Tuesday 1 November 2016

DJ Step One - California Love

First of the month, so as is now tradition, here's a new mix. Strictly West Coast rap this time out. Mostly 90s with a few early 00s tracks, and not too heavy on the anthems...

Ice Cube - 24 With An L
2Pac - Definition Of A Thug Nigga
Domino - Long Beach Thang
Conscious Daughters - Somethin To Ride To
Snoop Dogg ft Kurupt & Daz - Doggy Dogg World
E 40 ft B Legit & Mac Shon - Sideways
WC, Tray Dee, Daz & CJ Mac - Gang Related
Kurupt ft Crooked I, Daz & Baby S - I Ain't Shit Without My Homeboyz
Suga Free ft Playa Hamm - If U Stay Ready
The Whoridaz - Talkin Bout Bank
Mista Grimm ft Nate Dogg - Indo Smoke
2Pac & Snoop Dogg - 2 Of America's Most Wanted
Knocturnal ft Xzibit, Warren G & Shade Shiest - Str8 West Coastin (remix)
Dr Dre ft King Tee, Xzibit, Knocturnal, Kokane, & Timebomb - Some LA Niggaz
Cypress Hill ft Kokane - Greed
MC Eiht - Nuthin But The Gangsta (solo version)
E 40 ft Suga T - Sprinkle Me
Warren G ft The Twinz - Recognize
WC ft Mack 10 & Ice Cube - West Up (Soul Focus remix)
Dr Dre ft Snoop Dogg & Daz - Let Me Ride (remix)
Declaime - Caliwayz (remix)

I was definitely more into the West Coast sound in my early days of listening to Hip Hop, and save for the obvious tracks I didn't really get into the Large Pro/DITC/Premier side of things until the mid 90s. This was partly to do with availablity as so many releases weren't given a domestic UK release back then and even if you could afford an import copy you had to find one first. No easy task in deepest Surrey. Anyway, once I was old enough to get into London and buy my music I was mostly buying East Coast stuff. London's record shops and radio was very NY-centric and once Dre and Snoop left Death Row and 2Pac died the West didn't really have anyone high profile enough to keep the momentum going. Basically I probably missed out on a lot of good music. I've trying to make up for lost time recently. Soundtracks seem to be a good source of deep cuts but if anyone can help me make sense of the numerous Dogg Pound releases, 2Pac bootlegs and which of the Spice 1 albums are any good that would be much appreciated. Enjoy the mix.


  1. Did you ever get around to checking Suga Free's Street Gospel? If not, that should probably be top of your list.

  2. Gave it a few listens a while back. Need to go back to it for refresher I think. Like most of his stuff with Quik though.