West Coast Underground Mix: "What A Pity"

11.28.04

Here’s a mix of some classic underground west coast hip-hop along with some rarities and some self-indulgent, exclusive mixes by your bol (me). Let it be said that this is by no means an exhaustive mix that runs the gamut of “important” west coast underground shit. After all, the meat of this mix only spans a measly 5 years (’94-’98). But, these were– in my humble opinion– easily the most exciting years in the west coast underground. Accodringly, this mix is simlutaneously an ode of appreciation to these years as well as a bit of an introduction to those of you who know nothing about this shit (shame on you!). Unfortunately, there’s far more shit to be found on unreleased 5th generation tape dubs then there is on those shiny discs of vinyl that we’ve grown to love. As for how that has affected the make-up of this mix? Well, rather obviously, that means there are some noticable gaps in the mix that are basically only gaps because of format limitations (i.e. only one Ellay Khule verse?! No Log Cabin?!). But, what can I say? A lot of these motherfuckers really didn’t put out that much vinyl, and even if they did, it wasn’t always their best effort that was committed to wax. But, I’ve made do with what I had available and I hope you can forgive me if I made any critical oversights or simply didn’t represent/signify the west coast underground in an adequate manner.

Anyway, here’s the mix and for a slightly more in-depth, track-by-track discussion click me. Enjoy.

Special thanks to yousendit for hosting the shite. (updated with links that actually work)

Part I

01. (00:00 – 01:03) CVE — “What A Pity”

02. (01:03 – 02:55) CVE — “Art of War”

03. (02:55 – 06:06) Saafir — “Can You Feel Me”

04. (06:06 – 10:52) Latyrx — “Latyrx”

05. (10:52 – 12:40) Latyrx Samples Medley

06. (12-40 – 16:10) Ab Rude “Yesterday & Today”/E-40 “Hope I Don’t Go Back”

07. (16:10 – 20:07) Ahmad, Ras Kass, and Saafir — “Come Widdit”

08. (20:07 – 24:20) The Coup — “Dig It” (Radio Remix)

09. (24:20 – 24:50) NGA Fish — “Hi-style Takeover”

10. (24:50 – 27:41) Whoridas — “Whoriden”

11. (27:41 – 30:26) Volume 10 — “Pistolgrip Pump” (UK Jazz Mix)

12. (30:26 – 30:52) Ellay Khule — “Feet Upon The Table”

13. (30:52 – 33:47) Homeliss Derilex — “Cash Money”

14. (33:47 – 37:30) The BUMS featuring Mystic — “Lyfe N Tyme”

15. (37:30 – 41:51) Medusa — “You Better Be”

16. (41:51 – 42:35) Blackalicious — “Cheezit Terrorist”

17. (42:35 – 45:06) Underbombers — “Subcontents”

18. (45:06 — End) Rashinel — “Rashinel”

Part II

19. (00:00 – 02:07) Blackalicious — “Rhymes for the Deaf, Dumb, and Blind”

20. (02:07 – 03:53) Saafir — Verse from Wake Up Show Battle

21. (03:53 – 06:51) Saafir — “Pull Ya Card”

22. (06:51 – 11:46) Freestyle Fellowship — “Ummm”

23. (11:46 – 15:36) The Coup — “The Funk”

24. (15:36 – 16:30) Ras Kass — “Get Up Get Down”

25. (16:30 – 20:30) Aceyalone — “Faces”

26. (20:30 – 24:32) Project Blowed — “Heavyweights Round II”

27. (24:32 – 25:47) Bus Driver — “Imaginary Places”

27. (25:47 – 29:05) Slim Kid 3 — “Emerald Butterfly”

28. (29:05 – End) DK Toon — “Solo is So Low”

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