Posts Tagged ‘oakland’

Damian Lillard Is Spitting Bars In The Offseason

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

The NBA off-season is a long and painful time for basketball fans everywhere. However, this year has easily been one of the most entertaining breaks we’ve seen in quite some time. There’s been more attention than ever paid to the summer league, and there’s no small amount of gossip about the trouble in paradise between Kyrie Irving and LeBron James. But not every NBA star is staying in the news for drama. Some of them are actually being productive in their time off by pursuing artistic endeavors.

Oaktown sensation, Damian Lillard surprised a lot of people last year when he dropped his debut album, The Letter O, to a healthy amount of critical acclaim. The album featured a ton of quality guest stars including the likes of Lil Wayne, Jamie Foxx, and Raphael Saadiq. He followed it up with another well-received record, B4td Reloaded. The verse he briefly dropped in the State Farm commercial belies his actual talent as a lyricist, and the more you hear from him, the more you have to recognize that he’s actually pretty good.

Lillard is hardly the first NBA star to make his own stab at a rap career. Shaquille O’Neal went platinum with his debut, Shaq Diesel, but that was more on the strength Shaq’s superstardom rather than his actual rapping abilities. And never forget that legendary 1994 compilation, B-Ball’s Best Kept Secret, which featured a host of NBA talent. The 1994 record was the apex of the crossover of hip-hop and basketball and featured the likes of Gary Payton, Jason Kidd, the late Malik Sealy (RIP), J.R. Rider, Cedric Ceballos, Dana Barros, Dennis Scott, and, of course, Shaq. It’s actually not bad at all and pairs the ballers with ’90s rap icons like Sadat X from Brand Nubian and Warren G at the height of his fame. It’s a fascinating time-capsule that’s well worth re-visiting if you’re looking for something nostalgic to bump on your way to the next pick-up game. Sadly, the idea of players having something to say on record would be sullied by the questionable musical efforts of Allen Iverson, Metta World Peace, and Kobe Bryant.

But unlike most ballers looking to moonlight in the rap game, Lillard actually has bars. It’s good to see him getting the recognition he deserves off the court in addition to the praise he gets for his play. If only they’d put him on an All-Star team. It’s become a trend to snub Lillard, who’s the first player to score more than 25 points a game and be overlooked in consecutive years since 1986. Anyone that’s listened to his track “They Sleep” knows that he doesn’t take this lightly. That mean’s he’s just going to play even harder when the season starts up. If anything, it’s plenty of material for another album, and we can’t wait to see what he does when the season starts back this fall.

The future is looking bright for both Lillard and for the Trailblazers. Last year many experts picked either Portland or the Utah Jazz to win the division, and the Northwest ended up sending three different teams to the playoffs. Of course, now that Utah has parted ways with star small forward Gordon Hayward, the only thing standing in Lillard’s way are the Oklahoma City Thunder. With Lillard looking to finally cement his place as a true All-Star in the NBA, the Blazers are a team to watch out for.

Dame will also be contributing some jams to NBA 2k18 to help lend even more authenticity to the already impeccably curated collection. The game will include “Wasatch Front,” a standout song from The Letter O, in addition to a new song called “Shot Clock” that you can unlock in the “My Player” mode. It’s a cool tribute by the best basketball simulation to the best rapper in the sport. NBA 2k18 will drop September 19 and we’re looking forward to balling out with Lillard to the tune of his own music.

Saafir – Unsigned Hype Demo Tape (1992)

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Everything you need to know about this demo tape is just down below in  the Unsigned Hype article from August ’92.

Big thanks to J. Whitemare and his dope blog 12manrambotapes.


saafir unsigned hype

01. Intro
02. It’s A Pimp Thang
03. Mark
04. Prime Time After Seven




Saafir: The Will To Walk (Donate To Help)

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013


Last month we posted about Saafir and his current situation told by friend Shock G and reported by Bay legend Davey D.  Yesterday Saafir reached out to T.R.O.Y. blog member Markshot and asked if we’d be kind enough to spread the word. Saafir has given many of us classic memories throughout the years. Whether it was the infamous battle on KMEL vs. Casual, the GSW collabos or my personal fav Boxcar Sessions–the man is deserving of our support.

Just yesterday this is what Saafir had to say on his Facebook page.

