Stream Ghetto Cuisine, the New Mixtape From DaVinci and Sweet Valley

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Fillmore rapper DaVinci is back with a new mixtape. This time he's teamed up with Sweet Valley, the beat-making production duo of Wavves' Nathan Williams and his brother Kynan. The mixtape is called Ghetto Cuisine, and it features guest appearances from Main Attrakionz and 100s. You can download it in full off the Fool's Gold website. Or, jump below for a full stream and a video for "I Got That Line," which which uses booming 808s and Jamaican dancehall samples to soundtrack some epically scenic shots of the city.

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Watch: Roach Gigz Begrudgingly Rejoins the Rap Game in "Too Easy"

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It's been a while since we heard from ol' Roachy Balboa. But S.F. rapper Roach Gigz is coming back on March 7 with a new EP, The Gig Effect, and let off its new single today. "Too Easy" is a helluva re-entrance, with spooky nighttime visuals of The City and Mr. Gigz spouting off about how he's tired of the game and bored of rapping but can sill spit circles around you -- and everyone else. Because, hey, maybe it is too easy. But It helps that he has a pretty sick beat for this one. Check it out:


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Watch: Iamsu! and the HBK Gang Light Money on Fire in "Never Goin' Broke"

Categories: Rap, Yay Area

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Feel-good hit of the winter
Say what you will about the HBK Gang -- they make rap music that puts a smile on your face. Iamsu! and his increasingly world-famous crew of East Bay rappers specialize in buoyant, bouncy party anthems that make you want to grin hugely while doing all kinds of bad (or at least indulgent) things. "Never Goin' Broke" is the latest video missive from the HBKers, a goofy posse cut with a dizzying fisheye video in which Iamsu!, P-Lo, Kool John, Jay Ant, and Skipper each take their verse in front of the camera at a big hilltop house. They even burn some cold hard cash. Take us at our word when we warn you: There is some serious fun being had in this video...


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Watch: "Home" Is Your 49ers-Celebrating Farewell Ode to Candlestick

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Rapper Heat in the mix at Candlestick
It's the last season for Candlestick Park, and the tributes are already pouring in. Here's one in video form from local rapper Heat, a Sunset District MC, writer, and youth educator who recalls here just about every notable moment in Niners history, from the world-dominating '80s seasons to that one Monday night when all the lights went out. This is Niners pride to the max. Watch here, and pour one out for the 'Stick:


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E-40 Released Three New Albums Today, Making it 12 in the Last Three Years

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E-40 is a goddamn machine. He's the Huffington Post of rap songs: more content, more content, more content. Any way you look at the numbers, the Vallejo rap godfather and Bay Area slangmaster is on an epic run of releasing music. Today Uncle Earl released The Block Brochure: Welcome to the Soil Parts 4, 5, and 6 -- three full-length albums of new material. He did the same thing last year with Block Brochure parts 1, 2, and 3. In 2011, he released two full Revenue Retrievin' albums that were sequels to the first two albums in that series, which came out in 2010. And on top of this, he also released a pair of albums with fellow Bay OG Too $hort last year.

In case you're math-challenged, we'll add it up for you: E-40 has released 12 albums in the last three years. Yes, 12. And don't bother bringing up Lil B.


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From '93 Til: Rehashing Mac Dre and the Conscious Daughters

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20 years ago this month.
[You could argue that 1993 was the most formative period for West Coast rap music, especially when it came to the Bay Area. Definitive lists and superlatives aside, we're just gonna take you on a trip. Every week, From '93 Til will dig up something that came out of the Bay Area roughly around the same time, 20 years ago.]

We missed last week for the holiday, so this week we're double-fisting. In case you weren't already convinced, November 1993 was brimming with new and insightful hip-hop, and that was true until the very last day of the month. And it wasn't just your typical gangsta shit. From Vallejo to East Oakland, there were scrappy, unique new MCs lighting up the Bay Area like butane. And though their half-lives were sadly not as long as a luminary like E-40, they nonetheless left a permanent mark.


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From '93 Til: Del Tha Funkee Homosapien's No Need For Alarm

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[You could argue that 1993 was the most formative period for West Coast rap music, especially when it came to the Bay Area. Definitive lists and superlatives aside, we're just gonna take you on a trip. Every week, From '93 Til will dig up something that came out of the Bay Area roughly around the same time, 20 years ago.]



"I'm out on the town I don't frown at people / 'cuz they tend to get offended and then the heat will / be on my ass I got class never out of line / cuz I am standing here without the nine / pistols I wish will not blast me / TAZ be circlin' corners, looking for Warners / you know the brothers, me and you / we didn't do shit but we get hassled, because we crew."

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From '93 Til: Returning to Capital Tax's The Swoll Package

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[You could argue that 1993 was the most formative period for West Coast rap music, especially when it came to the Bay Area. Definitive lists and superlatives aside, we're just gonna take you on a trip. Every week, From '93 Til will dig up something that came out of the Bay Area roughly around the same time, 20 years ago.]

So November '93 was a particularly unbelievable month; though this particular week there was a bit of a lull. Who knows, maybe nobody wanted to follow up the previous week, when Tribe, Wu-Tang, and E-40 all dropped albums. At this point the only West Coast cat who was ready to spring was Snoop Dogg, who was prepping his debut, Doggystyle, for Nov. 23, 1993. No matter, though: A week off is the perfect excuse to go a little earlier into the year, to talk about a worthy, unsung Bay Area crew called Capital Tax.


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From '93 Til: Looking Back on the Moment E-40 Went Solo

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[You could argue that 1993 was the most formative period for West Coast rap music, especially when it came to the Bay Area. Definitive lists and superlatives aside, we're just gonna take you on a trip. Every week, From '93 Til will dig up something that came out of the Bay Area roughly around the same time, 20 years ago.]

This week in 1993 was probably the defining one for the hip-hop zeitgeist of the year. Both Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) and Midnight Marauders came out on the same day, and both within a day of the solo debut of none other than Mr. Flamboyant; E Feez-a-bo Belafonte Bellagio Bellwether; E Fonzarelli; Charlie Hustle; Forty Water; hip-hop's greatest Earl? E-40, mayne.

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Oakland's Casual and Detroit's Eminem's Both Claim Title of "Rap God," But Who's Earned It?

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"I'm the rap god." "No! I'm the REAL rap god!"
Apparently Eminem didn't hear that Oakland's own Casual released an album in 2011 called He Think He #Rapgod. The Great White Hope of Detroit just put out his own "Rap God" single, whose six minutes include lots of fast talking and no apparent mention of the Hieroglyphics crew member. Not one to let his toes get stomped like that, Casual responded today with his own rhyming over Em's "Rap God" beat -- another six minutes of impressive lyrical strafing and a few juicy Eminem digs. Casual is quick to say he's got "no beef" with Mister Marshall Mathers III, but the fury of the track strongly implies otherwise. Which one do you think is better?


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