Eight Ball Family
What started out as an entrepreneurial idea to form an art and music company by Lucky Starz and his cousin C-Man, has now evolved into a collective of talented rap artists and an independent music production company. They're known as E.B.F. These six men, all of which have different backgrounds, and different experiences, that makes the formula for their music almost second nature. It was clear right away they were aware of their own individual gifts. As Hip Hop evolved, so did the group. Making sure that no music integrity was lost, E.B.F. took advantage of their individual resources and harnessed a movement in the Fort Lauderdale area which has not yet been tapped by the music industry. With catchy hooks, rich melodies, and reality based songs that everyone can relate to, Eight Ball Family has the ability to bring to life a soundtrack for what Broward County and the South Florida area has to offer....
Legendary - Head Producer of Black Kabnet Prouctions, writer
If there has been any evidence of musical gifts permeating from the streets of Broward County, its coming from a young man with a name that defines his music as timeless and addictive. Word on the streets is that “Legendary” is setting a new standard in the development of music production and writing. “Music has always been a part of my being. It literally defines who I am.” says the Haitian-born American.
Originally from Dade County, Florida, Legend was always involved in Hip Hop in some form or another since his adolescence. “Hip Hop at that time was not as popular as it is today. Especially in Florida. Most people thought it was just a fad.” This unique form of music started a buzz for reporting the ups and downs of the inner-city streets even though rock and roll, and “pop-music” still dominated the airwaves. Ironically, those “pop” songs is what inspired him to take this rhythmic form of expression to a whole new level. Some friends and family would say that if it wasn‘t for Barry White, Doobie Brothers, Stevie Wonder, Bee-Gees, Heatwave, Michael Jackson, and even the Carpenters (plus many others), none of this music that we’re hearing from him today would never exist. “I will never forget when hearing that song The Message for the first time.” The producer explains. “I remember hearing how the track was unrelenting, thunderous, angry, futuristic, yet you can hear how the Grandmaster controls it painting the words of a troubling society to a soundtrack which defines it. I just got to be a part of this musical poetry.” Of course, he followed up on his promise. After working long hours at a local fast food restaurant, Legend purchased his first drum machine. “I bought a DR-200. One of the first drum machines ever made by Dr. Beat. It had no sequencer, nor did it quantize any of the beats, so you can imagine how frustrating it was for me when timing and rhythm of beats would be completely off.” His work caught some attention from the local neighborhood wannabe, but most clients would ask him to create beats that would be closely similar to the rap music that was popular at that time. “Most artists I’ve encountered who wanted to become rap stars had no sense of unique creativity“. says the producer. “They all wanted to play it safe and followed the trends that the industry was promoting.”
Legendary’s tracks was ahead of its time. With its rich blend of melodic violins, climactic piano accents, and strong bass-lines, his music was often times considered too cinematic or even labeled “not fun” because of its layered arrangements, sophistication and it evokes emotion. This was considered taboo at the time since rappers then just wanted to rhyme and not rap in which he explains the difference. “Rhyming is just saying a bunch of words on beat that rhyme with each other. Rapping, is where you believe in what you’re saying, you have strong conviction in what you’re saying, and even if it IS a fun song, the listener will believe you too.“
As Hip Hop evolved, so has his talent, but circumstances and some decisions he made over the years (not relating to music), had really put his impending destiny for stardom on hold. Although part of the hold up was consisted of being a father, it never deterred him from his other true calling of pursuing his music career. Upgrading to purchasing a Roland 303 drum machine, Legend was beginning to see that Hip Hop, especially in the down south area, needed new breath. To do that, he had to network. Older, wiser, and more determined, he comprised a series of beats in the very early years of 1990’s which can be compared to similar tracks from today’s top producers who were probably still in high school.
