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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)
Berner - Urban Farmer

Berner is as much loved as hated by Bay Area rap fans. We adore him because every projects he touches has top notch production, shining artwork and crystal clear mastering. We wrinkle our foreheads when it comes to Berner's rapping, which sometimes leaves much to be desired. I'll recall the fact that Bernie has a lot of albums under his belt, including official solo CDs and collaboration projects recorded along with Ampichino, Messy Marv, The Jacka and Equipto. So far the artist did work... (read more)
Lil Ric - Plugged In: Live From The Streets

Lil Ric is one of the most known Richmond representatives, however nowadays he should rather be labeled a veteran than an active and fertile artist. Truth is, throughout his whole career (two decades) he hasn't brought that many projects, comparing to other artists that have been recording since mid 90s. Richie debuted in 1994 with a solo titled "Deep N Tha Game" released under No Limit Records. Shortly after he left Master P's record label and did his sophomore album in 1996... (read more)
Conspiracy - Educated Gangster

Gangsta rap on the contemporary California music scene is consequently practiced by homeboy rap representatives - artists who are associated with red color, 14 and "N" letter. Back in the days when Darkroom Familia was on the front page and Speedy Loc as well as Woodie were alive, real gangster rap was soaked with uncensored, brutal stories full of violence and rough lyrics. Nowadays the level of rudeness is a bit lower, although radio or TV stations are hardly ever promoting such... (read more)
Hollow Tip presents - Rydah's & Hustla's

Hollow Tip - the most known North Highlands, Sacramento artist - has got me used to at least one new album a year, most probably even two; if not more. 2012 brought such solos as "The Block Exchange" and "Block Royalty", which received mixed reviews from me, as I only listen to the second one. Hollow Nelsiano started 2013 with releasing an inconspicuous compilation, the hereby "Rydah's & Hustla's".

As soon as I listened to it, I knew it was a good material.... (read more)
Fury Figeroa - Top of the Food Chain
Fury aka Fury Figeroa is one of the most prolific rappers from Salinas in the 831 area code. He debuted over a decade ago with a "Talk Is Cheap" collabo recorded together with a fellow artist/producer King. And then he just kept on releasing a solo after solo: "Ferocious", "Typhoon Hoggin'" (in digitals only), "Method 2 Tha Madness" and finally "The Shock Value Mixtape" in 2011. He also dropped two more collaboration projects: 2006 brought... (read more)