From L.A. to the Bay, G.M.O.B. (Get Money Or Bounce) is making waves in the music scene. The group, made up of Tongan rappers and vocalists from cities all over California, has the goal in mind to be different and diverse from anything else that’s out to the public thus far. Each group member adds their own style to create music influenced by the Rap, Hip-Hop, and Reggae genres. The WhatItDo chatted with the G.M.O.B.’s founder, Solomon Ngaue aka Nutty Mac, regarding the group, the significance of their name, and his transition to becoming a solo artist.
Born in Inglewood, CA, Ngaue was the youngest of six siblings. The California native lost his father when he was only one month old. His family relocated to the Bay and has been there ever since. “I was just another average Polynesian growing up on the streets,” he recalled. He began writing poetry in his early teenage years and started making music later for the sole purpose of “reppin’ his hood.” Ngaue is one who will take the initiative and put matters into his own hands – he learned how to make songs and beats on his own. While making music, Ngaue had a few run-ins with the law that made him re-evaluate his life and his motives for making music. “All my life, I saw people making music in order to rep their hood, rep their city, rep where they’re from,” he said. “I wanted to change that mentality. Why not have a collective group of music artists from different cities with the same passion making music together?” The G.M.O.B. movement had begun.
In creating the group name, Get Money Or Bounce, Ngaue discussed the term “get money.” He defined it as doing your own thing and doing what you need to do to make things happen for yourself. Since the group began in 2007, he acknowledged that the road towards this musical career has not been easy. “The music game is a long ride and you gotta have the motivation to stay on it,” Ngaue said. “You’re either all in or you’re all out.” As one of the head producers (alongside rappers/producers Yung Kay and Sam-O), Ngaue decided that they needed to push their music more and the best place to do it was in Hollywood. He took it upon himself to move out to L.A. and begin working from there. He was able to book gigs and network with fellow musicians and producers out there. Ngaue also felt that to help the group get their foot in the door even more, he would come out as a solo artist with an album. Currently, he has been working hard on his solo album with three tracks already squared away. “You can expect a lot of big name collaborations with Polynesians and other music artists,” Ngaue promised. His hard work and willingness to push the envelope for the band will definitely help them succeed.
Overall, Ngaue believes that what separates G.M.O.B. from the rest of their peers is their motives for making music. “We all have a passion for music but, at the same time, we want to secure our family’s future,” he said. “Our families are the gas in our tank that just keep us going.” When asked if he had any advice to give to young musicians, he replied, “Take criticism in a positive way and don’t ever stop. All you need to succeed is passion, motivation, and a good reason to do it.” Word.
Support G.M.O.B. and their music through their Facebook, and YouTube pages. Also be on the lookout for Nutty Mac’s solo album and the music video for their song “Risin’ Souljahs” that they will be shooting next month.
-Article Written by: Pesi Kava
*Article photos and YouTube video courtesy of G.M.O.B.