According to New York native Assad Adeyola, also known as “Kai Yola,” he and other members of For the Greater Good are going to keep making music until they stop loving it.
While they knew of each other, the members of FTGG didn’t really know each other. In fact, they would say they were “acquaintances.” A group made up of six members, including: Kiriston Clark (Rojo); Chadvett Ebanks (Chadsolo); Jonathan- Terrell Clark (JayTea); Kai Yola; Jeffery Uguwanyi (The Prophet Najee); and Nate Spann (Nate Freeman), that come from all walks of life were unlikely to even be friends, according to Nate Freeman.
But still, they came together, are rapping together and sounding good together. They also did the Xavier University of Louisiana cypher.
“It was like taking a shot in the dark,” said Najee, who hails from Memphis (along with Nate Freeman) in reference to starting FTGG. “It [the cypher] was just an idea, but it wasn’t going to be successful if I didn’t have the right type of people in it.” But he had trust in them. “I picked a beat you gone have to come hard in,” Najee laughed. “And they did.” Right now, the cypher— which is on Youtube—has about 2300 views, according to Najee.
“Shout out to the Xavier community,” Kai Yola said, looking up and smiling. His hands clasped. “Y’all have showed so much support.”
The name came from a train ride from Memphis that Najee and Nate Freeman were on. During a conversation regarding music, Nate Freeman made a statement with the term, “for the greater good” in it. At the moment, Najee stored it in the back of his mind. Later, when coming up with group names, the term hit him and “For the Greater Good” was born.
FTGG doesn’t want to sound like everybody else. They don’t want to sound like Lil’ Uzi Vert. However, what they will do is take a bumping beat—like these other artists—and a nice hook-like these other artists—but instead of being like mainstream rappers, such as 21 Savage, they’re going to spit real bars over it, according to Najee.
“We’re not just putting words together and making it rhyme,” said Baton Rouge native, JayTea. “These lyrics have actual meaning behind it.”
Making music is their passion. They rap about real stuff, but they can also turn up, according to Kai Yola. They’re having fun and crafting their words in a way the listener can understand. Their music is theirs, stuff they have been through. “When you hear it, you feel it,” Kai Yola said. “Jeff [Najee] is the most faithful, down to earth, raised right, love-my-woman-as-my-rib man I know. He comes out with Melanin Monroe, the girls feel it.”
Currently, the group has released one cypher together. However, you can find their music on Soundcloud, with the links in their bio. “Let’s vibe together” JayTea said.
Not everybody is going to like their music, and members of FTGG know that. “If they not talking about you, what you doing?” Rojo asked.
FTGG wants to thank the people who kept it real for them at first during the first version of their cypher and telling them they needed to do better. As far as the people who “snake,” “hate,” and “sneak diss,” according to Kai Yola, FTGG wants them to keep doing it. In his words, haters are just “confused fans.”
“I like to think of haters as people with a negative one over their head,” Kai Yola said.
“This man over thinking about the Sims,” Rojo laughed.
However, it’s hard to focus on the hate, when the support is so good. Just the other day, they were freestyling on Periscope at about two in the morning, and they had about 130 viewers.
“It’s surprising,” Nate Freeman said. “We didn’t even expect that, so to have that kind of support is good.”
“The campus is starving, and I want to feed it,” Kai Yola said.
However, it’s more than music. FTGG has community service plans. They also have some performances planned, along with getting some stuff copyrighted for apparel. It’s not just them, though. The people behind the scenes are just as important. The “Luca Brasi” of FTGG, Ernest W. Cubit II, handles their financial and business aspects. Tim Kent helps with creative content. And, recently, they signed Chandler Rigby to the team, who is best known for designing the cover art for Najee’s single, Melanin Monroe.
The future is bright forthe up and coming young stars. Najee said he felt 2018 would be their year, however Nate Freeman disagreed.
“2017 is our year,” Nate Freeman said, his arms crossed, his voice absolute. “I feel it.”
You can find FTGG on Twitter @WeAreFTGG. However, each member has their own Twitter, which can be found listed below.
Nate Freeman: @ IndigoooChild
The Prophet Najee: @TheProphetNajee
Assad Adeyola: @KaiYola
Tim Kent: @Halalappi