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The Ten Most Noteworthy Collaborations on E-40’s The D-Boy Diary: Book 1 & Book 2

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 30, 2016 07:55pm | Post a Comment

E-40, D-Boy Diary: Book 1-- By doubleay

Vallejo’s E-40 is a man of many titles. 40 Fonzarelli, 40 Water, and "the tycoon known as Charlie Hustle" are only a few of his dozen or so monikers, but the truest of his titles undoubtedly has to be "The Ambassador of the Bay."

The prolific MC is a forefather of West Coast hip-hop, and his extensive discography and boundless accolades have essentially deemed him the epitome of Bay Area rap. 40 brought Bay Area’s unique sound and style to the rest of the world and if any artist wanted to get a piece of the Bay Area scene, they’d have to go through 40 Belafonte to get it. While many other hip-hop legends have comfortably taken their seat among the ranks of rap’s hall of fame, E-40 has never slowed down nor declined in relevance. Many rap veterans may feel threatened by break-through up-and-comers, but in 40’s case it is quite the opposite. In fact, one of the most admirable things about E-40 is the interest he takes in young artists. While continually progressing his own career, 40 has always put on and supported rising talent new to the industry. E-40’s incomparable stature and experience, met with his kindhearted tendency to promote up-and-comers, truly warrants the title "Ambassador of the Bay."

E-40, D-Boy Diary: Book 2After 27 solo albums, E-40 is back with a new double LP that totally embodies The Ambassador’s ability to cater to his people, both young and old. The D-Boy Diary: Book 1 & Book 2 are each 22 tracks in total, featuring a star-studded track list of stand out OG’s to young bucks. The project has over 40 features, including everything from legends both native and foreign to the Bay Area to fresh up-and-comers with little to no fame or coverage. Few albums have ever had a unique and substantial list of collaborators successfully cater to a wide audience such as this. In an effort to bring some clarity to the depth of this all-ages showcase of a project, I took it upon myself to highlight the most notable features on the double LP.

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Thizz Nation Reissues Mac Dre’s "Ronald Dregan - Dreganomics" and "Genie of the Lamp"

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 27, 2016 03:29pm | Post a Comment

Mac Dre, Dreganomics-- By doubleay

Two LP’s from the deceased Bay Area rap pioneer, Mac Dre, receive vinyl reissues.

A list of famed Bay Area hip-hop acts typically includes artists along the lines of E-40, B-Legit, Too $hort, or MC Hammer. While renowned for the success of their music careers, none of them have inspired and influenced hip-hop in the way Vallejo’s Mac Dre has. Born in 1970, Mac Dre established himself among California rap phenomena like Tupac Shakur, NWA, Warren G, and the aforementioned Bay Area veterans in the early '90s. The unique sound, style, and story-telling heard in his music met with his prison-taught business savvy, led him to conquer the Bay Area rap scene, but it was his unapologetic dedication to remain true to himself that propelled him to establish himself beyond.

Mac Dre - “California Livin’” (1993)

Although he suffered a tragically premature death in November of 2004, Mac Dre’s imprint in hip-hop is undeniable. The frenetically rambunctious style of hyphy music and the iconic concept of thizz, which has gone so far beyond a street term for ecstasy, are both well credited to Mac Dre. The off-kilter flows and uniquely original production heard on his dozens of releases have gone on to influence any Bay Area rapper to have taken a stab at the craft in the last two decades. Beyond those he has inspired musically, his Thizz Entertainment label has become an archetypal business model for doing more than simply selling music, packaging it along with branding, merchandising, and media.

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Mackned Seeks to Conquer Beyond the Digital Sphere with his Debut Album "Born Rich"

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 18, 2016 08:18pm | Post a Comment

Mackned-- By doubleay

Seattle-based artist Mackned has been making waves in the digital realm of underground hip-hop for several years and is now looking to extend his reach with the release of his debut album, Born Rich. The duality of Mackned’s rapping and vocal capabilities have garnered his digital releases tens of thousands of views, generating a ton of buzz in the underground scene. The multifaceted artist’s dynamic vocals and songwriting skills present a substantial depth to his music that is often not heard in other artists’ works in underground rap music. A talent to be reckoned with, Mackned typically has his hands on all aspects of his music. Whether writing, rapping, singing, or producing, he’s constantly working to create. Both his countless solo releases and stand out collaborations with his Thraxxhouse group have driven him to connect with reputable rappers along the likes of Chief Keef, Larry June, and Nacho Picasso, and producers Ryan Hemsworth and Tommy Kruise. After making a name for himself in the digital underground, Mackned seeks to conquer beyond with his album debut. To find out more about Born Rich and the man behind the project, I interviewed Mackned.

