An East Oakland emcee reminiscent of a young Nas or Opio (of Hieroglyphics), WORDUP's style is an even mix of poetic and street. Known on the street as a vicious freestyle emcee, he also has a natural flow with the pen and the pad. Em Dub of Thizzler On The Roof met up with WORDUP in Oakland and they talked about how he got his name, how he got into hip-hop, his process for making a song, and more.
A founding member of Vallejo's Rapshack crew, producer JustinKase has been on the rise in the last few months, producing hit records for #NewBay artists such as Damey, Ray Guevara, Show Banga, and more. Em Dub caught up with JustinKase at the Rapshack for a few minutes and they talked about how he got his name, how he got into hip-hop, the origins of the Rapshack, his new album Epic & Rare with Ray Guevara, and more. JustinKase also made a beat live for the camera, which you can download for free right here.
A representative of the Diamond Umbrella crew, Ray Guevara has been rapping since the days of No Limit and Master P. Em Dub caught up with Ray over at the RapShack in Vallejo and talked about how he got into hip hop, his first rap, why he chose the name Ray Guevara, his latest album Epic & Rare with JustinKase, and more. He also gassed 2 verses for the camera.
Vallejo producer, rapper, singer and engineer Doc Sav has flown under the radar for many years, but that doesn't mean he hasn't been working. Having done songs with San Quinn, Turf Talk and others early in his career, Doc finally released his first mixtape T.H.I.S., a soulful blend of songs about women, college, not being a rapper, and more. Doc took a couple minutes to meet up with Em Dub of Thizzler On The Roof in Vallejo and they talked about where the name Doc Sav came from, which came first, producing or rapping, the first hip-hop tape he ever owned, and the song that inspired him to make music. They also talked about his new mixtape T.H.I.S. and what's coming up next for Doc.
One of 2010's Bay Area Freshmen 10, to the public eye it doesn't seem like P CHILD has been doing much since being nominated. However, he has been staying busy in the studio for the past year making music and ghostwriting for other artists and is now about to drop his new EP Metaphorically Speaking and his album Child's Play, both presented by Thizzler On The Roof. Em Dub got a chance to meet up with P CHILD at The Legion Studios in San Rafael and talked about how he started rapping, the meaning of his name, how he started working with Messy Marv, his new EP and album, and more. He also blazed 2 acappella raps for the camera.
Berkeley emcee Blanco might have started off by spitting other people's verses, but over the years he's developed a unique style that has gotten him recognition from producers across the country, including Cookin' Soul. Em Dub caught up with Blanco and talked about how he started rapping, how he got the name Blanco, his albums American Psycho and Portrait Of A Serial Killer, and more. He also rapped 2 verses for the camera.
White Girl Mob emcee Kreayshawn has been swagging through the roof lately since being named the 11th "wildcard" of the Bay Area Freshmen 10 and with the debut of her new video, Gucci Gucci, which has gotten over 1 million views in under a week. Em Dub met up with her in a cold alley outside SOM Bar in San Francisco and talked about how she got her name, how she started making music, what she's listening to now, her mixtape Kittys x Choppas, and more.
Oakland emcee RyanNicole is different from the average rapper. No, it's not just because she's a female in a male dominated genre. College educated and a poet first, RyanNicole raps for all the right reasons - to try to get her message across to her peers in the dopest way possible. Em Dub caught up with RyanNicole in Oakland and talked with her about her name, how she got into hip-hop and how she eventually started rapping, her mixtape Dis'onance, what's in store, and more. She also blazed 2 fire acapellas for the camera.
Money County representatives Cease & Yobz of Tha K.A.M.P. met up with Em Dub over at The Legion studios and talked about how they started out, the meaning of Tha K.A.M.P, Gorilla Gang, what they have coming up, and more.
Representing Vallejo, California, D-Boi has been heavy on the mixtape grind for a minute now and recently released his first full album, Success Addict. He took a few minutes to meet up with Em Dub in San Rafael and they talked about how he got his name, how he got into hip-hop, his mixtape series Leaving A Legacy, and more. He also rapped 2 acappellas for the camera.
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