Fate would have it that Legend would interact with a group of individual artists with an unprecedented ability of making ground breaking lyrics, hooks, voice controlled delivery, and focused performance. Time and trust allowed this group to form a name for themselves called Eight Ball Family. Encouraged by their loyalty and impressed by their individuality, Legend took the plunge to form his own production company called “Black Kabnet Productions.” Continuing his pursuit for creating the perfect beat, his craft has evolved and its catching the attention of a huge following in the Broward County area. Although Legend has done projects for various local R&B and gospel artists, Hip Hop has always been his main focus of music “Eight Ball Family understands me.” he says. “They don’t question my method. They just simply know that whatever they’re going to say or sing on one my of tracks, people are going to listen to them, because we all know nowadays most audiences don’t really listen to lyrics anymore anyways. It’s almost as if these guys already know that I couldn’t explain my own method to them even if I tried, but they welcome it, these poets take full advantage of it, and they always seem to know just what to do with these beats.
It’s quite obvious that Legend is unique if not different. His unabashed style of beats and production has many listeners salivating for more. Almost every track he creates bears his signature sound as if you can hear the track itself communicating to you. The Hip Hop community continues to evolve, but at some point, the music itself is starting to implode. Legendary has never considered himself as a messiah to save us all, nor is he looking for any accolades. His name and his music speaks for itself.
The only member of E.B.F. coming from N.Y. Born in Queens and raised on Long Island, Savage perfected his craft with childhood friend D. Simmons (a.k.a Kabanga Savage). They formed a group called Partners In Rhyme, later adding a third member that never really worked out the two decided to part ways and add another chapter to their story by getting a new producer and forming Dreaded Savagz. As time went by music wasn't happening fast enough so the pair again parted ways this time with each other. Seeking a safer place to raise his son Savage Headed south to Baltimore while Banga stayed in the streets of N.Y. They kept in touch but it wasn't the same so they started doing their thing separately keeping the group concept in mind in mind, they both wrote songs with verses for one another waiting for the day they re unite. unfortunately that never happened. Banga got caught up and is now serving a lengthy sentence. Meanwhile Fu continued to head south searching for a better life, that landed him in Ft. Lauderdale FL. Almost ready to give up the dream they both shared, Fu found a new group of southern cats to run with, although it almost didn't work out there either Fu built his own studio and kept persisting to make all of his and Banga's dreams come true, now rollin wit Eight Ball Family it looks like it's finally going to happen. Fu's northern style of rap complements the rest of the camp perfectly and makes the blend of the music fit so right
Growing up in Broward county, representing Parkway as his stomping
grounds, Lucky Starz was introduced into the music scene in his mid teens.
Starting out as a hype man for a neighborhood associate, they preformed
in numerous venues together. from clubs up in Boca Raton, Fl. all the way down to
Miami, as well as high school event and opening up for different major rap
artist and celebrity birthday parties. This gave him a peek of what the music life had to offer. Taking initiative to rub elbows wit
some of the rap game's major players at the time. Over time starz would
find himself outgrowing being in someone else's shadow, Lucky began
another venture as part of another up and coming entertainment company thru a invite from a mutual friend. What went from an improv introduction turned into a invite to become one of the feature artist
next up for album release on the roster. But after about a year or so
with empty promises on the table and no progress made, Starz and 3 other members decided to leave the group to start their own. "Coalition" (Dolla Bill, Fubar
Savage and Legend) a group of solo artist determined to scratch the surface
of the Broward county music scene. During the early stages of the group
C-Man gave Starz news that he was joining the army to pay for himself to go back to art school. After numerous attempts to stop C-Man from joining he enlisted with
plans of finishing school and getting funds to start Eightball Productions. Starz spoke with C-Man about fusing the company they began as art design with their musical lifestyles creating Eightball family. The Eightball part of Eightball family comes from the number 8 itself an its appearance in the lives of C-Man and Starz from b day's, house and street numbers even
year of graduation. The number 8 has always seem to follow them both
even to this date the 8 pops up. The family part is the group itself and the bond between the members in it.
Before C-Man left for basic training Starz approached him with his first
pick for E.B.F. a dude Starz called Propain because of his explosiveness
on tracks. Reppin 56th ave in lauderhill fl, Propain had somebody in mind with the same hunger for the music game. his hommie Bo from 31st ave, Starz started callin him Outlaw for his pure aggression on the Mic. After hearing the
two flow at the same time they all decided that they complement each
other enough to make a solid group forming the Black Jax.
Once Starz got them in the studio the chemistry between the Black Jax and Coalition was good leading them all to their first performance together at Island Mecca, a local nitespot in Oakland park fl. After an encore performance that night and conversation following led to a merger between Coalition and E.B.F. to avoid confusion with numerous names since the merge E.B.F. has completed their first project
"Mean Face Music" releasing summer 06.
Only five foot ten, two hundred pounds Dolla Bill's personality without a doubt over shadows his stature.
Born and raised in one of Broward County’s most notorious neighborhoods, the grave yard
section of Sun land Park. Known for it’s ramped drug sales and wild west type shoot outs,
this bright eyed kid learned at an early age that life is truly hard for the ghetto youth.
Seeing both parents succumb to the ever present saturation of crack cocaine and being forced to be raised by his grandparents, this now twenty five year old young man looks back at his short
life as a blessing. “My experiences and grandparents gave me the strength and morals to always
fight for my pride and respect without fear” so now with his strong leadership and long time
affiliation with the Eight Ball Family, this artist who began writing poems and rhymes in 1994 and most recently blessing the booth in 2000-2001, proves that with his
up front and aggressive style he is poised and destined with the help of his clique to put Ft. Lauderdale on the hip hop map, by hoisting the city on his shoulders and holding it up for a very long time.
Propain is from the island of Dominica in the West Indies. He moved to South Florida in 1994 and was raised in Lauderhill also known as Deep Side by the residents that live in this small city. In 1995, Propain met Lucky Starz in high school where a friendship developed that would eventually lead them into a group called Eightball Family. In 1997, Propain had also developed a friendship with Outlaw. After high school, Propain and Outlaw realized there was a gift they shared. They started writing their stories in a notebook, free styling to beats and creating songs that spoke for themselves and BLACK JAX as formed. In 2002, Black Jax collaborated with Coalition, that included F.U.B.A.R. Savage, Legendary, Dolla Bill and Lucky Starz. Propain has grown as an artist and song writer. He continues to surprise his audience with fire-spitting and real life rhymes. Keep looking out for Propain because he is definitely a breakout artist worth following.
Originally from Kingston, Jamaica, Bo Outlaw lived in South Florida for quite sometime and was raised in Lauderhill. In 1997, Bo Outlaw met Propain in high school where a friendship developed that would eventually lead them into this musical phenomenon. After high school, he and Propain quickly realized their craft was a gift they both shared and it cannot be ignored. They started writing their stories in a notebook, free styling to beats and creating songs that spoke for themselves and Black Jax was formed. In 2002, Black Jax collaborated with Coalition, which included F.U.B.A.R. Savage, Legendary, Dolla Bill and Lucky Starz.
Bo Outlaw has already developed his own sense of style for rhyming at a very early age. With influences ranging from Notorious B.I.G., Tupac Shakur, DMX, and Bob Marley, pure poetry has always been Outlaw‘s true calling. Some of his writings would consist of domestic/world issues, poverty, relationships, and overall dramas that everyone can relate to that most of today’s rappers fear of getting involved in. It was only logical that these thoughts of his should be complimented with beats provided by Legendary. “His delivery is unique, he’s not acting, you feel his convictions in what he is saying, and his word play is unconventional.” says Legend, a long time friend and producer.
At a recent concert in Fort Lauderdale, Bo Outlaw’s performance was quoted from an audience member as “impeccable”. Apparently, no one seems to get enough of this prolific artist and there is more to come.
© 2006 Eight Ball Family