Pooh Hefner - 12.18.1984

Persistent readers and visitors of our website should probably know or at least presume that squad (Bart and Kuba) are no longer youngsters. During many years of listening to rap our expectations and penchants became harsh, peculiar and individual. Or maybe we're just two senile reviewers that are pain in the ass and our age has nothing to do with it. Either way I feel like I'm more attached and related to artists who started their careers in the 90's or at least in the... (read more)
Louieville Slugga & Brotha Bro - LBMD: Louieville & Brotha Bro Makn Dollaz

Oakland representative by the name of Louieville Slugga may be known to more die-hard Bay Area rap fans, yet not necessarily to a wider audience. Truth is he's in the music business for over 15 years, although he still remains a less recognizable figure. He started his career in 1998 with a group called Children Of Sin (Lonne Lane, Tino and Slugga) which back then dropped its first cd titled "Problem Child", while debut solo release "All Work No Play" arrived two year... (read more)
Mr. G - 808's & 16's
Before I got the hereby cd I had not heard of Mr. G, a young Sacramento artist debuting with these "808's & 16's". Don't get him confused with another Mr. G - a homeboy rapper out of Visalia whose work has also been reviewed by us. Anyway, like I said, I have not even seen him as a guest appearance on other people's projects, which isn't that unusual nowadays when everybody and their mama can easily release digital music, put it up for download and call it an album. What... (read more)
Lexosyl & Stevie Ray present - 40831 Compilation

Central California and the 831 area code are still not as rich in rap music as other regions. Although I need to admit that ever since music went mostly digital I can observe a surge in numbers of released projects. Unfortunately not always are they pressed, so we often end up writing news articles about interesting mp3 albums that we'll never be able to hold in our hands. This has once been the case with Stevie Ray's and Paybak Muzik's endeavors, a few of them dropped, yet all underground... (read more)
Primo presents - KCokeland

"Thizz" is probably one of the most spoken words when it comes to Bay Area rap. It should be definitely associated with hyphy rap that was created in the beginning of XXI century by Mac Dre and other Northern California representatives, but it also occurs in the sense of thizz dance, thizz face, thizzin' (pills) and lots more. Obviously it is also the name of the huge record camp (more of a movement now) called Thizz Entertainment originally founded by Andre Hicks, which nowadays... (read more)
TC Kapone - Street Vision

The name TC Kapone should be definitely recognized by those who follow BayUndaground articles. This Shark City representative appeared on our website around 2010 and since then he's been constantly delivering reasons to write about him and his music. Apparently TC made his first steps in the rap game 15 years ago, yet his official debut material hit the streets back in 2009, when "Grand Theft Audio" and "High Tide" were released. Before that the rapper recorded an... (read more)
Varcity - Love Making And Home Cooking

"The title - Love Making And Home Cooking - is just something that I felt people could relate to. We, as humans, like and need love and food; we all love that as well, they both are two of my favorites" - says Varcity, the author of the hereby project. Well, it is definitely not your average type of way to enchant rap fans, isn't it? What's more, the CD itself was put into a solid cardboard sleeve with cartoony artwork: front - an oven with a pie and a bra hanging loose from... (read more)
Notes & Jesus Spades - Dab'd Out & Lab'd Out

Both Notes and Jesus Spades hail from Bay Area, but currently reside in the North West, in the state of Washington. The first artist already has a notable, at least a decade-long discography under his belt. He's been collaborating with Cola as a Dividenz duo ("Hollow Point Lyrics" and "10% Rap 90% Hustle"), with Cola and Crytical as a trio ("Competitive Hustle League") and recorded a solo titled "The Saran Wrap Rapper Volume 1". Whereas Spades has once... (read more)
Comma Zero - Street Smart 2

Not that long ago we had a chance to cook a thorough review of "Street Smart" (read the review) project handled by San Francisco artist named Comma Zero. It's not even 6 months later that the rapper returns with a sophomore part of the series - the hereby "Street Smart 2". Therefore expect me to compare it with its predecessor. Second volume seems to be in fact sort of a continuation, yet after a few listens I feel... (read more)
Myth & Krack present - The Feast

It's been over 15 years since you could hear Myth for the first time. Back in the days this Merced representative appeared on projects from Lowdown crew - a Latin mega group that was mainly made of 209 area code gangster rappers. A bit later (early years of the new millennium) he also recorded with Killa Valley Entertainment, for instance as one of the creators of "Jack'n 4 Beatz" project or a guest on many other releases from this label. Finally the year of 2006 brings his debut... (read more)
Cesscabano - Perfectly Natural

"Perfectly Natural" is a debut cd from a Pittsburg artist by the name of Cesscabano, released under a local record label called Knocksmith Productions. This music stable also brought 3 other projects: two compilations ("Opportunity Knocks" from 2003 and "Still Knockin" from 2004) and a solo by Shauny B ("Takin Out the Garbage" from 2005). On all of these albums you could hear Cesscabano rapping as a guest performer, so with that said the fact is he's... (read more)
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)