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Take It Personal – West Coast Classics IV

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

It’s exactly a year today, we debuted our Take It Personal show and here we are with Episode 17. This is the final installment of our West Coast Classics series. That’s 4 shows total clocking in over 17 hours of everything West Coast. NOBODY, let me repeat, NOBODY has ever done this kind of tribute before and I don’t see anyone dumb enough to try. On this show we have tributes to the great West Coast indie/underground scene, another Bay Area homage and we couldn’t forget about Death Row Records. We also have classics from Blu, Suga Free, Styles of Beyond, Zion I, Spice 1, Invisibl Skratch Piklz, DJ Shadow, Madlib, Mac Dre, Tha Dogg Pound, Eazy-E, Dru Down, Odd Future, 2Pac, The Jacka, Kendrick Lamar, The Coup, Souls of Mischief, Paris, C-Bo, Living Legends, Fashawn and E-40.

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Michael “The Mac” Robinson: 25 Years Later

Friday, July 22nd, 2016


Twenty five years ago today, Vallejo, CA artist Michael Robinson, a.k.a. The Mac was shot dead in his parked car, while talking with his then pregnant girlfriend. He had just turned twenty years old. The murder was later said to be a case of mistaken identity. And with that, The Mac became the first well known rap artist in the Bay Area to be killed, July 22nd, 1991. The daughter he never got to meet, Reina, was born not long after.

(Pictured above with The Fresh Prince.)

Robinson’s sadly limited contributions to hip hop music include ’88’s The Game is Thick EP and ’90’s Enuff of Tis Sh-t EP, both of which helped start off his mentor and (fellow Vallejo artist) producer Khayree’s short lived Strictly Business label. In turn The Mac quickly became a mentor to Andre Hicks, a.k.a. Mac Dre, who, later in his career, made an album titled The Game is Thick Part II, shortly before his own demise.

To pay respects to others or simply to see a timeline of deaths of people involved with “the game”, please visit They Reminisce, where you can click to sort by name, date, or cause.


— The Big Sleep

The 50 Most Important Indie Hip-Hop Albums

Friday, March 27th, 2015

 The 50 Most Important Indie Hip-Hop Albums

There have been several lists coming out lately on social media that inspired us to come up with this one. Shouts to and our homie, Alex from, for the brain spark. Keep in mind that we’re talking about “indie” hip-hop here and because it has seen tremendous growth over the years, we’ve implemented a few filters to round out the list to the 50 most important ones.

No old-school releases are included, i.e. your early BDP type stuff. Nothing with major label distribution behind it. No singles, EPs, compilations or soundtracks (sorry Soundbombing). No subsidiary of major labels (think Relativity/Sony). No mixtapes, demos or out-the-trunk releases (sorry 40 water). We tried our best to make this independent-as-fuck. This order does NOT represent the greater release, rather the lasting impact it had on the artist/group, label, culture and hip-hop in general. Of course, this is the opinion of T.R.O.Y. and we welcome yours in the comments section.   –Philaflava

List after the jump…


Drayzee Says: It’s ‘Em Summer Days Volume 1

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010
Recently we blessed you with G-Funk California.
If that was not much for you, than try to digest this load of dope summer tracks from all over The States, alloted in 3 volumes, made by member of philaflava forum and owner of his own blog, Drayzee,
Drayzee was just kind enough to allow us to use his own work and to represent it via T.R.O.Y. Blog.
Thank you Drayzee for this massive work.

“Drayzee Says: It’s ‘Em Summer Days” is a compilation based on g-funk/gangsta/jazz/funk music. Too bad it’s not summer yet, however this project will certainly give you that summer vibe. I hope this will bump in your speakers 6 summers from now. The first volume contains more “party-like” songs, the second volume will contain more gangsta/cruisin’ stuff, jazz & funk, and the third one will be for you to just chill on. I also used some St. Ides commercial once per 8-9 songs, just to give you the feeling that there still is a dope radio on earth bumpin’ this.

1. DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Summertime (Reprise)
2. 2nd II None – Didn’t Mean To Turn You On
3. Warren G – This Is the Shack
4. Remy – Roll Wit Us
5. Bone Thugs N Harmony – Foe Tha Love of Money (Ft. Eazy-E)
6. Eazy-E – Gangsta Beat 4 Tha Street (feat. B.G. Knocc Out, Dresta & Menajahtwa)
7. Mista Grimm – Indo Smoke (Feat. Warren G, Nate Dogg)
8. Ant Banks – Parlayin’
9. Conscious Daughters – Fonky Expedition (Remix)
10. Mac Dre – California Livin’
11. I.F.A. – Slide
12. Big Mello – Funkwichamind
13. Luniz – Playa Hata
14. Lighter Shade Of Brown – Hey D.J.
15. Warren G – This D.J.
16. Sly Boogy – Keep On-feat Crooked I, Kam, Miss King, & AP
17. Str8-G – Bring The Funk (Remix)
18. Sir Speedy – Summertime feat Lady Nichole MC Maggie
19. Young Murder Squad – How We Livin’
20. DJ Quik – I Got That Feelin’
21. 2nd II None – B Alright
22. South Central Cartel – All Day Every Day
23. Hami – Im Tha One Ya Slept On
24. M. Doc – It’s A Summer Thang (Remix)
25. Dubee – My Thang
26. 11-11 – Family Reunion
27. Luniz – I Got 5 On It (2F Remix)
28. Tha Eastsidaz – Friday Night Ft. Bokie Loc
29. L.O.L. – Can U Feel It
30. Remy – Give the DJ Some Love
31. Vontel – Keep It On The Real
32. Cinque – Rock Wit You (All Night)
33. The Dove Shack – Smoke Out
34. OutKast – Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik
35. DJ Quik & Kurupt – Ohh!
36. DJ Quik & Kurupt – Cream N Ya Panties
37. DJ Quik – Somethin’ 4 Tha Mood
38. DJ Quik – Tha Ho In You
39. DJ Quik – Pitch In Ona Party
40. Str8-G – Everything’s Fine (In The Summertime)
41. Shaquille O’neal – My Dear (Ft. Warren G)
42. Legend Man – N.O.L.A.
43. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony – Summer Love
44. Spice 1, 2pac, Mac Mall – California Dreamin’
45. 2Pac – Late Night Feat. D.J. Quik, Outlawz
46. Yo-Yo – Yo Yo Funk
47. L.B.C. Crew – Intro 2 The Indo (Haven’t You Heard)
48. Kam – Pull Ya Hoe Card
49. Dr. Dre – Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thang
50. 2Pac – I Get Around Feat Digital Underground
51. TWDY – Players Holiday
52. 805 Locos – Summertime In The 805
53. NWA – Chin Check (G-Funk Remix)
54. Smooth – It’s Summertime (Let It Get Into U)
55. Rhythm & Knowledge – U Bring Da Dog Out
56. Skee-Lo – I Wish
57. Poor Righteous Teachers – Word Iz Life
58. Naughty By Nature – Feel Me Flow
59. Lord Finesse – Hip 2 Da Game
60. Kool Moe Dee – Can U Feel It
61. A Tribe Called Quest – Jam
62. DJ Jazzy Jeff – For Da Love Of Da Game feat. Baby Blak & Pauly Yamz
63. Dj Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Summertime
64. Dana Dane – Rollin Wit Dane
65. Paris – Guerrilla Funk (Deep Fo’ Real Remix)
66. Notorious B.I.G. – Juicy
67. Kool G. Rap – Can’t Stop The Shine
68. Sway Ft. Teddy – Month In The Summer
69. Large Professor – IJUSWANNACHILL
70. The Beatnuts – No Equal
71. Main Source – Just Hangin’ Out
72. Redman – Tonight’s Da Night
73. Nas – Memory Lane (Sittin’ In Da Park)
74. Q-Tip – Let’s ride
75. Bahamadia – I Confess
76. Digable Planets – For Corners
77. A Tribe Called Quest – After Hours
78. Digable Planets – It’s Good To Be Here
79. Mood – Secrets of the Sand (Jay Dee Remix)
80. Twista – Sunshine
81. Lauryn Hill – The Sweetest Thing
82. Tha Alkaholiks – Relieve Yourself
83. Lil 1/2 Dead – Southern Girl
84. Twinz – Jump Ta This
85. The Grench – Saturday
86. King George – Tru Player
87. Mac T – Give It Up Smooth
88. The Dove Shack – We Funk G Funk
89. Lil Keke – Superstars
90. Fo’ Clips – Can You Feel Me
91. Hi-C – Sitting in the Park
92. Mr. Capone-E – Summertime Anthem
93. Kid Frost – La Raza
94. L.S.O.B. – Sunny Day
95. Compton’s Most Wanted – Come Ride with Me
96. Eastside – Southern Funk Feat. Chyne
97. Lil Half Dead – 12 Pacofdoja

** The tracklist does not contain St. Ides commercials **

— Markshot

The 90’s Bay Area Obsession

Monday, September 28th, 2009
The 90’s Bay Area Obsession

I can remember it just like yesterday, my bedroom was draped in red and gold to match my Joe Montana poster that my mother had got framed for me to go with the room. She was good like that, always made sure her son always had coordination game on lock. It’s probably one of the reasons I’m real finicky today about matching colors. Life was good back then, the Oakland A’s were fresh off a World Series sweep against their cross-town rivals, the San Francisco Giants. My childhood idol Rickey Henderson was setting himself up for a career year, in which he later won his first and only MVP award.

At the time the biggest selling hip-hop album “Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em” was dominating the airwaves and officially put Oakland on the hip-hop map. Despite years of hustling by Todd Shaw, it wasn’t until Hammer’s success that Oakland started receiving national attention. I suppose selling 10 million records will do to a town. If you ask me every Bay Area rapper owes a debt of gratitude to MC Hammer.

At twelve you’re still very impressionable and I remember trying to memorize every lyric in D. U.’s Sex Packets album while listening in my bedroom. My room was filled with stacks of Playboys that were given to me by Hector, a 40-something Puerto Rican guy who used to do maintenance work in my apartment complex. Come to think of it, it’s disgusting to think that I even touched those magazines after Hector had his way with them. God bless Hector though, he always laced me with some of his KFC when he couldn’t finish it. Kinda disgusting to think about that too.

Even though I was obsessed with Playboy magazines back then, I still refused to grow up completely because I was still collecting baseball cards. Back then David Justice and Frank Thomas rookies (both former A’s players) were the most sought after cards and I remember starving myself at lunch just so I could use that money to cop packs of ‘90 Leaf.

Little did I realize most of these things were Bay Area related. Subconsciously I was forming a marriage with apart of California in which I’ve never visited growing up. As the years went on I noticed some of my favorite music came the Bay Area. You had Spice 1, Too $hort, The Coup, Mac Mall, JT The Bigga Figga, Ray Luv, Andre Nickatina, Dru Down, Mac Dre, Young Lay, Rappin’ 4-Tay, Celly Cell, The Luniz, E-40, Digital Underground and 2Pac just to name a few.

The production was also phenomenal because you had Ant Banks, Studio Ton, Mike Mosely, Sam Bostic and the forever underrated Khayree.

Below are some of my favorite tracks for this era. What are some of your favorite Bay Area artists? Albums? –Philaflava