Screwball: Producer, Engineer, DJ
BIG JUBE: Rapper, Songwriter, Producer
T-SKYZ: Rapper, Songwriter, Producer
GIFTDACURSE: Rapper, Songwriter
Bangin HOT BEATS & TRAX since 1999!
BIG JUBE and SCREWBALL first met in 1999. BIG JUBE, (Greg Jubert) had just graduated from Bloomingdale High School in Brandon FL, and SCREWBALL (Scott Hardesty) was in his senior year. Both had a passion for entertaining and threw parties almost everyday. SCREWBALL was an aspiring DJ, specializing, at the time, in Florida Breakbeats. JUBE was a very talented lyricist (and saxaphone player) with endless notebooks of poetry based on true life experiences. Both had a deep understanding of musical theory and when the duo first figured out that Jube's vocals complimented Screwball's beats, MUZIK SHOPPE was born.
T-SKYZ (Tony Williams), a close friend of JUBE joined MUZIK SHOPPE in 2001. A freestyle and tongue-twisting legend, T-SKYZ jumped on the opportunity to write and record songs with MUZIK SHOPPE, and the duo was now a trio.
The 3 stilled loved to throw parties, it seemed to be the perfect way to gain exposure and promote their muzik to friends and fans, but they soon went a little overboard. Between 2003 and 2005 each one of them ended up in jail for separate incidents, with the most memorable of these incidents being the time JUBE told the cops it was his weed, not SCREWBALL's, which was JUBE's effort to keep SCREWBALL out of jail (This was an act of true friendship that SCREWBALL will never forget!). JUBE, unfortunately had to sit in jail the longest. But it didn't put an end to da SHOPPE, it actually helped them take-off with new creative accomplishments. Most producers write beats and then the lyricist writes his verses and hooks, but da SHOPPE did it in reverse. For the 6 months JUBE was away, everyday he would mail his new lyrics to Screwball, and Screwball went back in the lab composing beats that captured the emotions of JUBE's words in a very powerful way!
By the time JUBE got out, T-SKYZ & SCREWBALL had already recorded several new tracks to add to their arsenal of hot songs. T-SKYZ also got into producing beats. JUBE fell in love with every instrumental SCREWBALL and T-SKYZ made for him, and he recorded his entire first album, "SETTING THE STAGE", on SCREWBALL's low-budget mobile studio.
Still heavily involved in drugs, SCREWBALL and JUBE were both homeless and going from friend's house to friend's house. The mobile studio consisted of SCREWBALL's only prized possession: A computer and recording equipment. Their first pop-filter, or "popper-stopper" was T-SKY's doo-rag wrapped around a wire clothes-hanger. They couldn't go on like this. Their talent and song content was worth much more than their low-quality equipment. It was time to make a change. BIG JUBE and SCREWBALL moved to St. Petersburg, FL looking for a fresh start. They got real jobs, started saving money for better equipment, and stop doing drugs. JUBE really didn't have a choice but to clean up his act, in 2008, Nevaeh Jubert was born, and his #1 priority was to be the best father he could be.
SCREWBALL, JUBE, and T-SKYZ kept on throwing parties and promoting new muzik, but now they did it responsibly. Any more charges could send any one of them up the road for a long time. Soon the trio met an interesting character in downtown St. Pete. GIFTDACURSE (Sal Wallace) was also a local rapper and lyricist. GIFTDACURSE used to work with other producers in the area, but he wanted a group that was dedicated and willing to put in the work and effort to make it big. GIFTDACURSE brought a new style to the group. His new ides, catchy lyrics and skill with rhyme schemes and metaphors was the missing link that MUZIK SHOPPE needed. In 2009 the trio became a a quartet. GIFTDACURSE recorded "MY HEART IS YOURS," his debut mixtape, in da SHOPPE's new * improved professional recording studio, which they collectively paid for themselves. The only thing left to do at that time was to promote and play live shows. SCREWBALL had already got some recognition by DJing in clubs and bars around town. He has used these opportunities to break new tracks from SHOPPE artists into the Tampa and St Pete scene. MUZIK SHOPPE has performed and hosted parties all over the Tampa Bay area including venues like Empire, Level III, Crowbar, Encore, The Atrium, Bishop's Tavern, and Club Karma.
SCREWBALL had already got some recognition by DJing in clubs and bars around town. He has used these opportunities to break new tracks from SHOPPE artists into the Tampa and St Pete scene. MUZIK SHOPPE has performed and hosted parties all over the Tampa Bay area including venues like Empire, Level III, Crowbar, Encore, The Atrium, Bishop's Tavern, and Club Karma.