Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter. I checked out the new Asian American musical "Making Tracks" which was a bit like an Asian version of "Rent." More on that tomorrow.Tupac - West Coast gangster rapper leader
As for today, ch-check out my story today on the New Bay hip-hop scene!
It's been in the works for months now and I'm glad it finally printed.
In the print version I have a list of notable South Bay hip-hop groups. Here are the groups that are a little farther out that are worth checking out.
(click on the names to find out more)
Digital Underground - funky party rap
MC Hammer - Pop rapper who had made parachute pants popular Too Short - rhymes riddled with violence and sexual prowess
Del tha Funkee Homosapien & his crew Hieroglyphics - Ice Cube's cousin has a jazzy funky vibe in his music
Jahi - conscious rapper (of Jahi and The Life) EA-Ski - producer and lyrical emceeKeak Da Sneak - hardcore rap
Balance - Bay Area mixtape king The Team - known for their base-ridden single "It's Gettin Hot"
Zion-I - conscious emcees
Frontline - leaders in the New Bay movement
Baby Bash - behind the funky single "Suga Suga"
E-40 - Slang heavy rhymesFAIRFIELDFederation - behind the hyphy (hyperactive) phenomenon
DJ HYPHY - recently put out a limited edition mix CD of Bay Area artists that includes unreleased Federation singles and a rare Mac Dre prison interview from 1992.
Rick Rock - producer who got his start with Tupac and recently produced The Federation
Quannum Projects - Blackalicious, Lateef the Truth Speaker, DJ Shadow, Joyo Velarde, Lyrics Born: these more conscious artists founded their label at the University of California, Davis
Plus here's an online forum on the New Bay scene.