Collectively, we’re theWHOevers. As individual emcees/artists, we go by J.Arthur and DotKom.
Chi-city, theWINdy city, Chi-town: but most know it as Chicago, Illinois.
A cook and teacher by day; flame throwing, crime fighting emcees by night. Nah… To be honest, we do what we love—and that’s making dope hip-hop music.
A mutual friend introduced us back in 2007. But it wasn’t until early 2010, after we got familiar with each others’ work, that we decided to start working together as theWHOevers.
Our first performance was held at the Abbey Pub here in Chicago. It was a great way for us to get used to working and sharing the stage together.
Ultimately, we want to inspire people and make great quality music. Everything else will fall into place.
As artists, we understand we need to gain the appreciation of our audience, so we always try to be on point with what we do. Whether by music or some other form, we want our audience to connect with us through our work. We hope that our music allows others to express themselves, as it does for us.
It’s hard to narrow down a long list to just a few because we’re influenced by so many, but here goes: Wu-Tang Clan, A Tribe Called Quest and Gang Starr. It’s safe to say our parents also introduced us to jazz, R&B, soul and funk, so we’re not solely influenced by hip-hop.
Because so many have inspired us, we’d like to look at what we do as more of a responsibility: a responsibility that keeps us going day and night. One day, we hope to be just as great as those we look up to—and show our fans that we made it, too.
Shows, shows and more shows! Ideally, we’d like to travel and spread our music outside of Chicago. Well, that, and for the nation world to get familiar with theWHOevers. Bring it!