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As the "Bugged Out Tour" continues, Roach Gigz makes stops in San Francisco and San Luis Obispo.
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Roach Gigz - Bugged Out (Album)
During his recent interview with HipHopDX, the purveyor of punany raps, Too Short, addressed allegations that he had encouraged the sexual assault of young girls with his recent “Fatherly Advice” video message to young boys.
But also during that discussion, Short Dog delved deeper into why so many may have come to think that Hip Hop’s original mack is nothing more than a perverse individual, due in part to the content of his songs abruptly shifting into strictly sexually explicit material beginning around the mid-‘90s. Short candidly revealed why after his early ‘90s releases there were no socially-conscious songs on his albums ala “Trying To Come Up” from his just-released 19th studio effort, No Trespassing. The pioneering West Coast artist explained not only how his recording home of 20 years, Jive Records, prevented him from continuing to release songs about poverty, the effects of drug addiction and police brutality that had become the counterbalance to his “Freaky Tales,” but Short also shared his theory that all the major labels conspired to keep conscious Hip Hop off the radio airwaves.
Short concluded his stroll down memory lane by explaining how the ATL led to the demise of hisDangerous Crew, how the Bay Area legend actually helped to set off the South’s commercial dominance in Hip Hop, and why he owes a debt of gratitude to Lil Jon for extending his now 30-year tenure in the Rap game.
Earl breaks down how radio stifled his national popularity, and gave birth to "Captain Save A Hoe," as he speaks about independent freedom, why mixtapes aren't his steez, and Mac Mall's talent.
The cliche says that age ain't nothing but a number. But if Hip Hop has taught us anything it's that the cliche isn't usually a truth. Aging in the genre is usually a violent and awkward process and all of us are susceptible to its effects. All of us, it would seem, except for E-40. For nearly 25 years the Vallejo legend has remained Rap's foremost architect of slanguage and slaps.
Where most veterans slow as they age, 40's only picked up the pace. Last February he released two separate albums - Revenue Retrievin' The Day Shift and Revenue Retrievin' The Night Shift. Now he's back with the third and fourth installments - Graveyard Shift and Overtimes Shift - set to drop at the end of the month. DX sat down with 40 Water to chop it up about his independent legacy, the art of hitmaking and the Bay Area water supply.
In the music of Paris, The Coup and others, the Bay Area was once an epicenter for politically-gangsta Rap. These were outfits that had something to say, and a fist to assert it. Within the new generation, Fillmore District's DaVinci seems to embody this same tradition. He's well-aware of where he comes from socially and musically, and the tattooed rapper places those in messages that are still tangible to hustler-survivors.
DaVinci doesn’t act oblivious to the concerns of his community and sets forth a dynamic lead to direct those energies in the lab. Heard on this year's The Day The Turf Stood Still release, DaVinci’s confident lyrical style captured commercial and rugged Hip Hop fans alike. DXnext hits the Fillmoe' with one of its strongest lyrical representatives in close to a decade.
From D-Boy to Def Jam, Richie Rich has remained a fixture on the Bay Area Hip Hop scene for more than two decades. In that time, the Oakland rapper cut his teeth with underground favorites 415 and cut national classics alongside the likes of The Luniz and 2Pac. Still he's remained something of an elusive figure, periodically dropping off the Rap map for years at a time to focus instead on his street hustles. Fresh off his latest hiatus, Rich recently linked up with HipHopDX to discuss the early days of Bay Rap, his relationship with Pac and his new underground tape, Town Bidness.