Ces Cru Recall Tech N9ne Asking Them To Challenge Him With "Power Play"

Exclusive: Ubiquitous and Godemis explain their career evolution and experimenting with other genres on "Codename: Ego Stripper."

Some 17 months ago, Ubiquitous and Godemis—collectively known as Ces Cru—dropped their debut retail album, Constant Energy Struggles, with Strange Music. Tech N9ne’s “Independent Powerhouse Tour” launched two weeks before the album hit shelves, and the stint on the road provided the perfect platform for the Kansas City-based duo to spread their unique sound and begin expanding their fan base by tapping into a fiercely loyal crowd of “Technicians.” Ces Cru debuted at the #14 spot on Billboard magazine’s “Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums” chart, locked down a performance at the 2013 “Paid Dues” festival and faced the best possible problem any performer could ask for. What the hell do they do for an encore? It would appear the answer for both Ces Cru and their fans involved looking inward.

“I think that anyone with spiritual background knows what it is to strip one’s ego and therein lies some meaning,” Ubiquitous explained to StrangeMusicInc.com’s Jeff Nelson when asked about the name of Ces Cru’s sophomore effort Codename: Ego Stripper. “However that relates to the music is hard to describe without having heard it.”

Once fans heard it, Codename: Ego Stripper made its way to the #2 spot on the iTunes Hip Hop chart within hours after its release. So how exactly does one strip their ego in the midst of a career clearly on an upward trajectory? When cops are pulling over to the side of the road to take pictures with you and women are throwing bedazzled panties on the stage at your shows, how (and why) would you keep your ego in check and focus on your craft? That’s the type of dilemma that hopefully lays the foundation for a great sophomore album.

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  • Karl

    Seriously, if you don't know who the artists are them why do you comment your bullshit-ass opinion? Obviously you all have a horribly skewed idea of what "talent" is......and comparing Ces to Big Smo? Please, Smo is good for a COUNTRY-rapper. He has nothing on the Cru. And the racist comments are pathetic. If you don't like Ces, good for you, what makes you feel like you get to tell others how they should feel or sway anyone's opinion for that matter. Your probably waiting for another Carter album to drop, don't forget to ask your mom for the money to buy it chumps. It Goes Up.....

  • Anonymous

    who are these losers

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  • Anonymous

    Review their album already!

  • SuperMC, the Toy-Destroyer

    Fake and gay

    • SMOkin'

      That's far from the truth. I put Ces Cru up there with Big Smo and I don't normally do that because most people don't have his skills but Ces Cru is pretty close

  • wack ass cru

    fuck these Vanilla Ice rappers.. ain't nobody tryna heear they bullshit, some cr4ck3r and his house nigga.. talentless broke ass "rappers".. punks i tell you, punks..losers