Before he was pimpin’ rides and got that MTV network money, Xzibit put out a few solid albums culminating in 2000’s Restless with an all star producer line-up and one of the most recognizable voices in rap.
“It ain’t safe where I’m from, Rather be caught with it than caught without one”
Might as well throw the song and video of 2017 into this West Coast Wednesday mix. Kendrick is the king right now, and if it wasn’t a sure thing before this lead single to the new album dropped, it was after.
It’s hard to fathom the musical output The Game has managed in 12 years; he’s been a busy man. I stopped following after awhile, but his debut album The Documentary was a breath of West Coast fresh air amidst the G-Unit era. This song, produced by Kanye West when he was still on the heavy samples and bongo drum roll fills, is full of great West Coast references.
I knew I was going to pick an E-40 song this week, and being that they’re frequent collaborators, I figured I’d get Too $hort in on this one too. K-Ci from Jodeci on the hook is the cherry on top. Three legends at once.
So far I’ve used this spot to highlight a handful of classics from the West Coast rap archives. Today I’d like to shine the spotlight on one of my absolute favorite guys from the new school – Vince Staples. Vince can do no wrong in my book, and he’s accomplished a lot since his 2014 debut Hell Can Wait, including the best rap album of 2015, Summertime ’06. That said, when I go to introduce someone to him, I still lean on this gem from his debut. It’s going to be the song people are still screaming for when he’s doing his festival victory lap in spite of all the great things I’m sure he still has in him. Behold: