Playaz Circle, the Atlanta-based hip-hop duo comprised of Tity Boi and Dolla Boy, broke through with their catchy single 'Duffle Bag Boy.' The song, off the duo's 2007 debut, 'Supply & Demand,' features Lil Wayne on the hook and was such a monster hit that the duo might be known better as the Duffle Bag Boys.
The Boombox sat down with Tity and Dolla Boy at Red Carpet Lanes during Ludacris' Luda Day Weekend Celebrity Game Night to discuss their connection to Luda's Disturbing tha Peace (DTP) collective, thoughts about the digital era in music and their new album, 'Flight 360: The Takeoff,' which is in stores now.
Tity calls 'Flight: 360' a "very conceptual album." The "flight" in the album title represents the duo's takeoff after the popularity of 'Duffle Bag Boy' ... and for them being fly, of course. The album's first single 'Can't Remember' features R&B crooner Bobby Valentino, while one-half of Gnarls Barkley and former Goodie Mob member Cee-Lo also makes an appearance on a track they anticipate will hit hard with a wide variety of audiences.
'Flight: 360' is being released via Luda's DTP label. The two have a long-term history. "We basically grew up in the same neighborhood, College Park, Ga." Dolla says of Playaz Circle's connection to multi-platinum and Grammy winning artist and actor. "That's our roots. That's where we came from. We were friends from day one. We basically came out at the same time." Though both Playaz Circle and Luda began their music career at the same time, their careers did not follow the same road. After serving time behind bars, Dolla now feels lucky to be on the same path.
So what's next for Playaz Circle? "We are in the process of negotiating our own label, Duffle Bag Boyz," Dolla reveals. "We have solo albums coming out, as well as the Duffle Bag Boys album, 'Baggage Claim,' slated to drop early next year."
Before letting the two playaz play on, the Boombox asked for their perspective on the shift from CD sales to digital downloads and Internet file sharing. "The Internet has both helped and hurt in certain ways," says Tity. "We are right in the middle of the transition. It's an age where people can get information so quick, especially if they really want it. Soulja Boy used it to get fans and capitalize off it and that was a pro. Each day, though, is an argument about what the Internet really does for an artist. Does it really help or does it hurt? One incident on the Internet cannot only ruin your rap career, it can ruin your whole life, especially if its some sucka sh--."