Six rappers step up to the stage at a nightclub, microphones in hand. They let lyrics flow from their tongues, self-describing as a “double trinity of vigilante masterful minds, lasting infinity with our music set in time.” Ear deafening screams erupt after a woman comes forward to sing, an unexpected addition to the rap the crowd is used to hearing. Fans form an X with their arms in support of their favorite underground rap group.
This is the kind of reception one local rap group is used to. No Mutiny Cliq of Lodi is just one of the many small town rap groups that sprout up across the country, farther from the greater music hubs like Los Angeles or the Bay Area. No Mutiny is made up of six members: Kylie Kuzyk, Spazmatic, JD Sinn, Skitzo Silva , G-flight and Coal-B.
Their vision is to make a profit off their music — starting their own entertainment promoter group, NME — and to be recognized for their talents in sound mixing, beat making, and lyric-writing.
The songs they enjoy writing deal with things that are personal to their lives, but they say that the popular songs are often the ones that don’t mean anything. Many of their lyrics are explicit.
Starting out was difficult, they said, but the group has quickly developed a following in just a couple of years.
“Our first show was just me and Skitzo in Galt, but it went terribly,” said JD Sinn. “We all [put on] a show at Oak Grove Park in Stockton and after that we really established ourselves.”
Members of the group said everyone fell into place despite their differing backgrounds. Skitzo and JD Sinn, who used to play rock music, had formed a group called Against the Grain. Spazmatic also came from a rock background playing different instruments in bands. Coal-B and G-flight were originally solo artists, while Kuzyk, the female vocalist in the group, had no previous musical experience.
“I’ve always loved singing but was too scared to sing in front of people. After joining these guys, I kind of started getting into the groove of things. That’s what broke me out of my shell, being on stage,” Kuzyk said.
Although the six members haven’t made it too far past the apartment music studio stage, they’ve already won an award for Best Up and Coming Artist locally at the Ninth Annual 209 Music Awards in Stockton and have more than 1200 likes on their Facebook page of devoted fans.
“We have the most loyal fans. There are people who haven’t missed a show yet that buy tickets every time. A few people who have missed shows come and tell us how upset they are that they missed it,” Spazmatic said.
No Mutiny Cliq now has more sophisticated equipment such as a recording mic and booth built into a small apartment, Pro Tools audio recording software and a small interface mixer. Much of the mixing is done by Skitzo. However, when the group started, they had little to work with.
“I remember we had a big wooden pole with a mic taped to it, sticking out of a dresser,” said JD Sinn.
In the future No Mutiny Cliq will be working on further developing their entertainment group, NME entertainment, signing other start up rappers to their label and helping promote their shows. One of the biggest of the 18 groups under their label is TLK or The Legacy Krew, which JD Sinn said has already started to develop a large fan base.
No Mutiny members enjoy sharing their passion for with others who live on the Eastside. Many teens have been invited to come use their equipment to make their own rap songs.
“They’re keeping out of trouble. It keeps their minds focused in this area to do music instead of gangs or drugs,” Coal-B said.
No Mutiny Cliq is currently working on making a full album to sell instead of the free mixtapes they’ve put out through Bandcamp.com, Reverbnation, and other online music sites. At the very least they hope to pay the bills with their music, but dream big about their future fame.
“To be honest, we’re going all the way to the top,” Spazmatic said. “There’s nothing that can stop us when we all get together.”