Audio: Scooda Booda

April 11, 2007

GET THAT SCOODA BOODAAYERRRP GET THAT SCOODA BOODAAYERRRP! Seriously, we're no Poony Poon but that sounds like musical genius to us. Check our Gen F from Issue 42 on the young men behind the magic, Duece Tre Duece.

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Duece Tre Duece make club bangers with a fake ID

By Nick Barat

The morning after Duece Tre Duece’s performance at West Baltimore’s Woodlawn High School—a one song blast of their single “Hands Up, Thumbs Down”—the group’s MySpace profile was littered with new comments: “JuS StOpPn bY 2 dRoP sUm LOVE 4 YOU…!!!” in glittery, animated letters, “yall was rockin off friday at that western party thas whassup,” and at least thirty more swooning, creatively-spelled missives from the creatively-spelled group’s teenaged and overwhelmingly female fanbase. “Hands Up” is one of a few club-tempo tracks to infiltrate regular rotation on local station 92Q in recent months, yet the song’s real appeal lies as much in its enormous electro drumline as in Duece Tre Duece’s babyfaced charm. Imagine the opening scene from A Hard Day’s Night as filmed on the set of The Wire, and think on the possibility that Baltimore Club’s newest ambassadors might just be three kids not even old enough to pop bottles themselves.

To hear Divine (17), Sincere (16), and Kameechi (16) tell it, Duece Tre Duece wasn’t even born in Bmore, but three hours north in Queens, New York. The brothers moved at a young age (“[Baltimore] is the place that feels most like home to us,” says Sincere), but brought a distinct outer-borough energy with them, having grown up idolizing hyper hometown favorites like Onyx. A few months ago they got their demo into the hands of 92Q personality Squirrel Wide, and he passed it along to his co-host DJ K-Swift, who quickly signed the group to her Next Level imprint and gave them a crash course in club music. “We weren’t even all that familiar [with club music],” Divine says. “K-Swift took us to Choices, and we got to see what it was really about.” Days later, Duece Tre Duece were in the studio with upstart club producer Blaq Starr, laying new vocals to his already popular “Hands Up, Thumbs Down”—a near-perfect track that’s just three notes riffing monstrously over an addictive, chirped kiddy hook of Hands up, thumbs down, represent that d-town.

Other tracks in the Duece Tre Duece repertoire include “Sweat It Off,” an ode to “shorties tryna shake it” made with video game music and a near drum & bass kick/snare pattern, and the sweet “Love n’ Like,” which stuffs the spirit of doo-wop into an oversized fitted cap. In fact, they’ve even recorded a song just about hats (“Fitted”), and in between boasting about how no one has ever made a track like that before, the brothers will tell of wanting to work with Chris Brown and Bow Wow. But before they angle to get on the next the Scream tour, there are lipglossed shrieks to be had at high school shows in Charm City, the rest of Maryland and hopefully beyond. “‘D-town’ stands for ‘downtown,’” says Sincere. “And every city has a downtown.”

Posted: April 11, 2007
Audio: Scooda Booda