, SMKA present: Darkest Before Dawn (A Bay Area Compilation)

It’s finally here! After over a year of recording, mixing, plotting & planning, our first official album Darkest Before Dawn, produced entirely by Atlanta production crew SMKA and sponsored by the environmentally friendly C-4 Belts, is now available for free download for you to enjoy! Thank you to all the artists who have been involved in this project and big thanks to everyone who has been supporting what we’re doing! Help us get the word out by clicking LIKE & sharing / tweeting / telling your friends about the album!

Direct Download x SMKA x C4 Belts present: Darkest Before Dawn (A Bay Area Compilation)

Our goal for Darkest Before Dawn was to help get the Bay Area into a national light. The name itself came from the idea that the Bay doesn’t get a lot of attention – it’s in the darkness. But there’s so much talent in the music scene here that it’s inevitable that the dawn will come soon.

We reached out to SMKA because we felt that collaborating with a producer from outside of the Bay Area was one of the steps needed to make the outside world take notice of what was going on inside of the Bay Area, and they also provided a sound that was very unique and high quality.

We hope you enjoy this album as much as we enjoyed putting it together. If listening to Darkest Before Dawn makes you want to hear more from any of the artists on it, search for their name on You’ll be able to find all of their music, plus music from other dope Bay Area artists. Shoutout to SMKA, Dex Beats, Tomas Wischerath, Matt Moretti, C4 Belts, and Audible Treats for making it all possible!

Hit the jump for the tracklist & the back cover, plus the official video for “Know About Us” by DB Tha General x DaVinci! NOTE: Track 8 was actually mixed by Chance McCullough – a beast on the boards!

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