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R. City - VI VIPs
Tuesday, November 17, 2009

To a mainlander, the Virgin Islands may just look like sun, rum, and fun, but believe it or not, they’re also becoming a source for hip-hop. St. Thomas duo R. City is a leader of the VI scene and with their PTFAO (Put The Fucking Album Out) campaign they’re looking to force the hand of their label, Konlive/Geffen, to make an even bigger impact.

R.City consists of brothers Theron (aka Da Spokesperson) and Timothy (aka Don’t Talk Too Much) (pictured L to R). The duo are true veterans of the industry as they’ve penned lyrics for a bevy of top artists, including Rihanna and the Pussycat Dolls, and they’ve been performers themselves since the ages of eight and nine. After going through a handful of names, including Short Circuit, 2 Equipped, and Rock City, the latter also being the nickname of the island they’re from, the duo eventually settled on R. City (a Detroit rock band actually owned the name Rock City). Even with all the alterations to their name the brothers have never altered their goal – to show the world that the VI has skills and a unique style all their own. This week RapReviews caught up with the talkative half of R. City to find out more about the VI style, how he and his brother linked up with Akon, and why PTFAO isn’t just a campaign for themselves, it’s about the music industry as a whole. Here are some highlights from the interview:

On the universality of their music:
Hoods speak the same language. We’re hurtin, we need money, we’re broke, we’re fucked up - that’s a universal language and you don’t need nuttin else but to understand that.

On industry BS:
They’re saying “you should be Sean Paul, you should be the Black Eyed Peas,” and we’re just like goddamn, when am I gonna be myself? When does that ever come in?

On working with Robin Thicke:
He was really cool, like cat daddy with a slim top hat on cool.

Read the full interview at RapReviews.com.

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