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"If you go on Youtube and type in ‘Swag Surfin'' you'll see videos of people inside clubs going from side to side in a wavy motion, surfin,'" says 21 year-old rapper Mook, who helped pen the hit with fellow group members Myko McFly, 20 and Vee, 22. "We got bands, drill teams and college basketball teams playing it before they run out for their games. The Atlanta Hawks come out to ‘Swag Surfin'' now too. It's just a whole buzz we have that's building up."
After releasing "Swag Surfin'" in the late summer of 2008, the Fast Life Youngstaz melodic sing-song style started to burn like wildfire throughout the Southern United States. It didn't take long before Def Jam president L.A. Reid caught wind of the fresh new group and invited the guys to perform live for him in New York City. Although the guys had only been a group for close to two years, they were already performed numerous times in and around Atlanta.
"It was like six in the afternoon on January 20th of this year and our manager Prophet called us and he was like, ‘We're going to New York tonight,'" remembers Myko. "So we flew in that night and the next morning we got up, went shopping and then we did a showcase for L.A. Reid around three o'clock." "We actually performed the whole show that we do," adds Mook. "Once "Swag Surfin'" dropped that was it, we pretty much could have walked out of the office but we didn't. We made sure we gave L.A. Reid the best show he'd ever seen."
F.L.Y. signed their deal with Def Jam later that week. Since securing their spot on hip-hop's most revered label, they have been hard at work recording their debut album, Jamboree. "We pretty much work with a lot of new up and coming producers," says Mook. "We make feel good music because, you know, it's a recession and everybody's down but we're bringing the party back."
Jamboree is a spirited ride through the F.L.Y. guys' everyday life. Songs like "Across The Globe" let listeners in on what it's like to live life in the fast lane. "'Across the Globe' is for the ladies," says Vee. "It's pretty much telling that one girl that we've been meeting a lot of girls and going to a lot of different cities but when we come home, she's the only one that matters."
On the KE produced track "Bands," F.L.Y. play off the kinetic energy of collegiate halftime shows. "The beat itself sounds like you're in the band room at a HBCU football game," says Mook. "The title ‘Bands' actually has about three or four different meanings that we're playing off of in the song."
With a supreme sense of style, F.L.Y. are just as comfortable in the mall as they are in the studio. On "Mr. Lennox" Myko, Mook and Vee rap about their shopping exploits while simultaneously raising the fashion bar. "We're really trendsetters," says Vee. "We dress like we're about to play golf in Polo and Lacoste with a lot of bright colors. Whatever we do somebody else is going to dig it and do the same thing."
In an effort to quiet any would be skeptics, F.L.Y. recorded "Stop Hatin' ‘09" which details their road to success and their unique take on down-South hip-hop. "We're versatile," says Myko. "We can pretty much adapt to any style of music." "In a lot of our songs there's a lot of harmonizing and real melodic flows with different types of word play and metaphors," adds Mook. "We like to have fun on our songs. You're going to want to dance every time you hear a FLY record."
Armed with their debut album Jamboree, F.L.Y. are ready to take everyone who's listening on a ride. "I believe the rest of the country will catch on to the F.L.Y. movement because it's like a wave," says Vee. "And you don't want to be left out or you'll drown."
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