“Peace! The website is to raise funds for Saafirs surgery and treatment is now online…the address is WWW.TOSTANDAGAIN.ORG… Please donate to help Saafir complete his spinal surgery and treat, whatever you can donate will be a TREMENDOUS help. If we can get it to 250,000 people and all only donated one dollar, he would have the treatment he needs and deserves. Thank You for your well wishes and help.”

Whether its donating or spreading the word, you owe that much to this man to invest a minute of your life and help out the cause.

Please click on this link WWW.TOSTANDAGAIN.ORG and follow the instructions. Peace to Shaft Sizzle, you will walk again!

— The T.R.O.Y. Blog Team

Touring The States: Oakland, CA

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Mac Fleet is originally from Oakland, but he moved in the early ’90s to Pittsburg to stay with his grandparents.

Thanks to Rod Hilton, if i’m not wrong he’s the owner of Cash N Records, who was kind enough to provide us that  information.


Mac Fleet – Right On Time [Tape] (1994)

01. Right On Time
02. Right On Time (Instrumental)
03. A Night Like This
04. A Night Like This (Instrumental)

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Touring The States: Oakland, CA

Friday, June 4th, 2010
This one is, if you haven’t heard it yet, a must have album.
One of the dopest g-funk albums i’ve ever heard.
I won’t spend any more words, just download it, you will never regret.
CobraPlayaz In Paradise (1996)

01. All Night
02. Get It Together
03. Mary J.
04. Secret Lovers
05. Sliden
06. Ghetto Game
07. People Make The World Go Round
08. Through A Gangsta’s Eyes
09. Bringing Heat
10. You Ain’t Smokin’ Nuthin’
11. Act A Fool
12. West Coast Anthem
13. Jealous M.F.
14. Wave Your Hands

The T.R.O.Y. Blog Presents: G-Funk Cali

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Our recent philaflava forum member, Tha Town that E OAK LOC has started to blessing us with some classic tracks of his favourite music genre, g-funk.
So i get an idea that together, we can make for you, California only g-funk compilation. Those 2 compilations gathers around artists from different parts of California, such as South Central, San Francisco, Oakland, Compton, Sacramento, San Diego etc.
You will like this, obscurity and dopeness in once, we can guarantee you on that.

These dope covers are made by Tha Town himself.

Give us a feedback on what you think about this compilation, do you feelin this? Your favourite track? Or just give us an idea about come other type of compilation.

“This is a very funky g-funk mix. My objective with this comp was to make it as smooth as possible. Think low-rider music. All these artists are from various parts of California. Enjoy!” Tha Town that E OAK LOC.

Tha Town Presents

01. Flexx – O.G. Ridahz Feat. Young Dre
02. Remy – Roll Wit Us
03. Crimies – Love For The City Of Hub
04. P.I.M.P. – P.I.M.P.
05. L.O.L. – Summer Breeze
06. Mr. X – Flossin
07. 9Eleven – Between The Streets
08. Daddy V & DMG – Chronic Prelude
09. Big Mack – Mack On
10. 11/5 – Parkin’ Lot Pimpin’ Feat. Big Charlie
11. Mr.ILL – 3 Hills of Suga
12. G-Fellas – Player In You
13. 805 Locos – Summertime In The 805
14. Brown Pride – On A Friday Night
15. Butch Cassidy – So Cold Feat. DJ Quik



– This mixture is also funky like the first one, but with some more gangster tracks, as a spice, which making it great complement to Tha Town’s compilation.

Markshot Presents

01. D-Lew – Livin In The Bay Feat. Adam Caine, Cle & Kontac
02. Askari X – Oakland Streets
03. C-Funk – Lime In Ya Coconut
04. 3X Krazy – Keep It On The Real
05. G-Lo – High-D-Hoe
06. B.G. Knocc Out & Dresta – 50/50 Luv
07. D-Moe – Hecta Feat. Playa P, Seff Tha Gaffla & San Quinn
08. RodG – Always
09. T-Lowe – TNT
10. Havoc & Prodeje – Now I Lay Me Down
11. Hami – I’m The One Ya’ Slept On
12. 909 Boyz – Royal Flush
13. Dru Down – Hoo Ride Feat. Luniz
14. S-I-C – Exit Out The Business
15. Vitamin C – Fridaiz
16. Homicide – Success
17. Suga Bear – Grave Yard Shift Feat. Hitman



— Markshot