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FORMERLY KNOWN AS DEEP SIDE, R&B TRIO GIT FRESH IS FOLLOWING FLO RIDA’S LEAD AND GAINING INTERNATIONAL FANS WITH RECORDS LIKE “SHE BE LIKE.” You guys met in school when you were all pretty young, right? At what point did you become serious about pursuing music? Penny: We were always serious. Sly: When we were little kids we were performing in talent shows in Miami. Penny went to school with me. [He and Rude Boi] went to a performing arts school and always sang together. They brought me in and we formed a group. Prior to Def Jam, we were signed to Jive Records through R Kelly under the name Deep Side. We changed the name because we wanted to reinvent ourselves. There used to be 4 members and now there’s 3. Is Flo Rida gettin’ y’all back in shape? Penny: Definitely. Flo has been doing a great job of getting us in shape. We’re trying to get as swole as Flo. Sly: No, not as swole as Flo. (laughs) But, yeah, he’s like a big brother and he’s definitely a good performance coach. He pushes us all day, every day, and motivates us. We wanna be exactly where he’s at in due time. We’re striving to get there. You’re on tour with Flo Rida in South Korea. Is this one of your first international trips? Sly: For the last few months we’ve been on the road with Flo. We’ve been to the UK, Turkey, Czechoslovakia, Switzerland, Paris, Greece, Germany, Russia, and now we’re here in Korea. I heard you get mistaken for Lil Wayne a lot when you’re overseas. Rude Boi: I get mistaken for Lil Wayne in America way more than overseas. Today somebody thought I was Lil Jon ‘cause I had my hair down. They mistake me for anybody with dreds. But in America, I get mistaken for Lil Wayne on a daily basis. A few times I just ran with it. One time some kids was chasin’ me through the mall. It was funny. Another time I was in the mall, shopping at Macy’s, and a bunch of security guards came down looking for me. I was like, “Damn, I hope they don’t think I’m in here stealing,” because I was wearing a tank top. It turns out they were coming to get my autograph because they thought I was Lil Wayne. It’s just ‘cause of the hair and the tattoos. I take it as a compliment ‘cause Lil Wayne got a lot of swag. Is your album done? Rude Boi: We’re working on it now. It’s very

close to being finished. We’re about to shoot the video for our single “She Be Like.” Look out for Flo Rida’s album The Only One. That’s coming out soon. It’s crazy. It’s gonna be his best and biggest album yet. And look out for the Git Fresh album coming out on Def Jam soon. We’ve been getting a lot of crazy records from different producers, as well as producing some records on our own. It’s gonna be dope. Penny: We’re very excited. We’ve got a lot of stuff coming. You all have different ethnicities, right? Do you think that’s part of the appeal of the group? Rude Boi: I’m American, black. Well, I’m mixed. My daddy’s dark skinned and my mama’s light skinned so I’m mixed. (laughs) I think it’s a good look for the group that we’re mixed because we get a bigger variety of fans. It’s a good thing. Penny: I’m American, white, straight-up cracker. (laughs) Sly: I’m South African. Which one do the Korean girls prefer? Rude Boi: We definitely have had a great time here in Korea. The fans out here are crazy. We enjoyed ourselves. Penny: We get equal love. These Korean girls love us. They love Git Fresh, and we love the Korean girls. Are you doing anything in Miami for Memorial Day? Penny: We’re definitely gonna be around because that’s our city. We’ve got a billboard truck with our picture on it, so we’re gonna set it off in Miami. Rude Boi: We’re gonna bring out the billboard trucks, the jet skis, all the cars, the women, the shows, everything. It’s gonna be on and poppin’. Why didn’t things work out in your previous situation with R Kelly? Sly: I wouldn’t really say it was R. Kelly, it was just that the label didn’t understand a group like us – the ethnicity, the vibe, the swag. They were trying to push us in a direction that was not us and it just didn’t work. Penny: They didn’t see the vision. Sly: It took a while to find the right situation for us. Even after finding Def Jam, we still felt we needed an immediate family, like a backbone down here in Miami, somebody to stand beside us and keep us strong and push us through. That’s how we met Flo. Ever since we met him we’ve been traveling, and it really opened up the label’s eyes. // OZONE MAG // A-31

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