All Due Respect: E-40 | XXL Magazine

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In the winter 2014 edition of XXL Magazine there is well written article by Dan Rys featuring an interview with E-40, coincidentally titled “All Due Respect.”

E-40 goes into great detail about being an OG, and how he has been releasing albums for 26 years. He also speaks about his new role in the rap game and how he has evolved since he got started as a youth.

40 Water also explains why he is able to release so many albums each year, and he even tells his secret to dropping multiple albums at once. During the interview he states that he will still be releasing albums even when he is an old man. From the sounds of it he is definitely not planning on slowing down anytime soon.

After reading the entire interview we flipped to page 46 to find a page titled “Hustler Musik”, which features a full spread dedicated to every E-40 album from 1988 to 2014.

We couldn’t help but notice that the some of the album covers were taken directly from our website!

M.V.P. The Kings Men and The Click Down & Dirty both clearly have our watermark on them. If you couldn’t find them we drew helpful red arrows pointing to the albums in the photo below.

It’s also obvious to us that they cropped out our logo from the albums covers of the cassette tapes for Let’s Side & Mr. Flamboyant.

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It’s nice to see professionals in the industry using Rap Music Guide as a tool to research E-40’s discography. Next time we would appreciate a shout out though! Don’t be afraid to cite your sources.

As the great rapper E-40 said in the XXL interview… “See, I’m a OG so I gotta lace these unlaced people out there.”

Shout out to the Amassador of the Bay, Charlie Hustle aka The Ballatician!

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Coop MC & Point 5 Posse Unreleased Material

Showin-Love-Records-promo-letterShowin’ Love Records recently released some extremely rare music from the Midwest that we were glad to get our hands on.

They sent us a their limited edition vinyl & chrome cassette releases of Coop MC & Point 5 Posse, and the quality is top notch! Also inclosed with the albums was a letter with additional information about the rare material they released.

Showin’ Love was founded in 2013 and specializes in the genre of g-funk. Their mission is to uncover previously unreleased Dallas & Ft. Worth underground rap albums, just like these gems.

Most of Coop MC’s music on these albums  was produced by the legendary Fort Worth Producer Ernie G, who also did the production for One Gud Cide.

The Coop MC albums titled “The Hilltop” released on cassette tape &  “Watt Up Homie” released on maroon marbled vinyl records, was originally recorded in the late 1990′s during the phetamine era, but never officially released. Both albums feature production by DFW’s Ernie G, Buga Green and feature rappers P.I.G. and Nothin’ 2 Lose.

Coop MC

The Point 5 Posse Swisher EP was recorded in Dallas in 1995 and has gone unreleased for more than 15 years. Even though the entire album was recorded, it was never released. The only track to ever see limited play was a cassette single release for G’s Only.

Featured on the album is an uncredited appearance by Dallas legend MC DOE. We suggest you pick up a copy at Showin’ Love Records before they run out!

Point 5 Posse

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Dru Down Flyer by Phunky Phat Graph-X

Here’s an old Dru Down flyer from 1996 that Phunky Phat Graph-X whipped up for a show at the Phoenix Theater in Petaluma, to promote his album Can You Feel Me.

For those of you who did make it to this show eighteen years ago, I hope you got to see the opening act, Mac Dre R.I.P.

Dru Down can you feel me flyer

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’90′s Fashion by Dr. Dre & Snoop Doggy Dogg

Cross Colours launched in 1989 and was one of the first companies to make urban gear fashionable with affordable brightly colored T-shirts, over-sized jackets, hats and baggy pants each accompanied with messages like “Stop D Violence” and “Educate 2 Elevate.”

Rappers such as Dr. Dre & Snoop Doggy Dogg latched onto the stuff, which helped establish a fashion market based around black inner-city youth.

The advertisement you see below depicts Cross Colours at its very best. Once Will Smith started wearing it on his TV series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, the brand began to loose its iconic style.

Cross Colours

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Fresh Out Special Edition NhT Boyz

Fresh Out - NhT-BoyzFresh Out is back again with a double dose of dope from the Oakland rap trio NhT Boyz!

Born & raised in East Oakland CA, the NhT Boyz are the last of a dying breed. Their music can be best described as lyrically aggressive & progressive with a carefree party element.  Influenced by groundbreaking groups such as: The Geto Boyz, N.W.A & Three Six Mafia these men are on the rise.

Click here to download FREE: Fresh Out NhT Boyz

The Fresh Out series sample the latest underground rap resonating from the streets of northern California.  Past volumes, 1 through 6, along and special HBK Gang & HD of Bearfaced editions are all listed with free download links here on Rap Music Guide.  Feel free to share them with your friends and followers on social media, e-mail and word of mouth.

For those of you not familiar with R8R & L-wood, they have been releasing a series of classic albums segmenting California rappers in specific geographic areas for years, with such releases as; SFC: Sucka Free Classics, SAC: Nine One Classix, & East Bay Classics.  Along with other various mixes the duo has a 4 disc mix compiled from cassette released material titled Northern California Trunk Tape Resurrection.

Fresh Out – NhT Boyz: Disc 1
01. O.A.K.L.A.N.D. – NhT Boyz
02. Fuckin’ Ya Bitch – NhT Boyz
03. 6 In the Morning – NhT Boyz
04. On My Grind – NhT Boyz
05. Won’t Shoot – NhT Boyz
06. Big Money – NhT Boyz, Jacka
07. YP196 Yangology – NhT Boyz
08. It’s Nothing – NhT Boyz, Young Bari
09. Like A Coke High – NhT Boyz, TBHM, Young Beast
10. No New Ni99as – NhT Boyz
11. Countin’ Ca$h – NhT Boyz, Killa
12. Yang On Em – NhT Boyz
13. We Don’t – NhT Boyz, TBHM
14. @nhtboyz – NhT Boyz
15. Slidin’ – NhT Boyz
16. Burn Slow – NhT Boyz, Winstrong
17. Ridin’ – NhT Boyz
18. Clownin’ – NhT Boyz, Damey
19. 3 Man Weave – NhT Boyz
20. Our Story – NhT Boyz, Da Blocknocs

Fresh Out – NhT Boyz: Disc 2
01. MCA – NhT Boyz
02. I Like – NhT Boyz, RGLND
03. DJ – NhT Boyz
04. Dippin’ – NhT Boyz, Shooty Mac
05. Murder Rate – NhT Boyz
06. From The Hood – NhT Boyz
07. Yang Been Str8 – NhT Boyz
08. Sorry I Made It – NhT Boyz, Young Gully
09. Grown Up – NhT Boyz
10. Kingpins – NhT Boyz
11. New Age – NhT Boyz, TBHM
12. Above It All – NhT Boyz, Young Beast
13. ‘Da King’ Freestyle – NhT Boyz
14. Freaky Tales – NhT Boyz
15. Yang Story – NhT Boyz
16. Yang Yang – NhT Boyz, Street Knowledge, SB Shmack
17. Money Under the Mattress – NhT Boyz
18. Introduction – NhT Boyz
19. NhT Bitch – NhT Boyz, Young Beast
20. Where I’m From – NhT Boyz

Fresh Out - NhT Boyz tracklist

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Fresh Out Volume Six

Fresh Out Volume SixWhat’s up?  Fresh Out Volume Six…that’s what’s up!

Click here to download FREE: Fresh Out Vol. 6

The Fresh Out compilations sample the latest underground rap resonating from the streets of northern California.  Past volumes 1-5 along with special HBK Gang & HD of Bearfaced editions are all listed with free download links here on Rap Music Guide.  Feel free to pass any & all on thru social media, e-mail, etc.

For those of you not familiar with R8R & L-wood, they have been releasing a series of classic albums segmenting California rappers in specific geographic areas for years, with such releases as; SFC: Sucka Free Classics, SAC: Nine One Classix, & East Bay Classics.  Along with other various mixes the duo has a 4 disc mix compiled from cassette released material titled Northern California Trunk Tape Resurrection.

Fresh Out Volume Six:
01. West Up – Beeda Weeda, Jay Rock, Glasses Malone, Rich Rocka, J. Stalin, 211, K-Boy, Scoot Dog, Cousin Fik, Mitchy Slick, T-Nutty & Laroo
02. Contact Sports – HD ft. Keak Da Sneak & G-Dirty
03. Sav It Out Mobb – Big Tone, Dee Ciseros & Thr4t
04. Free The Team – DB Tha General ft. Millie & Thola
05. Rick Flair (Remix) – Young T ft. ST Spittin, Iamsu & Pok’Chop
06. Syrup In My Cup – Shady Nate
07. Ride Wit Me (Yeemix)
08. Piece of Mind – Boss Tone
09. Yang Story – Nht Chippass ft. Nickatine Da King
10. Everything’s Everything – Wiz Khalifa ft. Iamsu, Berner, JR Donato & Kool John
11. Smoke Good, Eat Good – Street Knowledge
12. Wanna Ride – Lil Tae
13. Welcome To Oakland – Birch Boy Barie
14. Shooters On Deck – Mozzy ft. E-Mozzy15. Something About Mary Jane – Philthy Rich ft. Shady Nate & Stevie Joe
16. Hit The Spot – NBD ft. AOneHunnit
17. Da King (Freestyle) – Nickatine Da King
18. It Ain’t Fair – Gizzle McFly ft. Cousin Fik
19. Bass Rock Babies – Beeda Weeda
20. Shmoplife Party – Kool John ft. ST Spittin & Dave Steezy
21. Grand Finale – Dubb 20 ft. Husalah, Street Knowledge, Joe Blow, Lil Monie, Dojia V & Bo Strangles

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Slick Rick The Ruler: Up In The Limousine

Slick Ricks brilliant word play and effortless ability to bring life to the stories he rhymed about using hilarious one-liners makes him one of the wittiest rapper of all time.

Slick Rick, who only had one eye and was born in South London, rose to stardom in an era known to fans as the golden age of hip hop. His flamboyant lifestyle and outrageous amounts of gold jewelery made him a target even in his own Bronx stomping grounds.

In the limousine photo below, Slick Rick is sporting too many pieces of eccentric jewelry to count, all of which are an absolute necessity and their importance should not be taken lightly.

Slick Rick Limo

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Bone Thugs-N-Harmony $5 Food Stamp

Ruthless Records sent out these $5 food coupons as promotional material for Bone Thugs-N-Harmony’s second studio album, “E. 1999 Eternal.”

This food stamp was a great idea since one of their hit singles was titled “1st Of Tha Month” which not only celebrates the arrival of welfare checks, but for drug dealers like Bone Thugs, it’s payday and time to smoke weed and ride around with the top down.

Bone Thugs-n-Harmony Food Coupon

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Fesu War With No Mercy

Fesu is from the streets of Greenspoint in Houston, Texas. He first came to national attention when he became Source Magazine’s ‘Unsigned Hype’ in May of 1993.

After signing to Continuum Records in 1994, his EP “Blind Cripple And Crazy” was expanded to a full length album under the title “War With No Mercy” and distributed on a national level.

The advertisement below was promoting his debut album with the warning “Hard Music For Hard People.”

Fesu War With No Mercy

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By Any Means Necessary: 17th Ward New Orleans

By Any Means Necessary was an underground rap group from the 17th ward of New Orleans, Louisiana. They released their music on the label Alliv Records, which was owned by producer and entrepreneur Donald “Duck” Coleman.

The black & white glossy promotional photo below shows the group trapping outside of their local liquor store drinking forty’s and smoking cigarettes. The spray paint on the trash can is great representation of the neighborhood they live in.

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The same photo above was also used for their self titled tape released in 1991. Thanks to YouTube we were able to dig up the track titled “Ashes 2 Dust.” Check it out!

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