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9/11, 2011 Is Also Bay Area Rapper Cougnut's Ten Year Anniversary

Posted by Billyjam, September 11, 2011 08:17am | Post a Comment
While most people today, September 11th, 2011, will be mourning those who perished in the 9/11 attacks a decade ago exactly, many others here in the Bay Area will also be honoring the late great local rap legend Cougnut who died ten years ago in an auto accident on September 4th 2001 and was buried exactly ten years ago to this day on September 11th 2001.

The San Francisco rapper, who was distinguished by his unique raspy voiced flow and engaging, relatable lyrics, was known for his membership of the pioneering San Francisco rap crew IMP (Ill Mannered Posse) who arrived on the rap music scene in 1989 with No Prisoners and are probably best known for  their mid nineties album Ill Mannered Playas on In-A-Minute Records. This afternoon, from noon to 3pm in the East Bay, Cougnut's former IMP potna Baldhead Rick and others will be honor the occasion with the Cougnut 10th Year Anniversary BBQ at Lake Temescal Regional Recreation Area  in Oakland.

"When I first heard the news of his death my reaction: of course was shock, sadness and a loss for the  Bay Area rap scene and the sense that something big was taken was from us," recalled Kerry Huffman Vann - co-owner of Urbanlife DistributionRapbay.com who originally got to know the well liked rapper when she worked at the now defunct In-A-Minute Records. Despite his intimidating look and gruff voice Cougnut was a warm and friendly individual. Recalling this day ten years, Huffman Vann continued, "My mom didn't want me to go to the funeral that day. The planes had just hit and there were alerts on Bay Area bridges. I told her I had to go pay my respects. I had to be there. I was sad. I had just spent some time with him a couple weeks prior. He was really coming into his own and ready to shine in his solo career. And somehow, he reminded me of 2Pac."

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Saluting Old School San Francisco Rap Group I.M.P.'s Back in the Days

Posted by Billyjam, June 21, 2010 02:00pm | Post a Comment

Exactly 17 years ago San Francisco’s Lakeview district rap crew I.M.P. (Ill Mannered Posse) released their long overdue official debut album Back in the Days on In-A-Minute Records. Three years later, on the same now-defunct Oakland independent label, they would release their only other full length album Ill Mannered Playas. Regionally popular, and to a lesser degree nationally, I.M.P. never really got the level of fame that they so deserved, which is too bad because they were such a talented, distinctive sounding hardcore rap group. That sound was defined by the raspy voiced rapper Cougnut, who tragically died in an auto accident in 2001.

I.M.P. began in San Francisco in 1989 when DJ/producer Rob V, along with fellow DJ/producer and longtime friend and musical collaborater Stingy, had the idea to form a rap group. Shortly afterward, Rob V’s cousin, rapper Cougnut, was enlisted, with rappers C-Fresh and Lou-E-Lou joining the fold next. Within months they had recorded and released their acclaimed debut, the EP No Prisoners. After that, in 1990, they released the six track EP IMP Dogs on Sucka Free Records. Soon word traveled about this talented new Frisco rap group and the requests for concert and radio appearances started pouring in. 

A busy period for I.M.P. followed that included appearing in Digital Underground’s “Doowutchyalike” video. The 17 track Back in the Days showcased the combined talents of the group; C-Fresh's engaging gangsta rap flow, Cougnut's distinctive gravely voiced delivery and clever wordplay, plus the ever-entertaining Lou-E-Lou (“the Flavor Flav of the group”). In one song (“Nigga Rays”) Lou-E-Lou became a total of five different characters, including Willy The Wino, Salamander Fred, and Sick Tos. The album also featured production assistance from prolific 1990's San Francisco producer TC, plus some microphone cameos from local SF rap talents Dre Dog, Totally Insane, Cellski, RBL Posse, Chewy-C, and 2.2

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