The HBK Gang

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The HBK Gang
Also known asThe Heartbreak Gang
OriginRichmond, California
GenresWest Coast hip hop
Years active2011 (2011)–present
LabelsHBK Gang
Associated actsThe Invasion, Young Bari
Websitehbkgang.com
MembersIamsu!
P-Lo
Sage the Gemini
Skipper
CJ
Rossi
Jay Ant
Kool John
Dave Steezy
 
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The HBK Gang
Also known asThe Heartbreak Gang
OriginRichmond, California
GenresWest Coast hip hop
Years active2011 (2011)–present
LabelsHBK Gang
Associated actsThe Invasion, Young Bari
Websitehbkgang.com
MembersIamsu!
P-Lo
Sage the Gemini
Skipper
CJ
Rossi
Jay Ant
Kool John
Dave Steezy

The HBK Gang, also known as The Heartbreak Gang,[1] is an American hip-hop and music production collective based in Richmond, California, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Founded by Iamsu!, Chief and P-Lo in 2008, members also include Sage the Gemini, Skipper, CJ, Rossi, Dave Steezy, Jay Ant, and Kool John. After contributing to various mixtapes and Iamsu's Kilt II in 2013, in August of that year the group released their debut mixtape Gang Forever. HBK Gang Records is the name of an associated independent record label.

History[edit]

Founding[edit]

The hip-hop collective HBK Gang, or The Heartbreak Gang, is primarily composed of friends who met while attending high-school in the San Francisco Bay Area, specifically Richmond.[2] They founded the collective in 2008 while still in school, and members as of 2013 include Iamsu!, Kool John, P-Lo, Sage the Gemini, Skipper (or $kip), CJ, singer Rossi, Dave Steezy and Jay Ant,[3] with rapper Iamsu! first starting to found and organize the group in 2011.[4]

Iamsu! was born Sudan Ahmeer Williams in Richmond, California, on November 17, 1989, and was an early fan of artists such as Kanye West, R. Kelly, Aaliyah, Marching Band, and reggae music.[5] He later worked as a rapper and producer with artists such as Jonn Hart and Wiz Khalifa,[6] and met P-Lo in 2005. P-Lo had been inspired by Kanye West's debut album College Dropout to begin creating beats in his youth, and also produced for Wiz Khalifa "Bout Me" and Yo Gotti's single "Act Right" featuring Young Jeezy & YG, the latter of which peaked at #100 on the Billboard Hot 100. P-Lo joined Iamsu! in the production duo The Invasion shortly after their meeting, starting a trend of collaboration between future members.[7] Iamsu! also collaborated with Sage the Gemini on Sage's track "Gas Pedal" in March 2013, which peaked at #4 on the Billboard chart for Hot Rap Songs and at #29 on the Hot 100, making it both artists' first top 40 hit.

Early releases[edit]

The Heartbreak Gang was performing and releasing music as early as 2011,[7] and in August 2011 performed at the debut release party for Tha Outfit's "Like My Bass" music video.[8] The group featured artists Dave Steezy and Mike Dash-E in their music,[3] releasing the track "Gettin' It" feat. Kool John in 2012. In January 2013 Iamsu! was a guest for Jonn Hart on Hart's "Who Booty" video.[4]

The crew contributed to all of Iamsu's mixtapes, including Kilt II in June 2013, with other guest appearances including Problem, Juvenile, Ty Dolla Sign, Terrace Martin, Tank, and Mistah F.A.B.[3]

Gang Forever (2013)[edit]

Main article: Gang Forever

HBK Gang released their debut compilation mixtape[9] Gang Forever on August 12, 2013.[10] It includes 17 rap tracks featuring different members of the collective. Much of the album's production was handled by The Invasion (the production team of Iamsu!, P-Lo, Kuya Beats, Jay Ant, and Chief), with tracks also produced by Cardo, AKA Frank,[3] Kuya Beats, Sage the Gemini, and Jay Ant.[11]

Touring, music videos[edit]

The collective toured the western United States during September and August 2013, hitting locations such as Seattle, Spokane, Phoenix, Santa Barbara, and Reno.[12] Titled the HBK Forever Tour, it featured Iamsu! as headliner and Kool John and Jay Ant as support.[12] Hip hop dancing is an important element of the live shows. According to Sage the Gemini, dancing is also a key aspect of the group's creative process.[9] The collective has released both tour videos[13] and a number of music videos for their songs, including "Go Crazy".[9]

Members[edit]

