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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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First Degree The D.E. has released more
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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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First Degree The D.E. Times Begun

Sacramento’s “Rappin Teacher” Promotes Unity and Stirs Up Controversy With New Song

First Degree The D.E. Times Begun Sacramento’s “Rappin Teacher” Promotes Unity And Stirs Up Controversy With New Song
Jimmy Blog of the Fahrenheit Record
Michael Colen is living two lives. In one life, he is a Master’s level high school math teacher, receiving National University’s Teacher Of The Year Award in 2016. In his other life, he is underground rap legend First Degree The D.E.. “The D.E.” is known around the world for his unique music and his Fahrenheit Record label and radio station, airing in 75 counties. First Degree has released over 25 albums, dating back to 1992. He has said that he “delivers the same messages in different ways, in both the streets and the classroom”. His latest single, First Degree The D.E. “Time’s Begun”, tests that theory.
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“I see a day when people see each other. Fighting over what we see isn’t seeing each other!” First Degree The D.E. predicts in Time’s Begun. When asked about the purpose of his new single, The D.E. explains the song is “for us to see each other, so we can move forward”. He continues, “If we see and appreciate each other for what we bring to the table, we will be one”.
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“I’m advocating racial harmony, rooted by a fair system. We’re talking about opportunity. We’re in this for the future” First Degree informs. In Time’s Begun, he promotes Pan-Afrikanism, compares himself to renown strategic masters Sun Bin and Marcus Garvey, and addresses race relations.
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First Degree The D.E. uses a controversial way to address race relations on Time’s Begun. In addition to messages like, “While I’ve got your attention, I will not waste it, will not fail to mention, will not act complacent,” First Degree’s new song also includes racial slurs that he explains are “terms of endearment”. Time’s Begun’s epithets include Japs, Jews, nips, flips, and crackas, which we has used before. These references have expectedly rubbed some the wrong way.
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First Degree The D.E. has acknowledged the controversy. “Did they listen to the song?! Did they take the time to feel what the cut is getting at? Some folks is sleep at the wheel. The great machine has pulled the wool over their eyes and made them into a cog in the system! Sometimes I have to give you a jolt! This record is about coming together” First Degree The D.E. reasons.
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First Degree tells The Fahrenheit Record that “Time’s Begun” was three to four years in the making. The lyrical flow is comical, and the beat is guitar and bass smooth. “Fahrenheit’s Oji El shot me the beat about 3 or 4 years. It took me to a new place, a new truth, I spits on nat. After, Beta touched it up and mastered it. Here we are 3 years later, and all of the sudden the image of the video just comes to me. I spent a couple weeks filming and editing in Fahrenheit’s video production facility, and here we are.”
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The video starts in Tokyo, with a major label looking to own First Degree The D.E.’s music catalog. “You can’t have my mus(ic) Mr. So-Ni!” Like First Degree The D.E. or not, you have to agree that he puts himself way out there for his videos, dressing in several Japanese garbs in this video. The Time’s Begun video is a must see.
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Sacramento’s Rappin Teacher is no stranger to the news. He has appeared many times in the Sacramento Bee, NPR, CBS 13 News, Sacramento’s News and Review and other news outlets. His appearances have been entertaining and all centered around being the best person you can be.
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Most notably, in 2005, First Degree The D.E. was credited in the Sacramento Bee for starting a 6 month gang truce between local gangs after an escalation in violence. The truce coincided with the release of Fahrenheit Records’ “Sacramento’s Bloods and Crips”. More recently, First Degree The D.E. initiated The Sacramento Bee’s Mozzy interview and was quoted in the article as well.
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As noted in First Degree’s documentary, “Street Monster, The Rise And Fall Of First Degree The D.E.”, the “Rapping Teacher” has given himself to community service since high school. Now, with First Degree The D.E. “Time’s Begun”, he has taken his quest to make the world a better place a step further, by tackling race relations, including taking it to the airwaves.
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During the summer of 2017, First Degree The D.E. hosted a nightly show on Sacramento’s 102.5 KSFM called “Fahrenheit Minute”. Fahrenheit Minute was widely talked about and brought unique flavor to the radio waves every night. “We gone make Fahrenheit Minute a summer tradition on 102.5!” The D.E. commits. 102.5’s Fahrenheit Minute was the first to break First Degree The D.E.’s “Time’s Begun”.
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To close out, we asked First Degree The D.E. something he’s never answered publicly. We asked him who he thought the best M.C. was, who was his favorite, and who was his top favorites. He gave us this list.
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Best M.C.
Rakim
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 Favorite M.C.
Professor X The Overseer
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Top M.C.s
Professor X
Rakim
PM Dawn
E-40
KRS One
First Degree The D.E.
Roxanne Shante
Brotha Lynch Hung
Be Gee
AK The Teflon Don
Ice Cube
Bigg Ocean Mob 415
Unc Imo
Josh Rizeberg
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When we asked what was next, The D.E. told us he was concentrating on the upcoming school year and writing a math curriculum for the district. However, First Degree The D.E. turned with a smile and assured, “I’ve got a secret video I’ve started, too.” Oh my!
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First Degree The D.E. “Time’s Begun” is OUT NOW in digital stores. The video can be seen HERE. Time’s Begun is featured on First Degree The D.E.’s upcoming “Black Bane 2” album. Also check out First Degree The D.E. “Story Of A Lonely D.J.” produced by Oji, video by Jae Synth, out now.
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First Degree The D.E. “Time’s Begun” Out Now

