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Earthgang on the These Days Tour in 2014
Background information
OriginAtlanta, Georgia, U.S.
  • Johnny Venus
  • WowGr8

EarthGang (stylized EARTHGANG) is an American hip hop duo from Atlanta, Georgia, composed of Atlanta-based rappers, known by their stage names, Johnny Venus and WowGr8.[1][2][3] They are co-founders of the musical collective Spillage Village, with J.I.D, Hollywood JB, JordxnBryant, 6LACK, and Marian Mereba.[4]

Formed in 2008, EarthGang released their first EP, The Better Party, in 2010. This was followed by several singles and two mixtapes, Mad Men and Good News in 2011. In 2013, the duo released their debut album Shallow Graves For Toys and was largely well-received, with Noisey calling it "one of the most well thought-out releases of the year" and praising the album's "playful delivery and biting lyricism."[5] Their sophomore album, Strays With Rabbies was released positive reviews and critical acclaim in 2015. After signing to J. Cole's Dreamville Records, EarthGang released a trilogy of EP's: Rags, Robots, and Royalty, leading up to their third album, Mirrorland.[6]


2008-09: Formation

The rap duo EarthGang was first formed in 2008 by Johnny Venus and WowGr8, then both high school students in Atlanta, Georgia.[7] According to Johnny Venus, they had first met on a field trip in 9th grade at Benjamin Elijah Mays High School, with Venus later approaching WowGr8 to ask about forming a music group.[8] Avid fans of rap and hip hop, both members had grown up listening to artists as diverse as the Ohio Players, Dizzy Gillespie, Madonna, and Richard Pryor.[7] About their name EarthGang, Venus explained in 2011 that "The name came to me abruptly one day. It represents what we're made of and why we do what we do. It's for the people by the people. Our music is influenced by the conscious and subconscious, and we create it to influence the like."[8]

2010-13: Early releases

On January 26, 2010 the group released its first EP, the mixtape titled The Better Party. Their first full-length recording project, they recorded in a multitude of studio spaces, which, according to Venus, included "dorm rooms at Hampton University, closets in Atlanta, a house studio owned by 'Mr. Fish' (a fellow underground Atlanta musician), and finally in Hampton University's Music Recording Technology Jazz studio." The EP was mixed and mastered by EarthGang, with help from Jack Swain.[8] Also in 2010, they began touring in the United States, performing at festivals such as the A3C Festival in Atlanta.[8] They released periodic singles as well, and in November 2010 they debuted the song "Miss the Show."[8] In early 2011 they taped and released a music video for "Kick'n It," a track first included on The Better Party.[8] Soon afterwards they released the single "Opium,"[8] which they would later film a music video for. The group self-released two albums in 2011: Mad Men in April, and Good News in December.

They released their track "The F Bomb" on June 4, 2012. The song would later be included on a 2014 album and was made into a music video. "Machete," a single produced by 808 Mafia, was self-released by EarthGang on February 10, 2013, shortly before the release of their music video for their 2012 single "Fire Kicking Tree Limbs." In March 2013 the group released "UFOs,"[9] a slow single over nine minutes long.[9] According to a review in Pigeons and Planes, "Sexual, contemplative, sprawling, and slow, EarthGang's 'UFOs' veers far left from the duo's last music expedition 'Machete' and hews a bit closer to the earthy soul that typified so much mid-90s Dungeon Family output."[9] They again performed at the A3C Festival in early 2013,[7] also opening for Black Fest at Stanford University.[7]

2013-16: Shallow Graves For Toys and Strays With Rabies

On July 8, 2013, EarthGang released their album Shallow Graves For Toys on the imprint Spillage Village. The album includes several singles released earlier, such as "The F Bomb," "UFOs," and "Machete."[10] "The F Bomb" was produced by Hollywood JB of Spillage Village. The album was re-released on iTunes in the summer of 2014.[5] In response to Shallow Graves For Toys, in 2014, Noisey called EarthGang "an engaging, clever rap duo," praising the album's "playful delivery and biting lyricism" and calling it "one of the most well thought-out releases of the year."[5] Since the album, EarthGang has released several official music videos from the album.[10] In the summer of 2014, the video for "The F Bomb" was released.[5] On September 20, 2014 EarthGang began headlining a 40 date tour with their collaborator Ab-Soul, a member of Top Dawg Entertainment.

