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Who: Cheeky New York–based rappers who met skateboarding, then connected over deeper pursuits. “We both like [women] and alcohol,” says Telli Gramz (Telli Federline) about his bond with D.J. Teenwolf (Kevin Ross; a third member is named Reverend McFly, so there’s a whole Michael J. Fox thing going on). “We’re just representing us,” Gramz explains. “There’s no off switch. Tonight I’ll probably go hang out, drink some more, go see a show. Every bar down here is home.”

Sounds Like: So-stupid-it’s-smart electro-rap. Their underground hit “Art School Girls” mixes appealing beats with tequila-fueled utopian ideology and a sleazy, Ol’ Dirty Bastard–inspired vibe (song titles include “Somebody Gonna Get Pregnant”). “Think of Beastie Boys ‘Fight for Your Right to Party’—just think of that video, but in live streaming and not in the eighties,” says Teenwolf, “and everybody is getting along. We’ve got hood kids, punk kids, alternative kids, nerd kids, and there’s no ‘I don’t chill with those guys’ ” attitude, which springs directly from the skateboarding ethos.

The Fans: Are not unlike the band. “On my birthday I got a toilet seat with condoms on it,” Gramz says. “But I got so wasted I lost it.”

The One Thing You Must Bring to Their Show: “Your PMA”—that’s positive mental attitude—says Teenwolf.


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