Wednesday, October 31, 2007

John Brown ft. Ya Boy- Turn It Up

I think this John Brown guy is from some VH1 show that I never watched....the next K Fed?

Who else felt that quake tonight here in the bay? I was in class and that shit had a few people freaking out.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

New Releases For 10/30/07

These major labels really aren't doing too much to help Bay Area artists sell. Federation dropped an album with practically no buzz a few weeks back, and no The Pack drops their new album with practically no radio play in recent months. There are a few songs on the album that have potential to be hits too, I dont get it.

Title: Based Boys
Artists: The Pack
Label: Jive
Singles: Vans, In My Car rating: 2/5 <---- Hella Bad
Track List:

1. I Look Good
2. In My Car
3. Rumble
4. My Gurl Gotta Gurl Too
5. Club Stuntin
6. Milky Way
7. Gimme Racks
8. Fly
9. Booty Bounce Bopper
10. Jell-o
11. We In The Club Like (Da Dada Da)
12. I Want To Have It All
13. Rock N Roll (Slow Jam)
14. Backseat
15. Candy - (bonus track)
16. I'm Shinin' - (bonus track)
17. Vans - (bonus track)

Title: Cyclone
Artist: Baby Bash
Label: RCA/Arista
Singles: Cyclone, What It Is
Location: Vallejo
Features: Mistah Fab, T-Pain, Pimp C, Sean Kingston, Chingo Bling + more rating: 3/5
Track List:

1. Numero Uno
2. Cyclone - (with T-Pain)
3. Supa Chic
4. Just Like That
5. What Is It - (with Sean Kingston)
6. Mamacita - (with Marcos Hernandez)
7. Dip With You - (with Aundrea)
8. Spreewells Spinnin' - (with Chingo Bling/Lucky/Queenie)
9. As Days Go By (The Love Letter) - (featuring Paula Deanda)
10. Na Na - (featuring Jean)
11. Thrill Is Gone, The - (with Ryan Tedder)
12. Don't Stop - (with Keith Sweat)
13. Mean Mug - (with Pimp C/Mistah F.A.B./Da Stooie Bros.)
14. Ronnie Rey All Day...Choppin' It Up - (Interview)

Non Bay Releases....

Title: Supply and Demand
Artists: Playaz Circle
Label: Def Jam/DTP
Single: Duffle Bag Boy
Location: Georgia

Title: Walkin' Bank Roll
Artist: Project Pat
Label: Koch
Single: Don't Call Me No Mo
Location: Memphis TN rating: 3/5

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

(Beef) Mistah F.A.B. and Royce Da 5'9 Royce dropped a "freestyle" over Jay-Z's Blue Magic beat. He mentioned Mistah F.A.B.
Here's the freestyle:

F.A.B. wasn't too happy with he was on Shade 45 talking about it....arguing with callers and shit...and he announced that he is dropping a diss record against Royce.
Here's F.A.B. on the radio today...
(Props to "SCUDDA" from the forum for posting the links)

Really, Royce didn't say anything much. F.A.B. is just trying to take advantage of the situation to get his buzz up...basically he's trying to pull a 50 cent (which he pretty much admits). I'm not a fan of these BS beefs.....but I'm curious to see what F.A.B. has to say. I don't expect too much from F.A.B. when it comes to a diss, but hopefully he surprises me.

Monday, October 22, 2007

New Releases for 10/23/07

Hella Bay Area albums scheduled to drop this week....many of them from thizz. I have no idea how many are actually going to make it to stores...but I dont really care cuz I'm not planning on checking out any of these.

Title: Respect My Gangsta
Artist: AP.9
Label: Hyphydration <-----WTF?
Track List:
1. Respect My Gangsta
2. Rockstar Mobbin' (Feat. Roxanne)
3. Daddy Is A Gangsta (Feat. Brean)
4. 1st Class (Feat. Shill Macc)
5. Get That Guap
6. Life On Tha Line (Feat. Shill Macc & Tony Streetz)
7. Get Away
8. Music For Tha Mobstas (Feat. Krypto)
9. Stove Top (Feat. Shill Macc)
10. Mob Wit It (Feat. Tony Streetz & Krypto)
11. Paper Chasin'
12. Pay Attention (Feat. Shill Macc, Krypto & Tony Streetz)
13. Two People
14. Semi Auto
15. Raw (Feat. Ice Nick, Dink, Krypto & Young Gasz)
16. Hustle (Feat. Shill Macc & Deltrice)

