Toronto, ON – With a bold name like E.A.S.T.S.I.D.E U.P. (Every Aspiring Soul That Strives Is Destined for Excellence with Unstoppable Progress), Trinz and Foots are keeping it a hundred percent real from jump. No gimmicks, no marketing schemes and no calculated attempts to make fans. These guys keep it simple: make really good music. Both MCs have been in the game for a minute, but their new mixtape Before The Deal Volume One (Mixed by CHRYSTYLES) signifies how serious they are about their craft. Confident and talented, they know that this mixtape is just preparing them for what’s about to come.
I’ve known both Trinz and Foots for a few years, and I’ve watched them come to a mutual understanding that there is no plan B; music is what they were born to do and successful careers is what they strive to achieve. With a slew of music videos on the way and another mixtape in the works, E.A.S.T.S.I.D.E U.P wants you all to know this is only the beginning.
Read what they have to say:
HipHopCanada: Peace, guys. Thanks for taking the time to talk to HipHopCanada and congrats on the recent success of Before The Deal. Break down how the tape came about.
Foots: This is everything leading up to before our deal [Laughing].
Trinz: Before The Deal has been in the making for a while. We stuck with the underdogs and wanted to work with people in the same position; there are no famous features or gimmicks. We’ve formed our team and this tape shows what we can do.
Foots: We’re so proud of Before The Deal because everyone we worked with did so out of love and respect, they see what we do. People who are hungry came on board because they see where we’re headed.
HipHopCanada: I love the title but we’re entering a state in the industry where a deal isn’t a necessity. What does the title represent to you?
Foots: Someone who says they don’t want a deal is fronting. This represents to us everything that led us to the place of signing.
HipHopCanada: What benefits do you see from a record label deal?
Trinz: Stability and less stress on career security.
HipHopCanada: What is your ideal label situation?
Trinz: I think our ideal situation is to be represented by a major name but also have full control. We want to have the advantage of still being authentic artists but having the promotional side backing us.
HipHopCanada: You guys flipped the typical route of beat selection by using dubs and up & coming producers.
Trinz: We used producers that have stuck with us from day one. AB, Sammy C and shout-out to Home Base studios.
HipHopCanada: How do you pick production?
Foots: Whatever sounds good, big name producer not necessary [Laughing].
HipHopCanada: Trinz, what does Foots add to the group?
Trinz: Foots adds balance. He knows how to switch it up . . . some artists you can get used to hearing, but Foots is constantly adding a refreshing sound. We keep each other grounded.
HipHopCanada: Foots, what does Trinz add?
Foots: He keeps it competitive. When I step in the booth, I have to think about how to match what he’s going to do.
HipHopCanada: Will there be solo projects from either of you?
Foots: Eventually I’ll be letting my alter-ego show a bit more. My day-to-day is Ola Matti, but you may catch Marcus Right out sometimes. Beside that’s that, there’s me as an artist which is Foots.
HipHopCanada: Where did ‘Foots’ come from?
Foots: [Laughs] From the streets. Even as a kid, I had bigger feet than everyone. It just stuck.
HipHopCanada: Trinz, I’ve heard rumours of a solo career.
Trinz: My main focus right now is E.A.S.T.S.I.D.E U.P. then we’ll see what’s good but I have some solo gems.
HipHopCanada: When will we see you two dropping a video?
Foots: We’re going to be dropping a few soon – HipHopCanada will be the first to know.
HipHopCanada: Foots, whats your favourite Canadian music video of all time?
Foots: I’m going to go with “Let Ya Backbone Slide” – Maestro and Kardinal’s “On Wit Da Show”
HipHopCanada: Trinz, what’s your favourite Canadian single?
Trinz: So many but I’m going to go with Kardinal’s “Maxine”.
HipHopCanada: Foots, I’ve done my research and I know you have a famous cousin.
Foots: [Laughing] Yeah, Chamillionaire is my first cousin. I don’t like to use that to be put on, though.
HipHopCanada: Okay, okay. Both of you are heavy lyricists – what’s a verse that defines who you are from one of your tracks?
Foots: Damn. Okay – We never created crack/ It was placed in our lap/ There’s no turning back when your leaving off of scraps.
Trinz: Whoever said the top is lonely is stingy/He got on but neglected his homies ,feel me.
HipHopCanada: Can’t wait to see where you guys take your careers. Thanks again.
Editor’s note: For more information on E.A.S.T.S.I.D.E.U.P. check out http://www.myspace.com/eastsideupmusic.
Written by Tara Muldoon for HipHopCanada