 

 

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Star Wars Rogue One Review, And Its Parody

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Jimmy Blog for the Fahrenheit Record

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the Star Wars film old heads have been waiting for. This stand alone/prequel, takes place prior to events of the first released Star Wars movie in 1977, and has the same spirit as the original trilogy. Although at times the film can seem a bit slow and random, the experience is alive and rich. The Rogue One journey if filled with euphoria, adventure, and discovery that reminiscent of the adventures of four decades ago. There are new characters, and some familiar faces, but the movie leaves no doubt that these new characters breathing the same air as Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and all the other traditional Star Wars personalities we’ve grown to love.

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The Rogue One actors gave us some of the greatest comedic, inspiring, and dramatic performances of the year. Godzilla director Gareth Edwards put together a wheel spinning plot for Rogue One, with the freedom to experiment. Although the long, scrawling text is missing from the intro, we’re still in a world set “long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away,” In addition, although the film’s score wasn’t produced by John Williams score, new composer Michael Giacchino samples just enough to give us the familiar Star Wars feel. The movie’s main character, Jyn Erso, played by Felicity Jones, is a born rebel that watched the Empire corrupt her scientist father, Galen (Mads Mikkelsen), by forcing him to help build the ultimate lethal weapon, the Death Star. Jyn’s mission impossible is to steal the plans for the massive planet-destroyer and foil the villainous Imperial special weapons director Orson Krennic, played by the great Ben Mendelsohn with the most delicious shades of fright and fun this side of Christoph Waltz.

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To pull off the greatest upset the galaxy has ever known, Jyn needs help. She gets it from her mentor Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker) and a dashing insurgent, Captain Cassian Andor (Diego Luna). The rebel alliance also includes scene-stealing Donnie Yen as Chirrut Imwe, a blind warrior monk, and Riz Ahmed as Bodhi Rook, a nutjob Imperial pilot now siding with the rebels. Best of all is Alan Tudyk as the voice of K-2S0 (Kaytoo to his masters), a security droid with a mouth on him. The ‘bot’s unasked-for statistical analyses of every war strategy is daunting and, OK, hilarious. “There’s a 84 percent chance we’ll all be killed,” the droid announces lightly.

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The action is beautiful, gritty, and artistic. From X-wing dogfights to slow motion battle scenes, Edwards makes you feel as if you’re part of the rebel alliance, outnumbered by the vast Empire, run by Krennic and Vader. Rogue One actually gets better as it goes along, with a powerful final leg of the movie.
As a result of story building, we care deeply about the characters, especially the female warrior leading the cast and crew. Rogue One proves itself a Star Wars story worth telling. It’s hard not to get choked up with that blind monk when he chants, “I’m with the Force and the Force is with me.”

I Don't Want To Kill YounglingsAn unexpected result of Star Wars Rogue One’s success is spawning parody videos. One of the most popular Rogue One parody videos is simply called “Star Wars Rogue One Parody Funny Song”. The hilarious parody includes concepts from Star Wars Episode Three, and Rogue One. The video follows the lead character, Man In Cloak (First Degree The D.E.), down his path to ultimate power, which now includes killing younglings. This creates a moral delimma for him. The video, which was created by Sacramento hip hop artist First Degree The D.E., includes the single, “I Don’t Want To Kill Younglings”, found on the album, Funny Rap.  The song was produced by Phonk Beta. The video, Star Wars Rogue One Song Funny, can be found on Youtube.

The force is strong with Star Wars Rogue One and its parody video, “Star Wars Rogue One Parody Funny Song”.

 

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E-40 Live In Sacramento, From The Eyes Of An O.G.

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E-40 Live In Sacramento, From The Eyes Of An O.G.

By Jimmy Blog For The Fahrenheit Insight

Photos by Fahrenheit Photography

“When I say E, you say 40!”

When I got the text on Mother’s Day from First Degree The D.E., telling us to meet him at E -40’s concert in an hour, I was a little taken back. However, when E-40 is in the buildin’, and First Degree The D.E. is on the move, it pays to keep up!

 

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E-40’s flow is a nice combination of flippin’ and conscious rap

E-40 live is always a rockin’ show. His history in the rap game, along with his all ages, multicultural fan base, makes for a good time. E-40 live celebrates West Coast hip hop culture at its best. His single “Choices” has been a hit in the clubs, the streets, and the radio. E-40 keeps buzz and stays relevant.

 

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Sacramento’s Ace Of Spades has established itself as Sactown’s hottest venue

When The Fahrenheit Insight met up with First Degree The D.E. outside of Ace Of Spades in downtown Sacramento, we asked about the purpose of our attendance at the show. With First Degree The D.E., things are never as simple as they seem. When we discovered the purpose of our trip to the E-40 live Choices Tour, things got interesting.

