Gangin’: SOBxRBE Album Review
By Makayla Gillis
With numerous hip-hop groups taking over the Bay Area, the up and coming group, SOBxRBE is quietly taking over the world.
The group SOBxRBE, which stands for “Strictly Only Brothers,” and “Real Boy Entertainment,” met and formed in North Vallejo. Vallejo is a small city but rich in hip hop tradition.
It all started when Yhung TO and Daboii created beats on their Playstation and rapped into their phones. They both invited their close friends to join, Slimmy B and Lul G soon after the group was formed.
Each member of the group has their own original sound. Daboii and Slimmy B are reckless and rowdy, Lul G is playful and hardcore at the same time, and TO balances the music with his smooth and fluid tone. With all of their voices combined, it makes for an enjoyable listening experience. The group members have different personalities behind the music. Even though Daboii is somewhat out of control on the tracks, he is actually very quiet. TO is laid back but also has very bad anxiety and does not like being around big groups of people. Lul G is the “joker” of the crew, and Slimmy B keeps the group together with his charming and good-natured attitude.
The group is very similar to the 1988 group out of Los Angeles, N.W.A. Both of the groups make (made) music about their environment and daily struggles everyone, including themselves,faces.
SOBxRBE faces hardships inside and outside of music. There has been a lot of trouble with the other rappers from the Bay Area, and with recent losses of close friends and family members, it has really made a huge impact on their music.
Their catchy lyrics and strong beats have caught the attention of many. They first started gaining fans in the Bay Area with their hit record “Anti.” Soon after the group blew up. Other records such as “Lane Changing,” “Calvin Cambridge,” and “Cautious,” came along, which their fans enjoyed. They are heavily influenced by Mac Dre, and E-40 (another Vallejo rapper).
The group has been catching the attention of very big names in the industry. They have been on tour with Sage the Gemini, Cuban Doll, Post Malone, and 21 Savage.
The members have also been working solo projects as well. TO recently put out “Before the Fame,” and “Legendary Gangland,” and Daboii released his mixtape, “Young Wild N**,” in 2017.
The group has been very busy with selling out shows in and outside of california.
Their song “Paramedic,” has been reported to have been used in the Black Panther soundtrack. The opening soon the album, “Carpoolin,” samples “Silent Morning” by Noel. The album was released 2018, with 15 songs.
Their concerts are very well attended, often packed with people wall to wall. There is no age limit, so people of all ages are able to attend. Fans are constantly recording with their phones or rapping with the song. The group sometimes brings fans up on the stage, or has another artist perform one of their songs, making the fans go wild. The tickets usually cost around $35.
Freshman Mia Gillis says likes their music but they all sound alike too her.
“I really like their music,” Gillis said. “My favorite song is ‘Carpoolin’ because it’s very catchy and I like the lyrics. My favorite is Slimmy B because I can relate to a lot of his lyrics.”
It is no secret that the group basically repeats their messages in their music, but it’s what makes the group standout.
Novato High sophomore Emily Sanchez gave her opinion on the group.
"I listened to the song ‘On Me’. I liked the beat and how the song kept a nice rhythm. I noticed that the main verse was ‘On Me’ and the artist used words that rhyme with that verse to keep the music clean and soft. Overall, the song was upbeat and very interesting,” Sanchez said.
Not only is the group gaining popularity, but other local artists like Mozzy, YBN Nahmir, and Nef the Pharaoh have been putting out new hot music over the recent months. Soon the Bay Area rappers will dominate hip-hop music, as SOBxRBE has already been doing at a high level.