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The Rej3ctz

If you actually need this bio to explain who were the Rej3ctz, you're probably of a certain age that will understand the following reference: the Rej3ctz were the Pharcyde of the late '00s. Now, I know what you're thinking: how can you compare "Ya Mama," "Passin' Me By" and "Runnin'" to "I'm Fitted," "Booty Popper" and "Wavey?" This isn't a strict musical comparison. Rather, both groups had talented young dancers coming up in Los Angeles who used the hip-hop norms of their time to make inroads. Both groups relied on contemporary sounds to make danceable and pop-friendly music that discussed what most twentysomethings of any generation talk about: their selves. In the Pharcyde's case, samples were in and so was rapping. In the Rej3ctz's case, bass was in and so was dancing. Had the Pharcyde come up in 2010, they likely would have been jerkin' instead of freestyling.

 

A major departure point in the comparison is the role of each group in their respective scenes. While the Pharcyde first made a name as a national act (the group did not spearhead any particular aspect of the underground Los Angeles hip-hop scene in the early '90s), the Rej3ctz were known at the outset as a local act. Mowii (or Mowie), Pee W33 (or Pee wee) and Bounc3 (or Bounce) all grew up in Los Angeles and established local reputations as dancers. Mowii became a professional and appeared in videos for pop acts like Black Eyed Peas, Rihanna and Red Hot Chili Peppers. He met producer Marcus "Channel 7" (or 7 Aurelius) Vest (Jennifer Lopez, Ja Rule, Ashanti) while touring as a dancer for Madonna. Vest subsequently worked with the Rej3ctz on developing their music.

 

By the late '00s the Rej3ctz (along with the New Boyz and several other acts) were seen as major proponents of jerk dancing, particularly through songs like "Rej3ct Stomp" and "Code Red." In 2010 the group's video for "Cat Daddy" featured a guest appearance by Chris Brown, who also promoted the group and the dance of the same name on 106 and Park. Most of the group's most recognizable tracks were released on TheFUNKtion mixtape in July 2010.


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