We Are The Greatest Thing Ever
Barely lifting an eyebrow from behind the cash register, the attendant, a former high school teacher yelled, "Get out of here, youâ€™re no good people". Recognizing the group of four boys from previous high school day antics, the former teacher promptly kicked them out of his store. Disgruntled and empty handed, the boys left the store but the term "No Good People," still lingered in their heads. Having heard that "they were no good" their entire lives, the foursome, already fledging hip-hop artists, recognized that they would be anything but. So, pride intact, and before they let one more person call them "no good," they slapped the title on themselves and officially formed the group, "No Good People."
No Good People, or NGP, is a breath of fresh air in the music game. A unique group made up of two sets of brothers of Irish and Italian descent, Stress, Sean Strange, Raida and O-Doub were all raised in the Richmond Hill section of Queens, but they did not meet until they had moved to Long Island and ended up in the same high school. Speaking to and for their generation, this four-some has perfected their craft with hard hitting one-liners, tight rhymes, undeniable beats, and the always hilarious and appreciated stab at themselves and others.
NGP created a buzz performing at numerous talent shows and open mic events in the New York metropolitan area, by appearing on mixtapes, releasing singles and working closely with other underground groups. In 2003, NGP completed their first full-length album entitled "Up To No Good," which was well received in Long Island and Queens and made a mark in the underground hip-hop scene. Also that year, due to mixtape and underground buzz, NGP earned a coveted spot on the "Van's Warped Tour" at Randall's Island.
As recognition for the group continued to grow, the brothers decided to hit the studio again and in 2004, they completed their second album entitled "So Far, No Good." The album featured a performance by the legendary PMD (of EPMD). In 2005, NGP was spotlighted on Hot 97's DJ Kay Slay's "Drama Hour."
In 2006, NGP signed with Intelligent Music Entertainment, Inc., a label founded and owned by Bob Celestin, a prominent entertainment attorney/manager known for working with artists such as Mary J. Blige, Diddy, Petey Pablo, City High and others. Shortly thereafter, NGP released the "White People Can't Dance" mixtape, which featured hit songs such as "Chug," "Runaway," and "Move With It" as well as other tracks showcasing the groupâ€™s lyrical prowess.
With the release of the college-anthem â€œChugâ€? in 2007, NGPâ€™s buzz continued to grow. â€œChugâ€?, which celebrated the groupsâ€™ love of keg parties and drinking, exploded onto the music scene, quickly being featured on internet and college radio stations across the country. A video was also released which to date has been viewed over 290,000 times on YouTube. The single also won the $5,000.00 Grand Prize for â€œBest Songâ€? on OurStage.com. In addition, NGP was selected for the â€œOriginal Sessions National Band Searchâ€? competition, in which they advanced to the finals.
2008 saw the group gaining even more recognition. NGP was selected to URB magazineâ€™s â€œNext 1000â€? as well as being nominated for â€œBest Rap Groupâ€? at the 2008 Underground Music Awards and also made an appearance on BETâ€™s â€œRap Cityâ€? in their â€œSpit Yo Gameâ€? segment. Their MySpace presence also increased and they now have over 30,000 â€œfriendsâ€?. All the momentum NGP created from the past year set them up to release their smash new single entitled â€œEZ Loverâ€?. Borrowing from Phil Collins' 80's mega hit "Easy Lover", the song is a Top 40/Rhythmic club smash with a hypnotic yet melodic hook that features the groups humorous take on being â€œCasanovasâ€?. "EZ Lover" has gained local radio support from their hometown radio station WDRE-FM (Party 105 â€“ Long Island/Hamptons). The song was so heavily requested on Party 105 that NGP was invited to perform at Party 105's MEGAJAM concert on August 9th with established acts such as Fat Joe, Michelle Williams (Destiny's Child), Pitbull, Naughty by Nature and others. â€œEZ Loverâ€? continues to be added to other stations on a weekly basis and is receiving rotation in Las Vegas, Pittsburgh, Birmingham, Fayetteville, etc.