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)
Savage-C - The Couch Potato

Savage-C hails from San Mateo and along with K Dinero forms Nocturnal Hustlers duet. The rapper debuted in 2001 on "City On The Hush" compilation next to Andre Nickatina with the "Lyrical Lullaby" song. A year later the first cd by NH was released, while 2004 brought artist's first solo long play album entitled "Smokey The Bandit". After a two year hiatus Sav came back with the reviewed one called "The Couch Potato".

The cover and the name of this... (read more)
Thai - From Where I Began

Rapper by the name of Thai hails from Portland, Oregon and - judging by the name - is obviously connected with South-East Asia. Bay Area rap fans might have heard him in 2010 on the "As Real As It Gets" project from 454 Life Ent. (read the review) and also on some other cds from the Northern California scene. Apart from that the artist freshly dropped a promo product titled "The Statement", which was available for... (read more)
J-Diggs - Both Sides Of The Gate

From the perspective of a decade we already know that J-Diggs is a prominent Crestside, Vallejo representative who right now has numerous projects under his belt (solos, collabos and compilations) and proudly continues late Mac Dre's legacy. However you didn't see that coming in 2003. Back then the rapper was rather unknown and has just got out of prison after serving a 10-year sentence for robbing banks. He so far managed to appear on a couple of projects, including "It's Not What You... (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)
Hiway - Roadside Assistance
It's been a while, but has once had a chance to review two mixtape projects by Hiway representing Humboldt County: "Wayhi Certified" volumes 3 and 4 (read the reviews). Ever since then parts 5 and 6 came out, completely under our radar. But finally late 2013 brought artist's long-awaited debut, the hereby "Roadside Assistance".

If you haven't had a chance to hear Hiway's previous endeavors, then you are... (read more)
C-Locs Tha Hoodstar - Still I Strive: Tha Life Album

A red-colored Latin gangsta rap, known as homeboy rap, has expanded so much in the last few of years that we can actually talk about many different crews that represent this sub-genre. Norte rap fans should definitely be familiar with artists like Darkroom Familia, Sav-It-Out (Big Tone and folks from Antioch), Nasty North (Lil Raider with his Vacaville dogs), Starz The Limit (Decoto rappers: Tito B, Lil Coner...), BMC (guys from the 831 area code) and San Jose stables like Criminal Records,... (read more)
Troublez presents - Tha Allstarz

In the last few years the local San Jose rap scene was very prolific, introducing to its fans talented artists and bringing worthy projects, often compilations, where one could hear new, interesting rappers. Troublez, as one of them, is repping West Side San Jose and after over a 5-year long career he wants to support less known emcees, unite the Latin rap scene and pay homage to his turf. Therefore he releases a compilation entitled "Tha Allstarz", which includes both famous... (read more)
Joe Blow - International Blow: The Lost Files

In retrospect Joe Blow is one of those Oakland rappers who constantly releases new cds: whether it's solos, mixtapes or collaborations with other artists. He's been dropping a few projects in one year for some time now, thanks to which he's not letting his fans forget about him. It's difficult to keep up with him, and if you do not get in hold of his more street (underground) albums soon enough, they become out of print and you're left with a rather expensive second hand market. We've so far... (read more)
Lil Coner and C-Locs - Smile Now, Cry Later

When I write these words it's 2014 and both Lil Coner and C-Locs are already well-known homeboy rap artists putting it down for northern Cali. In 2008 they released a joint project "Smile Now, Cry Later" and I'd like to take this opportunity and summarize their hitherto endeavors. If you are interested only in the review of the hereby cd, feel free to skip to the next paragraph. Undoubtedly a Decoto representative Lil Coner has a longer rap record. The first time I noticed him on... (read more)
Clyde Carson - STSA (Something To Speak About)

Oakland representative by the name of Clyde Carson is one of those artists who are claimed to be a "star", yet in fact they did nothing big. Right now probably a lot of you will hate me for what I've said, but that's what I think. For me, if a rapper doesn't have at least one official long play solo under his belt, you cannot rate him with a solid rapper status; celebrity - yes, but not a solid musician. I really don't care whether Clyde released a whole lot of clean videos and a... (read more)
Extreme - Needle In The Haystack: The Compilation

Extreme hails from Hayward and before he dropped the hereby cd he had also brought at least one solo titled "25 Hours A Day" and a duet project released with Mistah F.A.B. ("Authors Of Reality"). I said "at least" intentionally, because when it comes to artist's discography I can only be sure of those positions we've written about. The rapper is not quite known and his name rather rarely appears on albums from other California musicians. The more I was surprised... (read more)
Lil Rue - Syrup and Kush
Lil Rue is one of those Oakland artists who appeared on the rap scene a couple of years ago, yet has already managed to flood the market with numerous releases. Truth be told I have not had an opportunity to check out all of his projects, simply because there are so many of them. Judging by our News section, I can tell you that Lil Rue debuted in 2010 with a solo "Fully Loaded". The next to come were "Quit Hatin' The Bay" collabo with HD and Hen Sippa, "Shottas"... (read more)