THE BAY IS BACK! Jyeah boy and on some gas brake dip type shit too! Thankfully B-Cause and Ross Hogg have teamed up to bring you some of the dopest music out of the bay right now. Shit one look at the fucking tracklisting and you’ve got a pretty good idea just how champ this mix is. These boys are pulling records from all over the bay area it don’t matter if you 41fiving, 510, 408, 650, 925 or goddamn 707 they got someone up on this reppin for your area.
This mix reminds me so much of why I love and miss west coast hip-hop. The west has so much style and a distinctiveness that is hard to match. Whether you’re talking about the way Freestyle Fellow shit flips their shit(see emynd’s mix) or the way that E-40 just manipulates his speech patterns it’s fucking obvious when it comes to style its hard to compete with the west. The emphasis on how you rapped over what you rapped about is a phenomenon that was developed and perfected on the west coast. Not to say the actual lyrics aren’t important but for me personally this concentration on style is what has made west coast hip-hop so much more interesting to me than say mediocre rappers from New York who all sound the same.
The first half of the mix is Ross Hogg and the second half is B-Cause. I like Ross’s half but my favorite part of his half is around track 8 when he starts playing some of the more hype shit. He drops “It’s Ah Slumper” which has Turf Talk and E-40 just rocking over some pounding drums. He follows that with Federation’s Hyphy, which if you pay attention to the bay you already know Rick Rock is on some next shit. After that you got Too Short’s Burn Rubber that is just full of hard handclaps and more of those loud crisp as fuck drums. It’s fucking great. Ross’ half tends to get more hyphy than B.Cause’s but B.Cause brings the heat with some slightly older joints that never really got the shine they deserved. He drops “Timing” which is E-40, San Quinn and Richie Rich rapping over the Clipse’s “Grinding.” I heard this song when I first moved to the bay about 2 years ago and I was fucking amazed that it wasn’t getting more play outside of the bay but I guess that’s the breaks when it comes to the regional raps form the land of the sideshows. Anyways, I need to say something about this J Official joint that B-Cause drops. Goddamn shit is dope, dude covers KRS-One’s “Love’s Gonna Get You.” On some straight “Getting money in Oakland, everything is fine, got myself an Uzi and my brother a nine.” It makes me smile everytime I hear it.
I’m really glad they made this shit because it is badly needed and right now bay area hip-hop is steadily building steam so it’s the perfect time to start letting fools know what’s going on out here. Especially since the south is so large right now I really think this is the good for Bay are music because it shares a similar aesthetic with the south. But be on the look out because the bay is definitely going to start blowing up.
Ross Hogg -Intro
B.Cause – Intro/Get High Inst. – Suga T
Too Short – Burn Rubber
E-40, San Quinn, Richie Rich – Timing