Pimpin’ Ain’t Easy

One of the most memorable photos of Too $hort, the godfather of Oakland rap, was taken by Victor Hall, and featured alongside his interview by Reginald C. Dennis in the August 1992 edition of The Source Magazine #35.

The photo features young Too Short sitting in a chair, on the second story of his balcony, looking up towards the camera with a grin. In the background is a swimming pool with a dollar sign painted on the bottom. As you can tell, pimpin’ ain’t easy.

Below we have the entire spread of the cover story featuring the infamous photo. If you read the in-depth interview, you will learn about Short Dog’s old partner Freddy B, and the secret to his secret his multi-platinum success.

Too Short The Source Magazine #35 August 1992

Page 34 and 35.

The Source Magazine #35 August 1992

Page 36 and front cover.

The Source Magazine #35 August 1992

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The Real Bitch is Back… And Hittin’ Hard

Roxanne Shanté is from Queens, New York City and grew up in the Queensbridge Projects, which also happened to be home to The Juice Crew, a hip hop collective of artists founded by producer Marley Marl and radio DJ Mr. Magic.

With the help of Tyrone William at Cold Chillin’ Records, Shanté released two albums featuring her raucous rap style and witty disses.

The advertisements featured below are for her second album titled “The Bitch Is Back“, released in 1992 on the Cold Chillin’ Records label Livin’ Large Records. This final album featured production by Kool G Rap, Grand Daddy IU, Large Professor, Mister Cee, Trackmasters, and Grandmaster Flash.

Other Bitches Front… Shanté the Real Bitch is Back… and Hittin’ Hard!

Shante - The Real Bitch Is Back

Shante - The Bitch Is Back And Hittin' Hard

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Fresh Out Volume Ten

Fresh Out - Volume 10

@LwoodMedia worked his magic once again with Fresh Out Volume Ten. This Fresh Out release featuring rap artists from all over the Bay Area. As always, this is a completely FREE digital release exclusively available for you here on Rap Music Guide.

Click the following link to download Fresh Out Vol. 10 FREE!

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Fresh Out – Volume 10

  1. Trap Hard feat. Lee Majors, Mob Jr, The Jacka
  2. Mob Call feat. A-One, Bra Heff
  3. 3XKrazy feat. Shady Nate
  4. Down The Barrel feat. One Mob, Joe Blow, Mozzy, Lil AJ, Frost, Lil Blood, Philthy Rich, 4 rAx
  5. Not Go Cry feat. Mac Blast
  6. Jacka’s Prayer feat. J. Stalin
  7. Play Wit it feat. HD
  8. Operate feat. Mozzy
  9. Really Not A Rapper feat. Prince Tee, J. Diggs, Taye Hustle
  10. Neighborhood Stuntman feat. Willie Joe, Salty
  11. Cookies feat. Kay Bellz, Berner
  12. Know Me feat. Ooty Ooo, ST Spittin, Louie G The Don
  13. Bay Shit feat. Don Toriano, Berner, Ya Boy Rich Rocka, Goldie Gold
  14. Red Mob feat. Hus Mozzy, G Val, Mozzy
  15. 187 Proof feat. Shady Nate, Lil Blood
  16. Need It All feat. Young Gully, AB
  17. No Coasters feat. Moe Green
  18. Never Change Up feat. Lazy-Boy, Sneakz
  19. Forever feat. Kae One, The Jacka, Carey Stacks
  20. Nope feat. Boss Hogg
  21. Six (Thank You, Memphis) feat. Ramirez
  22. Statue Of Liberty feat. Philthy Rich, E-40, Nef The Pharaoh, Ezale
  23. Turnt Up feat. Beeda Weeda

Fresh Out - Volume 10 tracklist

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Fresh Out Special Edition Gurp City

Fresh Out Special Edition Gurp City

@LwoodMedia is switching lanes to bring you the genius of Gurp City with another special edition installment of the Fresh Out series. L-wood spent several months in the lab whipping up this masterpiece, and it’s worth every minute.

Fresh Out Gurp City features 36 digitally intoxicating tracks that will give you the style of underground hip hop you’ve been fiending for! As always, this is a completely FREE digital release exclusively available for you here on Rap Music Guide.

Click the following link to download Fresh Out Gurp City FREE!

Fresh Out Special Edition Gurp City Photo Collage

Fresh Out Special Edition Gurp City Legend

Disc 1: Been On Gurp

  1. Not Our House feat. Sacred Hoop, Z-Man, DJ Marz
  2. Can I Borrow Some Sugar feat. Gametightelectro, Z-Man, Eddie K, Mr. Rawng
  3. Burgandy feat. Sacred Hoop, Eddie K, DJ Quest
  4. For The Birds, Centipede, I Need Some Dome, Ain’t No Sugar In The Tank feat.
  5. The Gingerbread Man, Z-Man, Luke Sick, Eddie K
  6. Moe KSZU, When I’m Broke feat. Sacred Hoop
  7. Nuttin Nice feat. Fay Dog
  8. Gone Fishing feat. Z-Man
  9. Ghetto Stash feat. DJ Quest, Eddie K
  10. State Of Mind feat. Gus Cutty of Fist Fam
  11. Living Single feat. The Bachelors, The Gingerbread Man
  12. Live Freestyle feat. Eddie K, Z-Man, DJ Marz
  13. Earn The Pay feat. Grand Invincible
  14. Soulcancer feat. TopR
  15. Watching You feat. Z-Man, Conceit, Boac
  16. Brag On It feat. Z-Man, G-Pek, Slim Goodworth, Big Shawn, D Whiz
  17. Hogs Of Rap feat. Sacred Hoop, Jihad, Eddie K, Brandon B, Conceit, TopR, Z-Man

Disc 2: Stay On Gurp

  1. The Fill feat. Official Spill
  2. No Eject feat. Grand Invincible
  3. Chewy Boy Doobie feat. Trunk Drank, Z-Man
  4. Have You Seen My Nose feat. The Gingerbread Man
  5. Supalove Mix feat. Rime Force Most Illin
  6. The Garden feat. White Mic, Z-Man
  7. More Smoke feat. Diamond Lung
  8. Hey (Talk Is Cheap) feat. Free Radio, Verse
  9. Justaverse [Unreleased] feat. Big Sammy
  10. Suicide Is Played Out feat. Z-Man
  11. 68 and I Owe U 1 feat. TopR
  12. That’s War feat. Mutual Daps
  13. Escaping Souls feat. Fist Fam
  14. Gimme My Money [Unreleased] feat. The Gingerbread Man, Z-Man
  15. Hilltop, Stay Dumb feat. Dankslob
  16. No Such Thang [Unreleased] feat. Philo
  17. Amateur Night feat. Murksauce, Luke Sick
  18. Innercity Dreams feat. Z-Man, Elon
  19. Play My Tape feat. Grand Invincible
  20. Full feat. Official Spill, Eddie K, Luke Sick, Z-Man, Mint Rock, FDOG

Fresh Out Special Edition Gurp City Booklet

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E-A-Ski Blast If I Have To Press Photo

E-A-Ski is a West Coast legend & multi-platinum producer from Oakland, CA. He started his career in the early 1990’s as a rapper and producer for No Limit Records producing some of Master P’s earliest records. While at No Limit he also released his own material with his partner DJ CMT on the 1992 album 1 Step Ahead Of Yall.

By the mid-1990’s E-A-Ski had left No Limit Records and signed with Priority Records. He then released a second EP in 1995 titled Blast If I Have To and contributed a song from the album to the Friday Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. The track “Blast If I Have To” turned out to be most popular song on the album and it was later released as single.

Here is E-A-Ski’s black and white promotional press photo for the album “Blast If I Have To” released on Priority Records & Infrared Music Group. The photo was taken by Victor Hall who also did the artwork for the album.

Currently you can find E-A-Ski on Twitter & Instagram.

E-A-Ski

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Keylo Giving Up The Funk Original vs Re-Release

There are many Keylo Giving Up The Funk albums in the hands of rap collectors, but do you know which version is on your shelf? Since we have all of the releases on CD and cassette tape, we’ll show you what to look out for.

The one reason people outside of the Bay Area know about Keylo is because the track Playin’ For Keeps from his debut album was featured on Master P’s West Coast Bad Boyz Anotha Level Of The Game compilation. On the original release from 1994 you will find a photo of the Keylo Giving Up The Funk cassette tape on the back traycard.

Just by looking at just the album covers it’s hard to tell the two apart, unless you’re holding them next to each other. Below are both releases of the CD side by side so you can see the differences for yourself. The original Giving Up The Funk is on the left, and the Giving Up The Funk re-release is on the right. The front cover of the re-release is definitely brighter than the original.

Keylo - Giving Up The Funk orginal CDKeylo - Giving Up The Funk re-release cd

When you turn the albums over and look at the rear traycards, you can begin to see the major differences. The most obvious thing to look out for is that the original release on 2-Dope Records & Rat Ta Tat Records did not have any distribution, but the re-release did have distribution and features a large Solar Music Group logo on the back.

Below are both releases of the rear traycard of the compact disc side by side. The original is on the left, and the re-release is on the right.

Keylo - Giving Up The Funk original rearKeylo - Giving Up The Funk re-release rear

Below are both releases of the cassette tape. The original Giving Up The Funk is on top, and the Giving Up The Funk re-release is on the bottom.

Keylo - Giving Up The Funk original cassette tape

Here are both of the CD’s side by side showing the differences in the darkness of the printing. The 1st press is on the left, and the re-release is on the right.

Keylo - Giving Up The Funk orginal CDKeylo - Giving Up The Funk re-release cd

Below are scans of both of the CD matrix/ringcodes side by side showing that they’re exactly the same: 2DR0417 Mastered By Nimbus

Keylo-Giving-Up-The-Funk-cd-bottomKeylo - Giving Up The Funk cd-bottom rerelease

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A-Wax Everlasting Money: 2015 Pie-Rx Records

A-Wax Everlasting Money package

A-Wax just sent us his brand new album Everlasting Money released on Illburn / Pie-Rx Records, along with an autographed dollar bill with a P on George Washington’s neck!

The album is heat from beginning to end! 15 tracks total with featured guest appearances by Erk Tha Jerk, Young Gully, Baby Bash, E-Bang and Maryann!

Grab a hard copy for yourself, along with other limited edition albums like Everybody Loves Me Chapter 1 & Nightmare Gang featuring artwork by Photo Doctor Graphics, direct from the Pie-Rx’s trap house http://pierx.bigcartel.com.

A-Wax Everlasting Money

Here’s a new video from the album that was just released titled No Vacancy.

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Fresh Out Volume Nine

Fresh Out Volume Nine@LwoodMedia, is back on the scene with a new drop of slappers featuring artists from all over the Bay Area. Fresh Out Volume Nine features 20 new tracks that are sure to keep you speakers bumpin! As always, this is a completely FREE digital release exclusively available for you here on Rap Music Guide.

Shot out to Park Blvd Records & Tapes in Oakland, CA. which is featured on the album artwork. They’re the only record store you can count on for vintage rap music in the Bay Area. Check them out at www.parkblvdrecords.com.

Click the following link to download Fresh Out Vol. 9 FREE!

Also, don’t forget to help us spread the word by telling your friends where you got all the new music at! Share the link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and all social media!

Fresh Out Volume Nine
01. Big Money feat. Idaho J Doe
02. I Ain’t Trippin Off Nothin feat. Ezale
03. Menace To Society feat. RS Greedy, TJ Tha Banger
04. Livey feat. Sippa, HD, Lil Rod
05. Destined 2 Rock feat. Lil Toro, Chango
06. My Illa feat. Lil Tae, Mozzy
07. Studio Freestyle feat. Choose Up Cheese
08. On One feat. Kool John, P-Lo, Iamsu
09. Ain’t Gone Stop feat. A-One
10. High Sidin feat. The Jealous Guys
11. For The Sport feat. D.How The Money Mayka, DaVinci
12. Medicine feat. Lil Lotus
13. Paper In My Denim feat. Meez, Sneakz
14. 4 My N-gga$ feat. Legendvry
15. West Coast Chopper (Remix) feat. T-Nutty
16. All In Ya Face feat. Doff Kapone, K.O.B., Money Grippa, Rev P
17. One Through Ten feat. Lil AJ, HD, Lil Rod, The Jacka
18. If I Don’t Smoke feat. A-Wax
19. Ride With Me feat. California Bear Gang, Kxng Crooked, D Young
20. Live Without Me/So Much Pain feat. Berner, The Jacka, J. Stalin, Carey Stacks

Fresh Out Vol. Ninee tracklist

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Rap-A-Lot Records: Geto Boys, Convicts & O.G. Style

Here is a full page promo by Rap-A-Lot Records from 1991. This one is for the Geto Boys, Convicts & O.G. Style albums, which were all released just a couple months apart from each other.

Rap-A-Lot-Records coming soon

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B.G. Knocc Out & Dresta OutBurst Records

B.G. Knocc Out is the younger brother of rapper Dresta, and were born and raised in Compton, California. At an early age both of the brothers became Crips gang members.

Eazy-E eventually discovered the brothers and signed them to Ruthless Records. Together they recorded songs on Eazy-E’s 1993 EP It’s On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa, which was a response to Dr. Dre’s and Snoop Dogg’s diss records towards Eazy-E on The Chronic.

In 1995, B.G. Knocc Out & Dresta released their debut album Real Brothas on OutBurst Records, which remains their only album to date. This is the original black & white press photo used for their promotions and autographs.

B.G. Knocc Out & Dresta press photo

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