Bay Area Hip Hop collective SOB X RBE are revealed as the first of four covers The FADER is releasing for their new “Summer Music” issue. The FADER’s Ben Dandridge-Lemco visits these young legends out of Vallejo right before they went on tour with Post Malone and 21 Savage, and speak about their rise from regional fame to buzzing rap group on the verge of mainstream stardom following multiple hit tracks and a collaboration with Kendrick Lamar for the Black Panther soundtrack. They also discuss their solo careers, individual challenges and struggles, and their loyalty to SOB X RBE and each other.
Peep the cover story here, and excerpts below.
T.O. on releasing tracks as one collective, SOB X RBE:
We just put one name on it so no matter who song it was, they was gon listen to it. As long as it got that name on it, we all got the same audience, the same fans, we all gon do the same numbers, theyre gon learn about us all as one.
Slimmy on why the group only released songs as music videos in the beginning:
We gotta let them see what we doing, who we is, so niggas wont be confused when were dropping songs cause theres hella people in the group. The videos really brought us to life.
T.O. on how the groups most popular song Different was almost never released:
At the time, that beat was something different than we ever did before. When its something that he dont usually do, he [Daboii] be thinking its weak. He didnt wanna fuck up my grandmas house, and I didnt care, so I grabbed that nigga and pinned him on the couch like, We gon shoot this video! Now hes thankful that I slammed him on that couch cause that video went up.
T.O. on their loyalty to SOB X RBE:
We were all solo artists originally, so I feel like everybodys gonna take their own route as their careers go and get noticed for what they wanna be known for, and together as SOB X RBE, we can do that. At the end of the day, even if we stopped rapping, its still gonna be SOB X RBE cause we all family. My mom is they mom and vice versa. We always gon come back and be SOB X RBE.