Friday, June 29, 2007

New Clyde Carson Single- Doin Dat (ft. Sean Kingston)

I've been waiting for a better version to pop up online without the DJ ever few seconds...but I couldn't wait any longer. This song too sick. Mark my words...this is gonna be the biggest single out of the bay since E-40's singles. Sean Kingston blowing up too...this single could be the one.

Heard a rumor clyde might have been pushed back till 08....not sure thought...he needs to drop this year!

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

New Releases For 6/26/07

Messy Marv and Mitchy Slick- Messy Slick (you can read my review in the previous post)

Artist: A-Wax
Title: Hitz N More
Label: R.N.L.G.

Track List:

1.We On Fire
2.Tha Chop
3.Money In The Bay
4.Wanna Know More
5.Da Game
6.Where We At
7.In The Lot
9.Stayin' Happy
10.Thats Not The Way
11.Show You Better
13.Gunz Cost
14.For Real
15.Live This Life

Major Label albums dropping today..

Artist: Pharoahe Monch

Title: Desire

Label: Universal

Location: New York

( gave it a 4/5 rating)


Artist: Tum Tum

Title: Eat or Get Ate

Label: Universal Republic

Location: Da Souf (I forget where)

Monday, June 25, 2007

Messy Marv & Mitchy Slick- Messy Slick *REVIEW*

Artist: Messy Marv, Mitchy Slick
Title: Messy Slick
Label: Siccness
Release Date: June 26, 2007

Track List:

1.Intro - (with Rah2k)
2.Click Clack
3.On the One - (with Yukmouth)
6.2nd Letter - (with Damu)
7.Rollie On My Arm - (with Styles P/Turf Talk)
8.Big Gunz - (with Tiny Doo)
9.Diego To Da Bay
10.Cherish a Thug - (with Keak Da Sneak)
11.Hey - (with Krondon)
12.Tryn To Get a Dolla - (with Tiny Doo)
13.Take This Cream - (with Tiny Doo)
14.2 Bombs - (with 211)
15.Siccness Anthem - (with T-Nutty/Damu)

My Rating: 4/5

My Review: I've been anticipating this album for a while because Messy Marv is one of my favorite artists and I had heard nothing but good stuff about Mitchy Slick. The album came out solid. The album has mostly a gangsta theme, so those expecting more should avoid this one. Mitchy provides some nice lyrics throughout while Messy Marv shows off his smooth delivery. My biggest problem with this album is how Messy Marv reused some lines, and pretty much an entire verse on one of the last songs, that I've heard before. Even Keak reused some lyrics off Copium in his guest spot, but at least you can understand every word he says on this one. The production is pretty solid, except on "2 Bombs" which sounds like a snap song gone wrong. As long as you don't expect too much content (this album is mostly tough guy talk) this album is enjoyable.

Best Tracks: On The One, 2nd Letter, Cherish A Thug

Weak Tracks: 2 Bombs

Friday, June 22, 2007

Keak Da Sneak Joins Kafani On Koch?

It's true if you believe Box Kev. He posted this on the forum...


ME: Keak to Koch?
KOCH Exec: Yes Sir!!! Thats what it is!
ME: Wow that's big!
ME: When did that happen?
KOCH Exec: 2 days ago
ME: That's hot!
ME: Ya'll runnin shit over there
KOCH Exec: KOCH believes in the Bay man!!!
ME: Yeah ya'll always fucked with us hard
ME: That Keak shit is gonna be HUGE!
KOCH Exec: I got Kafani working with Montay now trying to put a hot mixon that Fast together. And I will get Unk on it to give it thatnational co sign. Its going to be huge
ME: Great news!
KOCH Exec: yeah man its going to be big
ME: So what's Keak working on with ya'll?
KOCH Exec: an album
KOCH Exec: going send his ass to ATL also
ME: Who Keak or Kafani?
KOCH Exec: Both Keak & Kafani
ME: HOT!!!
KOCH Exec: Yeah got to break that south


Wednesday, June 20, 2007

New Singles From San Quinn (ft. Clyde Carson) and Frontline

Frontline- It's Going Down
Looks like it could be a radio hot out here

San Quinn ft. Clyde Carson- Push Up On Me
Hear it on Quinn's myspace
Done Deal Kenny says it's the first official single

Monday, June 18, 2007

New Releases for 6/19/07

**Note: Indy Bay Releases Don't Always Drop When They're Supposed To**

Artist: Ampichino, Young Bossy, Freeze
Title: Ap9 of Mob Figaz Presents Ampichino City Of Godz
Label: Mob Shop Ent.
Track List:

1. Don't Slip
2. Stunna Shades (Feat. Young Ridiculous)
3. Chase Cheddar
4. Supa Starz (Feat. B-Wild)
5. On Everything
6. City Of Godz
7. Black Amerikkka
8. Y'all Niggaz (Feat. Sqad Up)
9. C.O.D.
10. Big $ (Feat. Toot Da Game God)
11. Code Of Life (Feat. Praise Money & Chino Nino)
12. Slappin' (Feat. Luchi)
13. Feel Me
14. Welcome To Sea World (Feat. Bane Coso, Felony 1 & Chino Nino)
15. R.I.P. (Feat. Ive)
16. Get'n Money
17. Real Hustlaz
18. Spray Yaself (Feat. Young Ridiculous)

On Everything, C.O.D., Get'n Money and one more song not listed on this track list can be heard here:

Artist: Hollywood
Title: San Quinn Presents Hollywood: Live-N-Direct from Rich City
Label: Sumo Records

Also, I think today is the official release date of Smoov-E's "Larry Dallas" album...but I don't like it so I wont bother posting anything else about it.

Non Bay Major Releases

Artist: Huey
Title: Notebook Paper
Label: Jive
Location: STL
( gave it a 3.5/5 rating)

Artist: Shop Boyz
Title: Rockstar Mentality
Label: Universal Republic
Location: ATL
( gave it a 2/5 rating...OUCH!)

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Rell Dert ft. Kafani- Ready Set Go

Jacked this link from
I really don't like Kafani (even though I like Fassst), but he raps over a lot of nice beats.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Is Hyphy Dead?

An SF Chronicle article answers the question.

