BlockNButta: The Hip-Hop Supergroup that Brings Together Rivals and Operates a Carwash

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St. Louis's hip hop super group BlockNButta has been opening for the recent string of huge acts hosted at North County's The Ambassador, including T.I., 8Ball & MJG, and Bun B. This Friday, they'll be headlining Jaam Star Entertainment's Spring Jam Fest at Premier Lounge (8 p.m.-1:30 a.m., all proceeds go to Hope in Christ Ministries, which works with the homeless).

Though their infectious single, 'Dolla Afta Dolla,' not to mention the $1,000,000 check from Sony posted on their website and dated April Fool's Day, might give the impression they're just chasing paper like everybody else, it's safe to say that the members of BlockNButta have a greater, social purpose for their art. After all, everything has two meaning for these former members of various rival street gangs. 'B-u-t-t-a,' for example, not only translates as 'Back up talk to us all,' but also as, 'Building unity to teach another.'

Having performed all over the country, including at Chicago's Hard Rock, BlockNButta has recently been climbing local hip hop radio charts in Memphis.
RFT Music caught up last week with GuisayButta backstage at the 8Ball & MJG show to find out more about this group comprised of many long-time St. Louis hip hop artists. Questions and answers have been edited for clarity and length.

Tony D'Souza: Everything stands for something with you guys. What does 'GuisayButta' mean?

GuisayButta: 'Give Us Inspiration/Attitude Saving Youth.'

I'm calling you guys a 'super group' since you're really two groups blended into one. But everybody in the game knows that, right?

We've always been together the past 15 years as the BlockBoyz and the ButtaBoyz, but the past four years we been together as BlockNButta and we're together on everything here on out. Everybody knows about BlockNButta in St. Louis. If they say they don't know us, they hating.

You guys are stars on the underground hip hop scene, you have a 'never give up' attitude. How do you make it work with so many guys in the group (9), and support yourselves?

We all need each other. We're real brothers wanting to get up out of the struggle. We're all from different gangs, Crips, Bloods, GDs--from the north, south, east, and west of St. Louis--coming together to do what we love. We have a carwash at 3400 Goodfellow, $10 for cars and trucks, we have a website, blocknbutta.com. It supports our music and our travels. We mostly tour down south, Memphis, Atlanta. In New York, we sat down with Def Jam. They said they never heard stuff like us before, but at that time, they couldn't find us on the internet.

You guys are like a big family. What are some of the names of the members of your group?

There's SafeButta, SmileButta, SnugDButta, DreMoney, J-Blizz...

8Ball noticed the Trayvon Martin T-shirts you guys printed up and were wearing on stage and he gave y'all a heartfelt shout out for that. What inspired you to make the T-shirts?

We're just doing it out of respect. Trayvon was a child. [Zimmerman] wasn't no police. It's still a problem.

What's your music like for someone who hasn't heard it?

It's fun, gangsta, party, serious. It's brand new. It's a whole other level of music. It's a planet they never found before!

You guys make your own beats?

We do everything ourselves. The only thing we didn't do ourselves is give ourselves a deal.

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10 comments
Selina
Selina

Definitely have to say hardworking men with a purpose waiting on their breakthrough much love. -guiasy butta respectful and nothing more than a man..keep working he has a plan for yall!!!!

Smile Butta
Smile Butta

WE DO WORK................MY BIG BRUH GRIND HARD 2 GET US OFF THE GROUND AND NA THAT WE HERE WE GIVING THE STREETZ WHAT THE REST AINT...........SONG AFTA SONG HIT AFTA HIT.......BELIEVE DAT.........ERRTHING DOPE!!!!!!!!!!!!

Shaethomas
Shaethomas

Looking forward to great things from the Block Boys!!! 4U Entertainment "Dolla afta Dolla"

Blochollywood
Blochollywood

WE WORK HARD...THAT'S ALL PLUS WE #2TOP 8@8 POWER WMSU 92.1FM LET'S GO!

Calvinspudnelson
Calvinspudnelson

this is only the beginning to the hard work the blockboyz have put down over the years...look out

Lisabyrd25
Lisabyrd25

Very intelligent talented men working together as one its a movement s/o to blocknbutta

Rhymes & Reasons
Rhymes & Reasons

If you like hip-hop, you might like my blog, Rhymes and Reasons. It’s a series of interviews with hip-hop heads who discuss their lives and a few songs that matter to them. Pretty powerful stuff. Check’em out here:

http://thisisrhymesandreasons....

JohnBrison22
JohnBrison22

Y'all ain't bullshittin I fucks with blocknbutta hard work & dedication

Selina
Selina

Love your song syd :)

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