Title: The Best Of Thizz Nation Vol. 1
Artist: Various
Label: Thizz
Track List:
1. Locked Up (Bleu Davinci, J-Diggs, Pretty Black, Yukmouth & Dru Down)
2. Up Jumps (Mac Mall, Mistah F.A.B. & Shiggity)
3. Doin' It Well (Keak Da Sneak, Dubee & The Farm Boyz)
4. 2 Chain Gang (The Money Gang: Rydah J. Klyde & Johnny Cash)
5. Touched (Bavgate)
6. Yaaaddaamean (J-Diggs, Keak Da Sneak & Yukmouth)
7. The Streets (Mistah F.A.B., Mac Mall & G-Stack)
8. Thugs Don't Cry (Meez)
9. Money Motivation (PSD, Mac Mall, Johnny Cash & Little Bruce)
10. Stay Strapped (Bavgate & Turf Talk)
11. MGM Mob (Johnny Cash & The Fendi Boyz)
12. I Miss (Chop Da Hookman, Bavgate & Tuff Tha Goon & Johnny Cash)
13. Thizzle Wiggle (Kuzzo Fly & The Fendi Boyz)
14. What's Poppin? (Mac Mall & Vital)
15. Want You (J-Diggs & Bad Azz)
16. PatrĂ³n (The Money Gang: Rydah J. Klyde & Johnny Cash)
17. Ridin' It (Keak Da Sneak & The Farm Boyz)
18. Killa (J-Diggs & Yukmouth)

Title: Thizz Or Die, Vol 2.
Artist: Various
Label: Thizz
Track List:
1. D.U.I. (Little Bruce)
2. Do What Ya Gotta Do (Mistah F.A.B.)
3. West Coast (Lameeze & Young Game)
4. I'm A Fool (PSD, Remy Red & XSF)
5. Thug Wit Us (The Ghetto Starz)
6. How You Roll? (Lil Tre)
7. We Got It (Chop Da Hookman & Reek Daddy)
8. Cutthoat (Dubee, Crest Creepaz & Melo)
9. Sac On The Map (Lameeze & Kapanel)
10. Uncorrectable (Little Bruce)
11. Weed Naps (Mac Mall, Remy Red & XSF)
12. Samantha The Black Widow (Zoe Da Roasta)
13. Go Dummer (Crest Creepaz & Melo)
14. All Wit It (Gorilla Pits & Pacasso)
15. I Made It (Reek Daddy)
16. Life (Mob Figaz)

Title: Crest- Home Of The Thizz Dance
Artist: Sleep Dank
Label: Sleepy Cat Entertainment
Features: Mistah Fab, Pretty Black, Yukmouth, The Fendi Boyz, Y.B., Crest Creepaz, Tic, Unseen & More

Title: Tha Block Reporter
Artsit: B.A.
Label: Double F Records

And there are also a couple of Reek Daddy release and a Messy Marv compilation album that only has a couple Messy Marv songs.

As for the non Bay Area releases......

Title: Blue Cheese 'N' Coney Island
Artist: Bizarre
Label: Koch
Location: Detroit rating: 3.5/5

Title: 51/50 Ratchet
Artist: Hurricane Chris
Label: RCA/J Records
Location: Louisiana
Singles: A Bay Bay, The Hand Clap
Bay Area Features: E-40 (A Bay Bay Remix) rating: 3/5

Title: Get Back
Label: Little Brother
Label: ABB
Location: North Carolina

Also a Jermaine Dupri compilation called "Ya'll Know What It Is....The Hits" with only 10 songs...and a Smif-N-Wessun album called "The Album".

Thursday, October 18, 2007

(Review) Federation- It's Whateva

Yeah...I know...I'm late.

1) Playtime Is Over 2/5
Funny little skit at the start of the song. I don't really like the beat, or the hook. They're pretty much trying to act hard on this track.

2) 18 Dummy Skit
Hella pointless...basically an ad for the drink.

3) 18 Dummy 3/5
Video Link:
This song is hella old. I hated it at first but its good when you're in a certain mood. The video is pretty cool.

4) Get Naked You Beezy 4/5
Beat slaps....the hook gets annoying after a while though. This is the type of music fedeation is best at.

5) College Girl Skit

6) College Girl 3.5/5
The drums on this beat are too sick. The verses are boring cuz of the flow/voice they use. Still, this song is worthy of getting played at college parties everywhere.

7) Got Me Fucked Up 5/5
Song Link:
Great beat, hook, and lyrics.

