Like - Gabe Stevenson
Mibbs - Michael Stevenson
BeYoung - Bryan Young
Pacific Division or Pac Div are a rap trio native to Los Angeles, California. Unsigned to a major label yet, they have recently dropped their first mixtape, Church League Champions. From their own blog site grownkidsyndrome the group have posted their bio. Read here. As Hip Hop attempts to regain its definition, fans have already defined it with Southern California trio, Pac Div. The group consists of brothers, Like and Mibbs, along with longtime friend BeYoung. The three came together in high school. While new talents strayed towards microwave music that trades quantity for quality, Pac Div emulated their idols native tongues and hieroglyphics to create slow-crafted conceptual music. In 2006, Pac Div released Blend Tape, a thematic mix tape combining mid-‘90s classic-inspired covers using in house production. The tracks chronicled day-jobs, trying to appeal to the fairer sex without fat pockets, restoring a Black presence in Hip Hop, and carefully coiffed wardrobes amidst the pursuit of glory. The results were jarring, the unsigned group landed on the pages of many magazines, Vapors, Skope, Urb, Source, XXL, Billboard, Rolling Stones, 944 Magazine, 8.5 and VIBE. A huge internet presence followed.
During the course of the group’s development, Hip Hop superstars began to notice. With Myspace love alone, Pharrell Williams of The Neptunes reached out to affirm that Pac Div is making innovative and fun music. After that, a chance meeting with The Roots’ Questlove in a Los Angeles record store led to a passed demo – which shockingly then led to the drummer personally calling the group to also extend support. Snoop Dogg shouted out Pac Div on his “My Peoples”. Rather than crutch these endorsements on album covers and Myspace banners, the trio matter-of-factly reminded fans that this was no overnight success. Offers from major labels followed, the group found a home with Universal Motown Records and readying for their début release, Grown Kid Syndrome in summer of 2009. The album delightfully forgets the tangents rap music has taken in the mainstream and simply affirms that good music is timeless. Pac Div is crafting their album and focused on making sure their live show is well…live. The group has toured domestically and internationally with heavy hitters and tastemakers alike: Nas, Q-tip, Busta Rhymes, The Cool Kids, Ice-T, and Ludacris. California Hip Hop is restructuring in the second half of the ’00. Styles, faces, and crews may change, these three young men remind us that it is, was, and forever will be the Pacific Division.
2006 The Blend Tape (mixtape
2009 Church League Champions (mixtape)