Hyphy was touted as the Next Big Thing. Then the movement's momentum appeared to have stalled, at least in music industry circles. Critics had their reasons, everything from the lack of a big hit after E-40's "Tell Me When to Go" to contractual entanglements. But someone forgot to tell the kids for whom hyphy is a lifestyle, a culture and a raison d'etre.
Take Super Hyphy 17, an all-ages, alcohol-free event held Memorial Day weekend at Petaluma's Phoenix Theater. That's where about 1,000 youngsters of various ethnicities went dumb, shook their dreads and made thizz faces all night to live performances by Mistah F.A.B., Zion-I & the Grouch, the Pack, Haji Springer, J-Billion, J. Diggs and other local acts.
A palpable surge of energy moved through the crowd when the DJ spun the late Mac Dre's now-classic 2002 anthem "Thizzelle Dance"; live renditions of recent hits like the Pack's "Vans," Zion-I's "The Bay" and F.A.B.'s "Kicked Out Da Club" were greeted with equal exuberance. Though the tightly packed crowd was "in the building and feeling itself," as they say, the negatives associated with hyphy were absent -- there were no fights, no gunshots and nobody spinning doughnuts after the show.
"Is hyphy over? Not in Petaluma," said concert promoter D-Sharp, looking around at a hall full of excited youngsters sporting multicolored hoodies, special-edition Oakland A's hats, shiny grill pieces, Thizz Fo Life T-shirts and the oversize sunglasses -- called "stunna shades" -- which have become ubiquitous to hyphy culture.
Backstage, even more of the culture was on display, much of it emanating from Mistah F.A.B. The 25-year-old Oakland native who's become hyphy's official spokesman held court, dressed in a brightly colored airbrushed T-shirt bearing his likeness and sporting a matching bejeweled chain.
"How can hyphy be dead? They ain't seen hyphy yet," F.A.B. insists. "Give us a chance to put together a tour."
Though hyphy comes from the hood, it's clearly been embraced by the burbs. "That's the beautiful thing about it," he explains. "In hyphy there's no race lines, there's no discrimination." Hyphy's fans, he adds, are "white, black, Filipino, Chinese, Middle Eastern, Arabic, Indian, everything."
The successful turnout of Super Hyphy 17 suggests that, regardless of industry perception, hyphy still has tremendous appeal to young people. And the social conditions that created the culture in the first place haven't changed.
"Hyphy didn't happen in a vacuum," says radio personality and Webmaster David "Davey D" Cook, who notes it's been influenced by everything from illegal sideshows to underground raves. According to Cook, hyphy represents "a natural progression" of what's always been happening locally.
Industry observers who downplayed the accomplishment of E-40's "My Ghetto Report Card" -- which sold gold (500,000 units) during the music industry's slowdown (rap's overall sales in 2006 were reportedly down 20 percent from 2005) -- may have overlooked the fact that, like Atlanta's crunk and Houston's chopped and screwed, hyphy began organically. It was a regional phenomenon that was given a national boost thanks to MTV exposure, commercial radio support and a major-label marketing campaign.
Despite reports of its demise, it's quite possible that hyphy was just reloading. A follow-up concert called -- what else? -- Super Hyphy 18 has already been scheduled for the Santa Rosa Fairgrounds, and F.A.B., for one, remains optimistic. "The people that's making this movement, man, are hoping that everybody plays their part. And if they play their part, hyphy is just now starting."
The next few months should prove interesting, to say the least, with a flood of new releases from some of the movement's biggest factors, including F.A.B., the Federation, Turf Talk, San Quinn and E-40. It's safe to say that if these albums sell well, it will help folks like Clyde Carson and the A'z, whose forthcoming major-label projects are awaiting release dates. And while Keak Da Sneak still hasn't secured a big record deal, his latest song, "That Go," is getting heavy spins on KMEL, as is Turf Talk's "I Got Chips," the leadoff single from his album, "West Coast Vaccine" (released June 5 on E-40's Sick Wid It imprint).
It may, indeed, be premature to call hyphy a done deal just yet. Word is that shoe company Timberland is reportedly coming out with a hyphy-branded model. Also, hipster-approved designer Paul Frank has a new line of oversize sunglasses that look suspiciously like stunna shades. Meanwhile, the Federation's March performance at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, was called "the livest show I've ever been to" by XLR8R magazine. And on Wednesday, a new documentary on the hyphy movement, called "Ghostride the Whip," premiered at the Hip-Hop Odyssey International Film Festival in New York.
Closer to home, hyphy's presence can even be felt in that onetime counterculture mecca: Berkeley's Telegraph Avenue. Hoodies bearing the legend Stay Hyphy and unique airbrushed T-shirts (made by Prospect, the same artist who does F.A.B.'s designs) are for sale at the Freshly Dripped boutique. Across the street at Rasputin Records, huge posters advertise new releases by F.A.B., Haji Springer and Husalah. And at UC Sports, hyphy gear -- baseball caps, hand-painted T-shirts and even patent leather sneakers (called "Bays" and available in Giants and A's colors) -- moves like hotcakes. "Our biggest sellers are basically anything that says Bay Area," reports store owner "Big" John Tan.
Hyphy's resiliency is proof that "Bay Area culture is alive and strong and more popular than ever," says Will Bronson, co-founder of SMC Recordings, one of the local scene's biggest supporters.
But though hyphy has become an integral part of the region's cultural fabric, some of the criticism leveled at its musical component seems valid: namely, that it became too formulaic and too predictable too quickly. "The songs have to evolve," Bronson concedes.
"The only thing that I did not like about hyphy was the fact that no one seemed to continue to innovate, once the slang got played and once the sound got played," says MC Zion of East Bay duo Zion-I.
"Honestly, man, I would like to see a new movement," Zion confides. "The energy (of hyphy), that's just (the) bay anyway."
As Super Hyphy 17 made evident, "that feeling isn't going anywhere," says Bronson.
And despite his reservations about hyphy, "It's definitely not dead," Zion concurs. He points to the diversity of the Petaluma concert's lineup as a step in the right direction: "This show here is more like the future of what's gonna happen in the bay."
Another hint at hyphy's evolution comes from F.A.B., who displays significant artistic growth on "Da Baydestrian." Along with entirely "stoopid" songs like the title track and "Furley Ghost," socially aware material like "Life on Track," "On Yo Way" and "Jamonie Robinson" reveals there's depth to the man who once boasted "I do the dummy retarded and ride the yellow bus."
Likewise, the Federation's much-anticipated "It's Whateva" -- now scheduled for a June 27 release on Warner Bros. -- pushes hyphy's sonic envelope further by infusing producer Rick Rock's trademark "slaps" into Miami bass, electro, classic hip-hop, gospel, R&B and even heavy metal. Plans for a summer tour with multiplatinum rockers Linkin Park could ultimately bring the inventors of the hyphy sound to a much wider audience.
As Rock explains, were it not for Corey Hart's refusal to clear the sample he used on "Stunna Glasses," the whole debate over hyphy's continued relevance might be a moot point.
Initially, Rock says, "Stunna Glasses" was leaked on the Internet, where it generated a strong buzz before circulating through the mix-tape circuit, eventually finding its way to commercial radio. Rock thought he had a sure-fire hit on his hands, but Hart ("Sunglasses at Night") wouldn't license the track, citing personal reasons, which Rock says was "the worst business move I could think of."
Without Hart's permission, "Stunna Glasses" never saw the light of day. "The label couldn't do nothing with it," Rock sighs. The Federation's once-deafening buzz became a whisper as drop dates came and went; eventually, the group retreated to the studio and channeled their frustration into making new music. (Five brand-new tracks are featured on the 2007 version of "It's Whateva").
A similar situation happened with F.A.B., whose seemingly-innocuous "Ghost Ride It" video became a lightning rod for controversy. After CNN reported two deaths attributed to "ghost-riding" -- defined as "the act of putting one's ride in neutral, opening all doors, placing the volume dial on 10, and simply rollin' "; exiting the vehicle and dancing on or next to it are considered optional -- the rapper appeared on Fox's "Hannity and Colmes" to defend hyphy culture's virtue. But after Columbia Pictures, who owned the rights to the "Ghostbusters" van featured in the video, balked at licensing it, MTV pulled the video from rotation, which resulted in the delayed release of F.A.B.'s major-label debut, "Da Yellow Bus Ridah."
To keep F.A.B.'s momentum from cooling, "We kinda came up with Plan B," Bronson says. That turned out to be "Da Baydestrian" -- released on SMC/Thizz Ent., but distributed nationally by Fontana/Universal. With the future of F.A.B's Atlantic deal uncertain, it's an encouraging sign that "Da Baydestrian" outsold Björk locally and cracked the Billboard Hot 200 nationally in its first week of release.
"Name an independent release from the Bay Area that's done that in the past five years," challenges Bronson. "You can't."
Bronson, who says the major label system "is in disarray," questions the wisdom of basing an indie-driven regional movement's success on the involvement of big record companies. Holding records is a "common practice" with majors, he adds, and while indies might not sell hundreds of thousands of units per release, their market share continues to grow. As Bronson boasts, "Every record we've put out has sold more than the last."
Super Hyphy 18: Keak Da Sneak, P.S.D., San Quinn, the Jacka, Traxxamillion, Big Rich, Balance, Jimmy Roses, others. Doors open 7 p.m. June 29. Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Rd., Santa Rosa. All ages. Tickets: $27 (general), $60 (VIP). Last Record Store, 1899-A Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.
For a replay of a video and podcast on how hyphy is used at an East Oakland community center to reduce gang violence, go to

