EarthGang (stylized EARTHGANG) is an American hip hop duo from Atlanta, Georgia, composed of Atlanta-based rappers Olu (aka Johnny Venus) and WowGr8 (aka Doctur Dot). They are co-founders of the musical collective Spillage Village, with J.I.D, Hollywood JB, JordxnBryant, 6LACK, and Mereba.
|Origin||Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.|
Formed in 2008, EarthGang released their first EP, The Better Party, in 2010. This was followed by several singles and two mixtapes, Mad Men and Good News in 2011. In 2013, the duo released their debut album Shallow Graves For Toys and was largely well-received, with Noisey calling it "one of the most well thought-out releases of the year" and praising the album's "playful delivery and biting lyricism." Their sophomore album, Strays With Rabies was released positive reviews and critical acclaim in 2015. After signing to J. Cole's Dreamville Records, EarthGang released a trilogy of EP's: Rags, Robots, and Royalty, leading up to their third album, Mirrorland.
The rap duo EarthGang was first formed in 2008 by Johnny Venus and Doctur Dot, then both high school students in Atlanta, Georgia. According to Johnny Venus, they had first met on a field trip in 9th grade at Benjamin Elijah Mays High School, with Venus later approaching Doctur Dot to ask about forming a music group. Avid fans of rap and hip hop, both members had grown up listening to artists as diverse as the Ohio Players, Dizzy Gillespie, Madonna, and Richard Pryor. About their name EarthGang, Venus explained in 2011 that "The name came to me abruptly one day. It represents what we're made of and why we do what we do. It's for the people by the people. Our music is influenced by the conscious and subconscious, and we create it to influence the like."
2010–13: Early releasesEdit
On January 26, 2010 the group released its first EP, the mixtape titled The Better Party. Their first full-length recording project, they recorded in a multitude of studio spaces, which, according to Venus, included "dorm rooms at Hampton University, closets in Atlanta, a house studio owned by 'Mr. Fish' (a fellow underground Atlanta musician), and finally in Hampton University's Music Recording Technology Jazz studio." The EP was mixed and mastered by EarthGang, with help from Jack Swain. Also in 2010, they began touring in the United States, performing at festivals such as the A3C Festival in Atlanta. They released periodic singles as well, and in November 2010 they debuted the song "Miss the Show." In early 2011 they taped and released a music video for "Kick'n It," a track first included on The Better Party. Soon afterwards they released the single "Opium," which they would later film a music video for. The group self-released two albums in 2011: Mad Men in April, and Good News in December.
They released their track "The F Bomb" on June 4, 2012. The song would later be included on a 2014 album and was made into a music video. "Machete," a single produced by 808 Mafia, was self-released by EarthGang on February 10, 2013, shortly before the release of their music video for their 2012 single "Fire Kicking Tree Limbs." In March 2013 the group released "UFOs," a slow single over nine minutes long. According to a review in Pigeons and Planes, "Sexual, contemplative, sprawling, and slow, EarthGang‘s 'UFOs' veers far left from the duo’s last music expedition 'Machete' and hews a bit closer to the earthy soul that typified so much mid-90s Dungeon Family output." They again performed at the A3C Festival in early 2013, also opening for Black Fest at Stanford University.
2013–16: Shallow Graves For Toys and Strays With RabiesEdit
On July 8, 2013, EarthGang released their album Shallow Graves For Toys on the imprint Spillage Village. The album includes several singles released earlier, such as "The F Bomb," "UFOs," and "Machete." "The F Bomb" was produced by Hollywood JB of Spillage Village. The album was re-released on iTunes in the summer of 2014. In response to Shallow Graves For Toys, in 2014, Noisey called EarthGang "an engaging, clever rap duo," praising the album's "playful delivery and biting lyricism" and calling it "one of the most well thought-out releases of the year." Since the album, EarthGang has released several official music videos from the album. In the summer of 2014, the video for "The F Bomb" was released. On September 20, 2014 EarthGang began supporting a 40 date tour with their collaborator Ab-Soul, a member of Top Dawg Entertainment.
On February 26, 2015, EarthGang released a 7 track EP called Torba with track titles for each day of the week. The EP included features from Mac Miller, OG Maco, and JordxnBryant, with production from Childish Major, Shine, Zeroh, Hollywood JB, and more. On July 6, Spillage Village released their second collaboration project Bears Like This Too. On November 6, 2015 EarthGang released their second album, entitled Strays with Rabies. The album includes features and cuts from J.I.D, DJ Khalil, DrewsThatDuDe, Ducko McFli, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Richie Quake, SykSense. They were also one of the featuring artists on Mac Miller's GO:OD AM tour. EarthGang has stated they as well contributed to the production of the album. On June 3, 2016 the duo would join Dreamville Record's Bas on his nationwide Too High To Riot Tour. The tour would later be reprised in Europe on November 13. On December 2, 2016, Spillage Village released Bears Like This Too Much with features from J. Cole and Bas, and production from Mac Miller, Ducko Mcfli, Childish Major and J. Cole among others.
