Westcoast Ridah Report 7.20
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What up, we in the mix of July. Hope the summer is going well for the fam. This week we got some Westcoast heavyweights.
Starting off with Coolio wit the flow, his debut album “It Takes a Thief”, hit the streets July 19th, 1994. Now Coolio, first hit the scene with WC and the MAAD Circle. When MTV played his first single from this album “Fantastic Voyage” things really began moving for this Compton MC. Tommy Boy Records released the album, which reached No 3 on Billboard Hot 100, and the album became certified Platinum, behind “Fantastic Voyage”, “I Remember”, and “County Line”. The success of the lead single which sampled the Lakeside hit by the same name, even brought the 80s single back on the charts. Other songs on the album “Smoking Stix”, “Can-o-corn,” and “Sticky fingers” were in the film Poetic Justice staring Janet Jackson and Tupac.
July 20th, An important release dropped from outta the Bay. Too Short released “Born to Mack” July 20th 1987. Though it doesn’t get the respect it should rightfully deserves this album, pushed the limits of cussing and storytelling on records. Patterning his rhymes after adult humor and topics, Short, followed the long line of Redd Foxx, Dolemite and more. Accompanied by a trunk of funk, by Short himself and Ted Bohanon, classics dropped like “Freaky Tales”, and “Dope Fiend Beat.” These songs are still heard in 2022 from cars riding around the Bay Area. For an album with NO radio play, this reached 50 on US Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums on Billboard.
Up Next, Cypress Hill release “Black Sunday”, dropped July 20th, 1993. This album debuted at #1 on BillBoard US 200. Known for their support and use of Cannabis, this album was pivotal to the culture prior to Cannabis legalization. I mean the album started of with the song “I Want to Get High”, with hits including “Insane in the Brain”, “Hits from the Bong,” “I Ain’t Going Out Like That”, and more.
Last album this week is from America’z Most Complete Artist. Quikkkkkkk. Dj Quik dropped “Way 2 Funky”, his 2nd album, July 20th 1992. This album debuted at #10 on Billboard 200. This was that rapping Beef era, when Quik had funk with Tim Dawg from the East Coast, and MC Eight from the same town. The songs reflected this, on the songs “Way 2 Funky” and “The Last Word”.
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