by Dominic Wong
The journey has been long and eventful, to say the least. Formed in 2008, the Billboard Emerging Artists chart EarthGang is a dynamic hip-hop duo from Atlanta, Georgia. Comprised of Johnny Venus and Doctur Dot, EarthGang is currently signed to Dreamville.
In 2010, the group’s first EP The Better Party was released which was soon followed by a number of singles and by 2011, two mixtapes titled Mad Men and Good News was independently released. With the rise in popularity with their music and co-founded music collective, Spillage Village Records, the duo was on the landing pad preparing to skyrocket out of Atlanta’s underground and into the mainstream. In 2013, their album Shallow Graves for Toys dropped and clenched the 11th spot on the Billboard Emerging Artists chart. Overall, the album was very well received and boasted praise from names such as Fader and Noisey. Their sophomore album followed two years later in 2015 named Stray with Rabies and by 2017, the duo had caught the eye of J. Cole’s Dreamville Records which they officially signed to. With Dreamville Records, EarthGang dropped three EP’s, Rags, Robots, and, Royalty . The long-awaited, major-label debut album Mirrorland dropped on 6 September 2019 with guest features from Young Thug, Kehlani, and T-Pain.
Since the release of Mirrorland , EarthGang has been tearing up social media numbers. Their high energy record, Up, was performed on the YouTube series COLORS and garnered over 9.5 million views. The track was also featured on Genius’ Verified series in which the lyrics and inspiration behind the record were explained by the Atlanta artists themselves.
EarthGang is no stranger to bringing the energy on tour. Most recently, the Atlanta rappers just came off a 17 stop European tour with Billie Eilish. The duo is also notable for their live performances alongside Young Thug, Jaden Smith, and J. Cole.
Currently, EarthGang is embarking on The Monster Energy Outbreak Tour Presents: EarthGang – Welcome to Mirrorland with a route up the West Coast including a show at The Catalyst Club in Santa Cruz, Ca on 5 November 2019 alongside Guapdad 4000. Expectations are high for EarthGang to put on an invigorating night filled with the duo’s uplifting records such as Proud of U, Meditate, and Up . Be sure to check out EarthGang this Tuesday at The Catalyst, 5 November 2019!