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Longtime West Coast Rapper Suga Free Releases Career Spanning Best Of Collection This Week

Posted by Billyjam, September 14, 2011 06:02pm | Post a Comment
Longtime West Coast rapper Suga Free, who was raised in Compton by way of Oakland before becoming based in Pomona, CA, this week released a best-of collection CD titled Why U Still Bullshittin’?-The Best of Suga Free on Suburban Noize/Laneway Records. Suga Free, whose claim to street fame is that he is a pimp (hence his tag "The Ponoma Pimp"), officially began his career in rapping working with producer DJ Quik on his 1997 debut album, Street Gospel with Quik even making mic cameos on the songs "Don't No Suckaz Live Here" and "If U Stay Ready" - the latter of which appears on this new retrospective collection.

In addition to working with DJ Quik (who was at Amoeba Hollywood earlier this year), Suga Free has also worked closely with other SoCal rap icons. These include Snoop Dogg  and Xzibit for whom he contributed to his album Restless. All of this company aided the already talented, albeit nasty mouthed artist, gain solo notoriety. It was in 2004 when he released his sophomore release The New Testament (The Truth) which was followed by a string of other albums by Suga Free including his 2006 album Just Add Water, 2007’s Sunday School, 2008’s Smell My Finger, and 2009's HI Power Pimpin.  Last year the artist was featured on tracks with Kurupt, E-40, MURS and 9th Wonder. The retrospective released this week overviews the best of these releases by the artist including his street classics “Why U Bullshittin’?” and “I’d Rather Give You My Bitch.” But the 14 track CD also includes two brand new tracks “Shit Yeah” and “Bitch (featuring Moosei)." Why U Still Bullshittin’?-The Best of Suga Free is now available at Amoeba Music and if you buy it online at Amoeba.com the $12.98 CD ships for free anywhere in the US.

BILLY JAM'S WEEKLY HIP-HOP ROUND UP: 07:25:08

Posted by Billyjam, July 25, 2008 09:22am | Post a Comment

HOLLYWOOD AMOEBA MUSIC HIP-HOP TOP FIVE:

1) Nas Untitled (Def Jam)

2) Immortal Technique The 3rd World (Viper)

3) Lil Wayne Tha Carter III (Cash Money/Universal)

4) Suga Free Smell My Finger (HMF/Warner)

5) Jean Gray + 9th Wonder Jeanius (Blacksmith/Warner)

Thanks to Scott Carlson in the hip-hop department at Amoeba Music Hollywood for this week's top selling albums chart, which includes in the number three slot the brand new release from SoCal's Suga Free, Smell My Finger, which dropped earlier this week. 

Lil Wayne's hot selling new album (#3 on Amoeba chart) has caught the attention of Abkco Music who are suing the rapper, his songwriters, and his label (Cash Money - a division of Universal) for "copyright infringement and unfair competition" over a new Lil Wayne album track that appears to heavily borrow from the Rolling Stones song "Play With Fire" which they own rights to. 

SF rapper Z-Man's group One Block Radius (the alt rock trio he is  a part of when not doing solo stuff or with his Gurp City familia) have signed to Def Jam. The Cali based One Block Radius accurately describe their unique, pop-ready sound as "Pharcyde meets Steve Winwood meets Sublime meets Outkast meets Hall and Oates" and drop their major label debut in September.

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