New Hip Hop group The Hated Crew prepares to drop hard-hitting new single ‘Body Bags’
LAS VEGAS, NV – A collective of rap aficionados from all over the U.S. have come together to create a group that is redefining the essence of Hip Hop. Calling themselves The Hated Crew, these artists from the West and East Coasts are infusing the old techniques that have been lost with the soul of music that used to exist, and combining that with progressive new sounds that are truly original. The result is a sound unlike any other.
Leading the charge is Dan “DJ Zig Zag” Baker. Born in the Philippines and raised in the mean streets of Chicago, Baker made a name for himself as a popular radio DJ in Denver, Colorado, before moving to Las Vegas where he has become a mainstay on the music scene. Over the years, he’s had the opportunity to work with some big names in Hip Hop such as Bone Thugs N Harmony. About five years ago, he worked with some other artists from around the country to create the original Hated Crew. But as they gained notoriety and saw increasing success, Zig Zag said egos started to get out of control.
“One of the things I appreciated the most about Bone Thugs N Harmony was how humble they were even after making it so big,” Zig Zag said. “They showed me how to do it right. But some of those guys in that first crew started acting like they were bigger than the fans. I decided I had to do a mulligan and do it all over again. I couldn’t do that crap. I had to search for some realism and through that hunt, I met some people and things finally clicked.”
The group just finished their first album, “The Watchers” and the debut single, “Body Bags,” is set to drop on Sept. 13. It’s a song that Zig Zag said serves as a statement to the world that they are here to make a major impact on the music industry and “murder the rap scene with good lyrics.”
“Right now, we are focusing on club bangers and hype music,” Zig Zag said of the new album. “I like the eye-opening and eye-wakening type of music. We have a few tracks coming up that will be more West Coast, though. And we don’t just hit one style. We have a reputation to be diverse and have a lot of different sounds. And there’s some amazing talent in this group. I really feel out beat-maker out of Tennessee – Hella Beats – is making classics, and he’s only 19 years old.”
Other members of the group include 22-year-old Vegas-based artist Golden The Prophet, 24-year-old rapper KG $ THC, Atlanta-based artist JDOTBRWN, Denver rapper Mr. Xile, and Los Angeles artists Cru$HH, SB The QB and Tax Free. There’s also the Stoner High Girls – a sisterhood of models from across the U.S. and internationally who bring attention to the medical benefits of marijuana. The models do a lot of charity work as well and are a key part of the brand of The Hated Crew.
Golden The Prophet is self-described as a “true, raw style” that makes fans feel his high-intensity lyricism and uses cultural references to make connections with his listeners. KG $ THC is close friends with Golden The Prophet and has worked with him on projects before. Tax Free is a fusion of West Coast meets East Coast with a combination of influences from South Central Los Angeles and South Bronx in New York.
“The Watchers” is slated to drop in October while the debut single “Body Bags” is currently available across all streaming platforms.
To listen to The Hated Crew’s music or to follow them on social media, please visit:
“Boss On ‘Em”
“Vip Where I Go”
“I Just Might”