On February 26, 2015, EarthGang released a 7 track EP called Torba with track titles for each day of the week. The EP included features from Mac Miller, OG Maco, and JordxnBryant, with production from Childish Major, Shine, Zeroh, Hollywood JB, and more.[11] On July 6, Spillage Village released their second collaboration project Bears Like This Too.[12] On November 6, 2015 EarthGang released their second album, entitled Strays with Rabies. The album includes features and cuts from J.I.D, DJ Khalil, DrewsThatDuDe, Ducko McFli, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Richie Quake, SykSense. They were also one of the featuring artists on Mac Miller's GO:OD AM tour.[13] EarthGang has stated they as well contributed to the production of the album. On June 3, 2016 the duo would join Dreamville Record's Bas on his nationwide Too High To Riot Tour. The tour would later be reprised in Europe on November 13.[14] On December 2, 2016, Spillage Village released Bears Like This Too Much with features from J. Cole and Bas, and production from Mac Miller, Ducko Mcfli, Childish Major and J. Cole among others.[15]

2017-present: Rags, Robots, Royalty, and Mirrorland

On August 31, 2017, rapper J. Cole's imprint Dreamville Records announced the signing of the duo and they released their Dreamville debut project the following day, the first extended play from their trilogy titled Rags. The project features guest appearances from DC Young Fly, Childish Major, Mick Jenkins, and fellow Spilage Village member and Dreamville artist J.I.D.[16][17] Their second EP in the trilogy Robots was released on October 20, with SiR as a guest feature.[18] The third was released on February 23, 2018, named Royalty, with features coming from Ari Lennox and Mereba.[19] In 2017 and 2018, EarthGang co-headlined in the North American and European Never Had Shit Tour with J.I.D, and guests Lute, Chaz French, and Mereba.[20] A year after serving as the opening act on the European leg of J. Cole's 4 Your Eyez Only World Tour, EarthGang were also the supporting act on 36 shows of the North American KOD Tour in 2018.[21]

On September 4, 2018, EarthGang premiered the song "Up" on the Berlin platform Colors Studio. In a Reddit post, the duo announced that their forthcoming third album Mirrorland would be released in February 2019.[22] On September 21, they released a single titled "Stuck" featuring Arin Ray.[23]

Musical style

Incorporating Southern hip hop and genres such as funk and soul music, EarthGang has drawn comparisons to groups such as Outkast, Dungeon Family and The Pharcyde, among other artists.[10] Stated the duo in early 2011, "When we create, our goal is to set the listener in a mood for each track... the style is all a part of the execution. You'll hear who we are, where we're from, and what sounds we like through our music. We pay attention to details."[8]


  • Johnny Venus -- "Olu O. Fann" (born October 9, 1989)
  • WowGr8 -- "Eian Undrai Parker" (born October 25, 1990)



Title Album details
Shallow Graves For Toys
  • Released: July 8, 2013
  • Re-released: June 24, 2014
  • Label: Spillage Village
  • Format: Digital
Strays With Rabies
  • Released: November 6, 2015
  • Label: Spillage Village
  • Format: Digital

Extended plays

Title Release details
The Better Party
  • Released: January 26, 2010
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital
  • Released: February 26, 2015
  • Label: Spillage Village
  • Format: Digital
  • Released: October 20, 2017
  • Label: Dreamville Records, Spillage Village
  • Format: Digital
  • Released: February 23, 2018
  • Label: Dreamville Records, Spillage Village
  • Format: Digital


Title Release details
Mad Men
  • Released: April 30, 2011
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital
Good News
  • Released: December 26, 2011
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: CD, digital

Compilation albums

Title Album details
Bears Like This
(with Spillage Village)
Bears Like This Too
(with Spillage Village)
  • Released: July 6, 2015
  • Label: Spillage Village
  • Format: CD, digital download
Bears Like This Too Much
(with Spillage Village)
  • Released: December 2, 2016
  • Label: Spillage Village
  • Format: CD, digital download


Title Year Album
"The F Bomb" 2014 Shallow Graves For Toys
"Liquor Sto'"
(EarthGang featuring Marian Mereba)
2015 Strays With Rabbies
"Momma Told Me"
(EarthGang featuring J.I.D)
(EarthGang featuring J.I.D)
2017 Rags
"Robots"[26] Robots
"Nothing but the Best"[27]
(EarthGang featuring Ari Lennox)
2018 Royalty
(EarthGang featuring Arin Ray)

Guest appearances

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Throwed" 2010 J.I.D Cakewalk
"Purple Paradise"[29] 2012 J.I.D, Stillz Route of Evil
"Rolling Stoner"[30] 2013 Mereba, J.I.D Room For Living Remixes
"LeHooligans"[31] 2015 J.I.D, OG Maco DiCaprio
"Anarchy"[32] 2016 Jarren Benton Slow Motion, Vol. 2
"D/Vision"[33] 2017 J.I.D The Never Story
"Premonition"[34] Lute, Cam O'bi West1996 pt. 2
"New Malcolm X"[35] 2018 Sy Ari Da Kid, J.I.D Better Safe Than Sy Ari


  • Never Had Shit Tour (with J.I.D) (2017-18)


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  33. ^ "J.I.D Reveals 'The Never Story' Tracklist, Drops "D/Vision" With EarthGang". Retrieved 2017.
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