(CNN) — A fence collapsed during rapper Snoop Dogg’s concert in New Jersey, leaving
(CNN) — A fence collapsed during rapper Snoop Dogg’s concert in New Jersey, leaving
The relationship between Donald sterling and the NBA was like being inside a stinky Continue reading
Classic California west coast groove from Warren G
Snoop Lion has some choice words for L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling
Taking it back to 1995 with Funkdoobiest. Rock On!
This documentary parallels how the crack epidemic of the 1980’s, shaped the way Hip Hop is today. Narrated by the one and only Ice – T, It shows how young hustlers from the inner cities of america used their skills learned from hustling to embrace music as a way to make legal paper. Enjoy.
East meets west. Even when East/West tensions were high, there were a few artists that although they represented different geographical regions, recognized that making records and getting money was the ultimate goal
March 9, 1997. A day that will forever live in infamy in the Hip Hop world. Christopher Wallace aka The Notorious B.I.G. aka Biggie Smalls was gunned down in Los Angeles California. He was only 24. The man who played a massive role in bringing east coast music back was gone. To this day the crime has not been solved. Let’s use this day not to mourn but to celebrate Mr Wallace, the Emcee who actually made Jay-z nervous in terms of musical ability.
In this tribute you see a serious of interviews, videos etc of Biggie. Enjoy!!
Here is a clip from the syndicated fox police drama New York Undercover back in 1995
Biggie at the tender age of 17, spitting fire on the Brooklyn block. The person who recorded this deserves a medal
Here is a rare commercial of Biggie promoting St Ides malt liquor
Party & Bullshit
Super Cat, Puffy & B.I.G
Biggie gets heated!!!!
When they was good….R.I.P Tupac Shakur
The one that really set it off:
Biggie with the Junior M.A.F.I.A clique
Live at the video shoot!
R.I.P Heavy D
Biggie’s last video:
The last interview:
Celebrating Biggie’s life:
Thanks for the memories Christopher
Where would Hip hop be without Dr Dre? It’s one thing to create a hit, but to create a movement is something special. He is credited as a key figure in the popularization of West Coast G-funk, a style of rap music characterized as synthesizer-based with slow, heavy beats. The Dr’s resume speaks for itself. Six Grammy awards; 2 MTV video awards; CEO of Aftermath Entertainment; CEO of Beats Electronics; Previous co-owner and artist of Death Row Records; Charter member of NWA. Forbes Magazine estimates that Dr. Dre has an estimated net worth of $250 million.
To celebrate Dre’s 48th birthday, Here is a look back at some of his work, whether as an MC, producer or as a pitchman for a product
“Trust me I’m a Doctor”
1994 Grammy award winning track “Let Me Ride” For best rap solo performance
Malt Liquor anyone?
Sometimes the remix is better than the original
The comeback, with a lyrical assist from Snoop Lion and writing by Jay-z
Jay-z hit co-produced with Mark Batson
Even babymomma got production from the Doctor
Happy Birthday Dre! We look forward to more hits
It is time. The west coast needs to come back. Check out beats from Cali producer Smokinburner
For more on this producer visit:
From the 1994 LP “Ass, Gas or Cash” (No one rides for free)
West Coast Legend MC Eiht with this classic laid back Cali feel
The Game’s celebration remix featuring hip hop legends Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. R.I.P Easy E
According to mercurynews.com Katt Williams most recent performance was far less than memorable. Angry fans demanded refunds after comedian Katt Williams’ show Friday night at Oracle Arena disintegrated into chaos, with Williams delivering rambling monologues devoid of jokes and being dragged off by his own security after he challenged a heckler to fight.
Williams was already facing legal trouble over his stop in Oakland, with police arresting him in connection with a Wednesday night brawl aboard a tour van and the man he allegedly assaulted promptly suing for damages.
After Friday night’s show, angry comments from fans poured in on Facebook and Twitter, with some complaining that Williams’ show had ended after 10 minutes. Many said they expected a refund; ticket prices ranged from $33 to $94, plus service fees.
“It was the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” said Erick Lucero, who was working on the arena floor as a security guard. “The whole show went really well (before Williams’ main set). … It was a packed house, and everyone was really satisfied with the show” up to that point.
