Wednesday, May 17, 2006

It's An East Palo Alto Extravaganza!!!

Fuckin' YouTube, I love you. Whatever fuckin' nerd put that shit together deserves to be richer than Bill Gates.

So I stumbled upon three classic East Palo Alto videos from the mid-90s and as fucked up as my life is right now, they made me smile because I remember being in the midst of all this stuff during that era. I figure some of you might like them as well. Maybe you've never seen them and they'll be new and fresh to you or maybe you remember them like I do and they'll send you on a trip down memory lane.

NOTE: Until I'm done moving and all settled, pretty much all my posts are gonna be videos from YouTube.

First up is "Squares Wanna Be Players" by Roots From The Underground featuring Chunk. Goddamn that beat is dope. I don't have the album in front of me, but if I remember correctly, the video version has different music then the album version. Look for the E-40 and Little Bruce cameo.

Here's "California Game" by SIC (Sic Insane Criminals). Shout out to Splerg and K9. Long time no talk. Where's that goddamn new album? The Bay needs it!!!

And finally here's my favorite out of the three, "Backstreet Life" by Totally Insane. Ad Kapone and Ten Dolla (fka Mac-10) were such an underrated duo and this beat is riknockulous. Shout out to Ad on lockdown, but coming home soon I believe. I got a lot of respect for that dude because as a snot nosed kid in high school before I got into the "industry" I wrote to the Totally Insane fan club 'cause I thought the Goin' Insane album was the greatest thing I had ever heard. I guess with my letter I sent a little questionaire with my address and phone number and all that shit. One day the phone rang and Ad Kapone was on the line thanking me for the letter. The fact that he did that always stood out to me and I'll always have respect for him 'cause of that. Now, when he touches back down he's gonna be working with my boy Gabe over at Apartment 3 and dropping an album. Can't wait...

Friday, May 12, 2006

Bay Area Hip Hop Archives - Volume 1

I don't really have time to write too much today because I'm in the process of moving which means closing and transferring accounts, cleaning, big fuckin' headaches, etc... It also means going through tons of shit and reminiscing and in the last few days I came across a bunch of old magazines, pictures, bios, promo items, etc... that I've been keeping all these years, all of it related to Bay Area hip hop. Shit brought back some real good memories for me and I thought I would share some of it with my huge legion of readers three readers so I took some pics with my trusty digital camera. Click the thumbnails to Super Size like McDonald's...

E-40 on the cover of 4080 magazine (March 1995)

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Dubee, Mac Dre (RIP) & Khayree on the cover of 4080 magazine (1997)

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IMP (RIP Cougnut) interview in 4080 magazine (1996)

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E-40 on the cover of Rap Pages (April 1999)

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Luniz on the cover of Underground Soundz magazine (1996)

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JT The Bigga Figga & Snoop on the cover of 4080 magazine (1997)

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11/5 on the cover of Paying Duez magazine (January/February 1996)

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A letter that Mac Dre wrote to me while he was incarcerated in Lompoc Federal (May 1995)

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An E-40 baseball and a baseball bat shaped wooden pen to promote his Tha Hall Of Game album (1996)

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Hope you enjoyed looking at some Bay Area hip hop historic archives type shit. I've got a ton more - remember, I've been involved in Bay Area hip hop industry in one way or another since 1993 and have been a fan even longer - so look for more posts like this in the future.

Oh, and once I get some time I'll go fuck around at Kinko's and do some scanning. Then I'll slap you in the head with all the Bay Area hip hop pictures I took back in the day.