Raoul Gibson, better known as B-Dub, Dub, Raw Meat, Cowboy Raw or simply Cowboy has gone through much more than name changes since he entered the street life & music business as a young soldier in the street wars on the treacherous streets of Homewood, Pa.
Homewood, PA was the first neighborhood on the east coast to experience real Gang activity & B-Dub was a part of it all way before he began rapping. In the late 80’s & early 90’s, Several Crip gang sets emerged in Homewood, PA which caused young black males especially, to go into serious survival mode. The gang activity caused an immediate increase in drug trafficking, illegal firearm distribution the associated violence & homicides.
As a young black male, Dub was exposed to & directly involved and affected by every aspect of the gang life from the birth of it in Homewood. Often the turf wars between different Crip sets in the Homewood neighborhood alone was more vicious than people ever really knew because a lot of the homicides never made the news and were swept under the rug as simply, “Drug Related” & barely investigated. read more
E. Newsome, AKA, The 5th Letter is a well rooted pillar into the rich history of Pittsburgh’s music scene. Starting in middle school, The 5th Letter would quickly gain the attention and respect in the beginning infrastructure into the areas music culture. He would attend the Battleground Round-ups in front of the Candy-Rama in Downtown Pittsburgh. Without a pre-written rhyme, he displayed his talents while battling notable MC’s such as, The Mailman, Love Letter, Ty-Sky and Mr Bill to name a few. read more