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  • 4 Lazy Dudes

    SOU theater students start hip-hop group
  • When people ask any of the members of 4 Lazy Dudes what kind of music they play, they are usually surprised when the response is, "a hip-hop group."
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  • When people ask any of the members of 4 Lazy Dudes what kind of music they play, they are usually surprised when the response is, "a hip-hop group."
    The four lazy dudes are Shayne Hanson, Gregg Land, Josh Simpson and Joe Wegner — and by the amount of choreography and intensity in their performances, they should hardly be called "lazy."
    The four dudes all met when they were students at Southern Oregon University last year. Three of them, Hanson, Simpson and Wegner, are theater arts majors, and performance is a big part of their act.
    "We all come from acting, so we're ready to perform, and we're ready to put on a show. We all focus on the lyrics and how we sound, but really when we perform we want to put on a show," said Wegner.
    The 4 Lazy Dudes' lyrics focus on the experiences of twenty-somethings' lives in Ashland, for the most part.
    "We started writing about stuff that was happening to us now, what we were going through, and that we were thinking about. We're not trying to be anybody, we didn't grow up in the 'hood. We're just a couple of white kids in Ashland that decided to write some music," said Wegner.
    They got together when Simpson and Hanson, who lived next door to each other, were hanging out one day and Hanson started showing Simpson a book of poems and writing he had been working on.
    "He was showing me this book of poetry and rhymes and stuff he's been writing throughout the years, and I was like 'Dude, I play guitar, and we can use garage band and make a song!' " said Simpson.
    Then Hanson brought Wegner into the group because he had been in another rap group called A-Town.
    "We performed in a few backyards. Nothing big, but I started working with these guys. We just kind of hung out and started writing stuff. We started writing this song called 'California Stop.' It was Shayne's idea," said Wegner.
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