Philthy Rich + Livewire Records

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I’ve been meaning to write something about Philthy’s new album for a minute. Been too busy though so I’ll keep it brief.

It’s called “Trip N 4 Life” and it’s dope. A more mature/complex effort than his previous “Funk or Die”. Result of this is that it doesn’t contain the same instantly accessible tracks. Listened to it a few times, then buried it a week and went back to it.

And yea, it’s something that grows on you. Usually, for me, this means that I’ll be rewarded with a longer enjoyment of the record. Shit that I thrash straight away ends up feeling dated and i stop listening after 6 months.

Straight away on listening after a break I notice little changes in the beat to tracks like “I’m Jus Sayin Tho”  that add to the heavy/sombre tone of the track + lyrical content. And that’s the feel of the whole album,  a guy who’s lived and is still living some hardbody shit, not trying to make a ringtone + dance hit. More music that you’d play in your car or house than expect to hear in the club.

Track with the boy boy mess & mitchy slick is super nice

Download – Project Niggas

And this is the new single

Haven’t bothered to look at all the production but I know the mechanix have done a couple stupid good beats on it.

I can’t find an official page for Livewire records but found this

Livewire For Hire Blogspot

Keep an eye on labelmates Stevie Joe, D-Lo, DB Tha General and, label president, J Stalin.

All those guys have been doing shit that needs to be listened to and have more coming this year. Oakland might yet get mainstream recognition.


Soz about the shitty quality of this post. should’ve held it back till i had more than 15mins to spend on it.

Best of The Bay

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From one of the guys over at Nation of Thizzlam

Like all lists it’ll not be exactly right to everyone but from where I’m standing it’s pretty close to being bang on. Only thing I would’ve put in was maybe, cold world hustlers, GRP and askari x

Stickup Kiddz

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These guys popped on my radar with these two tracks.

And then seemed to drop off the face of the earth. was just about to write a “what happened to…” post when i bothered to check again for new shit.

and turns out this dropped today

Aside from the obvious hyphy/post-hyphy influence they don’t sound like anyone and should be way bigger than they are.