The show, which was scheduled to begin at 8 p.m., started about an hour late, according to Christopher Douglas, 22, who came to Oakland from American Canyon. Williams came on stage briefly to start the show, tossed a Frisbee to the audience and told a few jokes about the election before introducing the opening acts.
“He was joking like he does in all four DVDs of his that I own,” said Douglas, a magnetic inspector at Pacific
Steel in Berkeley who was seeing Williams live for the first time. “I thought it was going to be a normal Katt Williams show.”
After the opening performances by fellow comedians and a couple of songs by Oakland rapper Too $hort, Williams took the stage about 10:40 p.m., Douglas said.
The comedian joked about selling out the arena, something he said the Golden State Warriors couldn’t do. An audience member asked about the Wednesday night brawl, and Williams said he had been released because even Oakland police were fans.
About seven or eight minutes after Williams took the stage for his set, Lucero said, he “started acting weird,” taking off his shirt and sweating profusely. Douglas said he quickly transitioned into his familiar closing bit, rattling off his various nicknames before leaving the stage.
“I was like, ‘That’s it?'” Douglas said. “After that, I saw everyone leaving … throngs of people leaving.”
Douglas and his father, who came to the show with him, left as well.
About 15 minutes passed, and between a quarter and half of the audience left, before Williams returned. Once he came back on stage the second time, Lucero said, “there were no more jokes.”
One video shows Williams sitting on a stool, hunched over, delivering a disjointed monologue about spending time in Oakland and discussing God.
In another video, a member of Williams’ entourage walks on stage and speaks to the comedian for a moment. As the man leaves the stage, Williams follows him and appears to strike the back of his head with the microphone.
A profanity-laced video posted to YouTube shows Williams challenging a heckler to come onstage and fight him and telling the person to come backstage after the show. A burly security guard hauls Williams away from the stage’s edge and to the backstage area.
Lucero said many people leaving the arena accosted him, saying they wanted a refund. Security personnel are instructed to have unhappy ticketholders contact the outlet where they bought their tickets.
Douglas said he “absolutely” felt he deserved a refund. Representatives from promoter Live Nation could not be reached for comment Saturday.
A spokeswoman for the Save Mart Center in Fresno confirmed Saturday afternoon that Williams’ show, scheduled for Saturday night, would continue as planned.
The incident Wednesday night resulted in Williams’ arrest, according to Oakland police spokeswoman Johnna Watson, but the comedian, whose real name is Micah S. Katt Williams, was not booked into jail and has not been charged.
An 18-year-old aspiring rapper, Delvahn Mosely-Davis, sued Williams on Friday, saying the chance encounter near Oakland’s Courtyard Marriott Hotel began with fans greeting the comedy star and ended with Williams bashing him in the head with a bottle.
Williams’ Nov. 1 show in Denver ended with the comedian jumping into the crowd to confront hecklers about a half-hour after he took the stage.
Williams is also facing a $5 million lawsuit filed earlier this month by his personal assistant, who alleges he hit her in October in Los Angeles and caused permanent eye injuries.
In June 2011, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies arrested him on charges of false imprisonment for an incident involving a man on a tractor in Palmdale, according to published reports. Between November 2006 and June 2011, Williams was arrested at least two other times on weapons charges and burglary, and he spent time in jail in those cases, according to published reports.
West coast classic by LV aka “Large Variety”. You may remember him from the Grammy award winning track “Gangster’s Paradise” with Coolio or from contributing R&B vocals to South Central Cartel.
LV survived gunshot wounds in a case remarkably similar to 50 Cent. L.V. not only survived being shot nine times at close range, but he spent eight months in the hospital and a year and a half in a wheelchair. He eventually recovered completely and has been able to walk without a noticeable limp ever since.
Roscoe, the younger brother of Kurupt released this single in 2003. He never got the shine that big brother had, but nevertheless this was a sleeper
Classic west coast rap produced by none other than DJ Muggs of Cypress Hill fame.
New Video from west coast legend WC. South Central still doing it!
