AOD - Noncomposmentis

AOD is unfortunately still an unknown group, whose members represent various places in the northern California. It consists of Young Sinn, Zicafeckt, Neves, View 1 and Madnus. So far you couldn't hear them anywhere else, apart from appearances of single people on even more underground releases than this one (ex. solo "Casualties Of Life" by the 831 area code rapper Gemini). The reviewed "Noncomposmentis" cd is the group's debut and its content turns out to be equally... (read more)
Hollow Tip & Smigg Dirtee - Cocaine Cowboys

Hollow Tip has already released a plethora of solo projects, but he's also been known for collaborations recorded together with such Sacramento representatives as Luni Coleone ("Wanted Dead Or Alive" 2002 and "Still Wanted" 2006) and Mic-C ("Sav'd Out" 2002 and "Still Sav'd Out.... Two" 2008). Other than that he's got two albums by the group Mercenaries under his belt ("War On The Streets" 2004 and "Mercenary Movement" 2010). Now a... (read more)
Big Tone - Mind Of A Hustla, Heart Of A G'

Big Tone is one of my favorite homeboy rap artists; not only because he's a great craftsman, but also - if not foremost - duet to the fact he's constantly dropping solid projects: solos and compilations. On the occasion of writing another article for Bay Undaground I've mentioned that this Antioch representative has smoothly picked up what Woodie's left and he's been a Yoc Town front man ever scene. As befits the guide of the flock he not only invests in his own person, but also promotes new... (read more)
Javi Picazo - Painted
Truth is, you probably have not yet heard of the Bay Area Latin artist Javi Picazo. I checked my entire collection and the whole data base and found him featured on numerous albums by Merciless, such compilations as "The Bay Is Heat'd", "Funk Season", solos by Philthy Rich and Yung Dapp. It's not bad, but on the other hand it's hard to be even remotely recognizable without a full-length project out. I learned that Javi recorded one over a decade ago, back... (read more)
B-Dawg - The Legacy Continues

While writing the hereby review a trivial, yet horrifying thought popped in my head. I always refer to rappers' previous records, so I naturally took B-Dawg's debut album "Scarz N Stripez" (read the review) to compare it with his sophomore solo. I was sure that his first project dropped not that long ago, that it is still steaming from getting out of the rap oven, but I checked the release date and there... (read more)
Rappin' 4-Tay, Big Willie & Spike 2MS - Exported Game

As the name rightly suggests Ovaseaz Records is a foreign representation of California rap music. Founders of the stable are Big Willie (aka Willie Will) and Big Ben - both coming out of Australia. At the age of 10 Willie moved to Geneva in Switzerland, which is also home for another creator of the hereby project - Spike 2MS. After visiting two different continents we come back to a well known turf in North America, San Francisco to be exact. Under the California sun, next to the Golden... (read more)
Joe Blow - Real Recognize Real

It's been only a year since Joe Blow's debut, but this Oakland representative is already releasing his fourth project. The hereby "Real Recognize Real" is his second solo in 2012 (oh, there will be more!), yet this time there are no mixtape (or fixtape) indications on the cover, so possibly this time we get a regular album.

Truth be told, my enthusiasm towards Joe Blow's endeavors has diminished, because after the very good debut he came out with two fixtapes and I had many... (read more)
Friscasso - If You Buyin Im Sellin

San Francisco's Mission District is not known for having as many rap representatives as other parts of the city, but some of them heavily influenced the Bay Area rap scene, for instance Goldtoes and his Black-N-Brown label or Mr. Kee. Other than that it's home for the likes of Goodfelonz, Gangsta Flea, Cuddie Cut, Rob Baysicc, Los Da Rockstar and Friscasso, whose "If You Buyin Im Sellin" debut has recently reached us. He has been featured for example on "Live From The... (read more)
Big Prodeje - The Realest Shit Ya Never Heard

I can count on one hand our reviews of Southern California music; nonetheless we occasionally took a journey near the Mexican boarder. We've once had a look at two projects from C-Bo's West Coast Mafia record label affiliates: Spade and Speedy (aka Gotti Gotti), plus two collabo cds from Messy Marv and San Diego rapper I-Rocc. This time it's because of our latest partnership with Ovaseaz Records, which besides cooperating with Bay Area artists (Rappin' 4-Tay, Fly Mar) hooked up with a very... (read more)
Dubee - Last Of A Thizzin' Breed

You simply can't be a Bay Area rap fan and not know who Dubee is. From today's perspective this cat has been on the northern Cali rap scene for almost 20 years and he still keeps on releasing new projects every now and then. Unfortunately we've been neglecting reviews of his recent albums; and it's a pity since there were times when we've had his whole discography covered. That included all his solos and two recordings by Cutthoat Committee group (formed together with Mac Dre and PSD). After... (read more)
Mike-Dash-E - Dash With Me

Mike-Dash-E is most definitely one of the modern Bay Area rap representatives, not only due to his relatively short experience (his debut project dropped in 2009), but also because of a fresh and up-to-date style he delivers. The rapper has Filipino roots hence one of his previous albums was recorded along with another representative from those islands - Charizma. As far as I'm concerned until the reviewed "Dash With Me" Mike released the mentioned collabo joint and a debut mixtape... (read more)
Mike-Dash-E - Truth Be Told

The Filipino minority is rather rare on the Bay Area rap scene. I cannot think of a big squad or a record label that would associate artists from those islands, yet a few representatives that I've heard of have caught fans' attention. Probably the most known northern Cali Filipino rapper is Nump, who has a lot of projects under his belt (solos, collabos, compilations), although some of you might have also got familiar with Charizma (aka Chariz or Young Chariz) who also has Filipino blood... (read more)
Spice 1 - 187 He Wrote

The name Spice 1 should definitely be known to Bay Area rap fans. This Hayward representative started his music career in the beginning of the 90s, while fame came together with the early records. The artist is still making music and dropping albums, yet since we have one pf his older releases on the reviewers table let's rewind like 20 years back. For those of you who don't know, the rapper was born in Corsicana, Texas and his stage name is the acronym of "Sex, Pistols, Indo, Cash,... (read more)
Comma Zero - Street Smart

Comma Zero hails from San Francisco's Fillmoe district and debuted three years ago; since then he drops one project per year. In 2011 and 2012 the rapper brought two volumes of "The Lesson" series for free download, while in 2013 he recorded another one - "1000 Real Nigga Avenue" - also directed for digital market. The hereby "Street Smart" is probably the first release that was pressed and - similarly to previous albums - is also available in mp3's for nothing... (read more)
Berner - Drugstore Cowboy

If you are a fan of contemporary Bay Area rap then the name of Berner should at least ring a bell. For those of you who got stuck in the old school or simply have just begun discovering California's talents I will shortly describe Bernie's hitherto music career. He debuted back in 2007 with a solo CD titled "Dirty Sneakers... Plenty Ways To Get It", which has already featured a lot of recognizable figures from the rap game. Same year brought a collabo album with Equipto and a... (read more)
Montana Montana Montana - Really Not A Rapper

Montana Montana Montana is perhaps the most impractical stage name I've ever heard of. The artist hails from Bakersfield, he used to go by the name of Pezzy Montana and you can still find songs under that name on-line. However - if I'm not mistaken - he did not release anything official back then, and his debut project is the hereby "Really Not A Rapper", presented by the well known Vallejo representative J-Diggs.

I won't deny, my first impressions of this cd were highly negative.... (read more)