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Ya Boy- I'm Taking Over

New track from Ya Boy over the "We Takin Over" beat. Ya boy shows off his flow and punch lines...I really hope he brings some substance to his next project.

Turf Talk- West Coast Vaccine (The Cure) *REVIEW*

Artist: Turf Talk
Title: West Coast Vaccine (The Cure)
Label: Sick Wid It

Track List:

1. Intro Ft. Akronems (Prod By Nick Fury) 3:22
2. Bring The Base Back (Prod By Rick Rock) 2:24
3. Doe Boy Ft. E-40, B-Legit (Prod by Droop-E) 3:25
4. Record Company (Skit) 0:58
5. Super Star Ft. Locksmith (Prod by E-A-Ski and CMT) 3:10
6. I Got Chips Ft. E-40 (Prod By Rick Rock) 3:38
7. That's That Turf Talk (Prod By The Bizness) 3:29
8. Broke Niggas (Prod By Droop-E) 4:09
9. Popo's Ft. E-40 (Prod By Droop-E) 3:43
10.Back In The Day Ft. Cartoon, Jelly Roll (Prod by Rome) 4:19
11. Money On Ya' Head Ft. Knockamichie (Prod by Rick Rock) 3:01
12. Holla At You Ft. Rick Rock (Prod by Rick Rock) 4:35
13. Sick Wid' It Is The Crew Ft. E-40 (Prod by Jake 1) 4:10
14. X Ft. Yukmouth (Prod By Rick Rock) 5:09
15. Liquor Store (Skit) 1:28
16. I'm Ghetto (Prod By Rick Rock) 3:36
17. Stop Snitchin' Ft. E-40 (Prod by Droop-E) 3:32
18. Minnie Minnie Ft. Freeway (Prod Droop-E) 4:21
19. Rippah Ft. Too Short (Prod By Troy Sanders) 3:51
20. Shinnin' (Prod By LA) 2:50
21. Groupie (Prod By Traxamillion) 3:47

My Rating: 4/5

My Review:

Unlike most people out here, I wasn't a big fan of Turf's debut album, "Street Novelist." I like Turf Talk's style, but I didn't like a lot of the beats from that album. His last album didn't sound like many other albums, and neither does this new one, but I enjoyed this one a lot more. With most of the album being produced by Rick Rock and Droop-E, you knew it was gonna have some serious slaps on it.

