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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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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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Trump Sacramento Rally, “Yea I Was There, But I Don’t Support Him For President”


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Trump Sacramento Rally “Yea I Was There, But I Don’t Support Him For President”

First Degree The D.E. explains his attendance at the Trump Sacramento rally and more

By Jimmy Frinks of The Fahrenheit Record

July 29, 2016

In the face of surrounding rumors and pressure about his alleged support of Donald Trump, First Degree The D.E. clears the air about his confirmed presence at the Trump Sacramento rally, his upcoming video, and the ‘Summer Of Fahrenheit’.

While traveling California, making his case to the American people, presidential hopeful Donald Trump held a rally in Sacramento on June 1st, 2016. The rally was held at The Sacramento Metro Airport with an intense police presence. This rally was preceded by a turbulent Chicago cancelation, and was followed by a bloody San
Jose Trump protest brawl. The Sacramento hangar in which this event was held, was secure, with the occational protests.

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Supporters and protesters occasionally clashed in the two hour line

The Trump Sacramento rally line was two hours long, consisted of mostly white males, and bared a few protestors and conflicts. The media was deep, there was 10,000+ rally goers in attendance, and both tension and fun were in the air. Although a few flirted with the imagery, there were no confederate symbols seen. Republicans had come from the surrounding regions to hear the official nominee fire up the crowd, trash the media, and explain that America was going to be great again under his presidential leadership.

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Trump arrives in Sacramento in dramatic fashion

On time, Donald Trump dramatically landed in his name-incrusted plane within eyeshot of the rally, to a frenzied crowd. The plane pulled up to the hangar, and ‘The Donald’ made his entrance. He literally began where he had left off the rally before, explaining how the media mistreated him during the veteran donation scandal, and trashing local Sacramento media as a result. The next 40 minutes was just what the supporters relished for, Trump’s random ideas on building a wall on the border, Hillary Clinton, China, our military, the economy; the full array of ‘Trump’. Once over, the rally goers appeared content with the performance, and left the hangar energized for a Trump presidency.

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Trump asks the crowd, “Who’s gunna pay for the wall?!”

Days after the rally, rumors spread in the Sacramento streets that one of the few African-Americans that attended the Trump was none other that local rapper First Degree The D.E.

A YouTube video of the full rally, posted by Right Side Broadcasting, clearly shows an African American man in the front, near Trump, during a post-rally meet and greet. His arms appear on the right of screen at the 50:30 mark of the video. At one point, it appears verbal and/or nonverbal communication is made between the presidential hopeful and the Black man. Once word spread that the Black man was wearing First Degree The D.E.’s signature red, black, and green wristbands, the video went semi viral and First Degree The D.E. says he felt the heat from fans and friends alike for “supporting a demagogue racist”. The Fahrenheit Record spoke to the Sacramento vet to set the record straight.

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First Degree The D.E. at the Trump Sacramento rally

“Yea I was there, but I don’t support him for president” First Degree clarifies. “He’s funny to me, he’s a simple, privileged man that speaks off the cuff, is addicted to power, an isolationist, a bully, a sexist, and knows how to stir fear. Its great!”  First Degree continues, pointing out that Trump doesn’t have the temperament to be president, and feels Trump is too vindictive for the Oval Office. “Can you imagine Donald Trump with the nuclear codes? We’d be on the verge of war because of a Twitter feud! Trump would be great as a new and improved Rush Limbaugh, on the air everyday ranting, but not a Commander-In-Chief. He doesn’t have enough empathy.” First Degree The D.E. also notes that living to serve the people, “isn’t something you can turn on like a light switch, its a passion that burns one’s whole life.” The Sacramento rap legend also affirms that he and the presidential hopeful did communicate briefly.

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Post rally, First Degree The D.E. and The Fahrenheit Record was allowed clearance to Donald Trump

When asked if he thought Donald Trump was a racist, First Degree The D.E. goes on to explain that he agrees with Seattle area activist and artist Thunderchief, with his view that Trump is an ethnocentric. According to Merrian-Webster, you are an ethnocentric if you have ‘the idea that your own group or culture is better or more important than others’. “As a Marcus Garvey Black Nationalism learner, its hard for me to hate on that,” First Degree admits.

