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Submitted PhotoHip-hop group 2 Real 4 da Mind, of Boulder
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Editor’s note: Hip-hop group 2 Real 4 da Mind, of Boulder, is one of three acts to perform at the Zach Schwartz Benefit Concert from 7-11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3 at Coal Ridge High School in Peach Valley. Cost is $10 for the benefit concert and silent auction that supports a scholarship fund in Zach’s name. Country band Cowboy Attitude and rock band The Missing Links join 2 Real 4 da Mind for the all-ages show. City/hometown: BoulderType of music: Hip-hopMembers’ names: K-OSS (Jimmy Macias), Siklone (Anthony Romero) and DJ K.B. (Kenny Brown)How did you come up with the group’s name? We felt our music spoke on real issues around the world. Our original name was 2 Real but we found that a German singer already had that name so we extended it to 2 Real 4 da Mind.What message do your songs communicate to listeners? Well, a lot of our songs speak of world issues like poverty, privilege, violence, disease and love. We also have a lot of party tracks.What’s the most challenging aspect of being a hip-hop group in Colorado? No respect! Most hip-hop fans in Colorado won’t give you the time of day if you don’t have a national name.Ever been heckled? Not really. We have been accused of lip synching at a live show but we just took it as a compliment.Ever break a city or neighborhood noise ordinance? NopeBiggest influences: Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Nas, Blackalicious, Lyrics Born, 2 PacIf you play any covers, what’s the group’s favorite? No coversWhich three rappers or DJs, living or dead, would you rhyme with if you could? Can’t really put it down to three it’s a tie between Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Nas, Blackalicious, Lyrics Born, and 2 Pac.Ever been confused for another hip-hop group? Not to our knowledgeMost memorable moment in your career so far: Playing at the Palms Hotel in Las VegasIf the group had a candy bar named for it, what would it be called? 2Good

Hip-hop movie: K-OSS: “Tupac Resurrection,” Siklone: “Beef,” and DJKB: “Krush Groove”Place to play in Colorado: K-OSS and Siklone: Boulder; DJKB: LoDoFood: K-OSS: Enchiladas, Siklone: White Chocolate Kit Kats, DJKB: FishFormer member of NWA: K-OSS: Ice Cube, Siklone: Dr. Dre, DJKB: Eric “Easy-E” WrightSouth Park character: CartmanNFL team: BroncosNBA player: K-OSS and Siklone: Earl Boykins; DJKB: Allan IversonMichael Jackson song: K-OSS: “Thriller,” Siklone: “Smooth Criminal,” and DJKB: “Off the Wall”TV show: K-OSS: “Sponge Bob,” Siklone: Too many, and DJKB: “Miami CSI”


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