Since forming five years ago, Rowdy City has built an impressive touring resume, sharing the stage with the likes of Snoop Dogg, 2 Chainz, DMX and Raekwon.
Now, the Bridgeport hip hop group is expanding on their curriculum vitae as they hit the road with rapper Cory Gunz (the son of another famous Gunz) this week.
“Over the last 2 or 3 years, we’ve really picked up steam,” Darnell Williams, aka Ready Rock Dee, said in an interview Monday. “We’ve started to go other places; we’ve been interacting with fans. We’re happy to be part of the tour with Cory Gunz.”
The group performs at Simon’s 677 in Providence, R.I. on Tuesday, July 16 and New York City’s Webster Hall on Wednesday, July 17, before heading to Baltimore, Richmond, Va. and Greensboro, N.C.
Though they have yet to be signed to a major label, Rowdy City has amassed a steady following through their high-energy concerts and prolific mixtape catalogue (their latest being “Verified” and “The Best of Rowdy City”).
“Interacting with fans,” Williams said, is the group’s passion.
“We love to enjoy ourselves and we love to be the life of the party,” he added. “We give energy off to the fans, and they give it back to us. Everywhere we go, we bring the maximum energy.”
Formed by Williams and Rajwayne Palmer, aka Rowdy, at University of Bridgeport in 2009, Rowdy City honed their performance chops at Toad’s Place in New Haven, their unofficial homebase. It was at the venue that Rowdy City played their first live show, opening for Lloyd Banks (formerly of 50 Cent’s G-Unit crew) three years ago.
“We did showcases at Toad’s Place — it was like a battle of the bands — where we would bring kids from school and the neighborhood,” Williams, 26, recalled. “When Lloyd Banks came through, we were asked to open for him. After we conquered that one, we knew we were built for performing.”
Rowdy City is currently working on their debut studio album, “#RowdyNation.”
Check out the bizarrely cool video for Rowdy City’s single, “Crazy,” below: