Biggin’ Up the Bay – Spread Love, It’s the Brooklyn Way
I got a call last night from my homie in Oakland asking me why a certain Harlem rapper was beefing about XXL’s Freshmen ’10 cover. After explaining that opinions like that (no matter how crazy they may sound) are to be expected when you do a list of this kind. Then, the Bay homie and I started to catch up on the old times when I was living out West, getting educated on the region’s slept-on rap talent.
While some people might make a case for talent from their hometown missing from this year’s Freshmen cover, the Bay could possibly make that argument damn near every year. I don’t even have to mention how a veteran like E-40 is still underappreciated by the wider rap populous.
Now that’s not to undermine this year’s class and the staffs picks, but instead of people whining about the situation, and belittling the accomplishments of others as a means to make their case, they should just show love and keep it moving. Matter of fact, I’ma spread love to the Yay and showcase some of the Bay Area artists that don’t get enough shine.
Who are some of your favorite underappreciated artists? —Rondell Conway
Ric Lew, Yung Vik & L.G. Tha Great “Up In The Bay”
This dude is hands down my favorite in the Bay right now!
J Stalin “Rock Day”
Turf Talk “Put Up Or Shut Up”
Messy Marv “I’m From The Bay”
Mistah F.A.B. ”Streets Of The Bay”
Erk The Jerk “Right Here”
Moe Green “Non Title Match”