History of the Bay: Lil Bean
History of the Bay
by Dregs One
2w ago
In San Francisco's Geneva Towers housing projects, Lil Bean's father, Bner, was a neighborhood factor who exposed him to Bay Area rappers like Mac Dre and Messy Marv. When Bean was 11, his father died and he became the man of the house. After turning down opportunities to play college basketball, he turned to rapping as a way to provide for his family. Since then, Bean has racked up millions of views and streams, toured the country with 24kGoldn, appeared on Empire's Fo15 album produced by Zaytoven, and started his own clothing line, Beno World. Lil Bean has already made history as one of the ..read more
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History of the Bay: One Drop Scott
History of the Bay
by Dregs One
1M ago
History of the Bay Podcast Ep. 62: Growing up in Berkeley, One Drop Scott has been a musician his entire life. His journey into the arts starts with his father, blaxploitation actor Thalmus Rasulala. Once he picked up his first instruments, Scott began playing with legends like Sheila E and Confunkshun. He got into hip-hop early, forming a group called the Surf MC's with fellow Berkeley producer Tone Capone. Scott soon began producing for some of Northern California's most legendary rappers like Mac Dre, C-Bo & The Jacka. After being viciously attacked in 2003, he survived a one-month coma ..read more
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History of the Bay: Yhung T.O.
History of the Bay
by Dregs One
1M ago
Yhung T.O. is a founding member of the multi-platinum rap group SOB X RBE. Growing up in Vallejo, he started making beats at age 6 years old and developed a unique, melodic style of rapping. After meeting DaBoii, Slimmy B, and Lul G, the three started making songs together that would quickly become viral hits. Their group skyrocketed to national stardom, performing at huge festivals and tours. But just as they were achieving success, drama in the streets spilled into their group. For the first time, Yhung T.O. tells the complete story of what happened with his group and opens up about the stru ..read more
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History of the Bay: Sunspot Jonz
History of the Bay
by Dregs One
1M ago
Sunspot Jonz fka BFAP is one half of Mystik Journeymen and a founding member of Living Legends. Growing up in East Oakland, he fell in love with music early but didn't identify with gangsta rap trends. This led Sunspot to find like-minded artists in the underground hip-hop scene, like his partner Luckyiam fka PSC, who joined Mystik Journeymen. Frustrated with the mainstream music industry, they pressed their own tapes and CDs, created their own magazine, and threw their own shows, including the Broke Ass Summer Jam. After traveling the world independently, the Journeymen became founders of the ..read more
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History of the Bay: J. Stalin & 4rAx
History of the Bay
by Dregs One
1M ago
J. Stalin is a legendary rapper from West Oakland and the founder of Livewire Records. He grew up loving hip hop and saw it as a way for him to escape the street life. After working in the studio with DJ Daryl, Richie Rich, and the Jacka, Stalin decided to put himself on through his own company. 4rAx is one half of the Mekanix, a producer duo from Oakland. Starting off as a DJ for Digital Underground, he worked with various Oakland artists before meeting J. Stalin. Since producing Stalin's earlier hits, the Mekanix have since gone on to produce albums and songs for some of the Bay's most legen ..read more
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History of the Bay: Cozmo
History of the Bay
by Dregs One
2M ago
Cozmo is a rapper/producer who grew up in San Francisco and Marin. He got his start working with local artists like 51.50, Killa Tay, San Quinn and Messy Marv. After producing on some of Quinn's biggest albums, Cozmo landed a placement with the legendary Scarface. This led to making beats for countless artists like Dipset, The Game, Trina, Devin the Dude, and Nipsey Hussle. Cozmo earned a gold record with Wiz Khalifa's "King of Everything" and produced a platinum song for Berner, who he's worked with over the course of Berner's entire career. Cozmo also released his solo albums "Coz Pacino" in ..read more
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History of the Bay: Shemp (Photo Doctor Graphics)
History of the Bay
by Dregs One
2M ago
*** To see all the graphics described in this podcast, watch the video version on Spotify or YouTube: https://youtu.be/ZErUFFA8SR0 *** In his first on-camera interview, Shemp of Photo Doctor Graphics reviews prints and posters from his portfolio of legendary album cover designs. Starting off as a rapper-producer in the Funky Fresh Sex Crew, he began designing covers for his friends using scanners and copy machines. This led him to work with Don Toriano of Fully Loaded, San Quinn, and Done Deal Entertainment. Inspired by early Bay rap covers, Oakland's Phunky Phat Graph-X, and especially Pen &a ..read more
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History of the Bay: Dubee aka Sugawolf
History of the Bay
by Dregs One
2M ago
Dubee is a respected rapper from Vallejo's Crestside neighborhood who was one of Mac Dre's closest associates. Turning down a football scholarship to pursue a record deal with Khayree's Young Black Brotha Records, he released his debut album "AKA Sugawolf" in 1996. From there he became part of the group Cutthoat Committee along with Dre and PSD. Dubee released albums on Thizz Entertainment in production with Wash House Music and was featured heavily in the Treal TV DVD series. After being implicated in a federal case by one of his closest friends, Dubee served a prison stint in 2013. Since his ..read more
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History of the Bay: Larussell
History of the Bay
by Dregs One
2M ago
Larussell is one of the most dynamic rappers to come out of the Bay Area. In a short period of time, he has gained millions of followers and a national spotlight for his music and innovative approach to the industry. Growing up in Vallejo, Larussell was heavily influenced by the Bay Area sound while staying true to his authentic self. The result is a refreshingly honest, thought-provoking style of hip-hop that has attracted a diehard audience through countless viral clips on social media. With his collective Good Compenny, Larussell has innovated new ways to share his music. Achieving unpreced ..read more
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History of the Bay: Locksmith
History of the Bay
by Dregs One
2M ago
Locksmith is considered one of the best lyricists to ever come out of the Bay Area. Growing up in Richmond, he co-founded the group The Frontline in the late 90s. Frontline blew up with the help of E-A-Ski's production and landed a record deal. This propelled them to the forefront of what would be termed "The New Bay," and eventually the Hyphy Movement. Locksmith also sharpened his reputation as a battle rapper, participating in freestyle battles against other local legends like Mistah FAB and Clyde Carson. After his groupmate Left put music to the side to pursue a career in education at UC Be ..read more
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