Coming out of Sacramento’s Oak Park Community, Mula Gang is comprised of twin brothers Mula and Polo who hit the scene after their A capella videos went viral. They call themselves “R&B trap,” pairing the struggle they have seen in their 16 years of life melodic flow, giving listeners a new spin on the modern trap sound. At the end of last year they released Twin Stories, solely produced by June On The Beat with features from IamSu!
Since then the buzz has been building up. Their new project CH.1, short for Chosen 1’s, is set to drop soon, with the 1st song “Flip it” produced by Zaytoven. The two have also gotten cosigns from T-Pain and Cam’ron, a sign that the Mula and Polo don’t intend to slow down. We sat down with the two artists to talk music, life in Oak Park, and the importance of delivering a message.
I saw one of your acapella videos that went viral, specifically “Chosen One.” And it has over 2 million views. What made you guys want to get into music?
We were just kids, you know just beating off our chests making acapella music. We were playing with it at first, then life started changing. And we started working.
What made you guys put out a capella videos?
That was just us. We weren’t rappers trying to get in the studio to make a beat. That was just us, a capella. That was our style.
You guys are twin brothers, what is your creative process like?
Perfect. We’ll tell each other when stuff don’t sound right. And it’s our music so we want it to sound good. And if we do argue, we’re twins, we get over it.
Your music is a completely different take on the trap sound that we’re used to hearing.
Yeah, we got fans all across the world. People say we sound Jamaican, or sound like we’re from different countries. But it was just like, we didn’t want to sound like everybody in our hood. Everybody doesn’t sing in our hood. They say “ah that’s too lame” but we come from the struggle. And a lot of people from our hood do feel our music, we just don’t rap about the stuff they rap about. We sing it…We call ourselves R&B trap.
T-Pain shared your music on his Facebook page, and that’s somebody that ushered in a new sound as well. How did that make you guys feel?
It’s a blessing! He did tap in with us, we went to a show with him, we performed together, and it was a blessing. And we got a big secret; we got something coming with him.
Well you guys released Twin Stories at the end of last year. It was produced entirely by June On The Beat and featured IamSu!, and when I see that name that’s a big deal. You guys are 16 and got someone that big on your project.
June On The Beat, that’s like our brother. It was like it was meant to be for us to work together. And how we met with IamSu!, June hooked it up. June showed him our music and he was like “I love it,” so he hopped on the track and it was a hit.
And your music is an extension of who you guys are and where you’re from. What was it like growing up in Oak Park?
Rough, real rough. Grimey. You gotta choose your own path because there’s a lot of stuff going on there. A lot of kids will follow other people, but we wanted to choose our own path.
Well I’m curious if people think you have to have a message when it comes to making music.
Yeah, you gotta have a message period. Everybody got messages; you just gotta come from where they come from. And what they’ve seen in life, at young ages like us, we’ve seen a lot of stuff…We all have different lifestyles at the end of the day so I don’t judge nobody by what they’re saying. Everybody has different messages but you gotta have a message.
Mula Gang, we listen to everybody. We learn from people and that’s how you make better music. At the end of the day you’re gonna have haters, you’re gonna have supporters that want to help you build your music. And some people when they hear it, gonna relate, but we want to make music so everybody can relate. The whole world.
Wow, I wasn’t talking like this when I was 16.
Everybody says that. Y’all 16 but y’all not 16. We’re really older because we learned a lot of stuff. A lot of people influenced our lives. And we paid attention.
And going through your Instagram, you guys have tattoos and everything. You’re in the music business now. How does, whoever your parental figure is, feel about your music and the lifestyle?
Growing up it was rough, because our mom comes from the same hood and she wanted us out of the hood. She wanted us to do better. So it was kind of hard showing her that we were doing music.
But when we got the tattoos we already had that older mentality. We were getting money, trying to pay the bills for the house, so she wasn’t really tripping off no tattoo. She ain’t no mom that lets stuff pass like that though, but 13, 14, we were already growing up.
Well, shout out to her.
Shout out to our grandma too. She was our manager at first. She was the one that helped us with the Cinematic stuff. She tapped us in with them!
What’s something people don’t know about you guys?
We work hard…and we want to show the older cats that we can do this stuff too. A lot of people think that because we’re kids we don’t know what we’re talking about, and try to give us scriptures. But at the end of the day we just listen. Get that knowledge.
Well where do you guys see yourselves five years from now?
Millionaires, young millionaires. Young, graduated scholars. Family good. Business. We want to build our brand, Mula Gang.