8) From The Bay 3/5
Attempt at a Bay Area anthem. Ok beat and hook...not feelin the verses though.

9) My Rimz 4.5/5
I really like this one. The beat is kinda R&B style...but this isn't a bitch song. The hook gets stuck in my head. Overall very smooth song.

10) Happy I Met You ft. Snoop Dogg 2/5
Video Link:
I don't like this song at all. An attempt to make a mainstream song...I'm sure some people like it though. Snoop looks funny in the video.

11) Scraper 2 A Benz ft. E-40 1/5
Worst beat ever.

12) She Go ft. Marty Jones 4/5
I don't like the singing on the hook...but the beat is perfect is great for the club.

13) New Baby Daddy 4.5/5
Song Link:
Rick Rock did his thing...

14) We On Yo Line ft. Cashis 3.5/5
Nice beat....but people don't buy Federation albums to listen to lyrics about shooting people.

15) Black Roses 4/5
Song Link:
Federation steps outta the box on this one. It's different but I like it....sometimes.

16) Jail Skit
Good lead in to the next song.

17) Fly Away 4/5
I can dig it. Federation spitting something from the heart. Hook is a bit corny though.

18) When I Was Yo Man Skit
It's whateva.

19) When I Was Yo Man 3.5/5
This just doesn't fit in on this album. Nice soulful song though.

20) Bang Bang 3/5
Nice beat...Federation isn't really saying nathin though....outshined by the guests on this song.

21) Break Your Face 2/5
Annoying angry non rap song.

This album has a few good moments, but overall, it doesn't compare to their debut that dropped a few years back. It doesn't help that their most popular song of the past year or two, "I Wear My Stunna Glasses At Night," couldn't get cleared and wasn't included on the album. Rick Rock gives us some more great beats on this album (surprisingly a few crappy ones too), but the Federation tried to do a little too much on the album. Most great albums have a certain vibe throughout, but this album was all over the place. The skits also disrupted the flow. The Federation sounds most comfortable when it comes to doing party tracks, and there are a few nice ones, but if you're looking for something more you might wanna look somewhere else.

Lyrics: 2.5/5
Beats: 4/5
Subject Matter: 3/5

Overall: 3.25/5

Monday, October 15, 2007

SF Anthem (producted by Traxamillion)

"Done Deal CEO" posted this on the forum...

" its Produced By Traxamillion! FIRE Quinn, B.Banga & San Quinn its the clean version w. the singing there is a street version and there will be a video if the song does what we want and we can get the sample cleared! This song is uniting the city as we speak and killin some bullshit! And we want the whole bay to support and be proud of the song it the SF Bay Area, I knocked the fuck outta FAB's "NEW OAKLAND" cuz it slapped period and everybody get tp talk about where they from, examples Im from New York, jarule, Busta's Im on My new York shit!, Welcome to Atlanta!, Noliaclap! etc etc i could go on for hours support your own and be proud you from the yay! no matter what City! And i even made it downlaodable this needs to be on everyone myspace!"

This beat and sample are so sick...

Bonus Track....On of the hardest songs outta the Bay in recent years.
Ya Boy, Messy Marv, San Quinn- Go There With Me (Remix)

(Video) The Pack- In My Car

Damn....they don't even rhyme half the time on this song...the video is entertaining though.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

New Songs Off Daz's Album Ft. E-40, Yukmouth, Keak Da Sneak, Mistah Fab

Daz Dillinger ft. Keak Da Sneak & Mistah F.A.B.- All About Da Money

Daz Dillinger ft. Yukmouth & G-Dub- Guns Will Blow

Daz Dillinger ft. E-40 & Kurupt- Gettin' Money

Is anyone feelin Daz anymore? I wouldn't mind if he stopped rapping, he doesn't say anything interesting at all.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

New Releases For 10/9/07

No notable Bay Area releases this week...but the Daz album has hella Bay features. I'll post some of those tracks in the next day or two.

Title: Gangsta Party
Artist: Daz Dillinger
Label: High Powered
Location: Long Beach, CA
Bay Area Features: E-40, Yukmouth, Mistah F.A.B., Spice 1, San Quinn

Title: THE CO-OP
Artist: DJ Envy & Red Cafe
Label: Koch
Location: NY

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Kafani Sales Update

Money's My Motivation only sold about 1,000 units (rounded to the nearest 100) + however many he sold at non sound scan stores. Looks like being on Koch didn't do too much for him...hopefully Keak has better luck with them.

