To kick off our monthly favorite artists in 2017, we finally got the chance to link up with New Jersey‘s hardest trap group Modern Day Generation at another performance! The boys (all first cousins) have aptly dubbed themselves “The Trapson 5,” paying homage to the world’s greatest musical family, The Jacksons. No need to wonder if the talent lives up to the adulation that spawned the King of Pop because their packed-out concerts, and even showcases, leave crowds from all walks of life in awe and wanting more. Enter Drumma, Cash, Dolla Baby, Bagz, and Lowlife HB.

I was first introduced to MDG by catching them at Hot 97‘s The Next Big Showcase in either 2014/15 in Elizabeth, NJ. After hours upon hours of listening to wannabe artists, I was introduced to the real thing when these guys took the stage. To describe how they took control of the venue and the audience in words wouldn’t do them any justice. As I watched, the boys were a dizzying blur of dreadlocks, diamonds, gold chains, and black clothing. Hanging off of the railings, jumping into the crowd, spraying water bottles — no one else and no other group had taken advantage of the small space available at Elizabeth’s 803 Lounge. I had to introduce myself.

Fast forward to January 21, 2017 at Gamechanger World in Howell, NJ, MDG was about to make magic happen right in front of my eyes a second time. Backed with a DJ, live instrumentals provided by Drumma, and accompanied by Philly rapper Microwave Frank, one could say that the boys stole the dispersed and anxious crowd impatiently waiting to see Rich The Kid away from the billed headliner. I couldn’t get to the front of the stage before I saw others who had previously performed even jumping along in the first few rows. “Crowd control” is irrelevant as MDG put forth their own crowd command when they took the stage shortly before RTK. When Dolla Baby says “Back the fuck up,” you give those men some room. When Cash says “Turn the fuck up,” you turn the fuck up. Simply put, these boys undeniably know how to perform.

With all different looks and personalities, the boys called to mind an essence not unlike the boy bands of the early 2000s. They’re a family, a band, cousins, friends, and brothers. During our interview, Dolla credits his own father (their version of Joe Jackson) for making the group into who they are today. Through extensive training and sharpening their stage moves, lyrics, visuals and overall image, the boys have only perfected what was inside of them all along, providing the only answer to what lead to their signing to Fetty Wap‘s RGF Island label.

If you ever see Modern Day Generation listed on an event flyer, make sure you buy a ticket and support them. Their latest project Free Bagz: The Mixtape tells the story of the Essex County rising stars, and includes special words from their currently incarcerated cousin and group member Bagz. Fans can look forward to Back to the Trap, the next project coming from MDG later this year which will be executive produced by Dolla Baby. Listen to them on SoundCloud here, and watch our interview below!


Video credit: Matt Eldridge.
Special thanks to Modern Day Generation, Microwave Frank, GameChanger World, the door guy at GameChanger World, and Matt Eldridge.