Posts Tagged ‘West Coast’

R.I.P. Nate Dogg

March 16, 2011

I’m sure the video for “Regulate” is gonna be tweeted, blogged and linked to a million times today and I was trying to find another song to honor Nate Dogg with but really there is no other choice. BUT, me being the contrarian that I am…


Mayor by Pac Div (Video)

June 25, 2009

Pac Div bringing something I personally wasn’t expecting. Retro throw back West Coast beat is straight, straight uhhh…how bout..def!(It’s about time “def” makes a return to commonly used Hip Hop lingo. I’ll start it’s resurgence here.) It’s taken awhile but I think the West has gotten back much of the credibility it lost those dreadful fallout years after Dre left Death Row and the G-Funk era up and left with him. Pac Div reassuring me that the left coast’s new class is definitely hungry. Check out “Shut Up” on The Pac Div EP produced by Cool Kid Chuck Inglish. My god, that track is more than worth the price of admission.

Pac Div

West Side

Shit Popped Off

March 1, 2009


I need Dre back. I need there to be balance. I need both coasts to be strong again. With the rise and dominance of the south, it feels like Hip Hop is on the verge of bottoming out and collapsing in on itself(if it hasn’t already). With a mere stroke of his hand, the good doctor can single-handedly bring the left coast back to proper form. I haven’t been obsessed with a west coast album since Doggystyle and The Chronic!(The Chronic 2001 didn’t do it for me) That was nearly 20 years ago! It’s been waaaaay too long. *sniff* I need to love again. Please Doctor…just make me love again.

“Shit Popped Off” by T.I.(Produced by Dr. Dre):

Blu + Mainframe Are Johnson & Jonson

September 24, 2008

Blu is definitely one of the best emcees this coast has to offer. Blu & Exile make such an amazing duo and now Blu & Mainframe(Johnson & Jonson), seem to be going down the same path, albeit with a slightly different sound. With groups like Pac Div, C-San and Blu &(insert ill producer here). I’m praying for a west coast renaissance. I can’t believe there are this many west coast hip hop acts that I like at one time. Damn, the last time that happened was in the early 90’s.

Let’s Take It Back: Buy You Some

February 12, 2008

How ill is this beat? I remember this came out when I was just entering high school and when I heard these two on the same track, it fucking blew my mind. I would’ve never thought a pairing like this could sound so dope. On paper, this collab doesn’t seem like it would work but you immediately change your mind upon first listen. During a time when two coasts couldn’t get along, Erick Sermon and Too Short showed us how to properly unite east and west. Buy you some.

Check out the MC Breed cameo!

Women Problems

February 1, 2008

I’m constantly on the search for rap groups that will restore my faith in west coast hip hop. There are only a handful of them out there(Blu + Exile, Cali Agents and Third Sight being among the few) that make me proud of my coasts representation in hip hop music. So I’m really happy that I came across Pacific Division. These guys are kinda like the left coasts Little Brother, and I hate comparisons so I don’t make them unless I feel it’s totally fitting. They seem real talented on the mic and their beats are very dope.

Like The Cool Kids, these guys are among the new crop of rappers that have that Hype Beast/Street Wear mentality rocking brands like The Hundreds, Diamond Supply and Mighty Healthy in their video. These guys seem to have fun and from what I read bring alot of energy when they perform. Major points for the high school classroom setting in the video. I’m such a sucker for that kind of thing cause it reminds me of the old school golden age rap videos I use to watch growing up. Support the cause folks, the west side needs more artists like this.


Unreleased Dr. Dre – Puff Blunts, Drank Tanq

October 14, 2007

Good Doctor

I remember first hearing this on a pirate radio show in Canada when I visited my relatives one summer. At this point in my hip hop listening, I was immersed in all and everything related to Death Row. If it was G-Funk and produced by Dre, Warren G or Daz I was buying it. When I heard this it blew me away so much that I immediately had to find it if it was the last thing I did. I never knew what the name of the song was so when I asked any of my friends I couldn’t call it by name so it was difficult in finding any help in tracking it down. I had to search for it on my own. I think it was a year or two later and I finally managed to find it in a Tower Records browsing through the singles section and I found it on the B-Side of a maxi single of “Dre Day” by Dr. Dre . The track is called “Puffin On Blunts And Drankin Tanqueray”. This was West Coast at it’s pinnacle and absolute finest and makes me wonder how it all fell apart.

“Puffin On Blunts And Drankin Tanqueray” by Dr. Dre, Lady of Rage, Daz, Kurupt: