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Money Over Zerry Zang Youngin: Sacramento Rapper Mozzy Secures The West Coast Hip Hop Scene From The Roots Up

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 20, 2016 05:53pm | Post a Comment

Mozzy, Beautiful Struggle-- By doubleay

In the oversaturated market that is contemporary Hip-hop, it sounds as if flows are endlessly recycled and styles have become the furthest thing from original. But amid the monotony of generic rappers heard in 2016, a diamond in the rough emerges that is refreshing the genre -- Mozzy. With his new album Beautiful Struggle freshly released, the Oak Park, Sacramento rapper has undoubtedly become one of the most exciting upcoming artists in California. He has released five albums and raked in millions of views on multiple music videos just this last year. He even landed the 22nd spot on Rolling Stone’s Top 40 Hip-hop Albums of the Year list. Mozzy’s numbers are clearly apparent but there is just something about his passionately painstaking lyrics that offer so much more truth and genuineness than other any other artist rapping about similar content.

Here’s the video for the title track from Mozzy’s Rolling Stone-rated album, Bladadah:



Mozzy’s 2016 album, Beautiful Struggle, paints a picture of his personal journey. From his first time stepping into a recording booth at eleven, Mozzy has faced adversity in almost all aspects of his life. With his father serving time in prison and his mother dealing with drug addiction, he was brought up by his grandmother. As he grew older he began to find himself surrounded by theft, substance abuse, and other gang-related activities. His presence in school began to fade as he found himself succumbing more and more to organized crime and drug dealing. As Mozzy’s environment continued to have altering effects on his lifestyle and actions, the one thing he remained committed to was his music. In a January 2016 interview on Vice.com, Mozzy said, “I just got involved in everything I saw my peers getting involved in, but I always rapped…I was a kid doing this shit. Sixteen, seventeen, we start shooting, doing drive-bys and shit, stealing our grandmothers’ guns, stealing guns from breaking in houses and shit, but at the time I was writing and I was rapping about this shit.” 

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Drink More Water. Buy More Vinyl. MC Mick Jenkins releases "The Water(s)" and "Wave(s)" on vinyl.

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 7, 2016 11:38am | Post a Comment

Mick Jenkins "The Water(s)"-- By doubleay

As the resurgence of vinyl continues to develop, there have been more and more contemporary hip-hop releases. Two hot new stand-out pressings are Mick Jenkins’ 2014 mixtape, The Water(s), and 2015 EP, Wave(s). Both are impressive projects from a lesser known artist who exudes prowess and promise. Mick Jenkins may still be fairly under the radar but is making some of the most profound hip hop music over the past two years and at only 24, Jenkins has so much to say compared to any rapper at his tier.

His artistic roots lie in poetry; 17-year-old Jenkins was participating in slam poetry with other Chicago youth. After spending time working towards a degree in law and ambitiously pursuing a career in clothing design, Jenkins found himself needing to focus solely on music. Splitting his time between Alabama and Chicago, Jenkins found Chicago to be the home base for his musical development. He has collaborated with fellow Chicagoans Mick Jenkins "The Wave(s)"Vic Mensa and Chance the Rapper, who have both blown up in recent years. Showing nothing but dedication and motivation, Jenkins is looking likely to be on the same path. Since completely committing to music in 2012, Jenkins' wave has only grown. He has released five projects and landed a deal with Cinematic Music Group in 2014. Both his 2014 and 2015 releases (The Water(s) and Wave(s)) were well reviewed but not to the level of critical acclaim they ought to have received.

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Kendrick Lamar's New "Untitled Unmastered" Needs No Name

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, March 15, 2016 03:15pm | Post a Comment

-- By doubleay

Kendrick Lamar Untitled UnmasteredKendrick Lamar and label Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE), are wasting no time in 2016. He’s currently President Obama’s favorite rapper and just added four more Grammy awards to his collection. And in response to a request from NBA player Lebron James, Kendrick Lamar has delivered another album. After seeing Kendrick's powerfully provoking Grammy performance in February, Lebron James tweeted to the TDE CEO begging for the release of previously performed untitled Kendrick tracks. Within two months, TDE dropped Kendrick’s Untitled Unmastered album.

The project features eight hearty tracks ranging diversely in style and over 20 collaborators, bringing many multifarious contributions to the sound of the album. Killer contemporary hip-hop producers like Hit-Boy, Cardo, Swizz Beatz, and DJ Spinz provide booming bassy production unlike what’s heard on Kendrick's To Pimp a Butterfly album. While longtime collaborators Terrace Martin (producer, piano, and horns) and Thundercat (bass), who made key contributions to To Pimp a Butterfly, are seen on "Untitled 3." The wide array of features including Bilal, CeeLo Green, Jay Rock, SZA, and Adrian Younge aid in creating a series of wildly dynamic works.

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Morose and Lugubrious, "Mista Thug Isolation" is Back on Wax

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 21, 2016 06:21pm | Post a Comment

Lil Ugly Mane, Mista Thug IsolationBy doubleay

Lil Ugly Mane’s classic, Mista Thug Isolation, has returned for it’s first pressing since 2012. Back by popular demand, Italian DIY label Hundebiss Records brings Mista Thug Isolation’s fourth reissue to the people. The two-disc LP is pressed on 150 gram vinyl and features cover art created by Lil Ugly Mane himself. The cover depicts an industrial assortment of dead animals and daunting gothic font, which has been used for the third and fourth reissues of the album. The album, originally released in 2011, is an underground classic that makes for a stunning gem in anyone’s vinyl collection. Its lean fueled production and unforgiving lyrics makes the album one of Lil Ugly Mane’s stand out releases over his career spanning from his Raider Klan origin.

Back in 2015, Lil Ugly Mane (real name Shawn Kemp) announced Lil Ugly Mane was no more and there was to be an anthology of the rapper’s release due at the end of the year. In November a package deal of all his digital releases became available via his Bandcamp offering 19 projects for $43.50. In addition, record label, Ormolycka, delivered the Gone and Forgotten RIP Lil Ugly Mane box set at the end of 2015. On Ormolycka’s Facebook the contents for the RIP Box Set were listed as followed: "4 LP’s of brand new unreleased material. One of said releases being a brand new full on Ugly / Shawn Kemp crusher. The other a surprise collaboration full of secret(s). 1 LP compiling all of the singles. 1 LP edition of Playaz Circle. As well as 4 cassettes: 1 edition of the new LP on cassette, 1 edition of the other cassette, a cassette of instrumentals, oddities, whatever the fuck fits.”

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New Year, NxWorries

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 11, 2016 06:58pm | Post a Comment

NxWorriesBy doubleay

Together, Anderson Paak and Knxwledge are NxWorries. Singer Anderson Paak and producer Knxwledge deliver one of Stones Throw Records’s final releases to close out 2015 and it may be what we’ve been waiting for all year. Their EP Link Up & Suede is a must hear.

Anderson Paak and Knwxledge are artists that ought to be on your radar in 2016. Both had big years in 2015; Anderson Paak, a soul singer out of Oxnard, California, was featured on four of the 16 tracks on Dr. Dre’s newest album, Compton, and Stones Throw producer Knwxledge landed production on Kendrick Lamar’s 2015 album, To Pimp A Butterfly. Individually, both artists are pounding out music; Paak is constantly giving us new content on his SoundCloud while Knxwledge has released over 60 projects on his Bandcamp in the past five years. All of their material has been noteworthy, but the two of them coming together for Link Up & Suede has to be some of their best work yet.

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