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SPECIAL REPORT: Meet Big Bang

CEDAR RAPIDS (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- On a chilly Saturday night at Hawkeye Downs, Big Bang waits for their turn.

I'm not gonna lie, I'm pretty nervous, Big Bang member Tuff Laun said backstage, just minutes before the show.

The rap group hailing from Cedar Rapids is no stranger to the bright lights, but the adrenaline is still pumping.

We got our family and friends out here, says Tone Da Boss. It's a great feeling.

This show is special for many reasons. It's the last stop on popular rapper Tech N9ne's national tour, and Big Bang is one of the openers.

It's gonna be amazing man, especially if they like itif they don't like it member DaChaMan said, breaking out into laughter

Their appearance also marked the debut performance of a very special song, the ultimate tribute to the City of Five Seasons.



At their apartment in downtown Cedar Rapids, away from the lights and microphones, Big Bang members Domonique and Antonio...or Tuff Laun and Tone Da Boss.... are just your typical Iowans. They were born and raised in the city, with full time jobs at Go Daddy and Luter and Associates. 
 
We do a lot of music sometimes just for us, just to have fun, just whatever we're feeling, Tone Da Boss  said.

Outside of their day jobs, the group has gained some popularity on the internet through their music. One of their more popular songs featured everyone's favorite sea creature with the square pants, Spongebob, complete with its own dance.

However, out of all their songs, it's their most recent effort that has locals sitting up and paying attention.

We were sitting around listening to instrumentals, it just sounded like some instrumental type of music and that's where the idea came from - let's brand our city. Tuff Laun said. 

Writing it in just one day, and editing it over two, the group didn't have high expectations for the song, titled 'Cedar Rapids (Wont Let You Down)

We had about 1,000, 2,000 views, it kinda fizzled out, and then out of nowhere it just goes up, Tuff Laun  said.

We thought it was a glitch or just somebody playing with us to be honest with you, Tone da Boss said.

20 thousand views later, the comments - many from native Cedar Rapidians here and nationwide - range from well done - to strangely inspiring.

The group says the song is motivated by memories, many from their upbringing. The video flashes locations, streets and sidewalks that locals are all too familiar with.

Walking on 15th street with my friends to the quick trip at the time, now its Road Ranger, Tone da Boss said.

They also say its a song driven by a sense of pride - an anthem of sorts. New York has itBeverly Hills has itso why not Cedar Rapids?

A lot of people that care in Cedar Rapids, they're always willing to lend a helping hand if in need, Tuff Laun said.

I feel like the city raised us, we are who we are because of the city, Tone da Boss said. 



So with many in the city gathered at Hawkeye downs on that Saturday night, Big Bang hits the stage.

Saving their Cedar Rapids performance for last ending their set with a bang and giving their all to the city they love.

Because for Big Bang -  it's all that they know.

The group says several people in Iowa City have asked them to make a song for them. Meanwhile, the group expects to release a part 2 to Cedar Rapids Wont Let You Down very soon.

For a link to the song and the video, head to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qI-NGmkAns

For more information on Big Bang, visit http://bigbangxl.com/
 
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