While addressing Trump followers, First Degree The D.E. has observed that many of the them are White people that feel the benefits of white supremacy slowly seeping away. “A white person doesn’t have to be a racist to appreciate American white supremacy. To some whites, the thought of an equally diverse nation is exciting and stimulating. To others, the thought of true racial equality is threatening. To the latter whites, America was ‘theirs’, they are losing it, and it’s time to to ‘take it back’. Code words like ‘silent majority’ and ‘great again’, the quoting of negative minority statistics, are calls to white supremacy,” First Degree discloses. “The strong minded whites have an obligation to lift their small minded, white supremacy-clinging brothers out of the bounds of their fear”

 

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The Fahrenheit Record Video

In time, First Degree The D.E. leaked the true reason he was at the Trump Sacramento rally, it was to film a video. “For the last three months, I’ve been takin’ on the persona of a reporter. My next video, ‘The Fahrenheit Record’ is dedicated to the hottest, upcoming urban news site in the region by the same name. It’s a funny parady on the news and what goin’ on in the world.” The song is featured on First Degree’s latest album, ‘Black Bane, Misunderstood Hero, Part 1’. ‘The Fahrenheit Record’ song questions the motives of mainstream media and does something about it by creating its own news publication.

The Fahrenheit Record song was first leaked by Sacramento News & Review. It is produced by Sacramento legend Phonk Beta and the upcoming video is being directed by Fahrenheit genius, Sic Ill.

In addition to the Trump Sacramento rally, The D.E.’s three months as a reporter included exclusive stories and footage from many news makers. The list includes Bernie Sanders, The Sacramento Black Lives Matter Movement, Steph Curry, Justin Timberlake, Aaron Rodgers, Carson Palmer, Patrick Peterson, Jerome Bettis, Jerry Rice, Marshall Faulk, Blake Bortles, Andre Iguodala, Wes Welker, Tim Brown, Marcus Allen, The Fahrenheit Crew, the list goes on. When asked if all of these celebrities were in the upcoming ‘The Fahrenheit Record’ video, First Degree The D.E. confirmed by saying, “Like Mac Dre told me, they all in my moooovie!”

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Sacramento Black Lives Matter activists take to the state capitol

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Jerry Rice takes time off golf to give attention to The Fahrenheit Record

First Degree The D.E.’s ‘The Fahrenheit Record’ music video will air in August 2016.

 

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Summer Of Fahrenheit

The ‘Summer Of Fahrenheit’ is a term that has been floating around the internet as of late. For the record, we asked First Degree The D.E. what is was all about.

“The Summer Of Fahrenheit gave birth to the new talent we have for the Fahrenheit family and our worldwide fanbase,” First Degree informs, “providing shlappage for your speakers. First off, the Bay Area’s Oji & The Ascension Team came wit that ‘Technoetics’. Pure African instrumental, soulful vibe for you to meditate to. Greg Double came next, that Norf Wes party music happin’ wit that ‘From Tacoma With Love’. Den that AWALL aka 2Piece, the Tacoma O.G. came with that ‘Rock It Like This’, makin’ the game pop! Be on the lookout for the #RecognizeTacoma movement tho. The Summer Of Fahrenheit is taking Fahrenheit’s West Coast world-wide! Soupbone and Josh Rizeberg up next too, Fahrenheit’s on fire right now!”

In addition, First Degree The D.E. proudly boasts of the upcoming upgrades to their websites, including FirstDegreeTheDE.com, SacramentoRap.com, CaliforniaRap.com, USRapNews.com, and TacomaRap.com. The Summer Of Fahrenheit also included a First Degree video appearance on French rapper GhostDEST’s video, ‘Parania’.

 

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Endorsement

First Degree explains he’s voting for Hillary Clinton in November. He explains that he voted for Bernie Sanders in the primary knowing Hillary would win it in this TFR article about the Bernie Sacramento rally. He conceds that his vote was more of a “point vote” supporting Bernie and his ideas, and that Senator Sanders’ intentions are “pure”. First Degree informs us that he admires Hillary Clinton and her service record, as well.

“My dad’s family is from Arkansas. My uncle, Eddie D. Colen, had a personal relationship with the Clintons, and that’s good enough for me. She has the ‘service bug’. I’ve moved forward on my thoughts.” First Degree reveals.

 

 

*Note The Fahrenheit Record attended the Hillary Clinton Sacramento rally, but it was closed early to the public.

Visit The Fahrenheit Record at FahRecord.com. Listen to The Fahrenheit Record on Sacramento News & Review’s Soundcloud 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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Rare Interview With Phonk Beta of Fahrenheit & Madesicc

                  

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Rare Interview With Phonk Beta

Interview by Jimmy Blog For Fahrenheit Insight

     Every once in a long while, an album comes out that defines a time, defines a city. Here in Sacramento, California,  that album was Brotha Lynch Hung’s “Loaded” album, an album so rich with time, talent, and soul, it will never be duplicated. This album, and many more, was produced by the legendary Phonk Beta. Phonk Beta recently connected with First Degree The D.E. on the Fahrenheit Hour Urban Talk Show to talk Loaded, Fahrenheit, Symplex, Brotha Lynch, Death Trap, his beginnings, purpose in music and much more.

“I can’t remember when I first touched the pianos, 3 or 4 maybe, and I’ve been lovin’ um ever since!” Beta clarifies. Phonk Beta was born in San Francisco. He has also lived in Sacramento and New York. He has produced on over 75 albums, put out 2 solos, and is known world-wide for his jazzy, dark soulful sound. He is the creator of the “Sacramento Siccness” sound.

The conversation with First Degree and Phonk Beta started with Beta’s jazz roots. First Degree inquires where Beta got his talents from and Beta explains that by emulating jazz greats like Miles Davis and Count Basie, he was able to create and perfect the sound known as Phonk Beta. “My first love is jazz, a lot of people don’t know that.” Beta also goes on to explain, “I used to always know how to touch the ivories, and Brotha Lynch taught me how to program drum beats.” Phonk Beta and Brotha Lynch became friends in high school in South Sacramento. They then teamed up to create one of the greatest rap albums of all time.

“I didn’t even know what we was doin back then,” Beta explains while talking about the creation of Loaded. His and First Degree detail how back then, beat making was a community event. First Degree then talks Planet Zero and tells that Brotha Lynch, Beta, and himself made the beat to Blackula together. First Degree also goes on to remind the people that Beta was the producer of the early Death Trap albums. Death Trap was Phonk Beta, First Degree, Be Gee, and Dalvin Pipkins.

D.E. and Beta’s long musical history is all on wax. “Phonk Beta has produced on every First Degree album from Southbound all the way to FU4!” First Degree The D.E. boasts.

While in conversation, First Degree The D.E. reveals to Beta, “the rap game is too easy for you know, no one’s doing anything that’s beyond anything you can do.”

“I kinda lost love for the music cuz of the Black Market,” Beta explains, “I’m getting the love back, I’m a lot better than I was back then.” The D.E. later includes that if the Brotha Lynch and Ced Sing (Black Market) relationship worked, Sacramento would have been a top 3 rap hub. Beta then goes on to gush about the Symplex series. Symplex, The Complex And Simple World Of Phonk Beta Jazz, is Phonk Beta’s jazz collection he puts out on Fahrenheit Records. The first Symplex album was received well by the rap audience, and was some fans first exposure to jazz music. The second edition comes out November 18, 2014. The third, which is already done, comes out 2015. The Symplex series promises to change the game!

“You’re the only one that can bring jazz to the rap world!” First Degree tells Beta. “The best thing about Symplex, is that you get credit for your genius.” D.E. paraphrases.

Besides the Symplex series, Phonk Beta is working on a compilation called “The Containment Unit” with Madesicc Musicc. Beta reports that this comp will be produced by him and have a bunch of upcoming Sacramento talent. Beta also explains that the Reloaded album is full speed ahead. At this point, le Phonkster is the only human on Earth that can make that happen.

When asked about his legacy, Beta states, “I want to leave something for my future family, I’m teaching my son how to makes beats.” For the love of the rap game, let’s hope he learns!

On a personal note, Phonk Beta has been torn between the Brotha Lynch  and First Degree beef. Over the past year, Brotha Lynch and First Degree have had a very public altercation that thousands of fans have chimed in on. “Let’s get the record straight,” explains First Degree The D.E., “I’ve been working with Phonk Beta before anyone ever heard of a Brotha Lynch!” Although Beta had nothing to do with the beef with Lynch and D.E., his name has been flying around it’s discussions. Within the storm, Phonk Beta has been a calming, neutral force that all parties respect. Because of his affiliation with Lynch and D.E., he has taken beef from friends and fans, but to Beta’s credit, he stays even keel and will eventually be the glue that ties everything back together.

You can hear this interview in its entirety on Fahrenheit Hour on Fahrenheit Radio. You can check it out on demand on Youtube by searching “Fahrenheit Hour 23”. Symplex 2 comes out November 18, 2014. Phonk Beta beats for sale can be heard at http://www.reverbnation.com/phonkbeta. Phonk Beta also has a hot T shirt line he has started. Get up on Shlangz!

 

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