ROSxRMG: The Dream Team Mentality [Article]
Toronto, ON – You may have seen them at a show in Toronto, opening for artists such as Juicy J, Machine Gun Kelly, Wale, and Waka Flocka, but if you haven’t heard of them, allow me to introduce you to ROSxRMG. ROS stands for Ride Out Squad and Remember Our Struggle, and RMG stands for Ride Out Music Group. The group consists of Loonie Blue, A-Cito, Jason Packs, De La Skrilla, and Cap G. The majority of the group is from Jane and Finch, but Loonie Blue is from Rexdale and Jason Packs is from VP. If I had to describe their music, I would personally say that it’s trap. The first track I ever heard from them was “Shamballa” by De La Skrilla and I remember thinking for a second, “Is this guy American?”. I’ve seen them at a couple shows and the entire team (or at least that’s the way it looked) was there, a unit that rolls deep and amps each other on some turnt up trap shit. Continue reading the rest after the jump.
Under their own (unincorporated) label RMG, these artists work as a team. In addition to their core team of artists, they have worked to build a movement that includes other skills and ventures such as videography, photography, production, engineering, athletic wear, and jewellery. Artists dream and scheme for a team of people that have specialty skills in different areas like this one, and should they get it, they generally expect (at least a lot of artists in Toronto expect) that this team be dedicated to them alone and put them before other initiatives. Unlike the mindset of those masses, ROSxRMG do more than just share resources, they work together to produce collaborative group projects as well as solo projects, putting all resources into one initiative and accepting that other members will have to sit on the back burner for a minute. In this way the group can be compared to groups such as Cash Money, The Lox and MMG where all projects are supported by the team and songs often include other members ideas, features, and even back up vocals.
ROSxRMG, May 2012
I think a lot of rappers feel that collaboration invalidates their ownership of the music, which you can definitely argue, but if you’re never open to other ideas and sounds, will your music ever grow or be the best that it could have been? In earlier times when the instrumentals to tracks were composed by musicians, collaboration was common and even necessary, and these are the times that many refer to as “the golden era(s)” of music. It’s refreshing to see a group of artists in Toronto that recognize the value of working with each other on a consistent basis. No jealously, no hidden agendas, just a desire to make things better and vibe off of eachothers creativity.
Personally, I am excited to see what the group puts out this summer and if their collaborative efforts gives them an edge with their music and other initiatives. The group is always releasing solo projects and they just signed a non-exclusive publishing deal, and are selling songs to third parties.
ROSxRMG, May 2012
For their latest material, visit Ride Out TV on YouTube. The latest release is “What You Need” by Jason Packs featuring Ar-Ab. Click the screenshot below to check it out.
Article written by @LeandraLeGendre for HipHopCanada