(Photo: Lil Travo via Instagram)
While Drill music has stood as a signature of the crop of recent-to-blow Windy city artists, Sicko Mobb has decided to create a sound all their own.
The Chicago duo, which consists of Lil Travo and Lil Ceno, hit big with their single “Fiesta,” which became one of the nation's top turn-up anthems and also set off the contagious dance craze known as “Boppin.’” According to the two themselves, the credit goes to the fans for demanding that radio stations play the song.
“[Power 92 and WGCI] started playing it because the record was so hot in the streets people were demanding it. It was just that large that it forced their hand,” Lil Ceno told BET.com. Lil Travo added, “Power 92 and DJ V-Dub at WGCI started playing it.”
The latter of the two, DJ V Dub was so impressed with the duo's talent and ambition that he released their mixtape, Super Saiyan Volume 1, which helped garner Travo and Ceno more spins on the radio and, by the time “Fiesta” dropped as a single, landed them opening spots for some of music’s biggest names.
“The stations kept us in the rotation hard and Power 92 put us on a lot of major shows and helped us promote the song,” noted Lil’ Travo. “We got a chance to open up for Future, Juicy J, R. Kelly and a lot of other people, which exposed us to a lot of other people’s fan bases and made Sicko bigger than it was,” he added.
“Fiesta” took off all over the country and even garnered the attention of A$AP Ferg, who found the two through one of Chicago’s most venerable hip hop outlets.
“I don’t know how Ferg initially heard the song but he got into contact with us through fakeshoredrive.com owner Andrew Barber,” Lil’ Ceno pointed out. “Ferg’s management reached out to Andrew Barber and he said Ferg wanted to jump on the record. We were with it and he’s been rocking with us hard ever since.”
In an exclusive statement released to BET.com, A$AP Ferg said he felt an immediate connection with “Fiesta” and was intrigued by Sicko Mobb’s originality.
“I saw young kids outta Chicago doing something positive and at the same time innovative with music. Everyone was used to the Drill music coming outta Chicago,” Ferg said. "These kids were a lil' different because they was actually partying and dancing. The song is called 'Fiesta,' which is an event they have in the neighborhood where everybody comes out to play music and party. In Harlem we call them block parties. So I automatically related to the song and want to thank them for allowing me to be a part of it."
It wouldn’t be the last time the respective Mob(b)s would connect. Earlier this year, A$AP called the Chi-Town rhymers up on stage to rock the South by Southwest crowd in Austin, Texas.
“We got called out at the House of Vans. A$AP Rocky and Ferg called us out and let us open up for them at SXSW,” recalled Lil’ Ceno, while Lil’ Travo added that the real mayhem occurred after the show.
“Afterward we got mobbed walking down the street by like 5,000 people 'cause we were with A$AP Rocky and he had us running with him down the middle of South by Southwest. It was crazy. We’d never been through nothing like that before.”
Sicko Mobb has already amassed millions of YouTube hits thanks to their music and their infectious dance, which has already played catalyst to more than a handful of Internet all stars. As for the future, Lil’ Travo says the goal is simple: Keep progressing.
“In five years we want to be a household name. National tours and just continuing to make great music and growing both musically and as human beings.”
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