After experiencing some life changing events in 2011, the eclectic rap trio FlowCity hopes to return the favor to young people during their free concert at the Simon Circle Boys & Girls Club in Dover next Saturday. The outreach event is designed to create awareness for underage driving.
FlowCity loves the kids
FlowCity, rightfully named after the threesome’s ability to craft smooth lyrics and clever wordplay, is part of the movement in hip-hop that seeks to make being a lyricist cool again, as they shamelessly represent Delaware to the fullest. Through their beats that usually contain a laid back southern vibe with 808 bass drops, FlowCity, of Dover, will aim to inspire youths at the Boys & Girls Club to chase their dreams with their motivational dream-chasing tune “Musick.” Their music video for the track is slated to debut on YouTube this Saturday.
FlowCity rapper and singer Danielle “Brown Suga” Johnson, who was born in Smyrna, then moved to Dover when she turned 14, is stoked about inspiring young people at the show.
IF YOU GO
WHAT FlowCity concert
WHEN 11 a.m., Saturday, April 14
WHERE Simon Circle Boys & Girls Club, 375 Simon Circle, Dover
INFO bgclubs.org or call 678-5833
“One of my favorite performances that we could do is for kids,” said Johnson, 21, who rocks a mohawk and is the only lady in the group. “When you’re that young and so impressionable, you want them to look at something good and see something good. And I for one wish I could’ve gone to more performances and see people singing as a child. That would’ve been so awesome.”
The difference a year makes
Prior to May of 2011, Johnson and her FlowCity crew (complete with Dexter “Nino NoSay” Brown, 19, and Darien “Shorty Rock” Williams, 20) had never shared the stage with national artists.
That’s not the kind of stuff that happens to kids from a tiny state like Delaware, Johnson thought. Yet it came to pass when she and her fellow emcees, who are signed to a production deal with Living Proof Entertainment, were selected to open up for the 1,300-plus crowd at the KISS 101.7 Spring Jam, held at The Grand in Wilmington, that month.
The wide-eyed kids shared the stage with national recording artists such as Meek Mill, Lloyd Banks, Marsha Ambrosius, Miguel and Mindless Behavior.
“At first we thought we we’re going to get there and sort of be the outcasts,” Johnson said. “But it wasn’t like that at all. We got in there and Mindless Behavior was running around like little kids, playing tag in the theater before their sound check. They were teaching Shorty Rock how to dance.”
Page 2 of 2 - The crew tore the show down and allowed the momentum to carry them forward, Johnson said.
Following Spring Jam that same month, FlowCity shot their music video for their Delaware anthem song, “Hold It Down,” which has since gone viral on YouTube, generating more than 80,000 views, thanks to the buzz they received from their concert at Spring Jam, and loyal fans, Brown said.
Fast-forward to September of 2011. Due to the threesome’s connection with friend Bill Pettaway, a session guitarist for the super producer Timbaland, Pettaway was able to pull strings and arrange a meet-and-greet between the trio and producer at his studio in Virginia.
Having impressed Timbaland and his peers with their raw skill and work ethic, by November FlowCity was flown to the acclaimed Hit Factory studio in Florida to become more acquainted with the producer. The group also got the chance to network with other producers including Grammy Award-winner Jimmy Douglas, with whom they worked with at his studio in Florida.
While Williams said the visit was a great experience, his group left Florida empty handed, without a record deal, for reasons unknown. And this has made FlowCity more determined than ever to make it big.
“We’re still in the inner process of figuring out what they want from us and we want from them,” Williams said of record producers. “Once we get that, then it’s going to be ‘sky’s the limit.’”