(Review) Kafani- Money's My Motivation

1) Intro

2) Throw Ya Hood Up 4/5
Song Link:
Some tough talk by Kafani over a sick beat.

3) Fast (Like a Nascar) ft. Keak Da Sneak 4/5
Video Link:
You all should've heard this by now...especially if you live in the Bay. It's catchy and this is the song I wanna hear when I'm cutting through traffic late night on East 80.

4) Like Ooh 3.5/5
I can't get over how southern this beat sounds... it's pretty catchy... but the beat sounds like too many other songs out.

5) Thizzin (Ft. Dj Montay) 2/5
Dude on the hook doesn't sound good, alright beat, Kafani doesn't say anything that entertaining.

6) Lean In It (Ft. Erk and Samm) 4/5
Song Link:
This beat SLAPS....kinda like the beat to "sideshow", it'll put your subs to work.

7) Fast (Like A Nascar)(Remix) Ft. Unk 4/5
Kafani has much better verses than on the original...Unk didn't really do much to help the song.

8) Side 2 Side 1/5
Weak song...deleted from my hard drive.

9) Cutie Pie (Ft. Samm) 3.5/5
Chick song....nice beat....I dunno how to rate these types of songs...but it doesn't sound bad for what it is.

10) What U Wanna Do (Ft. San Quinn) 2.5/5
Not Feelin the beat...Quinn can't save it either...

11) Hatin On Me (Ft. Kashmere and C. Holiday) 3.5/5
Real nice hook, the guy who spit the first verse did a good job, Kafani is just bragging on this song and it kills it

12) Show Your Wrist Then (Ft. Kashmere, Skywalka, and Pranksta The Kidd) 2.5/5
The beat is nothing special, the subject matter is weak, the lyrics are weak.

13) Everybody Knows My Name (Ft. Kashmere and Keak Da Sneak) 4.5/5
Video Link:
This song ='s old...but it goes.

14) Money's My Motivation 4/5
Solid song...very nice beat...Nice Hook

*Note: I think this album also comes with bonus tracks, including "hyphy ill."

If you're the type of person who values good lyrics in rap, this album might make you commit suicide. If you need an album play in your car and wake up your neighbors when you come home at 3am from the club, Money's My Motivation can do it. There are a few bangers, but most of the album is very forgettable, and with its lack of interesting subject matter, there is little replay value.

Lyrics: 2/5
Beats: 4/5
Subject Matter: 2/5

Overall: 2.75/5

Monday, October 1, 2007

New Releases For 10/2/07

For a group that had so many hits on their first album, this release doesn't seem to have very much buzz. R.I.P. hyphy?

Title: It's Whateva
Artists: Federation
Label: Warner/Reprise
Location: Fairfield/Alabama
Singles: 18 Dummy, Get Naked You Beezy, Happy I Met You
Features: E-40, Snoop Dogg, Cashis, + more rating: 3.5/5
Track List:
1.Playtime Is Over
2. 18 Dummy Skit
3. 18 Dummy
4. Get Naked You Beezy
5. College Girl Skit
6. College Girl
7. Got Me Fucked Up
8. My Rimz
9. Scraper 2 A Benz
10. New Baby Daddy
11. We On Yo Line
12. Part 2 (Pro's In Here)
13. She Go
14. Happy I Met You
15. Black Roses
16. Jail Skit
17. Fly Away
18. I Only Wear Whitee Once
19. When I Was Yo Man Skit
20. When I Was Yo Man
21. Bang Bang
(My review coming soon...along with the Kafani review....i had 3 midterms last week so sorry for lagging)

Non Bay Area Releases...

Title: Back Up N Da Chevy
Artist: Boyz N Da Hood
Label: Bad Boy
Singles: Everybody Know Me
Location: ATL rating: 3/5

Artist: Soulja Boy
Label: Interscope
Location: ATL (Born in Chicago)
Single: Crank That (Soulja Boy) rating: 3.5/5

September 2007- Bay Area Hip Hop Month In Review

Frontline dropped a hot album
Mistah F.A.B. beat Royce Da 5'9 in a battle
Federation released a video for "Happy I Met You"
Ya Boy released a video for "Holla At Ya Boy"
Keyshia Cole is doing her thing

Mainstream media seems to have given up on the Bay, Federation's album got practically no promotion.
The Pack's first single is nowhere near as catchy as Vans

Things To Look Forward To In October:
Federation is releasing "It's Whateva"
The Pack is scheduled to drop their album, "Based Boys" at the end of the month.