Amoeblog: Tell me about your debut album, Born Rich. Who were you working with and where were you recording?

Mackned: Well, I was working with Flavr Blue. I had a lot of homies in the studio with me help writing and it was all just so organic. A lot of the album was recorded in NYC which made it brazy. Besides myself, my go-to engineer is Parker Joe who is one of the trio Flavr Blue. There were a couple features on there including my big homies up in Canada and some others. Keyboard Kid co-produced the track “Born Rich” on the album, which I thought was cool seeing how he’s in my group Thraxxhouse.

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Clams Casino Gives Himself the Spotlight He Deserves on His Breathtaking "32 Levels"

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 26, 2016 02:00pm | Post a Comment

Clams Casino-- By doubleay

Clams Casino is one of few producers capable of constructing an otherworldly atmospheric scape in his music. Clams takes you somewhere when listening; he engulfs you in sound indicting a mood and ambiance totally his own. Clams' music is beyond commendable production values. It's depth and spatial atmosphere is meticulously sculpted from the ground up. His music develops layer by layer, structured from a starting point, the skeleton becomes a body as mass is created from Clams’ brilliant sampling and epically booming drums. His signature sound is ever-present in his releases but has never been delivered in a cohesive body as breathtakingly grand as 32 Levels.

32 Levels is Clams Casino’s album debut. He's defined nearly an entire sub-genre influenced by the production behind iconic cuts like A$AP Rocky’s “Palace” and and Lil B’s “I am God.” His past releases have included the 2011 Rainforest EP and a series of mixtape installments simply titled Instrumentals, featuring beats used by artists like Lil B, Soulja Boy, Main Attrakionz, Antwon, A$AP Rocky, and more. His name is more so known from the individual hits “Palace,” which introduces and sets the mood for A$AP Rocky’s first project Live Love A$AP’s entirety. As well as “I am God,” which played a part in shaping and evolving Lil B’s ‘The Based God’ entity. Beyond that he's also produced for major acts like The Weeknd, Foster the People, Mikky Ekko, ScHoolboy Q, Pepperboy, and more. Through massive, select productions Clams has made a major name for himself over the past five years, all without an album. The debut of 32 Levels exudes Clam’s ethereal and atmospheric sound and advances it in a cohesive culmination that goes beyond any of his early compilations.

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Interview with Green Ova South’s Squadda B

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 25, 2016 05:38pm | Post a Comment

Green Ova South-- By doubleay

Green Ova South is the one of freshest Hip-hop groups to kick down the door into the rap game in 2016. The release of their debut album, Kome Ride with Us, is incomparable to any project currently circulating in Hip-hop music. Their roster consists of Oakland’s Squadda B (Charles Glover) who many know as 1/2 of the duo Main Attrakionz, the seasoned Arkansas spitter Pepperboy (Jerry Davie), and the Blue Sky Black Death producer Ian Taggart (FKA Young God, Rev. Left).

The group’s unusual formation is something like a fantasy team. To clarify the significance of Green Ova’s grouping, each member’s independent works are impressive to say the least. Main Attrakionz' numerous projects helped pave the path leading the development of the cloud rap sub-genre and was featured by request on A$AP Rocky’s first, Live Love A$AP mixtape. Little Rock, Arkansas’ Pepperboy, who was recently awarded 2016’s Best Out-Of-Town Artist to Make the East Bay his Adopted Home by the East Bay Express, has been featured on SPIN Magazine, The Fader, Mishka NYC, Def Jam France, and more due to his substantial discography stacked with releases that every underground Hip-hop connoisseur should have heard by now. The final element in the trifecta, producer Ian Taggart’s duo Blue Sky Black Death, has made progressive strides in contemporary Hip-hop production. Taggart’s production style constructs the atmospheric sound that allows Squadda B and Pepperboy to float through Green Ova South’s Kome Ride with Us (KRWU).

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