Fly.Union has always been among the most industrious hip-hop collectives in the city. They first came to Alive's attention by hosting a lavish listening party for their merely decent "Kill Fly.U" compilation at the Gateway Film Center.

Fly.Union has always been among the most industrious hip-hop collectives in the city. They first came to Alive's attention by hosting a lavish listening party for their merely decent "Kill Fly.U" compilation at the Gateway Film Center.

Pretty quickly, they developed the music to match their ambitions, evolving into an expert combination of slick production and smooth lyricism. At this point, you'd be hard pressed to find another rap group in the state that can match their mojo.

Since being named an Alive Band to Watch in 2008, they've built up an impressive Rolodex. Collaborations with the likes of Big Sean, Curren$y and Chip Tha Ripper helped them grab ears outside Ohio. Now, to paraphrase Lil Wayne, there seems to be no ceiling on how high Fly.U can soar.