Before entering Ace Of Spades, our conversation when something like this…

“So D.E., why are we here?” asked the Fahrenheit Insight.
“I don’t know,” responded First Degree.
“Are we here to see E-40 perform his new songs?”                                           “No, it’s more than that.”                                                                                         “Are we here to get a picture with 40?”                                                       “No.”                                                                                                                                    “Are we here to try to get 40 on Black Bane?”

“No, he’d probably too expensive for me. Black Bane is a militant album, I’m not sure if 40 would get down like that. Truth is, I don’t know why we’re here. But when the universe lines up for something important to happen, and for you to be there, you gotta trust the wisdom of the universe, and just go.”

“Ok, Ok. Do you think we’re here so you can one day be on his album?”

“No, again its more than that.” After a long pause, First Degree then explained, “Its about recognition.” He further points out, “Respect. I want to make sure he remembers me and knows what we’re doing now.”

 

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First Degree The D.E. then describes his long time admiration for E-40. In the late 90’s, First Degree The D.E. and E-40 did a song together on Brotha Lynch Hung’s “Loaded” album. The D.E. went on to explain that E-40 is the most successful rapper/rap CEO in Northern California, and most Northern California rappers look up to him. “I somewhat based my business model after them (Sic Wit It Records).”

Ace Of Spades was packed. Sactown was in full force for E-40 and the Sic Wit It crew. We weren’t expected, but because we were rollin’ with First Degree, we got in free and got premiere seating. Feel me?! It literally pays to be down with Fahrenheit! It was probably the story in Sacramento’s News and Review about the Ace Of Spades Nightclub, First Degree The D.E.,  Ced Sing, and Sacramento rap.

The show started with Nassasary. She is a petite, energetic MC from Florida known for Youtube fame. The crowd showed appreciation to her, her original sound, and flow, by getting into her set and learning her choruses. After her was Strange Music’s Stevie Stone. He had a decent set, displaying a Tech N9ne-like synchronism with his stage partner, and flowing with a MidWest sound. The opening acts did a good job setting the stage for The Man. Once E-40 hit the stage, the crowd erupted!

 

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E-40 had the crowd rockin’, even in the “cheap seats”

 

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 E-40 live has still got it

During his set, E-40 did not disappoint. For the O.G.’s E-40 started with classics like .Sprinkle Me’ and ‘Captain-Save-A-Hoe’. “How many old school E-40 fans out there?!” The crowd rocked, sang along, and reminisced during the popular rap tunes. It was interesting to see the younger audience members sing along to tunes that were hot before their time, a true sign of longevity.

During the hour plus long set, the self-proclaimed Ambassador of the Bay performed his newer singles like “Tell Me When To Go”, his hit with Big Sean “I Don’t (expletive) Wit You”, and his latest hit, “Choices”. It was all to a raucous crowd. Both 40 and his audience left the function full of our hip hop culture, good times, and pride.

Local celebrities filled the venue. Along with First Degree The D.E., Big Roc and Loc2DaBrain was at the spot taking in the scene as well. Big Roc, T-Nutty’s manager, is now managing B-Legit, and doin’ it big like his name. Madesicc Musicc’s Loc2DaBrain crew was promoting their mini movie and EP entitled, “Asylum”. E-40 and Sacramento, brings out the hood stars, is a nice combination. E-40 live is the truth!

 

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Sacramento is a second home to E-40

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E-40 hears his chorus sung by 800 fans

After the show, we caught back up with First Degree The D.E. The D.E. had met with a few hundred fans, handing out free CDs, fliers, and Fahrenheit information. He said he had a good time, but was not done with his evening. “I need to talk to 40.” D.E. declared. OK, here we go.

Somehow, First Degree The D.E. got us past security and backstage after the event. That Fahrenheit gleam shines for rillas! Having performed with Too Short and Smoov-E a few years prior, The D.E. knew his way around the backstage area. We didn’t, and temporarily lost First Degree. The climax of the story was hanging in the balance! However, we eventually found him, outside the dressing room, talking to a group. As we approached First Degree, a couple securtity guards came out of the dressing room to make space, and out came E-40! I was frozen, but The D.E. was not.

E-40 was on a dash from the black SUV that had come to swoop him up. He had been swamped by fans all night, he was ready to go. He was being followed by fans hawking him for selfies. When he was about 10 feet from the SUV, First Degree The D.E. hollers out, “40, it’s First Degree The D.E.!” What E-40 did next, I’ll never forget.

Although E-40 had just rocked Sacramento, and been worn out by fans, when he heard The D.E.’s name he stopped in his tracks and stopped everything to talk to him. I saw it with my own eyes! “Awe, what’s up First Degree!” E-40 was heard greeting D.E. as the two shook hands and hugged. With a reminising, happy look, the two talked for a minute, shook hands again, and then E-40 was off. First Degree The D.E. was the last person E-40 talked to at the venue.

Later, when The Fahrenheit Insight inquired to First Degree about what he and E-40 talked about, he said, “That’s between MCs.”

So close, but so far.

“Did you get what you were looking for?” we asked.

“Yes.”

 

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

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

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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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