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Trizz's New Album is a “Dark, Street Horror Flick On Tape”

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 7, 2017 03:00pm | Post a Comment

Trizz, Ashes n DustBy doubleay

Trizz hails from Los Angeles and Inland Empire, but he doesn’t believe everybody listening knows that. Trizz has developed a uniquely dedicated audience with fans scattered internationally, yet the he feels the misconception about where he’s coming from is all too common. The circulation of his music has transcended geographical bounds, but Trizz is making his origin the emphasis on his upcoming album, Ashes N Dust.

I spoke with Trizz about why he’s so motivated to make his roots clear and how he’s going to project his personal experiences for listeners with the new album.

You’ve got Ashes N Dust dropping December 15th. You’ve got G Perico on there, Robb $tone, and it’s entirely produced by AC3 Beats. Your last solo project dropped in 2016. What’s been motivating you musically since the last release?
Basically, just the way the industry has changed so much. I’ve noticed that I have to basically pump out singles every other two weeks to keep up with, you know, what’s going on because I want to stay relevant. I didn’t want to drop full-length albums so what I focused on was videos and singles. This year I dropped 13 videos. That included features I was on and, you know, building my brand and my marketing, you know what I’m saying? All building up to this moment to drop my album so I’m building a major platform.

Yeah, whether we’re here for it or not, this is the rate the industry is moving at currently and everybody is racing to keep up. You either have to adjust or you're in the dust.
Yeah, for me man, I’m trying to adjust but not change myself because of this game, while still going major with it.

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A Brief Selection of Fall’s Exciting Hip-Hop Vinyl Reissues

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 9, 2017 02:07pm | Post a Comment

By doubleay

2017 has been a thrilling year for reissues, as many sought-after hip-hop classics have made a return to vinyl. Universal Media Enterprises has been running their Respect The Classics campaign, which has brought a ton of titles back to wax for the first time in years, while many other fundamental hip-hop classics have been reissued to celebrate the anniversaries of their original release dates. Beyond that, the increase in vinyl demand has allowed labels the capability of making decades-old iconic releases accessible to a new generation of consumers. With a plethora of exciting reissues hitting the shelves, here's a handful recent releases you ought to snatch up.

Mos Def, EcstaticMos Def - Ecstatic

Originally released with Downtown Records in 2009, Mos Def’s Ecstatic has been reissued for the first time with Universal Media Enterprises. After fairly underwhelming responses to his two prior albums and a decision to ease off acting, Mos Def returned to the studio for his fourth album. The project’s stellar track list included contributions from Slick Rick, Georgia Anne Muldrow, and Talib Kweli. Def Worked with producers Madlib, The Neptunes, Mr. Flash, and Oh No, to achieve a fusion of international sounds and American hip-hop production. Mos Def tackles global politics, love, and spirituality on the album, all themes that speak magnitudes in today’s political climate. The project went on to become one of his most critically acclaimed releases and fans have been awaiting its second coming.

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Mozzy Records’ "Baggage Claim" an Evident Reflection of Pure Love

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 22, 2017 08:10pm | Post a Comment

Mozzy Baggage ClaimBy doubleay

Sacramento’s Mozzy has one of the most flavorful vocabularies in contemporary rap music, but beyond that his knack for wordplay expands and redefines language itself. From sayings like “what It izery” to “bladadah,” Mozzy could publish an entire book of his colloquialisms and immensely quotable quips alone. Let’s call them Mozzyisms. One of the most imprinting Mozzyisms has to be his use of the words "pure love." As Mozzy continues to garner more national esteem outside Northern California, the saying is being used far more frequently. His incomparable work ethic and the sheer quality of his lyricism has artists and industry figures along the likes of author/media mogul Karen Civil and radio host of Sway in the Morning, Sway Calloway to MMG’s Wale and 300’s Tee Grizzley all riding for him. All of whom are giving him more and more reasons to express 'pure love.'

Before the industry attention and well deserved 320,000 Instagram followers, the ‘pure love’ was reserved for his devoted day-ones and most promising collaborators. When fame comes about some artists outgrow their roots, while others may see a change in the way they’re treated by their early peers. Mozzy RecordsBaggage Claim album simply defies both cases. As Mozzy progresses, he keeps his brothers right on track with him, knocking down doors and paving lanes for original Mozzy Records members and young, promising spitters he has co-signed. From the more prevalent seasoned members, E-Mozzy and Celly Ru, to the freshly co-signed acts like Fairfield’s Young Mezzy and Sacramento’s Shootergang and Baby Face Gunna, all featured on Baggage Claim, Mozzy’s love remains pure.
 

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The Unmistakable Sound of Allan Kingdom Continues to Blossom on "Lines"

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 15, 2017 04:20pm | Post a Comment

Allan KingdomBy doubleay

Vocalist Allan Kingdom’s stunning debut album, Lines, should not get overlooked. The Canadian-born, Minnesota-raised artist dropped the project in early April and it’s surely one of the most exciting releases of 2017 thus far. Kingdom’s uniquely iconic vocals and rap prowess command attention. He was raised on traditional African music and mainstream American R&B played by his Tanzanian mother, and he eventually took to hip-hop acts like Pharrell and Outkast. All his influences were prolific and candidly original, pushing him to develop a distinctly unmistakable sound all his own that only continues to blossom on Lines.

 

 

Allan Kingdom - “Evergreens”

Kingdom’s early one-off singles like “Evergreens” and the powerful “Wavey” featuring Spooky Black garnered him esteem in the digital realm of Soundcloud, while his incredibly inventive 2014 solo project, Future Memoirs, and self-titled collaborative album with the group Thestand4rd (Kingdom, Corbin fka Spooky Black, Bobby Raps & Psymun) solidified him as serious talent looking to break through to higher planes.

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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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