A Plus Tha Kid - Bangerz And Blammiez

A Plus Tha Kid is a new and rather unfamiliar artist outta Fresno, however Bay Area rap fans could hear about his debut project that dropped in 2014 and was recorded with a recognizable Livewire figure Shady Nate. The hereby "Bangerz And Blammiez" - his first solo - was released two years later, yet part of the material itself was recorded much earlier; some tracks are even 5 years old. It is said that the album was initially supposed to be a mixtape rather than an official solo;... (read more)
Troublez - Grandma's House
Troublez is a West Side San Jose representative who's been active in the rap scene for almost a decade now. He's released solo albums (e.g. "Thug Poet", "I'm Loving Nothing"), a mixtape, compilations ("The Network", "Tha Allstarz") and the most recent collabo with Lil Coner titled "My Heart's Black". We've had an opportunity to write reviews (read here) of some of those.

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C-Dubb presents - The Mob Hour 2

I have to admit that while writing this article my collection of cds from a Sacramento representative C-Dubb has huge gaps. Long time ago I was quite up-to-date with this Oak Park artist and I can clearly remember my fascination with one of his first releases called "Networkin" that was recorded along with RITZ back in 2002. I'll just remind you that the rapper debuted in 1997 with a tape titled "Kalifornia: Home Of The Body Bag"; later a whole list of projects came out:... (read more)
Casper Capone & Unknown present - The After Party: Family Reunion 2.9

In the end of 2013, a young, yet already recognizable (at least on the homeboy rap scene) label called Gwap City released the first part of its compilation series - "The Family Reunion". Shortly after, in the beginning of 2014, the sophomore installment comes out, which by the way was most probably done together with its predecessor, at least front cover artwork seems alike. Somewhere around the middle of the year the family reunites once again, obviously avoiding number 3 for its... (read more)
Baineco - Rich B4 Riche$

If you aren't visiting by accident now, and you read at least a few of our reviews, then you should probably know a little bit about our tastes and attitude towards contemporary Bay Area rap. We are not that young anymore and we suffer from lack of both time and patience to listen to everything that is born in the Northern California. It's not the first time when I tell that we don't even bother to follow thousands of mp3's songs that pop up like mushrooms. Even when it... (read more)
Bossolo & Spice 1 - Thug Therapy

There's no doubt Spice 1 is a Bay Area / northern Cali rap icon. Since he debuted in the beginning of the 90's, he's in the music biz for almost 25 years now! He has already released a lot of cds, mainly solos, although - if our News section is credible - there was nothing between 2011 and 2014. After the hiatus Spice returns with three projects in 2015: "Thug Candy" solo, "Haterz Nightmare" solo (read the review) as... (read more)
San Quinn - The Fillmore Lion

If I were to name top 10 most known and recognizable Bay Area rap artists, San Quinn would surely make the list. This Fillmoe, San Francisco representative doesn't have to be introduced and you probably have heard at least about some of his projects, because he's got a huge discography under his belt. Except for that, back in 1998, when San Quinn was only 21 years old, he was featured in the Guinness Book of World Records for appearing on the most albums (apparently 350 projects); plus the... (read more)
Casper Capone & Big Chuco present - Carnalismo

Back in the 90's the Latin part of Northern/Central California rap scene was generally run by two mega groups: Darkroom Familia and affiliated squad called Lowdown. In the first decade of XXI century the camp associated with Sir Dyno, Duke & Crooked was dropping projects even more frequently, while next to them loads of new homeboy coalitions and stables were being created: Starz The Limit, Connected Inc, Sav It Out, East Co. Co., Criminal Records, Crazy Times, Nasty North and others.... (read more)
Smiley aka Sykotik - Sick N Deranged EP

Smiley aka Sykotik is an artist who consequently delivers a rap mixture made of horrorcore and homeboy rap. He comes from Le Grand, in the 209 area code in Central California, yet now lives in Texas. The rapper has already managed to release a set of four compilations: two volumes of "Talez From The Morgue", "The Horror Show" and "The Minds Of Psychos, Killers And Gangsters"; except for that his 5150 Musick has marked its name on Downer's solo album titled... (read more)
Smiley aka Sykotik - Sick N Deranged EP Volume 2

Just right after the first part of an EP-series Smiley comes back with another volume of "Sick N Deranged". For those of you who're unfamiliar with the rapper's name I'll remind that he delivers a mixture of horrorcore and homeboy rap. He's consequently been bringing projects full of texas-chainsaw-massacre type of shit for a couple of years; speaking of which, Smiley is currently living in Texas, yet he comes from Central Cali - Le Grand in the 209 area code to be exact.

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Mugzy Da Money Maker - Heartless Hustla

Even though Mugzy Da Money Maker - earlier known as Jamez Da Youngsta - is a rather unknown figure, he has quite an interesting range of products under his belt. While writing this article I will try to summarize rapper's hitherto achievements. Mugzy comes from Watsonville in the 831 area code and during his life/rap journey he lived in many different cities: Hollister, Livermore, Hayward and Fremont, just to name a few. He debuted in 2006 with a solo release titled "Bay Livin",... (read more)
Mugzy Da Money Maker - Bay Livin

"Bay Livin" was originally released in 2006 under Trax Line Records and was a debut project from Watsonville representative named - back then - Da Youngsta. Later the rapper recorded as Jamez Da Youngsta; eventually he came back in 2015 as Mugzy Da Money Maker with the hereby re-edition of his first album. New artwork and the new name, yet same old tracks, so if you didn't have a chance to get familiar with his early material now it's high time. You can learn more about Jamez in... (read more)
Big Chuco - Oldie But Goodie

"Oldie But Goodie" is the third solo from a Latin artist out of Berkeley named Big Chuco. The rapper originally marked his name in the rap history back in '92 when he recorded "Barrio Funk" along with Mr. Bago. Later he released: "Lifestyles Of A Young Veterano", "Street Stories" (the re-edition of "Barrio Funk"), "California Bear", "Cartel De Cali" (all Spanish album made with Mr. 21 and C-Locs) and "Pineapples And... (read more)
Louieville Slugga & Brotha Bro - Grind House

Louieville Slugga and Brotha Bro are Oakland veterans with years of experience, albeit they are not particularly known for any classic projects. Back in the 90's Brotha Bro was affiliated with the 415 group, while Louieville was a member of Children of Sin. He also has two solos under his belt: "All Work No Play" (2000) and "Welcome To Louieville" (2010) as well as a collabo project with Treechoppa titled "Street Slapz Vol. 1". Other than that the hosts have... (read more)
Spice 1 - Haterz Nightmare

I have to admit that I unfortunately do not follow Spice 1's endeavors that closely, as I've never been his zealous fan. I have a few of his early 90's albums in my collection, and I value them. There's even something from the new millennium, but those projects have their ups and downs. More often than not production is not up to par and cannot make me like the album. I won't even try to summarize discography of this Hayward vet, because it's exceptionally rich, but it's noteworthy that in... (read more)
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)