Although Playaz Circle officially debuted on the 2002 Disturbing Tha Peace compilation Golden Grain, it took five years of persistent grinding before the College Park duo struck big with the smash “Duffle Bag Boy,” featuring an assist from Lil Wayne.
After touring extensively in support of their 2007 debut, Supply & Demand, Tity Boi (Tauheed Epps) and Dolla Boy (Earl Conyers) dropped their sophomore album, the aptly titled Flight 360: The Takeoff, in September.
“[‘Duffle Bag Boy’] allowed us to see the world,” says Dolla Boy. “It was a great introduction for us. How many artists can say they had a No. 1 record as their debut? It did so much for us, including allowing us to be business owners.” The duo owns its own recording studio in College Park, but on a recent afternoon the group was at Clark Atlanta University, along with Ludacris and other DTP artists, performing as part of Ludacris’ Ludaday Weekend.
“We took time off from going to the club and tried to master our craft and make Flight 360,” says Tity Boy. “A lot of people think we do [too many] features, but we do songs with artists that we’re fans and friends of. When they hear the song, they want to get on the record. We haven’t had to force anybody to do any of our songs, believe that.”
Flight 360 features the lead single “Yeah We Gettin’ Rich” with Ludacris, “Stupid” featuring OJ Da Juiceman and “Can’t Remember” with singer Bobby V. Other guests include Raekwon, Cee-Lo and Lil Wayne.
“We’ve got something on there for everybody,” says Tity Boi. “It’s a complete album. I want people to feel the hard work we put into it. This wasn’t just something that was thrown together.”