Tramayne Thompson (born October 22, 1981), primarily known by his stage name Shade Sheist, is an American songwriter and recording artist from Inglewood, California. He began his career in 2000 by contributing this single “Where I Wanna Be” to a compilation executive produced by himself and local producer Damizza. After writing and recording tracks for other artists, television/film and video game soundtracks, Shade Sheist released his debut album Informal Introduction, featuring this classic “Where I Wanna Be” in 2002 under Universal Records.
For the record, I miss the West Coast…….
Andre Romelle Young (born February 18, 1965), better known by his stage name Dr. Dre, is an American rapper, record producer, record executive, entrepreneur, and occasional actor. He is the founder and current CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and a former co-owner and artist of Death Row Records. He has produced albums for and overseen the careers of many rappers, including Snoop Dogg, Eminem and 50 Cent. As a producer he is credited as a key figure in the popularization of West Coast G-funk, a style of rap music characterized as synthesizer-based with slow, heavy beats.
Dr. Dre has stated that he is a perfectionist and is known to pressure the artists with whom he records to give flawless performances. In 2006 Snoop Dogg told the website Dubcnn.com that Dr. Dre had made new artist Bishop Lamont re-record a single bar of vocals 107 times. Dr. Dre has also stated that Eminem is a fellow perfectionist, and attributes his success on Aftermath to his similar work ethic. He gives a lot of input into the delivery of the vocals and will stop an MC during a take if it isn’t to his liking. However, he does give MCs he works with room to write lyrics without too much instruction unless it is a specifically conceptual record, as noted by Bishop Lamont in the book How to Rap.
A consequence of his perfectionism is that some artists that initially sign deals with Dr. Dre’s Aftermath label never release albums. In 2001, Aftermath released the soundtrack to the movie The Wash, featuring a number of Aftermath acts such as Shaunta, Daks, Joe Beast and Toi. To date, none have released full-length albums on Aftermath and have apparently ended their relationships with the label and Dr. Dre. Other noteworthy acts to leave Aftermath without releasing albums include King Tee, 2001 vocalist Hittman, Joell Ortiz, Raekwon and Rakim.
Being a perfectionist can be both a Gift & Curse. The end result however for artists that stuck it out is success. Take in this classic and you will understand…Oh did I mention this track was nominated for a grammy in 1992?
Roger McBride, mostly known as King Tee (formerly known as King T), is an American West coast rapper from Compton, California.
Tee had been around the Los Angeles hip hop scene for many years alongside Ice T and Kid Frost and acted as a pioneer for the genre. In 1988 he made his debut with Act a Fool, considered a classic amongst west coast fans. Tee greatly influenced The Notorious B.I.G. with his deep voice, flow and rhyme style, which Big would at times imitate on his 1994 album Ready to Die. This classic “Dippin” was an ode to the low rider culture that has become a signature of the California hip hop culture
O’Shea Jackson (born June 15, 1969), better known by his stage name “Ice Cube”, is an African American rapper and actor. He began his career as a member of the hip-hop group C.I.A.and later joined the rap group N.W.A. After leaving N.W.A in December 1989, Cube built a successful solo career in music, and also as a writer, director, actor and producer in cinema.
In 1993, Ice Cube released Lethal Injection. Although the album was not well received by critics, It spawned several successful hits, including this classic “You Know How We Do It”
Ice Cube has been voted as eighth on MTV’s list “The greatest emcees of all time”.
This 1990 single by the “West Coast Rap All-Stars” was a collaboration of West Coast hip-hop artists to promote an anti-violence message. Produced by Dr Dre, this track was eventually nominated for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group at the 33rd annual Grammy Awards. The irony is that most artists featured use violent lyrics as a form of entertainment. Nonetheless the message comes clear.
Tha Dogg Pound is a rap group made up of Daz Dillinger and Kurupt. They were signed to Death Row Records in their early careers and were key to the label’s success. The group made their debut on Dr. Dre’s “The Chronic”. They also appeared on Snoop Dogg’s debut album Doggystyle, and the Death Row soundtracks Murder Was The Case and Above The Rim. Their debut album Dogg Food was released in 1995, which Included this classic. R.I.P Nate Dogg.