|Crime MobIt?s been almost two years since five rowdy teenagers from Ellenwood, Georgia first exploded on the national music scene with their thunderous tune, ?Knuck if You Buck.? Like an uncontrollable wildfire, the song blazed its way through the underground and literally became one of the hottest songs in the country. Their subsequent self-titled debut drew rave reviews from various critics from both hip-hop and mainstream press - the album is pure adrenaline on wax. The New York Times called their music ?addictive? noting that their gritty and aggressive sound evokes ?the gleeful mayhem of an out-of-control classroom.? If Lil Jon is considered the King of Crunk and Lil Scrappy the Crown Prince of Crunk then consider Crime Mob the Grand Dukes and Duchesses of Crunk music - the young Turks, reppin? the next generation of Southern hip-hop.Crime Mob?s musical tale has its roots deep in the streets of Ellenwood, a small suburb outside of Atlanta. ?We came up in the same area,? says Cyco Black. ?We all went to the same school, that?s how we hit it off really.? When the crew was in their early teens the guys got involved in a little more than their fair share of mischief. Back then they called themselves Crime Mob and were known for being a rowdy bunch. But it was their love of music that brought the six together over a homemade studio where they would develop a style that eventually led them to fame and fortune. ?The name [Crime Mob] was made up a long time ago,? says Princess. ?We still hold [onto] that name because it?s a part of our history, it?s a reminder of where we came from, but we?ve turned it into a positive thing.?Soon the group started hitting the streets with their underground CDs, doing countless shows around the City of Atlanta. After a while Crime Mob earned a reputation for putting on exciting shows. One of the highlights of their show was their performance of the underground song, ?Knuck if You Buck? - it caused sheer pandemonium. Whenever the beat dropped and the crew started chanting the hook, the clubs would go crazy. Impressed with their talent and performance skills, BME recording artist Lil Scrappy invited them to open up a few shows for him. Little did the group know that it would alter their lives forever. Scrappy had arranged for Lil Jon and BME executives to be at one of the shows and they were thoroughly impressed with what they saw. ?Lil Jon and the rest of BME were in the club,? recalls Princess. ?When we performed the song the crowd already knew it. So, that sparked their attention.? BME and Crime Mob inked a deal and immediately went into the studio to record. Two weeks later Crime Mob?s self-titled debut was ready. Fueled by the blazing hit single ?Knuck if You Buck,? (the second single to reach platinum status in ringtones), Crime Mob?s debut album peaked at number five on the Billboard charts and sold well over two hundred thousand units with little promotions.