Stone says the reunion was about more than finances. "A lot of us at the station didn't like what was happening before, but it was out of our hands," he says. "There's been some changes that's allowed us to embrace Kaos again."
Such as the February firing of Lee Clear, who was the Beat's general manager during the Kaos brouhaha? Says Stone: "I can't speak on that."
Along with his Freik Mobb/Organized Crime Family recording partners Blu Streets, Why P, Ammo and Kriss Kringle Kaos is also promoting his music via videos that double as soft-core porn. Their ode to lesbian love, "HerShe Kiss," features nudity and female oral sex. Another, "Strip Joint," is almost as explicit.
Both videos are available on the Freik Mobb/OCF Web site, monomuzik.net, while Will Uso (who, in addition to his day job directing educational videos, shot the vids) says he's promoted the clips on sex- and hip-hop-themed message boards. (Both were also on YouTube.com before the site's moderators removed "Strip Joint" because of its sexual content.)
NC-17 hip-hop videos are nothing new, but Kaos nonetheless denies that his are a publicity scheme.
"We shot like ten videos, and only two cater to the freaky-type people," he says. "Then we got one for the gangsters. We got ones talking about people who say, 'I'm in love with you.' It's always the graphic ones that are gonna stick out.
"It's a beautiful thing," he adds. "I don't find nothing wrong with females doing what they do." Ben Westhoff
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