By Kim Johnson
CITIES OF ORIGIN: San Bernardino, Fontana, Bloomington and Ventura.
KINDERED SPIRITS: Kanye West, Gucci Mane, Kid Cudi, The Cool Kids, Cam’ron, Nirvana, Erykah Badu, Wu-Tang, Waka Flocka, Rick Ross, Lil’ Wayne, Gucci Mane, Future, Lil B, Curren$y, Led Zeppelin, Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix.
RECENT RELEASES: €RiLL¥, (2013).
FREQUENTS: The Glass House (Pomona).
Somewhere along this journey of becoming familiar with €RiLLY FAM, it became obvious that this group of artists is best enjoyed at high volumes and in cramped spaces. Throw a few dozen of your most treasured and reckless friends into that scenario, and you have the type of party everyone needs to experience at least once in their lives. €RiLLY FAM’s live shows reek of rowdy behavior, and its latest musical release backs up every bit of rowdiness down to blunt lyrics and cutthroat dynamics. The music video this group just dropped for “Gotta Eat” off of their latest endeavor, €RiLL¥, is just another illustration of what we’ve been trying to tell you—these dudes are pure mayhem. But in all actuality, no one really describes the €RiLLY camp quite like the €RiLLY camp, so without further ado, our hand-picked band of the week—€RiLLY FAM.
So, what has €RiLL¥ FAM been up to the last couple of months?
Cam Gnarly: We just finished an album as a collective; €RiLL¥. As of [lately], we’ve been doing multiple shows around SoCal, performing songs from the album and also filming visuals in order to further push our latest work.
How would you describe your live shows?
DCxDCxDC: I definitely feel we have one of the best live shows in the area—I would describe it as energetic and aggressive.
Aaron Maes: Wild, fun and a lot of Energy! Almost considered a punk show compared to normal hip hop standards.
Cam Gnarly: We have a very organic chemistry that reflects on and off stage; our set is usually the most [energetic] on any given night.
What do you think gives you guys a leg up on local competition?
DCxDCxDC: I think our energy and our power in numbers [definitely] gives us a leg up.
Aaron Maes: Our ability to stand out. We don’t look or sound like anything our competition is trying to do, plus the quality and content of our music also gives us a leg up.
Cam Gnarly: We’re not just some guys who rap together; we’re a family, a team. We grind together on a daily basis. We all have very different styles and points of influence, but we still manage to feed off each other’s energy. Lowkey, it’s an ongoing friendly competition between us all. We’re all majorly confident in our abilities as artists.
Any shows/releases/exciting things coming up you’d like to share?
Cam Gnarly: We recently released the visuals to our [first] single off €RiLL¥, “Gotta Eat,” directed by Paranoid Films. We’ll also be throwing our own shows soon in Pomona and Riverside. Currently a few of us are working on upcoming solo projects, as well as a follow up €RiLL¥ FAM Collective Album. We also have our €rilly Clothing brand; €rilly Hoodies are already available for purchase, with more merch to come.
Any last words for the people?
Keep it €RILL!