The Local 913: BB Guns
The hip-hop/rock duo BB Guns is made up of featured MC Bars Blackman and vocalist Lazy JP, who met while they were in high school.
According to JP: “We actually went to same elementary school. [Barz] was a year lower than me. We knew each other, we were cool and on good terms, but we were just in different circles being in different grades. But afterwards, I knew that he rapped and I was getting into hip-hop. I wanted to get more into it and knew he already [was], so we just hit it off.”
JP expanded on the challenge of combining rock and hip-hop.
“The relationships that rock and hip-hop have are not always known as critically the best things. Even though I still like that stuff, your Sublimes and your Linkin Parks. [That] stuff that doesn’t age quite as well, but [it] has merit in what they’re putting in there and the eclectic-ness of it.
We wanted to do it in more critical, indie way. A lot of rap-rock collaborations come off as cheesey. Gorillaz is a big inspiration. That approach of balancing things was a big guide-post for us”
BB Guns new release Thirst is out now. More information at their Facebook.
Photo by Cory Pitkavish
Listen to the whole conversation with Lazy JP at The Local 913 Podcast