Blumbros is an American Hip-Hop group formed in 2016, from North Philadelphia, PA. The group is composed of two brothers, known as Raphy (Raphael Perkins) and Carty (Cartier Perkins). Raphy and Carty are numbers 9 and 10 out of 11 siblings born and raised in the notorious Philadelphia Housing Project known as Blumberg Homes. Both brothers were split up at early ages and raised in different parts of the city. The brothers re-connected at the ages of 15 and 16 and began making music and creating a buzz locally. The pair grabbed the attention of Todd “Morty” Perry II (A music manager/publisher, also from Philadelphia) with their regional hit, “Wanna Be Grown.” Working alongside Morty and Co-manager, “Oss,” the duo began to develop their songwriting, image and stage presence. Blumbros has garnered the attention of powerful music executives such as Philadelphia Native, J. Erving (Eve, Nelly, Jeremih). The group has begun performing their live show on a small, local, college tour (Penn State, Kutztown, etc.) and will be opening for a slew of major artists this summer. Blumbros is an example of how two inner city kids, who are often counted out in America, can commit to a passion and travel the globe spreading great music and energy. Blumbros are currently being courted by a few major labels, but are continuing to build real fans, one-step at a time.
1) How old were you when you first decided you wanted to do music?
Raphy: 13, but didn’t really take it serious until 19.
Carty: I started at 21, I wrote a song called “Mow Da B*tch”. It was a slang term used in our neighborhood, which means, “Cut a chick off.” It took off in our area and I haven’t stopped since.
2) Who would you say inspires you the most as an artist?
Raphy: Quavo (Migos)
Carty: Meek Mill, PnB Rock and Uzi
3) Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
Raphy: I see myself over everybody in my lane and holding a Grammy.
Carty: I honestly think I will take over the whole club life because of the type of music I make. I want every club all over the world to play our music.
4) What artist(s) would you like to collaborate with?
Raphy: Quavo, I look up to him as an artist and I respect his swag. He has his own sound and no one sounds like him. I would love to work with him.
Carty: I’d like to work with Rae Smerrurd because they similar to us. I think if we were in the studio together we would come up with something crazy!
5) What would you say is your biggest accomplishments?
Raphy: Finishing high school, I had to repeat 12th grade like 3 times, but I finally saw it through and made it happen. Where we come from graduating high school is a huge accomplishment. I’m proud of myself for that.
Carty: My certification in carpentry and my high school diploma.
6) What is the biggest thing in your life that you regret and wish you could change?
Raphy: Growing up with snakes and backstabbers, I wish I had kept it within my family. I put my trust in a lot of people that weren’t real and I paid a price for it. I won’t do that again.
Carty: Having a kid when I was kid. I was 15 when I had my first daughter. I was so young and had no clue about life. She was a blessing, but I had no idea what I was doing.
7) What is 1 thing that you want fans to always remember you by?
Raphy: I want them to remember us for good music and that we never disappointed them with anything we dropped.
Carty: I want people to remember me by my positive vibes and energy. You’ll never catch me in the media for something negative.
8) What is the hardest thing about being in the music industry?
Raphy: Deadlines. We hate deadlines. We like to let the creativity flow, but we understand we have to make deadlines.
Carty: Building the fanbase, you have to have patience. It’s all worth it in the end.
9) What separates you from other artist out right now?
Raphy: We make different music; we don’t talk about selling drugs. We consider ourselves entertainers more than rappers. We don’t have guns in our videos. A lot of rappers in Philly rap about guns and trappin, but we don’t. We’re different.
Carty: We sound the same live as we do on the track. We write all of our own music too.
10) If you weren’t doing music what would you be doing?
Raphy: Track, Gymnastics or Football Probably. I love sports.
Carty: I’d probably have a regular 9-5, In Pharmaceuticals lol.
11) When it comes to music what is one thing you wish you knew five years ago?
Raphy and Carty: We wish we had started 5 years ago! Lol.
12) Where is the strangest place a fan has every approached you?
Raphy: I was attacked in Vanity Grand (Strip Club) to take a picture in the bathroom.
Carty: I got mobbed by a group of girls on Cecil B Moore Ave in a car, it was wild.
13) Musically who are you mostly compared to?
Raphy and Carty : Rae Sremmurd