Current
  • Iamsu! - group founder, rapper and producer from Richmond, California.[5]
  • Skipper[1] - also goes by $kip
  • Sage the Gemini - hyphy and hip hop artist from Fairfield, California, who released "Gas Pedal" in 2013.
  • P-Lo - rapper/member of the production team The Invasion
  • CJ - also goes by HBK CJ
  • Jay Ant - rapper, producer
  • Kool John - rapper
  • Rossi - vocals
  • Dave Steezy - rapper
  • Kehlani- vocals

Record label[edit]

HBK Gang Records
Founded2010 (2010)
FounderIamsu!, Chief, P-Lo
StatusActive
GenreHip-hop, hyphy
LocationRichmond, California

HBK Gang is also the name of a record label, which as of 2013 has released most of Iamsu's mixtapes and albums, including Su! The Right Thing (2010), Young California (2011), Kilt (2012), Stoopid (2012), and $uzy 6 $peed (2012). 2013 saw the release of his album Million Dollar Afro, which also featured Problem and was co-released on Problem's label Diamond Lane Music Group. Iamsu!'s Kilt II mixtape followed in 2013, while The HBK Gang's first mixtape Gang Forever was released in August 2013.[14] The label's first in-store release will be Iamsu!'s debut album Sincerely Yours on May 13, 2014.

Releases from HBK Gang Records[14]
YearTitleArtist
2010Su! The Right ThingIamsu!
2011Young CaliforniaIamsu!
2011The Miseducation Of IAmSuIamsu!
2011#IAmMostRachetJay Ant
2012$uzy 6 $peedIamsu!
2012WETSkipper
2012StoopidIamsu!
2012KiltIamsu!
2012MBMGCP-Lo
2013Million Dollar AfroIamsu! and Problem
2013CJ 2.0HBK CJ
2013Blue MoneyMick Boogie Presents: Jay Ant
2013Kilt 2Iamsu!
2013Peace, Love and $hmoplifeKool John
2013ChillDrinkF*ckSmokeKool John
2013Gang ForeverHBK Gang
2013MBMGC 2P-Lo
2014WET2Skipper
2014Sincerely YoursIamsu!
2014$hmop CityKool John
2014Remember MeSage the Gemini

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • 2012: "Gettin' It" ft. Kool John
  • 2013: "STU Freestyle"

Mixtapes[edit]

TitleAlbum details
Gang Forever
  • Released: August 12, 2013
  • Label: HBK Gang
  • Format: Digital download

Music videos[edit]

  • 2012: "Gettin' It" ft. Kool John - directed by Chris Simmons
  • 2013: "STU Freestyle" - directed by tyCA
  • 2013: "Go Crazy" - directed by Daghe
  • 2013: "Quit Cattin" - directed by David Camarena

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Smith, Trevor (August 12, 2013). "Gang Forever track listing". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved 2013-09-27. 
  2. ^ "Who is HBK Gang?". NewDayMusicWorld. September 10, 2012. Retrieved 2013-09-27. 
  3. ^ a b c d "HBK Gang – Gang Forever (Mixtape)". Free On Smash. August 12, 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-27.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  4. ^ a b "IamSu discusses his HBK gang, the Bay, and more". BlkdMnds. January 22, 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-27.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  5. ^ a b "Iamsu! Interview Sphinx Chains, College, Yeezus". Complex. 2013-06-21. Retrieved 2013-09-12. 
  6. ^ Susman, Nathan (June 21, 2013). "Interview: Iamsu! Talks Sphinx Chains, College, & His Opinion of "Yeezus"". Complex Music. Retrieved 2013-09-27. 
  7. ^ a b "P-Lo: About". Facebook (Official). Retrieved 2013-09-27. 
  8. ^ "Event: "like My Bass" video release party 8.19.11". Liquid Sacramento. 2011-08-19. Retrieved 2013-09-27. 
  9. ^ a b c Thomas, Chris (September 3, 2013). "HBK Gang – "Go Crazy" [VIDEO]". Hip Hop Wired. Retrieved 2013-09-27. 
  10. ^ Diep, Eric (August 12, 2013). "Iamsu! & HBK Gang Releases New Mixtape, ‘Gang Forever’". XXL Magazine. Retrieved 2013-09-27. 
  11. ^ "HBK Gang – Gang Forever (Mixtape)". BlkdMnds. August 12, 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-27.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  12. ^ a b "Tour". Heart Break Gang. Retrieved 2013-09-27. 
  13. ^ "HBK Gang - HBK Forever Tour Episode 6 (Video)". Thizzler. Retrieved 2013-09-27. 
  14. ^ a b "Heart Break Gang: Record Label". Discogs. Retrieved 2013-09-27. 

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