Bay Area underground rap just suffered another major blow. Tha Instigator, Mr. Get the Shit Started, Freak da Babbi, aka Reek Daddy the Country Club Crest Side playa and rapper from Vallejo, CA has died. After a lengthy battle with cancer, Mariko Nash, better known as Reek Daddy, passed away August 2016.
Serious as Cancer
In 2014 Reek Daddy released the album “Serious As Cancer” which was his way of subtly informing his listeners that he was diagnosed with the disease. The album cover is a trippy visual representation depicting a ball of cancer, mixing with human DNA strands, lighting up with bolts of energy bouncing off it.
Most of his close friends and fans never picked up on this, mostly because of his work ethic, continuing to release full length solo albums and rap music videos like nothing was wrong.
Gangsta of the Year
Reek started making his own demo tapes in his early teens using the limited recording equipment he had available. Inspired by his neighborhood friends in the Rompa Room Gang, he learned the independent rap game hustle from Mac Dre, J-Diggs & Dubee aka Sugawolf Pimp. By the time he got into high school, Reek was known to destroy any competition, siggin on all MC’s who would challenge him. He quickly became a popular rapper and found his niche in the Vallejo rap game.
After Reek graduated from People’s High School, a continuation school in Vallejo, he began working on a project titled “Gangsta of the Year” with production and features by Smoov-E. The album was supposed to drop in 1996, but was shelved, and never pressed up. Now the album is an underground classic that is shared and downloaded by his only true fans.
Shittin on Them Suckas Like Firey Hot Rocks
During Reek’s career he released a total 12 albums, all while sharing the mic and working with some of the best rap artists and producers in the industry. He also invested back into his community by releasing albums for other aspiring local rappers, including Mendo Dope, Mr. $krillz, Iz Da Thug & H.Y.P.
A true hustler until the very end, Reek Daddy released his final solo album just before his death, titled “Firey Hot Rocks” on the record label he founded, N.O.Y.B. Entertainment.
As soon as the news about Reek’s death leaked, social media erupted with nothing but praise for the rapper’s accomplishments, and condolences to the family and Lil Reek. #ReekDaddy
Time to roll up a Backwood and light one for Reek mothafuckin’ Daddy. R.I.P. Cutthoat
Brotha Lynch Hung dedicated his second album Season of da Siccness: The Resurrection to his cousin Q-Ball. The photo of Kean Miller can be found on the linear notes on the inside album artwork, which was designed by Cedric Singleton.
For those not familiar with the story, Q-Ball was murdered in 1994 at C-Bo’s video shoot in Sacramento, CA. This took place while Brotha Lynch was in the process of producing his full length solo album.
Upset and vocal about the incident, Brotha Lynch Hung created the track “Liquor Sicc” which touches on the subjects of dealing with Q-Ball’s death and the retaliation thereafter.
As a mysterious character in Lynch’s songs, not much is known about Q-Ball. We were able to locate a YouTube video of him. Turns out, Q-Ball was featured in an episode of Cops filmed in Sacramento in 1993.
Q-Ball on Cops
In this clip Kean Miller gets rolled on, just outside of the Garden Blocc. A typical traffic stop turns into big trouble for Q-Ball. R.I.P.
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.
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!
@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.
@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.
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.
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.
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.
@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.
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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