About Str8 Like Dat
Brandon Montgomery p.k.a. "Vandal" is currently 20 years old and is from Joliet, IL. Vandal grew up listening to names such as 2Pac, KanYe West and Slick Rick. Names like these were early influences behind Vandal's love for music. This love for music persuaded him to begin rapping as early as 5th grade. Vandal’s unique style today shadows his all-time favorite artists; from the cockiness of KanYe, the griminess of Tupac Shakur, and the word-play/storytelling of Slick Rick the Ruler.
Andrew Wermer p.k.a. "Einstein" is currently 20 years old and is from Joliet, IL. Einstein began writing poetry in 5th grade, and brought over the love for poetry into songwriting/rapping in 7th grade. Einstein listened to southern-based rap/hip-hop in the early stages of his career, and his main influence in music was Chamillionaire. The Houston/Dallas swagger is still distinctively present in Einstein’s style; from multi-syllable fast-rapping, to the clever ‘how did he come up with that?’ metaphors and word-play.
What makes this partnership so unique is their ability to adjust and add their original styles to the always-changing world of music. Both Einstein and Vandal have crafted they’re own styles to suit one another, and bring mayhem to their records. Over the course of they’re young careers, they’ve had many accomplishments; from working with Chicago-based super-producer Toxic, performing at colleges/frat parties across the U.S., headlining sold out shows locally (Joliet/Chicago), having their single “Dial Tone” on iTunes/Amazon/etc., becoming a Top 10 Finalist for WGCI’s Big Jam 2012, being featured in newspaper articles and magazines, and much more.
One thing that’s always been kept in the back of their minds is the verbal agreement they made with each other back in 2009. Einstein and Vandal made an agreement that they would never give up on music until they were sitting on the coach of 106 & Park. Since that day of agreement, it's safe to say that even after 106 & Park, they'll never quit. In the future, SLD plans on continuing to tour across America, taking over radio play, and purchasing their mothers dream houses.