With debut long-player #LeagueShit having cemented its place as perhaps the finest hip-hop album this city’s ever seen, the eight members of the League of Extraordinary Gz are starting to consider their methods of expansion.
“We can’t really think on an Austin level anymore,” says Lowkey, a prominent voice on #LeagueShit. “We love Austin, and we paid our dues in this scene, but we want it to be one of the most respected releases anywhere. It’s about getting out of Austin.”
How that happens remains to be seen. For now, the League members eye a series of solo projects they’ve been working on since before #LeagueShit took off, including a solo album from Lowkey, a second iteration of Tuk-da-Gat and S.Dot’s White Boy Mixtape series, and W420, a long-delayed Dred Skott album that League genius Reggie Coby plans to finish.
In addition, the group’s looking to continue eulogizing its fallen founder, Esbe Da 6th Street Bully, whose presence remains felt both on the mic and in concept throughout #LeagueShit.
“You don’t want to dwell on it, but you can’t help it,” says Lowkey. “That’s our brother who’s gone.”
The rapper reveals that the LOEGz is piecing together a posthumous solo Esbe LP.
“That’s been the plan ever since he passed away. He’s the best rapper to ever come out of Austin. We owe it to him to show people why we think that. He’s not someone on a T-shirt. It’s a tragedy that he’s not here, so it’s on us to make sure that his kids have something to be proud of.
“We need to give him the legacy he deserves.”– Chase Hoffberger