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by Andrew Sacher
G-Side at Glasslands in 2011 (more by Erik Erikson)
Here's some unexpected and unfortunate news. Alabama rap duo and BV faves G-Side (aka ST 2 Lettaz and Yung Clova), who played one of our holiday parties less than a year ago, have announced their split. Though the duo have been together since 2004, it was only last year that they began taking off, but ST 2 Lettaz explained in an interview with SPIN, that, "Though we were still working, which is the great thing about it -- that we were still working -- the whole hype had died down."
However, both members will continue on with solo careers, are still on good terms, and ST 2 Lettaz has already announced that what was going to be G-Side's next album, G...Growth & Development, will now be released under his own name and that he's sticking with production duo Block Beattaz. He says that album will be out either December or January, but he'll preface it with the solo EP, R.E.B.E.L. ("rethink every belief ever learned"), on September 17. The video for a non-EP track, "Wishing Well," is below.
As mentioned, G-Side were supposed to play a NYC show at Glasslands next Tuesday (9/18) and that show will go on but it is now a ST 2 Lettaz solo show, sort of. Block Beattaz and G-Side's two backup singers will still be there and they will be "performing all the hits with a lot of new material." The lineup also includes Deniro Farrar and Tron & DVD. Tickets for that show are still available. As the SPIN article mentions, ST 2 Lettaz performed at G-Side's set at Hopscotch without Yung Clova, and without announcing that he'd be doing so. But the duo's Austin show last night (9/11) at Red 7, both members were in attendance. All remaining G-Side dates are listed below, with no official word on whether or not they will be with the duo or just ST.
Meanwhile, Yung Clova has been posting his solo tracks on the Lambo Music Group soundcloud page. While the ST 2 Lettaz solo track is pretty much sounding like where G-Side left off, Clova is opting for a clubbier sound. You can stream some of his new songs, along with the ST 2 Lettaz video and a list of updated dates below.
ST 2 Lettaz - "Wishing Well" Official Video
Yung Clova - "Oprah Money"
Yung Clova - "Gorgeous"
Yung Clova - "Public Houses"
Yung Clova - "Planking"
Yung Clova - "Murder"
G-Side/ST 2 Lettaz -- 2012 Tour Dates
Sep 13 Capital Stockyards Montgomery, AL
Sep 18 Glasslands Gallery Brooklyn, NY
Sep 19 Charlottesville Pavilion Charlottesville, VA
Sep 20 The Longbranch Raleigh, NC
Sep 21 House of Blues Myrtle Beach, SC