ARTIST SPOTLIGHT - II G.U.Y.S (2 GIFTED UNDERGROUND YOUNG STUNNAS)

MARCH 1st, 2018 | by Toni Postell

While I was in Jackson, Mississippi I met artists Twyna2Good. Both him and Spiffy2Good have been making moves and creating a new sound from their native in North Jackson, Mississippi.

 

Together they are II G.U.Y.S (2 Gifted Underground Young Stunnas) and as a group, were inspired by the greats OutKast, UGK, and Wu Tang Clan.

 

What inspired you to become an artist?  

I come from a family of musicians and singers. My mom is an opera singer and my father is a pianist. I can remember plenty of days at home with my father playing piano and my mom standing next to him blowing the roof off the house and my Patna Spiffy was also a musician throughout grade school playing Drums, Tuba, and other horns.


 

What is your overall goal you want your fans to see in your work? Who is your favorite artist?

I don’t really have a favorite artist but I really look up to Nas. I want the fans to really grasp the context and Negro-tude of our music. I want them to feel it and not just hear it.  For them to see the process and struggle so that they can find strength in their own situations through ours lyrics and sound.

 

How would you define Black Lives Matter and the importance?

I feel that the Black lives matter movement is of upmost importance because it puts an eagle eye on ethnic injustices across the nation and forces all races to see what’s really happening in America.

 

What is your favorite song you have created?

My favorite song I’ve created would have to be Broke4eva. It’s one of my earliest tracks and it sets the tone for the great things to come.

Where do you see your career in 5 years? 10 years?

In 5 years, I see us spreading our messages all over the country through our music and in 10... the world.

 

How do you feel about the current events that are occurring in politics?

I feel as if politics is at an all time low morally. If Obama put us in a solid place economically and Trump can’t really uproot that but sadly willing to expose the social immorality of our country that have now become more racially divided than ever.

 

What is the importance of supporting independent artists and the new wave and attention it is now getting?

Supporting independent artist and entrepreneurs is of upmost importance especially for people of color. Being an independent artist is an avenue or Lynch pin to people of color owning there own and breaking free of the “workforce plantation”. I think Chance the rapper really broke the mold and struck a major blow for independent artist all over the country

 

What advice would you give to the new generation of artists especially girls/boys who want to go into music?

I would say be relentless and take the pain. Nothing worth having has ever come easy and to ALL my beautiful queens, I would say don’t compromise yo self or integrity for anything. Be priceless!

Toni Postell is Music Editor for CSUITEMUSIC.com

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