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Thursday, March 13 • 11:45pm - Friday, March 14 •12:15am

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Nobody said succeeding in the rap industry is easy, but twin brothers Sandman and Lowkey are ready for the challenge. Together known as the group SouthBound, they released their first underground mixtape "The Come Up" with DJ Rapid Ric in mid-2006, and it quickly began making waves for the up-and-coming duo. For 2 years, SouthBound struggled to find stable management, recording studios, and financial backing for a full album. After going through many setbacks, the frustration was beginning to be too much, until one day they were called to do a live radio interview. That's when they met Tyrone "Bone" Jones, a local radio DJ, who was about to start his own record label and was looking for artists. Their first project, The Come Up Mixtape, was completed in late 2005 under 2 Da Bone Records, and released the next year. They began a street campaign, handing out free copies of the mixtape all over the city, from downtown Sixth Street to the Eastside and back to the Southside neighborhoods. They then began to travel to events in other Texas cities to spread the mixtapes, as well as selling copies online all over the world. To date, the two claim they have handed out more than 5,000 mixtapes all over the state of Texas, and sold many more worldwide through the internet. Although it's not the best money-making tactic, the street campaign has given them a solid fanbase of supporters. The group performed at the 2006 SXSW festival alongside Houston rap artist Trae, Austin artist Ryno, and many other talented Hip Hop acts. As 2007 comes to a close, the group is hard at work on their first full-length debut album, which will be titled "Vice Verses". With a solid fanbase to please, and much more fans to obtain in the future, they consider this as the most important project of their career. The anticipation continues to grow with no release date set yet, but time will only tell whether it will live up to the high expectations many have already given the album.

Thursday March 13, 2008 11:45pm - Friday March 14, 2008 12:15am
Fuze 505 Neches St

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