EarthGang Saves The Day For Billie Eilish At The Shrine Expo Hall
LOS ANGELES, CA-
“…The show kicked off with a rousing performance by Atlanta, GA based duo of Olu (aka Johnny Venus) and WowGr8 (aka Doctur Dot), collectively known as EarthGang. They were a last-minute sub for the original opening act, Denzel Curry, who had injured his leg a few nights earlier. EarthGang had previously opened up for Billie on the second leg of her 1 by 1 Tour in 2018, so I guess you could say that this was a bit of a reunion for everybody.
EarthGang has been dropping music since 2010, and I’ve had my finger on their pulse for a minute. Not only because they are the co-founders of the musical collective Spillage Village (the collective that has spawned acts like J.I.D and 6LACK) and are currently signed to J. Cole’s Dreamville imprint, but because they’ve got that funky southern flare that I’m extremely partial to embedded in their sound.
It’s hard not to draw the comparisons to the most famous Atlanta hip hop duo Outkast, but it’s hard to avoid when Jonny Venus and Doctur Dot are spitting Andre 3000 type flows with Big Boi type clarity. But comparison aside, these guys know how to turn up and get a party started right, and they did so this evening. Fantastic energy. Great stage dynamic.
EarthGang will be touring internationally starting in September, and their first Dreamville album Mirrorland hasn’t dropped yet, so I guess we’ll have to wait for the new music to come out before they are back in L.A. anytime soon.