If you’ve been following the hit MTV reality series Runâ€™s House starring Reverend Run (of Run-DMC), then you already know about the hip-hop trio Team Blackout. Team Blackout consists of Rev Runâ€™s teenage son JoJo Simmons and his childhood friends Zach, and Reggie. The Queens / Long Island natives have been rhyming together since the 7th grade, but it wasnâ€™t until the 2003 New York City Blackout that JoJo, Zach and Reggie decided to officially unite and form Team Blackout â€“ hence the name.
Since then, theyâ€™ve been honing their craft, in the studio, on stage and even on TV. For the past four-years, millions of Runâ€™s House fans have watched Team Blackout develop, on-air, into a full-fledged group to look out for. In 2007, they landed their first record deal with NY / LA based indie label Latchkey Recordings (distributed via Koch Entertainment). Team Blackout immediately hit the studio to record their debut album, Lights Out, in stores 8/19/2008. Lights Out was produced entirely by upcoming production duo Chris n Teeb (Danity Kane, Salt N Pepa), Grammy award winning producer Rockwilder and Ron Browz. Rev Run serves as the LPâ€™s executive producer.
Lyrically, Lights Out is fun and carefree, bringing back a feel good vibe thatâ€™s been missing in todayâ€™s hip-hop music. Sonically, Chris n Teeb, Rockwilder and Ron Browz deliver a heavy dose of slick, futuristic sounds â€“ perfect for the radio and clubs. JoJo Simmons states â€œweâ€™ve got hot music, so itâ€™s gonna be hard for people to say we only got a break just because Iâ€™m Reverend Runâ€™s son. People are gonna be surprised.â€
Season 5 of MTVâ€™s Runâ€™s House is in full effect, featuring more of Team Blackoutâ€™s steady rise in the music biz. Keep an eye open for Team Blackoutâ€™s upcoming video for â€œBillion Dollar Boyfriendâ€ and be sure to check out their internet buzz video â€œJ5 On â€˜Emâ€, produced by Ron Browz (Nas, G-Unit), featuring DJ Webstar and Boogie Black. Fans of Runâ€™s House loved the J5 dance from season four and continually sent messages asking for more, so Team Blackout hit them with a summer dance anthem for the kids.
With Team Blackoutâ€™s drive and Rev Run as mentor, JoJo, Zach & Reggie have a bright future ahead. But in the meantime, get ready for them to put your lights out this summer.