In 1998 “E” and “Law” established Infared Music Group. This partnership birthed LEP short for Low End Professionals and The Bogus Boys who got their name from an infamous street mob.
Where It All Started:
LEP quickly established a respectable name for themselves. They had an undeniable stage presence at local shows and took no prisoners in any rap battle or free style cipher. At that time LEP consisted of two talented emcees emerging from Chicago’s deadly Ickies projects. Count, 1 half of LEP, was known as the muscle and stick up man with the ability to verbally strong-arm or lyrically rob, even assassinate anyone that stood in his way. Larro or “Lil Lar” (to most) made up the other half. He was known as the street hustler with a “by any means necessary” intense delivery and menacing swag. The streets considered them the quintessence of what the hood represented in Chicago, and thus eagerly embraced them.
While LEP was enjoying their new found celebrity, Moonie, who happened to be the 1st official artist signed to Infared Music Group, would spend epic days and nights in the studio. Rugg, who is a family member of Count’s, would also come by and participate in countless rap battles and free style show downs. Though LEP was an established group with a large street following, healthy competition pushed its members to pursue solo projects, which, in turn, gave way to the creation of The Bogus Boys.
TOUGH (TUFF) TIMES:
2001 brought much trial and tribulations to the LEP BOGUS BOYS family, Ronald “Law” Colverson tragically lost his life in the deadly streets of Chicago. Meanwhile, Moonie was serving time in the state penitentiary. With vital members gone, the LEP BOGUS BOYS had lost the momentum they’d worked so hard for.
Upon Moonie’s release, E was determined to put the company back together. Just as things where coming together, The LEP BOGUS BOYS family would experience yet another major loss. In 2006, the Chicago streets claimed the life of Laronson “Larro” Kellum.
These heart-wrenching losses would have stopped most. However, The LEP BOGUS BOYS used their music to shed light on the harsh realities of the streets. “…Hip-Hop music needs different types of music, we are living it and rapping about it, we aren’t making up our raps to get street cred, we are the real deal.” The LEP BOGUS BOYS have shown that gang-bang music doesn’t have to promote violence. Through their music, the group has been able to depict their lifestyle, the codes of the streets and tales of survival.
Other areas of America, like Atlanta, New York, LA, Miami and more have been recognized for their contributions to hip hop. Through their music, The LEP BOGUS BOYS have vowed to put Chicago on their back and put the Midwest on the map.
IN THE HOOD
“I’m married to the streets,” declared Count in the Prospect Magazine interview. L.E.P. is more than just a gangster rap group pushing their music in the streets. They also believe in giving back to the community that raised them. L.E.P. frequently supports their neighborhood by giving out school supplies, passing out toys at Christmas, partnering with local not-for-profit organizations and mentoring to youth. “I pretty much try and let them know that you have to have a safety net…I encourage them to think a little higher and outside the box,” revealed Rugg. L.E.P. sees the importance in educating young people on the harsh realities of the streets, encouraging them to explore other options and work hard to accomplish their goals. “Invest doesn’t always mean invest money, it’s just in your heart, invest in your mind. Invest in yourself,” advised Moonie. “…we plan on opening up community centers and helping children have something else to do better than hanging in the streets and getting into trouble.”
- “Chicago has produced rappers that are globally minded and quick to leave the Windy City behind, The Low End Professionals, or L.E.P. for short, are ready to back both trends.” ~ Source Magazine
- “…it’s time for the realness to come back to Hip-Hop again, and they are just the men to bring back that gangster music.” ~ Street Masters Magazine
- “….L.E.P. and the Bogus Boys represent the silent suffering of the people that make up the majority of their hood.” ~ Street Mos Magazine
- “Following the steps of legendary pioneers, gangster rap stars, N.W.A., Low End Professionals understand that gangsta rap is a very intricate and delicate element of Hip-Hop.” ~Prospect Magazine
- L.E.P. has opened for E40, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne and Jim Jones
- Collaborations and features include: Kanye West, Justice League, Shorty Red, Lo Key, Fly Boyz, Ice World, Floetry, Bun B, Rick Ross, Brisco, Wale, The Cool Kids, Twista, Ray J, Jim Jones, Fabolous, Jeremih.
- L.E.P. has sold over 30,000 mixtapes collectively and over the last 10 years flooded the streets with over 80,000 mixtapes.