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Writer's Guild: Don't Call Mr. Miranda, MC Pennywise, Mega Ran and RoQ'y TyRaiD a "Supergroup"

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"The Phoenician scene is notoriously segregated into about three different microcosms: the 'top 40 hip-hop' scene, the 'underground hip-hop scene', and the 'backpacker anti-conformist scene,'" RoQ'y Tiraid says, laughing. "Since all members of Writer's Guild move throughout the different Phoenix scenes, we thought it would be a good idea to bring together all pieces of the puzzle."

The event, billed as "The Hustle," promises to show off some of the Valley's promising rappers with performances by N.A., Illustrious Few, Lakai, Span Phly, and Trap. They'll also be celebrating MC Pennywise's birthday as well as the release of N.A.'s new album, Love.Compromise.Lies.Hustle.

It all goes down tonight at Club Red in Tempe. We to discuss the implications of a supergroup that won't call itself a "supergroup."

Up on the Sun: The Hustle is being billed as a "celebration of unity and diversity in AZ Hip-Hop." Can you guys talk about you guys made this show happen?

MC Pennywise: We wanna do hip-hop shows where we as artists are in control of the format and put together an event that benefits the actual artists performing.

RoQ'y TyRaiD: I agree with Penny. Tonight's show is about taking the power away from promoters who have exploited this scene and placing it in the hands of people who actually care about the artists, the show, and nurturing and the maturation of this scene. It's about time. Shout out to promoters who are on the same wavelength as us: MattX , UM crew, Wally, and WTFunk.

Miranda: We felt that there needs to be more collaboration shows amongst different artists out here including ourselves, so we put some names together and reached out to see if they would be willing to participate in this event because it can only be a positive outcome for the scene. They were with the idea so it's going to be a night to remember.

Mega Ran: True. After doing a few different shows and making moves in the area and beyond, we decided that it was time to step out and try something new. No pay to play, just good music. We had talked about doing our own shows, and since there were lot of artists I had never seen get the stage time and opportunity we felt they deserved. MattX of Club Red offered a perfect slot for us; the timing was right and we got to work on "The Hustle."

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