RBIZ, aka Missoula MC Ryan Bradshaw, introduces himself like this: “I come from the land of shitkickers, cattle manure, chew spitters. I’m that wigga go-getta. Fuck with us? You know better. Posters up for the Bud Light. Chillin’ with the boys, talkin’ fights. This is what we all about. Drinkin’ brews and passin’ out.”
That get-acquainted riff comes courtesy of “AHY OH,” one track of 15 on Tha Takeover, RBIZ’s collaboration with fellow MC JaeO, born Joseph Burwick. “I don’t rap about gangsta shit,” RBIZ says in a phone interview. “That’s not what I am.”
True enough. Both RBIZ and JaeO hail from Western Montana; RBIZ was born in Drummond and native Missoulian JaeO recalls being “raised in Luke’s Bar,” the former Front Street roughneck watering hole that his father owned. Accordingly, “AHY OH” is typical of one strand of Tha Takeover, downhomegrown Montana hip-hop songs replete with references to “The MT” and “406” that declare the duo’s presence and intention to blow their brand up.
What’s missing from the album is a lot of talk about jewelry, cars (aside from RBIZ’s Geo, which the duo drove on a recent tour with Tech N9ne) and money. It’s no accident. “No one cares how rich you are or how big you think you are, so when we make our music we stay away from that,” RBIZ says.
JaeO concurs, saying the duo’s draw, exemplified by a recent sold-out show at The Other Side, comes from steering a different course. “There’s a lot of crazy stuff going in this world and I really don’t think there’s anyone that speak on it no more. Rap kind of took a disco turn.”
And turning out hip-hop with a Montana flavor does nothing but amplify the duo’s appeal.
“People in Montana really want to see Montana do something,” JaeO says. “People are past the stage of not believing it could happen.”
RBIZ and JaeO play the Wilma Theatre Saturday, Nov. 11, at 8 PM. Shovel, Filth and Foul, and Stylz open. $10.