound and timing befitting of a group that many are anxiously awaiting.
TMI Boyz know how to work their angles, having only been around a short time and achieving the successes they’ve had thus far isn’t luck but skill, determination and patience. They could teach a class on how to excel when you’re Grindin’ For A Purpose, so students get your notes up.
BallerStatus.com: Tell us the story behind the TMI Boyz.
Dudella: It’s Huskey, Sayeed and Dudella making up the TMI Boyz, man. There was a fourth member, but we just went our separate ways, so now it’s just us three. Huskey and Sayeed are cousins from Galveston and I’m from H-Town. TMI stands for Track Music Incorporated; we’re unique because each member of the group brings something different to the table. I’m the hood cat. I represent the streets, the gutter and the traps. Husky, he’s the crunk party cat. He’s the type to have you bouncing and hollerin’ in the club. Sayeed is the lyricist, hands down. That dude’s fire and he’ll eat your favorite cat like a free lunch. He’s nasty with the bars.
BallerStatus.com: Your current single, “I’m Fresh” featuring Mannie Fresh, is getting great spins. You’re also one of the few unsigned groups to ever get on BET’s “106 & Park.” Did you expect that?
Sayeed: We knew it was a hit when we made the song. Mannie came through and blessed us with a dope track and a killer hook that’s sure to make people pay attention. BET showed us love by putting the video on and it gave us a lot of exposure. It was a good look all the way around. We’re humbled by the experience and hope that our fans will ride with us as we continue to grow.
BallerStatus.com: Your debut album, Grindin’ For A Purpose, is coming soon. Who’s on it?
Dudella: From the gate we decided that we didn’t want the album to be full of other people, you know? We wanted to step in with us — our sound, our presence — just us. Production-wise, we got a few tracks by Mannie Fresh, Shawty Redd, Dirtbag and DJ Brad. Matter of fact, DJ Brad did our next single called “Swervin’.”
BallerStatus.com: What happened at the SEA Awards in the incident with Kia Shine?
Huskey: Really, it was nothing. It’s the cardinal rule: Don’t put your hands on a woman. Kia forgot that rule and we had to tighten dude up. We don’t play around with family, man. The media blew the whole thing out of proportion.
BallerStatus.com: What kind of tone can fans expect from Grindin’ For A Purpose?
Huskey: Everything. We’re so diverse that we can cover all the bases and give the fans the type of music that they really want to hear. We incorporated that Houston sound that people love and want to ride to, but we’re not afraid of taking chances man. That’s another thing that separates a lot of rappers from us; they find a formula that works and sticks with it. We’re too innovative to do that. We don’t mind the sideways look from people sometimes because we will go out on a limb to bring y’all something DIFFERENT. Something you haven’t been beat in the head with a million times before man. We got rock songs, pop songs, everything. We even got some techno joints for y’all man. What’s missing in this game right now is the fun — nobody’s having fun anymore. Cats treat this game like it’s Russian roulette when it’s not that serious. We don’t come to play, but when we go to the studio, we have fun. You can hear that in our music and that’s what keeps it original and refreshing.
BallerStatus.com: You’ve got a song called “Dedication To Hip-Hop” on the album addressing things being said by rappers in other regions. What’s that about?
Dudella: That’s Sayeed’s song right there. All we’re doing is addressing how some cats from the East Coast were saying that the South isn’t real hip-hop or that we don’t appreciate the game. Nothing could be farther from the truth! We’re all about the impact that hip-hop has made on the world. Society takes much from hip-hop itself, as a music genre and as a culture. To say that down here it’s any less love than anywhere else is wrong. We just wanted to show people that we are hip-hop as much as they are.
BallerStatus.com: Anything else to tell your fans?
Dudella: Thanks to y’all for the support man. We are the new generation of the Southern movement and we aim to rep it like nobody else has. We Grindin’ For A Purpose, so look out for us in your area! Check us out on Myspace at MySpace.com/TMIMuzic2.