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How Far Does Peer Pressure Go In Rap Groups?

The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place - lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good - so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email [email protected].

This Week's Rapper: M.U.G. of SDS

Note: We've had these questions in the bank for a bit, but hadn't come across the right person for them. Not everyone is equipped to legitimately answer questions about potential murders and vampires.

Then around a couple of months ago, M.U.G.'s name surfaced. He's an imposing force within Stompdown Soldiers, a rap conglomerate made up of him, J-Dawg and Chuckway. He couldn't have been more perfect for this, which is another way of saying you should not fuck with him.

This Week's Subject: HYPOTHETICALLY... Do you have to help bury the body if someone in your rap group murders someone? (And so forth.)

Rap Round Table: So since you're in Stomp Down Soldiers, let's talk all about the rap group dynamic and the rules, spoken or otherwise, that come along with that.

First, let's say that you're at a bar and someone starts some shit with Chuckway, the smallest, most kind-eyed SDS member. Are you obligated to punch that guy in the back of the head without direct provocation, or do you leave Chuckway to battle one-on-one and only intervene if someone else does?

M.U.G.: You aren't obligated to do anything. We're not a gang or fight club-only thing; all you're obligated to do is be loyal. But if anybody fuck with one of my homies, Stompdown or not, and it can't be handled with convo, nine times outta ten we're gonna whoop they ass. But we try to avoid shit like that and we don't put our people in danger.

Slim Thug feat. M.U.G. & L.E.$, "Hustle Hard Flow"

Slim Thug feat. M.U.G. & L.E.$, "Hustle Hard Flow"

RRT: It gets mentioned in songs quite a bit, but what's the truth: If a girl wants to sleep one of the SDS, is she required to sleep with all of them?

M: No, they don't have to sleep with all of us. We don't get down like that.

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Shea Serrano