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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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Lavish D
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
 .sacramento rap c-bo 4C-Bo’s legacy has stood the test of time
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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. Times Begun 2
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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