Best Track: Popo's. I can't believe Droop-E did this beat.

Other Standout Tracks: Super Star, Holla At You, I'm Ghetto, Groupie

Weak Tracks: Sick Wid' It Is The Crew, Rippah (The bass is DAMNN, but errything else is BOO BOO)

If you liked Turf's last album, you'll like this one because most of his appeal comes from his style. He's good for a couple of hot lines in each verse, but he's no lyrical beast.

New Releases For 6-12-07

The only new Bay Area release that I know about is a Spice 1 project that's supposed to be coming out today...which I doubt anyone is going to buy, but I'll post some info on it just in case.

Artist: Spice 1
Title: Thug Association
Label: PR Records
Track List:

1. Intro/Thug Association - (with Luni Coleone/I-Rocc)
2. Block Is Hot - (with Bad Boy/Zelly)
3. Done Deal - (with T-Nutty/Bad Boy)
4. Salt Shaker - (with Syndicate/Roger)
5. Next Chapter - (with Zelly)
6. Took Out The Game - (with Bad Boy)
7. Do What You Do - (with Bad Boy)
8. Real Rydaz - (with Bad Boy)
9. Hardcore - (with 211)
10. Come 4 You - (with Bad Boy/Zelly)
11. Fuck You Pay Me - (with B-Legit/Bad Boy)
12. Soldier Shit - (with Bad Boy)
13. Thug Thang - (with C-Bo/Mr. Shadow)
14. Game, The - (with Bad Boy)
15. Get In - (with Bad Boy)
16. Sitting In My Car - (with Beezy)
17. Block Is Hot - (remix, with Bad Boy/Zelly)

Monday, June 11, 2007

Bay Area Soundscans

*Jacked From A Forum, not gonna bust it out cuz a certain organization is going after people who post soundscan numbers*

There numbers are as of January of this year













The following are more updated:

E-40 MY GHETTO REPORT CARD Album 2006-03-14 507331
KEAK DA SNEAK/P.S.D. THA DRIVA DA BIDNESS Album 2007-02-13 13348
MISTAH F.A.B. DA BAYDESTRIAN Album 2007-05-15 8185

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Numskull Interview

Numskull speaks on his current situation with Yukmouth, his new album, his alcoholism, and more.

This is taken from
He's the intro to the interview...go to to read the whole thing.

You don’t need Rakim on the remix to tell you that in hip-hop, the truth hurts. The truth is, twelve years ago, the Oakland duo of Yukmouth and Numskull got it in as The Luniz, and still hold one of the biggest records to ever come from the Bay in “I Got Five on It.” However, after that, the truth got blurry. The light-hearted group who celebrated mischief and self-medication split in two directions. After publicly ignored disputes with Master P and Too $hort, Yukmouth headed South to align with Rap-A-Lot Records in his more thugged out approach – something that Numskull says was fictional. Meanwhile, Numskull returned to his roots with Digital Underground on the road. Now an admitted alcoholic, the honesty is hard to ignore. Numskull admits to a blue-collar lifestyle, as he releases Numworld, an album that tells it like it is. In a discussion tracing the evolution and demise of The Luniz, Numskull speaks candidly, despite his intention to bring the fun back to the “muzik.”

Friday, June 8, 2007

Kafani On Koch??

Mediabase is a website that tracks radio play for all songs. I looked at Kafani's "Fast (Like A NASCAR) and it's now listed under Koch. That label didn't do much for Big Rich, we'll see what it does for Kafani since he actually has a catchy single. I don't like most of the shit i've heard from him though...

Messy Marv and Mitchy Slick- Diego To The Bay

The album these two are putting out together should be sick. Here's a track off "Messy Slick", due out June 26th.

From Diego To The Bay

Sunday, June 3, 2007

May 2007- Bay Area Hip Hop Month In Review

I'm going down to Socal for a few days tomorrow so don't expect any updates until friday. When I come back I'll have a review of Turf Talk's new album and any other news I might miss this week.

But back to the topic...

Mistah F.A.B. dropped a solid album with Da Baydestrian
Federation releases an official single with "College Girl." A lot of people don't like it so I don't know if this is really a highlight
The Warriors upset Dallas for one of the biggest upsets in NBA playoff history

Mistah F.A.B.'s sales (currently somewhere in the 6-8k range)
The Warriors lose to Utah

Things To Look Forward To In June:
Turf Talk- West Coast Vaccine
Bavgate- King of Oakland (I haven't heard any info on this one, but his last album wasn't too bad)
The Jacka/Ampichino album
Numskull album