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.
British producer Configa is known for his reworking of 2pac tracks, here he gives the Eddie F & Untouchables track a new look. Removing everyone but Pac and BIG from the track and giving it a soulful feel. I can dig it, can you?
Sit down interview with Pac from ’94
The Digital Underground crew was so big that sometimes it is hard to remember who was doing what. Such is the case with Raw Fusion, the brainchild of Money B and DJ Fuze. While the Digital Underground machine was more funk and style, Raw Fusion was Money B’s chance to get some straight hip-hop out of his system. The group released 2 albums between 91-94, Live From Styleetron and Hoochified Funk, both were good albums and worth coping if you run across them. Of course, who doesn’t want to hear more 2pac than All Eyez On Me, so here you go a little known Pac guest appearance from his Underground days
With all the 2pac stanmanship going around today after his triumphant return last night at Coachella I decided to put up one of my favorite Tupac song today. It goes all the way back to 2pacalypse Now, his debut on Interscope records. Which interestingly enough was probably the key player in resurrecting the Don last night. THUGLIFE!! Pretty soon, labels won’t even need their artists to go on tour. Up next, Beatles reunion, N.W.A. reunion (Probably need a hologram for Cube as well), Amy Winehouse, and a host of other artists………I’m sure people will be forking over top dollar to see digitized.
Digital Underground welcomed a virtually unknown rapper to go on tour with them as a back-up dancer. He started to get in the studio with them and as a result, “The Same Song” was featured on The Is An E.P. Releas, the rest as they say is history…..
for 2 albums, I was a huge 2pac fan. His music was dripping in emotion and honesty. When he spoke you couldn’t help but to listen. A tormented individual though, he let demons into his life and his ego let him think he could pimp the system. Unfortunately before he was able to right the direction of his ship he was gunned down far too young. “Soulja’s Story” is off his 1st full length release 2pacalypse Now!, a classic to me. I remember seeing the video for “Brenda’s Got A Baby” on MTV and feenin’ for the album. My parents did not support my love for rap music, so I had to wait a until a friends older brother was capable of getting it for me. My initial reaction was frantic, 1 million emotions running around in my head. This wasn’t anything like what I had hear before. From the opening track “Young Black Male” to the Stevie Wonder inspired close with “Part-Time Mother” I was captivated. It was all I would listen to for at least a month, maybe even longer.
In lieu of the news today that 2Pac’s shooter from the ambush that sparked the East Coast vs West Coast feud…..if they would have just listened to this track they would have known what the deal was way back then……
I know I’m sorta MIA right now, busy busy busy, but working on the new site and it’ll be up sooner than you think. SO for now, enjoy some Tupac “You want to sensor something, motherf***er sensor this”