Too White Crew - Chicago's All Live Hip Hop Tribute Band

River City Times Article on Too White Crew

(we got a text copy of it so you don’t hafta try to read a crummy scan)

What inspired you to make music together?
In 2002, my former band was breaking up and since I was always a fan of old school hip hop, I started looking into how it could possibly be performed live, without tracks. When I researched it and found that no one anywhere had ever done it, I knew this thing had to happen. I eventually found the right mix of people that could drink famous amounts of alcohol every weekend. Oh and perform this music live.

What separates your band from all the other bands out there?
Here we are, almost nine years later, and we’re still the only band/show in the world doin’ what we do. That kinda warms our Hennessey.

What is your live show like?
It’s as much of a Vegas-type show as it is a band. We realized early on that our crowds can’t always “sing along” like they do with other bands, so we have to engage them on different levels. Visually…interactively…alcoholically.

What are your goals as a band?
To play bigger shows, to keep learning more old school jams and to keep us away from Hoops Pizza at 5am.

What are your musical influences?
Everyone in the band has wildly different musical influences, but everyone feels the love from all the great old school artists…and our occasional freestyle round tables outside our cars at the end of the night.

Where have you performed?
Pretty much all over the country. Unfortunately, we’re not living the van life so we have to miss out on a lot of opportunities in other markets and overseas offers like doing armed forces tours and going to China for a month. And that kinda blows.

What are some of your highlights as a band?
The Playboy Mansion fo’ sho. We pretty much got to do whatever we wanted there — except the Girls Next Door. But then again we never asked.

What is the hardest thing about being in a band for this genre?
When some rocket scientist gets the idea we’re clownin’ on hip hop or that we’re not actually performing everything live.

Where do you hope to be in 5 years with your band?
Still performing and not at Hoops Pizza at 5am.

What is most important to the band?
Making sure that our crowds get their money’s worth. Then we take that money to Hoops.

What is the latest news with the band?
Colt 45 just started sponsoring us so we’ve got all kinds of fly swag to throw out at our shows and free Colt to put in our beer bong. If only Boone’s Farm would get with the program now…

Do you have any upcoming shows?
This Saturday at Crusens on the Farm and it’s a biggun. Our newest Fly Girl, Vitamin V is making her first appearance ever in the 309…we’re flying in Big D. from Virginia to MC the booty shake contest, DJ McFly is spinning and KISS-FM is in the house. After party at Prime. Also, our riverfront show is set for July 16th. Ink that in your calendar right meow.

Any last words?
Yeah, we have our own app now! Just log on toowhitecrew.com from your mobile device and our website automatically turns into an app. You can save our TWC icon on your home screen too so that you can confuse us with The Weather Channel app.

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