Barf Troop Is The DIY Rap Collective Of Your Dreams
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Photographed by Charlotte Rutherford via The Isis Nicole Magazine
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Barf Troop is a badass rap collective that speaks their minds the best way that they know how—on the Internet, through music. Comprised of Babeo Baggins, Babe Simpson, Babe Field, and Babenstein, the twenty-somethings like to say that their group is a healthy rival of Odd Future. Barf Troop has been a thing since they were teenagers that randomly found each other in the depths of Tumblr. All four members refer to themselves as "babes" because the term is gender-neutral, and they are both nonbinary and cisgender artists. In an interview with NOISEY, Baggins said that the group is all about boys and girls respecting each other.
"Music has always been a huge part of all of our lives, but we had never really created and shared our own songs before joining the group," they explain. "Our efforts were made by collaborating through Skype calls and instant messaging. Our creative process is visualizing concepts and ideas, and carrying them through."
Last year, Barf Troop even had the opportunity to make a guest appearance on their friend Jaden Smith's Apple Music Beats 1 show "MSFTS Frequency." If that didn't stop you in your tracks, know that one of their biggest supporters is also Drake, so no big deal. To top it all off, Simpson and Baggins racked up their first magazine cover in the fourth issue of The Isis Nicole Magazine. These women are going places, and instead of trying to beat them, you should join them as they continue to break down gender stereotypes.
Read Barf Troop's take on the industry and about moving forward in the interview, below. (While you're at it, listen to all of their discography here.)