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Westside Ridah Report 10.13rage
4 albums highlighted this week, from up and down the coast.
We start off in EPA, with Totally Insane. Totally Insane came straight outta East Palo Alto, CA, and were an underground success in the Bay area, before getting some steam. Their 2nd release “Goin’ Insane” dropped October 11th 1993 on In-a-Minute Records. This is the era where Bay Area Hip Hop didn’t get much play outside of CA, until we got love from the South. Coming up on that Funk and Slow Jams, this album contains more of that sound and stylee. The First cut “Goin’ Insane” bring that funk out, and was a stand out on the album, you could hear it bumpin for blocks outta trunks. Good cuts A to D, Cant Be Faded, Slangin Bean Pies, and more in the mix.
Up Next, also from the Bay, in fact the V, Vallejo. The Debut album for Celly Cel, Heat 4 Yo Azz. Speaking of funk, this album is that Bay Funk. Straight off top, the first song, Heat 4 Yo Azz… slapping. Released on Sick Did It Records (e40’s label) October 11, 1994. Produced by Celly Cel, Sam Bostic and Studio Ton, including B-Legit, E-40 and Funk Mobb.
Down in SoCal, October 13th 1997… Jurassic 5 dropped their EP. This group is filled with lyricists straight outta the underground LA Hip Hop scene. This was released on their own label, Rumble Records and would be re-released by Interscope once they signed in 1999. So funky, so musical, so lyrical. Cuts like Jayou, Action Satisfaction, Concrete Schoolyard, produced by Cut Chemist and DJ Nu-Mark.
Last album we highlighting this week, man is a classic. October 15th, 1996.. dropped “At The Speed of Life”, by X to the Z, Xzibit. Is there a bad song on this album? Originally under the name “Exhibit A”, X stated off with the Likwit Crew under King T. He appeared on “Hit and Run” off Tha Alkaholics “Coast II Coast” album, and on King Tee’s track “Free Style Ghetto”. His debut album, helped him secure a deal with Loud records. X kills it with the 1st track “At the Speed of Life”, so many great thoughts and lyrics, eyes May Shine, Positively Negative, paparazzi, The Foundation, Birds Eye View… stacked album. With King Tee, The Alkaholiks, Ras Kass, Safari, and Hurricane G.