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Sacramento Rap History (Part Four, Mozzy & Lavish D)

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Sacramento Rap History (Part Four, Mozzy & Lavish D)

Jimmy Blog For The Fahrenheit Record

July 31, 2017

Lavish D is out. Mozzy has blown up major. Brotha Lynch Hung just completed a 68 city tour. C-Bo earning hundreds of thousands of Youtube hits. The battle for “King Of Sacramento” is hotter than ever, which is good for Sacramento, right?

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Lavish D keeps it going in “All Time High”
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In November of 2013, Sacramento rapper Donald “Lavish D” Oliver and fellow members of the Starz Mack Road street gang, were detained in South Sacramento’s Evergreen parking lot. After a chase and gun discovery, Lavish D was arrested. Upon waiting for trial, Lavish D was released. However, four months later, he was back in the drama. In March of 2014, Lavish D and his crew jumped a member of the Oak Park “Zilla” Bloods in the Arden Mall. In addition, the Stars gang members filmed it and posted it on Lavish D’s Youtube account. The video of the event was also posted by The Siccness. This was all during the peak of the Mack Road Stars/Oak Park Zilla gang rivalry. During this time, diss track retaliations, and gang shooting injuries and killings fueled the rivalry to its breaking point. The tension was well documented in newspapers, gaining world-wide attention.
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As a result of the heat from the Arden Mall beat down, Oliver fled the state. In May of 2014, he was apprehended in Alabama and brought back to Sacramento to face charges.
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In June of 2015, Lavish D Oliver, also known as CML (Cash Money Lavish), pleaded no contest to gun and assault charges. The case was a consolidation of Lavish D’s gun possession case from November 2013, and the participation, filming, and posting of the assault in the mall. Similar to Sacramento’s X-Raided case many years prior, Oliver’s music was used against him in court. The song “My N$#@#s Do” was used by prosecution to justify their case against Lavish D. CML was then sentenced to six years, but ended up serving three. In July of 2017, Lavish D was released from prison.
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Upon his release, Lavish D made it clear that he wasn’t interested in gang drama, just business. In one of his first post-prison Instagram posts, he proclaims, “I’m gettin’ the bag! That’s my only focus, that’s my only priority”. As he goes on, he gets more specific to his situation. “Getting this money, taking care of my m*@#$# f#$@#@* responsibilities. I’m not going back to jail, I’m not sacrificing myself for this bu@@*@# going’ on.”
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CML’s post-prison life has been fire. “It seems that Lavish harnessed his craft behind bars and has a longer, more lyrical, more poetic flow” Fahrenheit Radio’s First Degree The D.E. observes. “His journey is must see T.V.” In his meticulous lyrics, he has been reflecting on his time in prison, looking towards the future, and his son. His latest hit, CML “All Time High”, received 52,000 views its first day online. Other CML post-prison stand out hits include “Speak My Mind” and “Three Years Later”.  His new found stardom upon prison release reminds one of Tupac. One could argue that Lavish D, aka CML, has the hardest music coming out of Sacramento right now.
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Mozzy is the worlds hottest underground artist
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For the last three years, the hottest underground rapper on the planet has been Sacramento’s Timothy “Mozzy” Patterson. Mozzy is affiliated with the Oak Park Zilla gang, rivals of Lavish D’s Starz. His rap style is gangsta, genuine, shocking, deadly, and occasionally comical. “(Mozzy’s) lyrics embrace and mourn the do or die ethos of the neighborhood’s gang life,” Chris Macias detailed for the Sacramento Bee.
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Mozzy is known for rapping about real violent events that took place in Sacramento and are still sore subjects to many. For example, one of his most popular videos, “Messy Murder Scenes”, has received three million hits online. In the song Mozzy raps, “Bethee the only real shooter came from the Zone.” Bethee was a Mack Road area man murdered at an Oak Park/Mack Road shootout in Sacramento. Although Mozzy didn’t diss him, mentioning a murdered man is a song has upset some Mack Road area residents. In an interview with No Jumper, Mozzy explains that he incoperated real life events in his music because he was “desperate”.
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Mozzy’s stardom has expanded exponentially. His album, “Bladadah” was listed by Rolling Stone Magazine as a Top 40 album of 2015. He has appeared in many entertaining interviews, both on T.V. news and print, and has a new generation going crazy over his new style of music. His newest hit, “Afraid” takes a real life look at the culture that surrounds him, his involvement, and its effect on those around him. In a month, “Afraid” has been viewed by 1.5 million unique viewers on Vevo. In his videos, Mozzy delivers the visual of the gang life. Mozzy, his label mate E-Mozzy, and the Oak Park crew give unique insight to one of California’s most intimidating gangs.
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Although known for his gang culture, Mozzy discloses a softer side from time to time. Mozzy has acknowledged in the past that his music past started in the church. On a recent social media post, Mozzy records himself withdrawing money at an ATM. While leaving, he runs into two 8-year-old or so Black girls selling candy bars. Mozzy not only buys all of the bars, he then purchases the mother’s entire supply.
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Brotha Lynch Hung is reborn, bigger than ever!
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Fresh off tour, it can be argued that Sacramento rap vet Brotha Lynch Hung is bigger than ever. Not only does Lynch enjoy his cult following from his platinum-selling music from the 90’s, he also has been exposed to a next generation, world-wide Tech N9ne audience with his affiliation with Strange Music Inc. Like Mozzy and Lavish D, his beginnings include the Sacramento gang life, real life events, and news, but from a different time.
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Brotha Lynch steers clear of gang drama these days. As is well known, Brotha Lynch was a part of the “Garden Block Crip” gang in his early start in music. With all due respect to Homicide’s (R.I.P.) early Oak Park recognition, the Garden Block was Sacramento’s first famous rap neighborhood. It is located between Florin Road and Meadowview. “Meadowview is originally part of the Garden Block,” Sac vet Be Gee informs.
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In a recent interview with Vlad TV, done in Time’s Square New York, Brotha Lynch tells personal stories about his early days in the Garden Block. It is remarkable that after 30 years in rap, Lynch still has that fire. Sacramento rapper AdonisAliasSoupbone reveals that Lynch has still got it it in an interview with SacramentoRap.com. However, in the interview, he wonders outloud if Lynch is still alive, inside.
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During the summer of 2017, Brotha Lynch and company embarked on a 68 city, 75 day, cross-country tour. It was called The Strictly Strange 2017 Tour, featuring Tech N9ne, Lynch and other Strange Music artists. Although Strange Music’s audience lacks diversity, the crowds Tech N9ne and Brotha Lynch were performing in front of were massive, topping 5,000 some nights. Even in smaller towns, audiences flocked from afar to get a glimpse of the duo. With the people reached, Brotha Lynch’s Strictly Strange 2017 Tour may have been the biggest Sacramento outreach event in Sacramento rap history.
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Upon arriving back to Sacramento, SacramentoRap.com asked Brotha Lynch what’s next. “Another trilogy,” he responds. After being asked if he would release this next trilogy under Strange Music, Lynch concedes, “I haven’t thought about it yet, after being around them for so long. I do have some thinking to do.” Currently, Brotha Lynch is in Los Angeles, preparing for another tour. It never stops.
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More Sacramento Notables
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One of Sacramento’s original “Kings of the City” is C-Bo. Since, the early 90’s, C-Bo, aka “The Cowboy”, has represented Sacramento and his Garden Block Crips world-wide. His hardcore, creative raps has lasted the test of time. After originally releasing his music under AWOL Records, C-Bo has since taken full control of his destiny with ownership and direction of his catalog. Since gaining control of his music, although peppered with jail stints, C-Bo has released music consistently and enjoys his own cult following.
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C-Bo’s latest video, “Bang On Um”, has 684,000 Youtube hits to date. Its a throw back to a time of harder raps. In addition, his label West Coast Mafia, is composing an album including songs C-Bo was featured on. If you’ve done a song with C-Bo, The Bald Head Nut, he is requesting that you contact him through social media.
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Black Market Records’ Noni Blanco speaks for a new generation
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Vying for new “Queen Of The City” is Black Market Records’ Noni Blanco. Her single, “Catch Me Outside” ‘aint for kids. In an interview with Rap Shack, Noni Blanco provides insight into her upbringing, and a few stories about who she is. She is young, and appeals to a sometimes voiceless audience, Black girls. As revealed in interviews, Noni has her own perspective on recent Sacramento events.
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With Sacramento’s longest running label, Black Market Records, behind her, Noni Blanco’s future is limitless. Since the early 90’s Black Market’s massive catalog has expanded beyond rap music, with recent ventures with Jamaican reggae music. After 30 years, Cedric Singleton’s Black Market Records is still Sacramento’s finest oiled music machine.
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Parallel to the longevity of Black Market Records, is Sac’s second longest running label, Fahrenheit Records. Their front runner, First Degree The D.E., has released more albums than any other Sacramento rap artist. As of late, the main story out of the Fahrenheit camp is their summer 102.5 KSFM show, and their online radio station, Fahrenheit Radio. Fahrenheit Radio has listeners in over 75 countries. Also, the world is just catching on to the fact that First Degree The D.E. is an educator, like a certified one.
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In First Degree The D.E.’s other life, he is a Mack Road high school math teacher. In 2016, he was awarded National University’s “Teacher Of The Year” honors, and earned his Master’s Degree. First Degree’s experience as a teacher, in one of the affected areas of Sac’s recent gang tension, gives him a very unique perspective on the matter. His work for peace, including the six month gang truce he initiated, has been well documented in The Sacramento Bee, and in Sacramento News and Review by Raheem Hosseini.
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In an interview with SacramentoRap.com, First Degree The D.E. gives his side of Sac’s ongoing gang tension and rebirth. “One of my students was a random victim in all this, shot two times with an AK47. I heard the shots from my classroom.” First Degree reveals. “I’m split on all this. I’m happy for the town for attracting the world’s attention with our stories, but at the same time, I’m so tired of the real life violence.” He goes on to conclude, “Lavish D and Mozzy have a real life opportunity to direct the ship, and turn all of this into unity and opportunity for our people. They are both smart and I see it happening! However, its up to al of us to unite and remember who we are, kings and queens.”
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First Degree The D.E.’s most recent video, “Time’s Begun” is a comical, controversial attempt at race relations. Its is funny and a must see.
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Ongoing Sacramento Tension
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With all that’s good in Sac right now, there is also a tension building.  Although things appears to have simmered between Mozzy and Lavish D, a battle of generataional conflict is brewwing.
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During Brotha Lynch’s VladTV interview, Lynch was asked what he thought about Mozzy. He responded by saying, “He doesn’t.” Lynch Hung went on to indicate that Mozzy hasn’t acknowledgfed who came before him by Mozzy refering to himself as King Of The City. This rubbed Mozzy the wrong way.
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“He’s a Pokeman”, Mozzy calls Lynch during a No Jumper interview. “F$@# that n#$@@” Mozzy concludes, describing him as bitter. In addition to calling out Lynch, Mozzy had comments on C-Bo that can be interpreted different ways. C-Bo didn’t appreciate the comments and has promised to “cut (Mozzy’s) braids off” and has banned him from returning to Sacramento in an Instagram post.
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Sacramento is on the verse of explosion, or implosion.
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What comes first, the social environment, or gangsta rap? That is up for debate. “The gang’s purpose is to provide opportunity to its members” school psychologist and Pan-Afrikanist Dr. Umar Johnson explains.
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Money comes and goes. What is at stake is much greater than currency. What’s at stake is respect, admiration, and recognition. Lebron James rapping old school Lynch. Mozzy’s “Bladadah” listed as Rolling Stones 40 Best Rap Albums Of 2015. Lavish’s prison release being one of the most anticipated events of the underground.
Has the town finally found peace with each other for the purpose of a world-wide come up move, or will misunderstanding send us to another rut?
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All men want power. What else is there to do? Who do you think is Sacramento’s “King Of The City”?