2017–present: Rags, Robots, Royalty, and MirrorlandEdit
On August 31, 2017, rapper J. Cole's imprint Dreamville Records announced the signing of the duo and they released their Dreamville debut project the following day, the first extended play from their trilogy titled Rags. The project features guest appearances from DC Young Fly, Childish Major, Mick Jenkins, and fellow Spilage Village member and Dreamville artist J.I.D. Their second EP in the trilogy Robots was released on October 20, with SiR as a guest feature. The third was released on February 23, 2018, named Royalty, with features coming from Ari Lennox and Mereba. In 2017 and 2018, EarthGang co-headlined in the North American and European Never Had Shit Tour with J.I.D, and guests Lute, Chaz French, and Mereba. A year after serving as the opening act on the European leg of J. Cole's 4 Your Eyez Only World Tour, EarthGang were also the supporting act on 36 shows of the North American KOD Tour in 2018.
On September 4, 2018, EarthGang premiered the song "Up" on the Berlin platform Colors Studio. In a Reddit post, the duo announced that their forthcoming third album Mirrorland would be released in February 2019. On September 21, they released a single titled "Stuck" featuring Arin Ray. In January 2019, the duo announced that they will be a supporting act for Smino on the Hoopti Tour. On February 5, 2019, they released the second single "Proud of U" featuring Young Thug. On July 5th, 2019, Dreamville Records released their 3rd collaborative album, Revenge of the Dreamers III. Earthgang contributed to the songs “Down Bad,” “Swivel,” “Wells Fargo,” ”1993,” and “Sacrifices” on the album.
Incorporating Southern hip hop and genres such as funk and soul music, EarthGang has drawn comparisons to groups such as Outkast, Dungeon Family and The Pharcyde, among other artists. Stated the duo in early 2011, "When we create, our goal is to set the listener in a mood for each track... the style is all a part of the execution. You'll hear who we are, where we're from, and what sounds we like through our music. We pay attention to details."
|Shallow Graves for Toys||
|Strays with Rabies||
|The Better Party||
|Title||Details||Peak chart positions|
|Bears Like This
(with Spillage Village)
|Bears Like This Too
(with Spillage Village)
|Bears Like This Too Much
(with Spillage Village)
|Revenge of the Dreamers III
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
|"The F Bomb"||2014||Shallow Graves For Toys|
(featuring Marian Mereba)
|2015||Strays With Rabbies|
|"Momma Told Me"|
|"Nothing but the Best"
(featuring Ari Lennox)
(featuring Arin Ray)
|"Proud of U"
(featuring Young Thug)
As featured artistEdit
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
|"Can't Call It"
(Spillage Village featuring EarthGang, J.I.D, J. Cole & Bas)
|2016||—||—||—||—||—||Bears Like This Too Much|
(J.I.D featuring EarthGang)
|2017||—||—||—||—||—||The Never Story|
(Spillage Village featuring EarthGang)
|—||—||—||—||—||Bears Like This Too Much|
(Samm Henshaw featuring EarthGang)
|"Hope You're Happy"
(Emeryld featuring EarthGang)
(Dreamville featuring JID, Bas, J. Cole, EarthGang & Young Nudy)
|64||30||24||93||10||Revenge of the Dreamers III|
|"Purple Paradise"||2012||J.I.D, Stillz||Route of Evil|
|"Rolling Stoner"||2013||Mereba, J.I.D||Room For Living Remixes|
|"LeHooligans"||2015||J.I.D, OG Maco||DiCaprio|
|"Anarchy"||2016||Jarren Benton||Slow Motion, Vol. 2|
|"Premonition"||2017||Lute, Cam O'bi||West1996 pt. 2|
|"New Malcolm X"||2018||Sy Ari Da Kid, J.I.D||Better Safe Than Sy Ari|
|"Big Titties"||2019||Rico Nasty, Kenny Beats, Baauer||Anger Management|
|"Wells Fargo (Interlude)"||JID, Buddy, Guapdad 4000||Revenge of the Dreamers III|
|"1993"||Buddy, Smino, Cozz, JID, J. Cole|
|"Sacrifices"||J. Cole, Smino & Saba|
|"Jollof Rice"||Bas||Spilled Milk 1|
- Never Had Shit Tour (with J.I.D) (2017–18)
- What On Earth Tour (2019)
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