Sundance and Illect Recordings are preparing to bring the world Midlife Marauders on June 17th. The latest nugget comes complete with assistance from Propaganda, Wonder Brown, Cas Metah, Elias, KJ-52, JGivens, and Khadia Che. It’s a funky melancholy sounding track dedicated to the girl we all used to love. We still love her but she’s getting pimped by those who do not know her past and never prospered from her “golden era”. We hear a lot going on about mainstream rap music, but truthfully it could not be further from hip-hop. I guess we need a clear cut separation of the two.
Other than Dayton, Ohio, the funk flows in the Bay Area like nowhere else. Nobody translated that Bay Area funk sound into the hip-hop genre like Ant Banks. In 1997, after a couple successful solo albums and producing tracks for any and everyone in the Bay, Banks dropped a compilation called Big Thangs. It featured the likes of Too Short, Ice Cube, Dr Dre, WC, Ice T, E-40, Spice 1, etc. “4 Tha Hustlas” featured Dangerous Crew General Too Short, legend 2pac, and the incomparable MC Breed. Otis & Shug, Oakland’s go to R&B duo, also provided some vocal assistance. I could talk all day about Banks and his influences in the genre, but I will not, I got stuff to do. Peace.