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Brotha Lynch entertained masses every night on tour

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Brotha Lhynch Bullet Maker Reivew by First Degree The DE and Soupbone

Brotha Lynch Bullet Maker Brings Back The Sacramento Siccness

 

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Brotha Lynch Bullet Maker Brings Back The Sacramento Siccness

By Jimmy Blog For The Fahrenheit Record

    Brotha Lynch Hung is at it again, this time back on his Madesicc label with “Bullet Maker EP”. After 25+ years in the recording industry, the question is will this album further his legacy, or demoish it?

After a private screening of the album, Fahrenheit Records recording artists First Degree The D.E. and Soupbone seem to think that Brotha Lynch’s legacy will take a step forward with this latest release. To make public their feelings on Brotha Lynch Bullet Maker  and the role the albums plays in Lynch’s legacy, the two underground rap pioneers put together a creative review of the album, now availible on Youtube HERE.

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Fahrenheit Records’ recording artist “Soubone”

    In the beginning of the reivew, questions arise like, “Does Lynch die?” and “Is Lynch alive?”. First Degree The D.E. and Soupbone go on about the definition of being alive, debate if Brotha Lynch has a soul, and the purpose of Sacramento rap music.

Once discussing album specifics, The D.E. and Soup provide more detail about Brotha Lynch Bullet Maker and what makes Brotha Lynch Hung special. Soup explains, “He has an ability to sit there and just really just take you away from your current curcumstances and just be free, where you can just let all your anger and rage go with no consequecnces, no consequecnces.” Lynch’s appeal couldn’t be summed up any better.

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“Selfie” of First Dergee, Phonk Beta, and Brotha Lynch during a private screening of Brotha Lynch Bullet Maker

    The Brotha Lynch Bullet Maker review, posted on First Degree’s Youtube page, is unique because it comes from the perspective of two men that listen to his music, are part of the Sacramento rap legacy, and that know Lynch personally. The D.E. and Soup’s personal knowledge of Brotha Lynch brings this glowing endorsement to life. “My rilla done been through so much!” states First Degree in the review.

In this review, First Degree explains that the new Brotha Lynch Bullet Maker EP had the kind of sound that made him proud to be a Sacramentian. “The kind of slaps thats claps yo blaps”, he explains.

Brotha Lynch Bullet Maker is a digital only Madesicc Musicc release, scheduled for a Feb 19th street date. Check out the audio of the  review in its entirety on Youtube HERE.

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Black Bane Puts Eminem, Tech N9ne, and Brotha Lynch On Notice In New Video

Black Bane Puts Eminem, Tech N9ne, and Brotha Lynch On Notice With New Video

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First Degree The D.E. takes on the Black Bane persona and looks to raise the thought, talent, and purpose in today’s rap music

By Fahrenheit Insight’s Jimmy Blog

   Just when America needs answers, The D.E. provides. In a quest to bolster hip hop consciousness, Sacramento rapper First Degree The D.E. calls out rap heavy weights Eminem, Tech N9ne, and Brotha Lynch in new video, “Black Bane”, which can be seen HERE.

   First Degree The D.E. is a world renowned entertainer/activist and pioneer of Sacramento rap, has performed over 100 shows across the USA, and  is responsible for 55 projects in all. In addition to his uplifting message in the recording booth, First Degree is an active participant in South Sacramento community. The label he owns, Fahrenheit Records, had sold over 80,000 units world-wide , consists of artists stretching the West Coast,  and enjoys a 20 years history of quality, thoughtful, diverse music. Fahrenheit Records operates an award winning, world-wide online radio station called Fahrenheit Radio, and owns and operates 14 websites, including FirstDegreeTheDE.com, Sacramentorap.com, Californiarap.com, and USrapnews.com.

    The Fahrenheit Insight caught up with First Degree during the “I Wear Black Cuz Its Just My Style” video shoot at the 49er’s stadium in Santa Clara, CA. It was a cloudy evening with thousands of raucous, optimistic fans tailgating in the Levi Stadium paring lot for Monday Night Football’s opening of the 2015 season. The D.E.  gave us insight into the history and purpose behind Black Bane, and what it means to be a street vigilante. Who is First Degree Black Bane?

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   Over his 20 year rap history, First Degree has put on many masks to deliver his message. This includes RoboDE, Blackulem, Shlumpulicious, and Super Black to name a few. Being Fahrenheit Records’ 55th project, the first thing The Fahrenheit Insight wanted to know about Black Bane was what the difference between it all the past First Degree characters.

   “The more things change, the more they stay the same,” First Degree explains. “Like the other recent characters I’ve portrayed on albums, I was told by the universe to take on this persona. I don’t just sit around and decide, ‘I’m gunna do this, or I’m gunna say that.’ God an His universe instructs me to do so, and I oblige.” He then went on to lay out the purpose of Black Bane.

   First Degree The D.E. went all out to detail the characteristics of Black Bane. He explained tat unlike the other characters he’s portrayed, Black Bane sees the world as a grey area, meaning there’s no definitive good or bad, just perspective. “Black Bane is a street vigilante. Once he’s locked onto a goal that’s just, he affiliates with the good and the bad in order to fulfill that purpose. He’s purpose is just, his means are questionable to some.”

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Long time Brotha Lynch producer Phonk Beta goes all the way live with his production on First Degree Black Bane

   When asked about Black Bane’s purpose and goals, First Degree related Black Bane’s vision of a fair society in which opportunities flow equally across all social and economic levels, the people are informed and inspired, and doing his part to help shed the effects of Jim Crow and return the people to the regalness that is within them. “This is what he calls fighting for the people. Black Bane just takes aggressive means and plays the role only he can play, in order to get the job did,” First Degree The D.E. asserts. He concludes, “To deliver this message, I relied on the Great Phonk Beta and challenged him to remind the people what makes him great, and he succeeded with an unbelievable array of superior, live shlumpage.”

When we got in the lab we asked ourselves how we can make this one bigger and better. We achieved that goal with thought, soul, effort, talent, time, patience, and purpose.

The Fahrenheit Record was given a copy of the First Degree Black Bane singles in preparation of this article. They include “Black Bane”, “I Wear Black Cuz Its Just My Style”, and “Say Serra”.

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First Degree Black Bane through the eyes of Oji

Black Bane

The first single is the title track, Black Bane. It starts with First Degree and The Celebration (his kids), telling the story of Black Bane to a dark, aggressive, piano driven, Phonk Beta beat. The first line, “The cost to be boss, atroc-it-ties, that most can’t handle, that’s that’s why you boss, that’s why you bump my blamble, that and rap scandal” provides immediate insight into the mind of Black Bane. The chorus is a daunting 8 bars of dark singing, thunder, and whipping. Black Bane’s lyrics are hard, political, and thoughtful, “Not affected by ISIS, that’s way far, the man’s cookin books here, that’s on our radar.”

The First Degree Black Bane video is another genius animation from Fahrenheit’s Oji, filled with good guys, bad guys, and all in between. The ultra creative video details the many faces and duties of Black Bane and his allies. In addition, the video includes Eminem, Tech N9ne, and Brotha Lynch. When asked why they were included in the video, First Degree explains, “Oji and I saw this video as an opportunity to remind rap’s division leaders to have purpose in their music, before its too late. I’m in cahoots with Lynch as we speak, collaborating on Strange Music’s ‘Kevlar’ album, and that ‘Black Bane Part 2, The Underestimated Villan'”. The D.E. asserts, “its time for the Brotha Lynchs, the Phonk Betas, and the First Degrees to get back together in unison and continue this legacy we’ve created.” He finishes his thought by including that Brotha Lynch was on his way back from Kansas City laying vocals for Strange Music’s Strangulation 2 album, and would will be back at work the Sactown vet as soon as he gets back.

In this single, First Degree raps, “(I’m) banned from Strange Music Inc.” When asked to elaborate, The D.E. declined, citing that it wasn’t the time and a desire to move forward. Why did he put the line in the song, The Fahrenheit Insight wonders.

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NFL Network films part of the First Degree The D.E. “I Wear Black Cuz Its Just My Style” video shoot, 49er Stadium with Empire Row

I Wear Black Cuz Its Just My Style

The second single from the Black Bane album is a dedication to West Coast 90’s rap pioneers and the influence it had on world-wide American culture. ‘I Wear Black Cuz Its Just My Style’ is a 90’s style Beta beat with live pianos and live guitar played by L.A.’s Eric Otis. The sound is a nice, unique mix between old school west coast sampling, a live Curtis funk band, and the Straight Outta Cmopton movie. The song’s title and theme came from a 90’s rap group consisting of The D.E.’s good friend Big Ron and Live Wire from the L.A. area.

The “Wear Black’ video was being shot at 49ers Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, California the day of this interview. An official 49er’s tailgating pep rally, thrown by Arevalo Production’s Empire Row, served as the back drop. It was a nationally televised Monday Night Football game and the unveiling of the 49ers’ new black uniforms. It was a wild event, filled with Fahrenheit fans and 49er faithfuls alike. The scene is sure to jump off the camera as soon as the video is completed and released.

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Say Serra

The third Black Bane video is the most musical, lyrical, and entertaining of the bunch.” Say Serra” is a finely-crafted First Degree hit with its own sound and racially controversial lyrics that will have the streets buzzing for some time to come. This single has a hard, groovy, big production, live sound that has never and will never be duplicated. Once again, Phonk Beta is on the beat and live pianos, and Eric Otis is on the live Spanish guitar.

The Say Serra video is all D.E.. First Degree gets close up, entertains, dances, and delivers his unique brand of poetry, “That video’s gunna be up close and personal to leave no doubt what I’m sayin!” Oh boy.

When asked how one picks singles for the album, First Degree reiterates that he is a vessel of the universe and does what it instructs him to do. He also points out that local publication Sacramento News and Review leaked and reviewed one of the songs, ‘The Fahrenheit Record’, HERE. The article included reporter Raheem Hosseini’s funny individual experience with the informative song. The Fahrenheit Record mentions many Sacramento area reporters, and several of them, including the KCRA’s Edie Lambert, Kevin Riggs, and Sacramento Bee’s Chris Macias started the buzz by posting about the song on their Facebook pages.

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D’Angelo Black Messiah played a roll in developing First Degree Black Bane

   When asked about what, if any, outside musician provided influence for Black Bane, First Degree bared a big grin and explained that the D’Angelo Black Messiah album was the first album in ten years that stimulated his mind. “D’Angelo is the greatest singing and producing entity of all time. I have never heard such funky, sticky, risky, smooth, forward thinking, live music ever. Michael Jackson is the best dancer ever, Phonk Beta is the best rap producer ever, and D’Angelo is the greatest singer/producer of all time, fa sho. I’ve listened to that album 100 times already.” First Degree goes on to justify that D’Angelos latest album Black Messiah is “gleaming with purpose” and “stimulates those that understand”. The D.E. states that Black Messiah is the reason he reached out to Phonk Beta and Eric Otis for live instrumentation.

First Degree also sites the current urban struggle, and a second meeting with hip hop legend Rakim that had influence on his new direction.

If the people take to the Black Bane album like the listeners that this reporter has witnessed, the West Coast rap game will have a new bar to try to live to.

First Degree Black Bane hits stores world-wide October 20, 2015. Live First Degree Black Bane performances will take place in the Seattle and Denver areas in December of 2015, with more locations to be announced. The album is produced by Phonk Beta, with additional production by Oji and Sultan Mir. Fahrenheit Records is distributed by City Hall Records and The Orchard.

More information can be found at FirstDegreeTheDE.com

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Fahrenheit Records’ 55th album, First Degree The D.E. “Black Bane” brings purpose to the underground rap game and hits stores October 20, 2015

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I Hate Eminem, And Not Because He’s White | White Rap And The Transfer Of Power

I Hate Eminem, And Not Because He’s White  |  White Rap And The Transfer Of Power

By First Degree The D.E.

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I hate Eminem, and not because he’s White, so don’t go there.

Rap is purpose. When rap was started, it was the voice of the street. Although rap was created as Black art, there has always been artists of other races chiming in and contributing to its growth. Early pioneers like The Beastie Boys, 3rd Bass, and even Vanilla Ice brought diversity to the music. In the beginning, it wasn’t about race, it was about being a voice, uplifting, and entertaining the streets.

Fast forward 30 years, and rap is no longer owned by the streets, rap is owned by the suburbs. How did this happen? Rap’s transfer of power started with Bill Clinton’s Telecommunications Act of 1996, and a White household name rapper named Eminem. As a result, today’s version of rap is “rap lite”.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not talking down on about the growth of rap music. Once rap caught on, I didn’t expect to be a “Black genre” for long. Rap is like a beautiful bird, keeping it caged in our region and culture would be doing the world an injustice. Rap is one of many contributions Black people have made to the planet. MCs come in all shapes and sizes, races, and nationalities. However, there is a big difference between the suburbs enjoying rap and owning rap.

Being in the rap game for over 20 years, I have the right to speak on its path. When we were starting up in the 90’s, there was no Sacramento rap, or Bay rap, etc. We were inventing a new genre. That’s why its transfer of power to the suburbs especially hurt.

As a result of rap’s transfer, artists that rap about the people began to be shunned, and those rapping about nothingness were celebrated. A dark turn rap had taken. Now days, rappers like myself, that do not recognize rap’s transfer of power and cater to the suburbs, are hated.

The average rap fan will not be connected to the transfer of rap power, and will see it from a detached, consumer’s perspective. However, all can understand, when you have been part of building something, you care about its whereabouts.

 

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The Telecommunications Act of 1996

     Over 90% of the 12 and up American population listens some form of radio in a week’s time. Millions are radio listeners, and rely on it for new music. Radio airwaves are supposed to be owned by the American public, but because the Federal government is the legal voice of the citizens, The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) enacts policies and decides for the people when it comes to the airwaves.

     In the beginning of rap music, the FCC’s control over the airwaves wasn’t too much a conflict of interest. In the 90’s, mainstream as well as underground artists, could get their song on the radio. Conscious rap was the norm on hip hop radio stations. Militant artists like Public Enemy and Paris could get on the radio consistently. It was great, uplifting, and reassuring.

     Then, in search of free competition for ownership of the airwaves and the up-and-coming internet, President Bill Clinton signed into law The Telecommunications Act in 1996. The Act was the initial blow to the ownership of rap, basically clearing the way for corporations like Clear Channel to take control of radio. As a result, the corporations had become the deciders, and their purpose was money.

     The money the corporations were seeking was corporate advertising dollars. The difference between the retail dollar and the corporate advertising dollar is the control factor. As a corporate advertising dollar seeker, you don’t want to do anything to upset your advertisers. Advertisers had become radio’s lifeline and purpose. Advertisers like their rap light, purposeless, and non-talented. In their search for money, corporations had given advertisers control of rap.

     The Telecommunications Act of 1996 has done a horrible service to the American public. It has lead to less competition, less diversity, fewer views, cut off musicians, and stripped rap of what made it special, its raw purpose.

     The advertisers had become the deciders. Thanks, Bill.

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Eminem

     At its core, rap was about respect. When Eminem entered the game in the late 90’s his gimmick was talking real bad on his mom and abusing drugs. A high level of disrespect for rap was displayed by Eminem’s early work. Rap was being trampled on, and no one enjoyed this more than the suburbs. Ironically, N.W.A.’s Dr. Dre, was behind it all, earning him the nick-name “The Cracka Backa”. What once was a proud genre made by the street, for the street, was now becoming a suburbian toy in a suburbian toy box. The rap and the purpose of rap had diminished.

     Rap had officially changed hands. From that point on, when I heard Eminem’s voice, it was a symbol of defeat for something we built. This leads me to Tech N9ne and Strange Music.

 

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     I like Tech N9ne the person, I really do. However, the way Tech N9ne has been publically begging for Eminem’s attention makes me want to barf, it really does. Seeing rap’s top selling underground artist try to get more attention from the suburbs, and put value to the transfer of rap, literally makes me sick to my stomach. Tech is a cool dude, why this? Aren’t the juggalos enough? Is it Black seeking White acceptance? Seeing the constant begging made me reluctantly unlike him on Facebook.

     When Tech N9ne invited me to be on his “All 6’s and 7’s” album, with the likes of Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Hopskin, and others, I was excited. I knew the following buzz would present a big stage. With a great stage, comes great responsibility. A lesson was in order. I came with Super Black’s “Listen Up, Ya Honkey”, and the world turned upside down!

 

white rap eminem first degreeFirst Degre The D.E.’s “Listen Up,Ya Honkey” Shocked The System

     “Listen Up, Ya Honkey” is not about all White people, it’s about racists! The song is often misunderstood. In response to the song, the juggalos started a “Ban First Degree” movement, which caught a little wave. Anti-First Degree sentiment was ramped up around the world, include occasional, random emails from Russia and other foreign lands. I was attacked from all over, it was great.
Before I got a chance to explain the song was just about racists, I was banned from the Strange Music message board. Why would Strange Music ban the very person that LITERALLY drove Brotha Lynch to their front door? Why would a contributing artist get shunned in favor of random, disrespectful, borderline racist consumers? Remember who owns rap, the suburbs.

 

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Grammy Winning Rap Artist Ziggy Azalea

The Future Of Multi-Cultural Rap

     Rap is a world-wide collaborative effort now, and the Fahrenheit Movement reflects that. Fahrenheit’s range is as Black as Oakland’s Oji and his African vibe to Young Stroke’s Caucasian Gastonia, North Carolina. It’s as European as France’s Ghost D.E.S.T., as Latin as Las Vegas overlord M Sane, and as Japanese as Saterbagg’s stomping grounds. Fahrenheit’s purpose is purpose, a universal concept.

     Fahrenheit Records has recently signed some multi-cultural groups. If you wonder how someone with my views could sign non-black MCs, you have not been listening. Rap has blossomed, yet it’s about respect, and Fahrenheit is a leader in the rap game, not behind. In addition, Fahrenheit is a world-wide phenomenon. It’s much bigger than me. I just do my part.

     Most of the country doesn‘t know the Seattle area like the West Coast does. They have their own thing going on up there, it’s a unique vibe. Seattle’s urban little brother, Tacoma, is raw and ready to be heard by the world. It’s now their time. Tacomarap.com, coming soon, will keep you up on everything.

white rap blue nose musicBlue Nose Music’s 5ive 3re and Greg Double payed dues

     Tacoma’s Blue Nose Music is a multi-racial Fahrenheit group creating a buzz. Their leader, Greg Double, is a White MC. When Greg Double stepped in the game, he treated it with respect, didn’t use the “N” word, and respected the process by paying dues. This included respecting the OGs (Awall etc), hitting the street, getting on stage, and performing for the people. They deserved a chance because they are fun, and what Greg Double, Thunderchief, 5ive 3re, Cameron Couch, and United Kingdom’s Wynter Brown are trying to do is contribute to the game. Their album, “Release The Hounds” hits stores everywhere 2.17.15.

white rap eminem josh rizebergIt’s Josh Rizeberg’s (Of Beanz N Rize) time to be heard

     Beanz N Rize, also from Tacoma, is one of the most conscious rap duos of our era. Their music makes you want to be like them and know what they know. Josh Rizeberg and Cool Beanz are poetic, thoughtful MCs with an Egyptian twist. Josh Rizeberg, known for activism on the street and political level, feels that it’s important for suburbian MCs to acknowledge White privilege and racism in their music. Rize explains, “(Suburbian rappers) need to understand that Hip hop is, and originally was, a mouth-piece for the disenfranchised.” I couldn’t agree more. When I hear Beanz N Rize, I don’t hear a Jewish and Black rap group, I hear consciousness, which ascends race. The Beanz N Rize debut album hits stores 2.17.15.

white rap eminem biz markieBiz Markie and others made us laugh

     As well as rap being conscious, rap was made to be funny. Biz Markie, Flava Flav, Fresh Prince, 2 Live Crew, Bobby Jimmy, and many more, used to make us laugh. There’s nothing wrong with a good time! Fahrenheit has proudly launched Funnyrap.com dedicated to comedy rap that will have you rolling.

white rap eminem young strokeYoung Stroke isn’t a White rapper, he’s a funny rapper

     Fahrenheit only signs artists that have something wrong with them. Fahrenheit’s Sic Ill (Tacoma) and Young Stroke (San Diego/ North Carolina) are no exception. Once you get into Sic Ill and Young Stroke’s music, it won’t matter that one is a White rapper and one is Black, it will just matter that they make you laugh. I expect lots of controversy when those two’s albums drop this summer. I am looking forward to it.

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     In a recent Facebook rant, Sic Ill reveals he has to defend his “pop-rap” to White MCs that don’t consider him a “real rapper”. His tirade included, “I’m Black! Get it through your thick skulls, you’re White! Rap is my s—,… there’s some other p—— in Seattle trying to clump their whiteness together at top and then they wonder why hip hop thinks they’re bulls—. Straight jackin’ Black people’s SMH.” The fact that Sic Ill feels the need to defend his rap to suburbian rappers is a symbol of the suburbs feeling they own rap. Again, it’s about respect.

Conclusion

     There is a silver lining in all of this. The good to come out of the Telecommunications Act is it freed up the little-known internet and brought more numbers to the rap genre. Through the “Twittagrams” and the “Instachats”, musicians are now just a few clicks away from their fans. Rap artists can connect directly with the people that matter to them. Sites like iTunes allow musicians to sell directly to their fans as well. There are now channels that corporations do not control.

     Despite the limits of radio and because of the internet, and support from Fahrenheit’s distributors City Hall Records and Orchard Music, Fahrenheit doesn’t need Target, or any other corporation, to approve its messages. Take that, corporation advertisers! Fahrenheit has even created our own online radio station, Fahrenheit Radio.

     Fahrenheit’s Greg Double of Blue Nose Music feels he and other White rappers can contribute to the rap genre, too. He reveals, “(Being a voice for the people) is not a skin tone issue at all. It’s a human condition that knows no boundaries.”

     The point is, a White rapper can be a good thing and contribute to the rap genre just like anyone else, as longs as he (or she, Ziggy Azalea) respects the game, like everyone else.

     Hits from the entire Fahrenheit roster will be featured in the upcoming album, “Fahrenheit Roll Call” due out in April of 2015.

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The Brotha Lynch Hung First Degree Beef Is Over

Brotha Lynch Hung First Degree beef Fahrneheit Collectibles

The Brotha Lynch Hung First Degree Beef Is Over

SacramentoRap.com interviews First Degree The D.E.  about the feud, the healing process, and moving forward

After two years of rap beef, Sacramento rap veterans Brotha Lynch Hung and First Degree The D.E have reunited for the good of Sacramento rap. The Brotha Lynch Hung First Degree beef is no more.

It is well known that in 2009, First Degree managed Lynch at the time he signed with Strange Music. In addition to working with Strange on the business side, First Degree continued to create in the studio with the newly formed Strange crew, appearing on “It Happens” from Brotha Lynch’s 2011 release “Coathanga Strangla”, and Tech N9ne’s “Boogyman” from his 2011 release, “All 6’s and 7’s”. First Degree continued to keep it raw with his own solo, “Super Black”. It seemed as if First Degree had an ally in the Brotha Lynch, Strange movement.

However, soon after this time period, First Degree The D.E. and Brotha Lynch mysteriously went their separate ways.

Through social media, at shows, and other outlets, the people wondered what was up with the Sac rap duo, especially after First Degree’s no-show on the first Brotha Lynch  “Mannibalector” conclusion album. In January of 2012, the people found the answer they were looking for.

The first sign of trouble was First Degree The D.E.’s single, “Ahhh” from his FU4 album. The line goes, “Sorry Juggalos, there’ll be no feature from Brotha Lynch, or any other fake rapper that caters to your existence,” After 20 years of hits, and millions of albums sold worldwide, the line was like taking an ax to a century old redwood. It was the match that lit a two year fire.

Brotha Lynch hit back with a “A Fucc U To First Degree” series that went semi viral. In it, Lynch explains that no one would know who First Degree was if it wasn’t for him, and shot down his beat making abilities. Some Brotha Lynch fans started to see First Degree as the enemy.

First Degree responded with the now infamous “Lynch Roast”,  also on FU4. In it, First Degree explains that Lynch owes him and has a comical roast about him, inspired by The Flava Flav Roast. Lynch Roast was the peak of the Brotha Lynch First Degree feud. “Brotha Lynch Hung First Degree beef” became a popular Google search, it couldn’t get much worse.

At it’s core, the beef appeared to be about First Degree’s compensation as Lynch’s manager, and Brotha Lynch’s view that his efforts invested into First Degree’s career weren’t appreciated. The two spent two years cutting down the redwood of their relationship.

 “I’m not happy with the way the whole managing Lynch ended, but us working together could iron things out and bring the attention back to Sac like the town deserves,” First Degree hopes.

To some extent, the feud between Brotha Lynch and First Degree has caused a rap war between labels Madesicc Musicc, and Fahrenheit Records. This includes artists and fans of the two labels. First Degree states that that is now over, and admits fans of the two labels may have a hard time re-adjusting to the days when Madesicc and Fahrenheit went hand-in-hand.

“This news is going to surprise some people, and it may be hard to swallow at first. Thousands of Lynch fans have hit me up with their anti-D.E. views. On the flip side, many people disappointed with Lynch came to Fahrenheit with anti-Lynch perspectives. At first it was funny, but after a while, I didn’t want it to be that way. In the end, I had been working with Lynch for 20 years, and he was still my friend. I enjoy hate from D.E. haters, reminds me I’m doing something right, but it ended up hurting me having people hatin’ on Lynch so hard, feeling empowered by me.”

First Degree further explains, “There will be Lynch fans that don’t want me back, and First Degree fans that do want me to reconnect with the Madesicc, but in the end, we are all the underground rap family, and we’ve got to find a way to tolerate and accept each other.”

First Degree feels most of the people want to see he, Brotha Lynch, and the rest of the Sacramento rap community, reunite. He predicts this feud will just be remembered a small bump in the road on a path of making Sacramento rap the hottest rap in the world, giving all the MCs in the area a chance to shine and bring value to their words.

“A lot of thing have been said, but for the sake of the people, we will find a way, forgive each other, and move forward. Together, we are The Siccness. Keeping anger inside will kill you, life is too short as it is.”

When asked about how the two reunited, First Degree explains that Madesicc and Fahrenheit artist Phonk Beta had a big part. First Degree also told of an anonymous Madesicc member he ran into at an Andre Nickatina Sacramento concert. He said they spoke of the past, present, future, and what was good for the legend of Sacramento rap music. The unnamed source explained to First Degree that this conflict was having a negative effect on the entire Sacramento rap movement, the very thing they had spent their lives building.

During this part of the discussion, First Degree was the most emotional I saw him during this interview. He had the look of a man that had started something, lost control of it, then played a part in it’s destruction. By the time he gathered himself and was ready to continue the interview, he had the look of a man that was ready to rebuild.

“While interviewing and listening to Sac rap vets for the ‘History Of Sacramento Rap’ article, I realized Sac was at it’s peak when everyone was working together for the sake of the town and making history. Even Black Market head Cedric Singleton and AWOL owner Bobby T. were in the game like brothers.”

First Degree reveals that in addition with working with Lynch again, he’s working with Cedric Singleton on his “California Livin” movie project. What if SacramentoRap.com could get Brotha Lynch and Ced Sing in a room and hash out their differences? SacramentoRap.com speculates on what these forces reuniting would do for Sacramento, and would bring more attention to Sacramento rap as a result.

When asked if he had talked face to face with Lynch, First Degree replied that they had not. He said he was busy overhauling Fahrenheit Radio and Lynch was on the road and taking care of some additional business. He includes that they been communicating through Phonk Beta. Phonk Beta is a people-person and the glue of the Sacramento rap scene. It turns out that Phonk Beta’s “Symplex 2″ hip hop jazz album, coming out November 25th, was the spark that reunited Sacramento rap, starting the discussion on a possible Brotha Lynch First Degree reunion.

First Degree rationalizes, “Now that Lynch is doing shows with Cuzzalo, and I’m reppin’ the town with SacramentoRap.com, it’s time to get Sacramento on top again! We are getting back to becoming the official voice of Sacramento, west coast urban life, and making it matter. Google ‘Sacramento rap’, what do you see? You see SacramentoRap.com #1, worldwide! We have several other sites as well. Fahrenheit’s in bed with Google, and the world is watching! I can see a day where Lynch and I reunite, with everything we’ve been doing, and create a powerful voice that’s heard around the world! I see what Lynch has been doing. Like myself, he is ready to take this Sactown rap game to the next level.”

First Degree sites Locc2DaBrain’s Asylum video as Lynch proving to be ready to take his visions to the next level. First D.E. looks forward to including Brotha Lynch on The Fahrenheit Hour talk show on Fahrenheit Radio. The D.E. goes on to explain that working with Lynch in radio could increase  Sacramento’s influence worldwide.

“Because we’ve (Fahrenheit Radio) been doing it so long, bringing real consistency with superior slap and urban talk shows, we’re steadily gaining listeners around the world. Every three months or so, Windows Media ranks us the #1 rap station in the world! When they do, our listeners skyrocket. If they like what they hear, they stick around a while. With Lynch getting his two cents on Fahrenheit Radio, the people can get an in depth look on not only our music, but also how we feel about current events.”

In addition to Windows Media, First Degree adds that one can listen to Fahrenheit Radio on iTunes Radio, Tune In, or at FahRadio.com.

“Lynch has asked me to narrate his next project, and I’ve accepted. I see it as an opportunity to reconnect with him. It is true that I’ve been disappointed in the direction he took his lyrics with Strange, but I see narrating a Lynch album as a chance to redirect Sacramento’s greatest MC to his roots, real life gangsta shit seen through the sicc. I want the same thing the people want from Lynch, that perfect flippin’ and a window into the real life of a South Sac OG. Q-Baaaalll! Lynch is a story. I believe that working together, we can bring the best out of Lynch. Which will, in turn, bring the best out of Team Sacramento.”

He goes on to explain that he drove Lynch to Kansas City to Strange for the good of Sacramento, and is reuniting with him for the same cause. In the late 90’s, Sacramento rap was at the forefront of West Coast rap music. According to the Fahrenheit Insight’s “The History Of Sacramento Rap” article, during Sacramento rap’s peak, area record labels were working together. The article states that Sacramento rap’s fall came from labels trying to do everything on their own, separating.

Even though the Brotha Lynch Hung First Degree beef got nasty, the two are, and always will be, friends. He then reflects, wondering if the Strange regiment was good for him. “Maybe he can use some of that Strange learnin’, get connected again, and turn the town into a factor. Sacramento rap’s future looks bright.”

Brotha Lynch and First Degree have an album coming out November 25th called “Fahrenheit Collectibles”. It is 15 of the hottest Brotha Lynch and First Degree tracks the two have put together. Fahrenheit Collectibles is a celebration of 20 years of Lynch & D.E. music, and a foundation moving forward, bringing Sacramento music back to the forefront.

 

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Brotha Lynch Hung & First Degree The D.E.

“Fahrenheit Collectibles”

In Stores November 25th

Fahrenheit Records, FahRecords.com

 

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“Symplex 2”

In Stores November 25th

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Bay Area Rapper Abducted By Aliens Explains Abduction

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The “Abduction”
The Fahrenheit Insight Interviews Oji, The Bay Area Rapper Abducted By Aliens, On His Alien Abduction
So, when asked to speak about my u.f.o. abduction, which took place 7 yrs ago while camping at night in Russian River. I was told not to speak about it by those same beings which abducted me. I sometimes see them in dreams and they channel through me speaking in visions. So they asked me to share with you what you need to see. Here is a message too you from them:
“Our wireless neural network is online, as one mind no cell can confine.
Our hallucinogenic skin crystallizes. Symbolizing psychedelic melanin and psilocybins.
Binaural vocabulary of alpha, beta, theta, gamma, delta rays of the sun.
In stereo, hemi sync, adjust your frequency. Get a signal through your nervous system when you tune into us.
Our holographic brains are like an interactive game.
Challenging magnetic attraction to balance yin yang.
Mathematics unravel theories of everything as waves.
Dna climaxes is orgasmic as the big bang.
Whats large as a galaxy though small as an atom?
You might think its magic if you just imagine how reality is miraculously, accurately crafted from the one.
Connecting from one singularity, branching to complexity.
Whether or not you believe, you will see the webs we weave unseparately.”
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You see that my mind has been abducted.
I was notified in a dream with further instructions for this mystery.
If you follow, I am not me. This solidity is watery.
Through your screen I could possibly teleport into your body.
Because, this is interactive.
When you come into contact with it see what happens.
As you analyse, try this exercise:
Stare into the sky until you see a sign. Not to hypnotize, but to re-align the mind.
Demystifying with applied physics to shift the paradigm.
Now harmonize your voice with mines: Ah-oh-mm“.
Oji & The Ascension Team
“Speak N Tones” OUT NOW!
OJI COVER
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Check out the Oji’s single, “A Maze In The Brain” HERE!
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The History Of Sacramento Rap (Part Three, The Fall)

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The History Of Sacramento Rap (Part Three, The Fall)

Written By First Degree The D.E. & Jimmy Blog For Fahrenheit Insight

 

Note: To prepare for part three of this series, First Degree The D.E. and Fahrenheit Insight’s Jimmy Blog sat down with Black Market’s Cedric Singleton and Fahrenheit affiliate Unc Imo. The purpose was to learn more about the fall of Sacramento rap, and what we can do to get back on top.

 

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Sacramento Rap History, Part Twelve 

What goes up, must come down.

During Sacramento’s rap peak in the 90’s, people were working together. Artists were on labels, labels and artists worked together pioneering a genre, and crews were hitting the road, spreading the word. After the dust had settled, Brotha Lynch Hung emerged as the new King of Sacramento rap music.

It was then that a plague rolled into Sacramento. That plague was ego. The ego plague would lead to the fall of Sacramento rap music as we knew it. In the 90’s, Sacramento’s big dog record label was still Black Market Records.

Although Black Market was selling thousands of units partnered with Priority Records, the Black Market/Priority relationship had gone sour. Fortunately for Ced Sing and Black Market, another major record label, Tommy Boy Records, had interest in distributing Black Market music. Tommy Boy Records wanted to go all out for Brotha Lynch and Black Market Records.

“Tommy Boy was ready to go, radio, they were prepared to do a movie, they were ready to do all of these things to promote Brotha Lynch. During that crucial time, he decided he doesn’t want to do the deal, cuz other people are spittin in his ear, saying we can do better for you,” Black Market’s Cedric Singleton reflects in anguish on The Fahrenheit Hour Urban Talk Show. Ced also accuses Priority of putting distrust of Black Market in Lynch’s ear.

Brotha Lynch Hung thought he was ready to run a record label. Boy, was he wrong.

“Now, this is where the third part of the series, The Fall Of Sacramento Rap, will start, with this very moment.” painfully cries First Degree The D.E. on The Fahrenheit Hour.

Brotha Lynch began thinking Black Market was taking advantage of him. A year after signing a 5 year deal with Black Market for big money (wanna find out how much, Fahrenheit Hour with Ced Sing), Lynch wanted out.

“My problem with Lynch is you signed a deal. and if you didn’t want deal, you should just turn in your records (4 more) and you’d be free to go, like X-Raided did,” Ced Sing rationalizes. Ced explains he’s given Lynch hundreds of thousands of dollars. However, later in the Fahrenheit Hour episode, Ced admits mistakes.

“I was there when he (Lynch) signed and got a check for (find out on Ced Sing’s feature on The Fahrenheit Hour).” First Degree reports.

Many people don’t understand that during this time, Ced Sing was in his 20’s, early 30’s, and was still wet behind the ears. “A lot people thought I knew about the music business like I know now, I didn’t know then, a lot of thing I had to learn.” Ced admits on The Fahrenheit Hour. “A lot of information I got from my attorney was actually bad information.” However, the damage, or perception of damage, was already done.

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 “If Brotha Lynch’s career had a turning point, that was his turning point,” reflects Cedric Singleton about Lynch’s refusal to participate in the Tommy Boy deal

Sacramento Rap History, Part Thirteen

Brotha Lynch was ready to move on from Black Market Records. Lynch Hung had decided he didn’t need Black Market and wanted to start his own label with manager, Art B. They did and called it Siccmade Musicc. Lynch and Art were co-owners. Based on Broth Lynch’s name, they got nation-wide distribution by Ground Level. With all that was going on in Sacramento’s music scene, Siccmade Musicc was a serious factor. However, things weren’t the same as they were.

During Sac rap’s peak, there was unity and deals were getting made for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Yes, it was a more profitable, pre-download era in the music industry, however, the money was coming from the people and the new, world-wide interest of Sacramento rap. Around this time, C-Bo left AWOL, X-Raided left Black Market, Hollow Tip left High Side, and Fahrenheit was doing it alone. It was a local disease of division. However, there was a new rap family in Sacramento, the Siccmade family.

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 The Siccmade Family

 

The Siccmade crew included Brotha Lynch, Art B, Phonk Beta, Zigg Zagg, C.O.S., Sicx, P-Folks, Loki, Big Reg, Tall Can G, D-Dubb, E Moe, and more. They ended up releasing 15 albums with both Ground Level and IDN, based out of New York. They enjoyed success, but it was a fraction of the income Black Market was achieving in it’s heyday. Siccmade was bringing in tens of thousands of dollars, selling cds, and occasionally, doing shows. With Phonk Beta still on the beats, the Siccmade sound was still in tact, with albums like Head Drama and Brotha Lynch Hung’s “Lynch By Inch”. Lynch’s transition from Black Market to Siccmade appeared somewhat smooth, at first.

In 2001, Siccmade artist Triple Sicx, was  charged and convicted of child molestation. Sicx’s actions were an embarrassment to Siccmade and caused division. However, the Siccmade machine rolled on.

 

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 Brotha Lynch’s “Lynch By Inch” was Siccmade’s most successful album

After burning bridges with Art B and IDN, Brotha Lynch started Madesicc Musicc. He had to change the name of his label because Art B was 50% owner of Siccmade. Current day, Madesicc is Lynch’s label. Their main artists include a reboot of Loc To Da Brain, with members G-Macc, 8 Ball, Da KAT, and Hyst. Other artists include Calico 101, Devious, Loco Ricc, Vamp Loc, Nicci Blacc, and Tanqueray Loc. The label has released a G-Macc’s “Opera/Angels & Demons”, however, Madesicc Musicc has released only a fraction of the albums Siccmade Musicc released.

Every Brotha Lynch label project has gotten worse and worse. The Madesicc/Siccmade brand is popular, yet has become watered down. Now-a-days, several entities from near and far, “claim” the Madesicc brand, even if their music isn’t own by Madesicc Musicc. Part of this is due in part to Lynch’s hard time saying no to people.

During Be Gee’s recent #Be40 event in Elk Grove, Ca, an impromptu round table of Sacramento rap history was formed. This round table included Cedric Singleton, First Degree The D.E., Death Trap’s Dalvin Pipkins, and the Fahrenheit Insight. As you can imagine, may topics were discussed, including Sacramento’s glorious rap history. Brotha Lynch was also brought up. At one point in the discussion, round table  members discussed the shady things Brotha Lynch had done to each of them. It was a very eventful, funny conversation.

 

Sacramento Rap History, Part Fourteen

As the writer of his own destiny, and no longer under the protection of the Black Market machine, Brotha Lynch gained a reputation of being difficult to deal with. In the Sacramento streets, Brotha Lynch was becoming known for being soft and started to get dissed on songs. Some of the artists dissing Lynch in songs were T-Nutty, Smigg Dirty,  M Sane, and Chill Bola. Lynch’s business partners also found it hard to work with him. However, many fascinated local  “artists” came around Lynch, just to do so. There was always a lot of people wanting to be around Lynch. Lynch was still the king. However, he was a difficult one.

First Degree The D.E. remembers Lynch’s ex-wife Zigg Zagg saying during a San Diego show, “Brotha Lynch can be your greatest asset, and your greatest crutch,”

“Tryin to throw him shows and what not, he’d act like a child, riddled with anxiety. The dumbest things happened on the road, because of Lynch” First Degree The D.E. states. “It was that point that the secret was out. The king of Sacramento was an idiot.” First Degree declares to Fahrenheit Insight. “Having the king of Sac be an idiot was bad for business.”

For those that knew, Brotha Lynch Hung was exposed. For those that didn’t, everything was the same. Despite the rumors, Lynch fans were still fanatic.

“It got the point were we’d all be together, on the road, meeting or whatever, and as soon as Kev (Brotha Lynch) left the room, everyone would talk bout how dumb he was,” First Degree reminisces. “I can remember driving to a Strange Music video shoot for Lynch. We were already late, in a new city, Strange Music’s Travis O’Guin whining on the phone, and Lynch suddenly needs Spiderman Band Aids. Travis O’Guin in panic mode, threatening to cancel the video and Lynch’s deal, and Lynch is demanding we make a stop for some damn Spiderman Band Aids at a strip mall. It was one of those many times where I had to wake him out of his stupidity, for the sake of the city.”

First Degree goes on, stating that Brotha Lynch always complained about people using him. Maybe he’s right, maybe he’s wrong. Perhaps Brotha Lynch is trying to help everyone. Perhaps he is the one using his friends.

“He was so afraid of everything. I remember being at a show with Lynch and members of the Madesicc crew. A Black fan with a quirky scar on his eye, came up to us and said, ‘are you Brotha Lynch and First Degree?’ He then pulled out a Planet Zero CD. I said yes, and we chatted a minute. He then turned to Lynch and Lynch pretended not to be himself. Lynch was hiding behind his friend, giving a fake name, practically shivering. It was very odd. If this had been a juggalo, Lynch would have embraced him. But Lynch is afraid of everything,” First Degree The D.E. adds.

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Black Market’s non-Lynch, Lynch album EBK4 debuted at #4 on Billboard, even thought Lynch didn’t directly participate in it’s creation

Although Brotha Lynch had left Black Market, Black Market continued releasing Lynch albums. Prior to Loaded in ’97, Brotha Lynch signed a 5 year deal with Black Market, and Ced intended to follow through, with or without Lynch. The first of the non-Lynch, Lynch albums was EBK4. Despite being pieced together by Black Market, it debuted at #4 on the Billboard charts! Black Market went to make 5 or so more Brotha Lynch albums this way, including greatest hits albums, achieving mild success compared to the past.

On Fahrenheit Hour, Cedric Singleton explains that he got the songs for the post-Lynch, Lynch albums by buying songs Lynch had done for other people.

Brotha Lynch has always suspected Black Market got songs by taking them in an armed home invasion that occurred at Lynch’s house. According to witnesses, five or six armed, masked men entered Brotha Lynch’s house. Lynch jumped out of the window, leaving everyone behind. The men tied everyone up and stole all the reel-to-reels and ADATS (tapes used for recording) they could find. Lynch has stated that he’s heard songs taken in that robbery on Black Market non-Lynch, Lynch albums.  Brotha Lynch’s ex-wife Zigg Zagg has since released a song about the incident, scolding Lynch for jumping out of the window and leaving them behind.

After setting off on a mission to own his music, Brotha Lynch ended up owning very little. His label Madesicc, has released only released a few albums in several years of existence. Even with Art B. and E Moe’s resurrection of Siccmade Musicc, Brotha Lynch is not involved, recently tweeting on Twitter, “This nigga emoe3000 a foo! Naw he not talkin to me he talkin to First Degree the DE”

 

Sacramento Rap History, Part Fifteen

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 In C-Bo’s second act of his career, he looked to expand his horizons in L.A.

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As with Brotha Lynch, in the late 90’s, C-Bo broke away from his label, AWOL, and formed his own, West Coast Mafia Records. West Coast Mafia successfully released 25+ albums, including releases from C-Bo, Mob Figaz, Ms. Marvaless, Yukmouth, and more. Managed by Nuchie from Meadowview in Sacramento, C-Bo was constantly on the road, promoting, doing shows, and making big money. C-Bo enjoyed a successful transition from AWOL to his own label, until the trials.

During this time. C-Bo went to jail for a parole violation, stemming from anti-police lyrics. On rap site HipHopDX, C-Bo said, “I went through that. It’s already in the book. It’s already written. That can never be an issue, it’s a First Amendment right. They already tried me. They can’t try nobody else, ’cause it’s already been done.”

In 2012, C-Bo went to jail again, this time in Kansas, stemming from a marijuana sales conviction. Although West Coast Mafia Records had success releasing many albums, running the business, dealing with cases, and jail trips took its toll on C-Bo and West Coast Mafia Records. However to this day, C-Bo boasts of being part of 2.5 million record sales. That is a lot. West Coast Mafia Records has been a bigger success than Brotha Lynch’s, post-Black Market, labels.

 

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In 2001, David Weiner, working at JCOR Records, pulled off one of the greatest Sacramento rap feats of all time, a Brotha Lynch, C-Bo album. The two weren’t in the studio together when the album was made. It reached #79 on Billboard charts. It featured a young, hungry Tech N9ne

 

 Sacramento Rap History, Part Sixteen

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Strange Music’s first Brotha Lynch Hung album “Dinner And A Movie” enjoyed a somewhat successful release. It was a chance to bring national attention to the Sacramento sound again. Instead, Brotha Lynch went with Strange Music’s sound. Brotha Lynch was managed by First Degree The D.E. at the time, as stated in the inside cover of the album

Next came what many call the official end of Sacramento rap. “I feel bad because I had a part in it,” First Degree The D.E. admits. “I helped for the city of Sacramento, though.” Brotha Lynch signed with Strange Music.

In 2009, Brotha Lynch reconnected with David Weiner, now Vice President of Strange Music. Strange Music is a record label based out of Kansas City, Mo, owned by Travis O’Guin and Tech N9ne. Strange Music got its start by tapping into ICP’s fan base, called juggalos. Juggalos are known to be grudge, rowdy Caucasians, not your typical rap audience. On many occasions, Tech N9ne has mentioned that he grew up idolizing Brotha Lynch’s music. After unsuccessfully trying to sign Lynch for many years, Strange was able to sign him in 2009. It was the beginning of the end for Sac.

By this time, Brotha Lynch’s work ethic was really bad, and Strange Music’s demands were high. After being signed to Strange Music for six months, Brotha Lynch still hadn’t submitted any songs to them, despite several attempts from Strange. In addition, Loaded and Season Of The Siccness were involved in bankruptcy (which Ced Sing later regrets) and had been taken off the shelves.

This lead to Brotha Lynch, Loki (Lynch’s manager at the time, one of many of Lynch’s career), Dave Weiner of Strange, and the Davis bankruptcy lawyer asking First Degree The D.E. to manage Brotha Lynch to help get things going. First Degree accepted the challenge, the two agreed on 20%, and D.E. got the ball rolling. He drove Brotha Lynch to Kansas City several times and did what had to be done to get Dinner and a Movie out. He also frequently met with the bankruptcy lawyer and successfully got Loaded and Season back on the shelf, with both Lynch and Ced Sing getting a piece. Although Dinner And A Movie didn’t enjoy the success prior Lynch albums did, it still did rather well.

The First Degree/Brotha Lynch relationship became rocky due to, what First Degree claims, a breach of the managing agreement. Many have chimed in. As a result, ‘First Degree Brotha Lynch beef’ is a popular search on Google. “He asked me to manage him, he was supposed to pay me 20%, I got him paid, he disappeared. That’s the root of the problem, that’s Brotha Lynch,” declares First Degree The D.E. to Fahrenheit Insight. This lead to the release of FU4’s comical single, Lynch Roast. “You won’t pay me my money, but your fans will!” sings First Degree The D.E. in Lynch Roast.

“Stop tellin’ people I owe you,” Brotha Lynch demands of First Degree The D.E. through social media.

Brotha Lynch went on to release three albums with Strange Music, all pretending to be a serial killer. To the juggalos, the albums were great. The traditional Lynch fans were left behind claiming the album sounded too fake, and lost the Sacramento sound. These traditional Lynch fans were disappointed because the new sound was not consistent with his career. Smooth, hard-hitting, soulful Phonk Beta beats were replaced by rocky, loud Strange Music beats. Lynch’s flow was precise, but even more fake. The Brotha Lynch we all knew was lost in the name of “progress”. Sacramento had officially lost its identity.

 

Sacramento Rap History, Part Seventeen

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First Degree The D.E. and Pooman Dre worked magic together on “The Big Black Bat” album

Fahrenheit Records fought to keep the tradition of Sacramento music alive. Their members included First Degree The D.E., Be Gee, Soupbone, Crucial Point, Pooman Dre, and M Sane. As of now, they have released over 40 albums world-wide, more than any other label in Sacramento’s enriched history. After Planet Zero, Damn That D.E., FU1, and The Big Black Bat, First Degree The D.E. left long time Bay Area producer Pooman Dre behind, once again following the Sacramento mistake of thinking he could do it himself. Many say The D.E.’s music got too weird, lost quality, and became hard to follow after that. Also, M Sane abruptly retired after just a few albums. However, Fahrenheit Records was still on the rise. First Degree and Fahrenheit’s success in the 2000’s can be attributed to the 100+ shows First Degree performed nation-wide with Bay Area legends Andre Nickatina, Equipto, and Smoov-E.

Although Fahrenheit Records has rebounded nicely in recent years, First Degree has gotten more controversial and racially charged. First Degree The D.E.’s last solo album “Super Black, The Voice Of The Voiceless” has a song named, “Listen Up, Ya Honkey!” He calls it a guide to racial respect. “Believe it or not, its about folks showin’ respect and getting’ along,” First Degree explains. Fahrenheit has since gotten into producing urban news, online radio, and continues to release albums. However,  Fahrenheit Records has never caught up to the success and notoriety of First Degree The D.E., the artist.

“A lot of people believe that they could be their own record label, and with that lead to the decline of music in Sacramento. You look at the artists that were able to achieve the greatest level of success, those were artists that were on record labels.” Black Market’s Ced Sing summarizes.

 

Sacramento Rap History, Part Eighteen

Oh, what could have been.

On Fahrenheit Radio’s Fahrenheit Hour, First Degree The D.E. sums up the Sacramento music roller coaster experience. “Everybody started going in their own directions (the fall), and when the rise happened, everyone was working together, and thats what I’ve learned in this process.”

On his appearance on the Fahrenheit Hour, Ced Sing wonders out loud why Brotha Lynch left his home label to go to other labels, “and eventually become Tech N9ne’s fuck boy.” declares First Degree The D.E. on the the episode. Ced then suggests that he could understand if Lynch was trying to own his own music, but he wasn’t. Had the Tommy Boy, Black Market, Brotha Lynch connection come together, the possibilities in the region would have been endless. To this day, Brotha Lynch has little to show from all the albums he created since leaving Black Market.

Why do we fall, so we can get back up.

Although Sacramento music is not in the lime light anymore, there is still hope. Fahrenheit affiliate Unc Imo suggests the movers and shakers in Sacramento get on the same page together. He also asserts to, “help in your community because thats your village.”

“Im ready to get it going again,” Ced Sing declares. After doing humanitarian work in 60 countries, Ced is ready to get back into the music saddle. He states that experiences in Africa changed him. “I love Sacramento, (and) even though I have beef with Brotha Lynch. Its hard for me to say something bad about him, because without him there would be no Black Market . At the end of the day, Brotha Lynch’s life’s better, and so is mine.”

Black Market’s Cedric Singleton thinks Sactown rap is on the come-up again. First Degree The D.E. also predicts Sacramento rap will bubble once again in the near future, if the nerve centers start working together again. “It goes back to what I was saying’, people working together and it being true and it being real. Lynch catering to juggalos or what ever they call themselves, that is not real. That is not true.” First Degree manifests on The Fahrenheit Hour.

A good start to the re-rise of Sacramento music would be a new Phonk Beta produced Brotha Lynch Hung song. That’s were it all began, talented Sacramento artists, working with Sacramento producers, giving birth to that Sacramento sound.

However, to truly resurrect Sacramento’s musical legacy, new trails must be paved, like the pioneers did before them.

Does the make of the man (or woman) behind the music matter?

Sacramento rap history has too many missed opportunities. Don’t miss opportunities over ego.

As individuals, Sacramento rap will fail. Let the tales of Sacramento rap music serve as a lesson to the world. Working together breeds success. Like birds flocking.

Sacramento rap history is valued world-wide. Just about every hip hop lover in the world has discovered Sacramento rap at some point. Let’s keep it that way.

For this article, Fahrenheit Insight documented Brotha Lynch Hung’s career and labels, C-Bo’s career and labels, Black Market Records, and First Degree The D.E.’s Fahrenheit  Records because they are Sacramento’s longest lasting, most consistent artists and labels in the history on Sacramento rap music. However, there are many others that had their hand the history of Sacramento rap music, which leads us to ask…

Who will be the next king of Sac?

Other contributors to Sacramento rap history include…

T-Poe, Cris Crump, Brent Stafford, Jeff Dixon, Waynee Wayne, Thick And Thin Studios, Paradise Studios, Daniel Hubbard, Marky Mark & Livewire Studios, Walter & City Hall Records, Pooman Studios, J Dubb, Teabone, Debonair, Nick Peace, St Nick, Lavish D, W.I.L.L., Jackie Moore & Sactown Raps, Curbside, United Nations, G Idez, Foe Loco, Young Meek, Who Put Sac On The Map and Black Armor Records, Twamp Dog, Shagzilla, Polo, Smigg Dirty, Blackjack, Young Bop, Bread, GP The Beast, Thomas & Robin Gonzales, Push, Big O, C-Dubb, Bueno, Brown Hustlas, Mozzy, Lavish D, Tony Endz, Liq Sto, Flossalini, Skanless, Lil Pig, Young Jayda, Young Ridah, PCP, Dub Sac, Big Ron, Crisis, D-Dubb, CRISIS, Royal Mixxers, Nasty Train, Big Ron D, Beat Boyz The CUF, DJ Eddie Edul, DJ Brain Tedlos, Don Blanco, The Sactown Blood and Crips, and more.

 

Fahrenheit Insight’s “The History Of Sacramento Rap” thrives to be the most accurate account of Sacramento rap music ever. Thank you for being a part.

 

 

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The History Of Sacramento Rap (Part Two, The Rise)

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The History Of Sacramento Rap (Part Two, The Rise)

Written by First Degree The D.E. and Jimmy Blog For Fahrenheit Insight

Note: Sacramento rap history. Before writing part two of this series, The Fahrenheit Insight sat down with Black Market Records’ owner Cedric Singleton after his appearance on Fahrenheit Radio’s Fahrenheit Hour Urban Talk Show. This was to discover the truth about the peak of the Sacramento Rap Game.

Sacramento Rap History, Part Five

Picture it, its 1992, and Northern California rap music was on the rise. Sacramento had it’s underground hip-hop king, DC Ray, but who would be prince?

Cedric Singleton, a young producer from Ohio, had come to Sacramento State University to play basketball. He ended up staying in Sac and setting up shop as a music manager and producer. He was hungry for the rap game, and had help. He started Black Market Records, put out Oak Park’s Homicide, and his vision was official. Through parties and the music scene, he met a young Brotha Lynch Hung and X-Raided. He heard their talent and decided to go all in. Little did he know the crazy stories he’d be a part of. Little did he know the impact he and his Black Market Records crew would have on our region, and the world.

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Homicide’s “Knockin’ Off All Weak MCs” was Black Market’s first album

By this time, Sactown rap crews, with their own sound and serious heat, carved up rap battles all throughout the region. Bloods and Crip gangs were infiltrating Sacramento streets as well. Northern California rap had become the hottest underground rap hub in the world. Northern rap pioneers E-40 and The Click, produced by Mike Mosely and Sam Bostic, had the nation appreciating the unique, Northern California hip hop culture. Street crews like The Garden Blocc’s Brotha Lynch Hung and C-Bo, Meadowview’s Be Gee, Rup Dog, and AK47, Greenhaven’s First Degree The D.E., Crucial Point and DJ Urban Thesis (MC King at the time), and Freeport’s Ace Mak (Ace Of Spades at the time) and Ms. Marvaless ran the underground through the battle rap circuit.

Sacramento’s rap sound was hard, dark, and reality based. Music producers like Phonk Beta, Mike Mosely, Sam Bostic, Ace Mak, Brotha Lynch, and First Degree The D.E. created the musical sound. It was a quality, rich sound that many had a part of. It was a sound that made Sacramento stand out.

Black Market Records owner Cedric Singleton explains on a recent episode of The Fahrenheit Hour that although everyone ended up in different crews, on different labels, everyone felt connected. In the beginning, all of the pioneers participating in the Sacramento music game were a family, working together.

 

Sacramento Rap History, Part Six

After meeting X-Raided at a DJ party and hearing his “Psycho Active”, Cedric knew he had a hit on his hands. On Fahrenheit Radio’s Fahrenheit Hour, “Ced Sing” as Cedric Singleton is called, remembers just finishing the X-Raided when, “I had heard about something that happened about a mile and a half away form my house.” It was the murder of Patricia Harris.

Ced then states that X-Raided came to his house and said, “Im gunna have to get outta town, something happened.” They officially signed contracts, then he was gone.

A few days later on the news, Ced heard that police in Arizona had caught someone wanted for murder in Sacramento. That’s where X-Raided had told him he was going. When Ced Sing put two and two together, he was shocked. The artist he had just signed was arrested for murder. It wasn’t the last time Ced Sing would be shocked by one of his artists.

“The media took off with it, connecting some of X’s lyrics to the killing,” summons Mr. Singleton. Although Ced owned the album, he still had reservations about putting it out. “I was conflicted about it, so I went to the house were she (Patricia Harris) got killed and I went to see Mr. Harris (husband of Patricia Harris). He told me to put out the record, siting that freedom of speech was more important than anything I can tell you.” Strong words, from a strong man, at a trying time.

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X-Raided’s “Psycho Active” was a controversial album due to the artist’s alleged participation of Meadowview’s Patricia Harris

“After that, there was nuthin’ anyone could say to me about puttin’ the record out!” exclaimed Cedric Singleton on Fahrenheit Hour. The sound of his voice had stress and experience in it. It was obvious that there was a lot of controversy he experienced with putting out the X-Raided albums. However, getting the blessing from the victim’s husband put his mind somewhat at peace.

Black Market continued to drop X-Raided albums from prison. X-Raided would get a recording device smuggled inside prison, the inmates would keep voices down, and they made hits.

Outside of Sacramento’s borders, X-Raided is a jailed hero. “Free X-Raided”, fans say. However often, the public only hears one side of a story. Within Sacramento’s borders, it is much different story. X-Raided is a controversial figure. Some love him because of his flow, Sacramento rap pioneering, and hard core reputation. Some hate him because of the woman he and his friends were convicted of killing. The woman killed in the home invasion was Patricia Harris, a kind, innocent, Meadowview grandmother.

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With Black Market’s push, and a cutting edge flow, Brotha Lynch Hung’s “24 Deep” shocked the country

Sacramento Rap History, Part Seven

“He came to me with 24 Deep before we even had a contract,” Cedric Singleton reflects on Brotha Lynch on Fahrenheit Radio’s Fahrenheit Hour.

By this time, it was 1993. Black Market was a well oiled machine. Ced remembers the promotion trail, hitting 22 cities, promoting the Black Market/Sacramento rap movement. “It wasn’t work, it was fun,” describes Ced. Ced Sing and the Black Market crew were traveling the country, getting people on what was going on in Sacramento. Black Market had a serious presence on the road because of the road work they did. First Degree recalls Andre Nickatina once saying, “It was like 94, I was in Pennsylvania. I went to the record store and there was a giant display of Brotha Lynch right in the front!”

“I can remember being at Dr.Dre’s ‘Up In Smoke Tour’ in San Jose. While promoting, I noticed Black Market had 30 people in the front, picketing Brotha Lynch!” reflects First Degree The D.E. on Fahrenheit Radio’s Fahrenheit Hour. Ced then goes on to say they hit the whole tour, all 44 dates across the country. Wow.

All of the grass roots leg work paid off. Black Market dropped Brotha Lynch’s “24 Deep”. It was the first Sacramento rap album to hit the Billboard charts. It debuted at #87. This was a big deal. The combination of Brotha Lynch’s raw talent, sampled beats, and an album cover with him in a casket, made it easy for Ced Sing to promote. “Its all about the artists’ talent, a label can only lead you to the water,” Ced clarifies.

“I can remember going into Black Market back in the day, and everybody was working!” exclaims First Degree The D.E. on Fahrenheit Hour.

The success of Black Market inspired others. It let them know they could do it, too. Black Market’s success lead to the creation of other Sacramento rap labels. The main two labels spawned by Black Market’s success were AWOL Records and Death Trap Records.

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C-Bo’s “Gas Chamber” was AWOL’s first big release

Sacramento Rap History, Part Eight

AWOL Records was owned by Freddie T Smith. Freddy and Cedric Singleton were friends. “To this day, Freddie is like a little brother,” reveals Ced Sing. Their artists included C-Bo, Ms. Marvaless, Pizzo, and Lunisicc. Freddie and AWOL Records followed the same blue print as Black Market; grass roots, taking it to the people in their city. Bobby Grey was also a big part of AWOL’s success. He died at a young age from a heart attack. Despite the loss, AWOL was a very successful record label.

“AWOL was able to put out three, four, five C-Bo albums, it was a consistent machinery that was building both the artist and the label.” Ced explains. When speaking on Freddy Smith, Mr. Singleton elaborates, “There was never any animosity, jealously or anything like that. A couple times Freddy went to jail he would call me, and I would do what I could to help him in whatever the situation that he needed.” Black Market and AWOL weren’t competitors, they were an alliance. An alliance with the purpose to nationally represent the Northern California region, and make money doing it. C-Bo’s peak was an appearance on 2Pac’s “All Eyes On Me”, released by Death Row Records. AWOL’s baby brother in the Sactown music game was Death Trap Records.

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Death Trap Records’ Be Gee, First Degree The D.E., and owner Dalvin Pipkins at #Be40

Death Trap Records was owned by youngster Dalvin Pipkins. During Be Gee’s recent “Be40” event, Dalvin explained to Fahrenheit Insight that City Hall Records’ Walter Zelnick once called Dalvin, “the youngest in the game.” Dalvin started Death Trap Records at age 22. The Death Trap stable included Be Gee, First Degree The D.E., Phonk Beta, Young Joker, and many more. “Being part of the Death Trap crew, making hits in Davlin’s garage, was a good, pivotal period in time,” comments First Degree The D.E.

“I remember Dalvin and Death Trap. Dalvin was just a cool guy. I never looked at him as competition.” analyzes Ced Sing. This goes back to the mood that all the labels were working together for the sake of their own label, and the city. “My thinking was more like that, if we are able to elevate this region, its better for everybody,” wisely explained Ced Sing. “We were doing interviews with The Source, why?! Because people were curious on what was going on in Sacramento.”

 

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Be Gee’s “Ya Gotta Be Gee”, released by Death Trap Records in 1993, is arguably the best rap album to drop out of Sacramento 

However, “Of the labels, Black Market was the most organized. top to bottom,” Ced Sing admits.

Ced sites that the unity was one of the main reasons it was all working. “Following the same stream, you know who your fans are. Theres a familiarity with that old school machinery.”

Sacramento Rap History, Part Nine

Eventually, all of the street buzz Black Market created got the attention of major labels, including Priority Records. Other Sacramento artists, like R&B artists D.R.S. (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) and hip hop’s Funky Socialistics had made a name for themselves as well. Black Market had been distributing many successful albums, including Master P’s first group album, “TRU”. “Master P wouldn’t sleep for three, four, five days,” remembers Ced Sing, siting Master P’s motor and mind.

Hundreds of thousands of dollars were flying around by this time. The majors, particularly Priority Records, desperately wanted in.

Once the Northern California rap game blew up, the majors wanted a piece of the action. Priority had a strategy, sign all of these Northern California labels to label deals, taking over the competitors. Current Strange Music Vice President David Weiner was working at Priority Records at the time. He is the one responsible for bringing Black Market to Priority Records. It was a game changing event. Sacramento music had hit the national scale. Their first album together was Brotha Lynch Hung’s “Season Of The Siccness”, a raw, horrorcore, gang-banging tour through the streets of South Sacramento. It had a mild sales start, however, it was extremely consistent, selling 5,000 copies a week for several years! Once again, the combination of Lynch’s shocking, real life, meticulous, sick flow, combined with Black Market’s work, was making history. This time on a national level. “Season” hit #26 on the Billboard charts. Season Of The Siccness has since gone platinum, one million units sold.

David Weiner and Priority Records then went to sign J.T. The Bigga Figga of Get Low Records, and Master P of No Limit Records to lucrative label deals, ranging from (tune in to Fahrenheit Hour for numbers!). These deals paved the way by Black Market’s more humble deal.

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Brotha Lynch Hung’s “Season Of The Siccness” has gone platinum

During this time, C-Bo and AWOL Records had also reached a national audience. The AWOL sound was hard core , produced by E-40 producer, Mike Mosely. C-Bo, Ms. Marvaless, and Lunisicc were doing the rap game big, 100%. It was fun to watch both Black Market and AWOL Records try to out do each other. It was more like brotherly encouragement, then competition.

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First Degree The D.E.’s “Southbound” (cassette version) continued the Death Trap history of hits

Death Trap Records was in full swing as well. Although Death Trap didn’t have the notoriety on Black Market and AWOL, they were gaining ground in the West coast underground. The first Death Trap release was Be Gee’s “Ya Gotta Be Gee (1993)”. Be Gee was one of the champion of the Kennedy rap battle circuit. With Phonk Beta playing live keys, the sound was classic, and the album was a serious hit. It was arguably the best album to come out of Sacramento. The next album was Young Joker “Who’s Laughin At Cha (1994)”, and next was First Degree The D.E.’s “Southbound (1995)”. The combination of live keys, live bass, and a hard-core edge made Death Trap unique, but still Sacramento. A Latin rap pioneer named M Sane was also hitting the scene. It was the best of times.

It is important to mention that there were other labels and artists putting in work in Sacramento at this time. Marv Mitch and Lemay and Out Tha Drout Recordz were putting’ it down. Big Rock and T Nutty were getting themselves situated for their campaign, and from the north side of Sacramento, Hollow Tip, Dangerous Dame and High Side Records were also gaining attention. Gangsta Dre and Big Hollis were making Sacramento rap history as well. There are other house hold rap names that got their start in Sacramento as well.

 

Sacramento Rap History, Part Ten

 

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Mac Dre, once released from prison, started Thizz Entertainment in Sacramento

Although Mac Dre is from Vallejo, once he got out of prison for bank robbery, he started Thizz Entertainment in Sacramento. “Mac Dre is not from Sacramento, but he was based here in Sacramento. Got got started about the same time we got started. He was in Vallejo when all that stuff happens, but when he was Thizz Entertainment, all that stuff was Sacramento based.” Ced informs. As mentioned, Master P had Sacramento roots as well.

“I remember seeing Mac Dre at my local liquor store, and him tellin’ me I was in his movie (Treal TV)!” First Degree proudly reflects.

Big Lurch, was another Black Market artists that sold a lot of units. He is serving a life sentence for murdering 21-year-old female roommate Tynisha Ysais and eating parts of her body while under the influence of PCP in April 2002. Many Black Market artists have crazy stories.  Amazingly, Brotha Lynch Hung would end up being one of Black Market’s most normal stories. Which leads us to Mr. Doctor from the Garden Blocc.

Mr. Doctor was a half Black, half White, young OG from South Sacramento’s Crip lead Garden Blocc. “When we were making the album, Mr. Doctor got shot,” Ed Sing recalls. “We were in the middle of finishing that album up, he ended up surviving, and we went on to finish the album, and that album was an incredible album.” Ced reflects on Mr. Doc. on The Fahrenheit Hour. First Degree The D.E. proclaims that Mr. Doctor’s first solo, released in 1995, was his favorite Black Market album. He asks Ced to give more details.

 

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 Garden Blocc’s Mr. Doctor was all about that gangsta life

“What happened with Mr. Doctor, after ‘Setrippin Bloccstyle’ came out, Mr. Doctor was one of those cats that was in these streets bout it bout it, there was no playin’, no fakin’ with that cat.” Ced reflects. “Someone shot his house up. Some guys came out from his neighborhood and shot those guys up, and somebody ended up getting killed. Everybody went to jail, Mr. Doctor was the last one to get arrested,” Ced offers. “People sayin’ that he was a snitch and all that, I don’t know the true about that.” Mr. Doctor ended up  spending two years in jail while Black Market Records took care of his family. Once out, Mr. Doctor continued to release albums, “but had lost that edge because he matured in jail,” Cedric Singleton rationalized. Also Brotha Lynch had stopped making his beats. “I think he was scared,” offers Ced Sing.

By this time, deals were being made for hundreds of thousands of dollars. To hear actual amounts, listen to The Fahrenheit Hour #26, coming in August on YouTube.

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Ms Marvaless’ first solo “Ghetto Blues”, released by AWOL Records, established her as the Queen of Sacramento rap

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Brotha Lynch Hung’s “Loaded” turned the rap game upside down

Sacramento Rap History, Part Eleven

In 1996, the Sacramento sound was played and admired in every ‘hood in America, from L.A. to New York. It was time for a new Brotha Lynch album. Things were on the up, and Brotha Lynch and Black Market signed a lucrative contract for five years. Want to know for how much? Tune into Fahrenheit Hour’s Ced Sing appearances.

By this time, Brotha Lynch had reconnected with producer genius, Phonk Beta. In turn, Phonk Beta brought his long time Death Trap running mate, First Degree The D.E. into the picture. The scene was set for excellence, and excellence happened. With a professional, dark, cutting edge, lyrical, live keyboard, rubber bass sound, Loaded was enjoyed by underground rap lovers world-wide. Some were expecting the more street gang-banging style Lynch displayed in Season, but most were ready for the maturation of their favorite underground artist. Loaded was Sacramento’s rap momentum peak. Many argue it is the greatest piece of art the region has ever produced.

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C-Bo’s “The Autopsy” kept the AWOL hits coming

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First Degree The D.E.’s “Planet Zero” was Fahrenheit Records’ first official release

After Loaded, it was time for First Degree The D.E. to release an album, “Planet Zero”, which is his most popular to date. Once completed, with help from Phonk Beta and Brotha Lynch, First Degree The D.E. went to long time label partner, Dalvin Pipkins to put the album out. Once Dalvin met with City Hall Records’ Walter Zelnick, it was on, and Planet Zero hit the shelves. However, as soon as Planet Zero was released, Dalvin allegedly got high on drugs and rammed a cop car. Once released, he did it again a few weeks later! He was destined to be locked up a long time after that.

Davlin’s mishaps prompted the birth of Fahrenheit Records. First Degree visited the Sacramento jail of several occasions dealing with contract issues, but eventually got full rights to Planet Zero and has gone on to release over 40 more albums, including D.E.’s next album “Damn That D.E.” and “FU1”. Mr. Pipkins remembers, “Walter said Planet Zero had the most buzz of anything he had at the time!” The Fahrenheit crew included First Degree The D.E., Soupbone, an OG rilla from Freeport rap circles, and M Sane, a terror smashing pimp from the streets of L.A. Like Black Market, Death Trap, and AWOL, Fahrenheit Records had its own, world-wide, cult-like following.

“Does Brotha Lynch real eat scabs” First Degree recalls The Click’s B-Legit once asking him. “And yes, he was serious.” At this time, stars and the streets alike were fascinated with Sacramento music. This was also the time Siccness.net, an underground community based around Sacramento rap started by Roloc, was born.

With all of the success, wonderful music, money, fame, and unity in the Sacramento rap game, what could possibly go wrong? Find out! The History Of Sacramento Rap Part Three, The FALL coming soon to Fahrenheit Insight!

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By Josh Rizeberg For Fahrenheit Insight

I am Jewish. I have only been to Israel/Palestine twice in my life. There I learned that the African/Ethiopian darker-skinned Jews suffered from the same white-supremacy that there is in AmeriKKKa. The Ethiopian Jews were mistreated, oppressed, kept in poverty, and demonized with unfair stereotypes. The middle-eastern Jews & Sephardic Jews who look Arab, were also treated lower than the Ashkenazi or European-White looking Jews. The Sephardim & Middle-Eastern Jews have less power in the Israeli government & in society in general. The lighter-skinned, white-looking Jews of European/Ashkenazi descent are on top of the food-chain. They control the government & are the higher-income Jews of Israel.

The Palestinians are Arab/Middle-Eastern descent & are darker-skinned than the Ashkenazi/European Jews. So basically, white/Ahskenazi-Jews from Europe have colonized the land and the people. They are imperialists. They are the minority but they control the resources of the region. I ask my fellow Jews, how do ya’ll fucking ignore that! How can ya convince yourselves that Zionism is not part of global White-Supremacy! Wake the fuck-up my Jewish Brotha’s & Sista’s. The proof is in the pudding. White-looking Jews are capitalizing off the poverty of darker-skinned people. Not to mention only a dozen + Israeli Jews have died in the last “conflict” compared to hundreds of Palestinians. It is an unfair fight.

 

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