Prince Ali presents
An excellent teaser for the 2007 album Curb Side Service, Hayward's Prince Ali is an MC with an MFA (from New York University). So rather than guns and hoes, he's talking about nonviolence and spirituality on his own record label. Of course, even an advanced degree couldn't prevent some of his guests from dipping into more lowbrow territory at times. But high-minded collaborators like Hieroglyphics' Opio, Dilated Peoples' Rakaa Iriscience, and Defari help keep the subject matter thoughtful. Los Angeles' Destruments (and featured vocalist Sharon Little) also contribute a respectable cover of Roy Ayers' "Everybody Loves the Sunshine."
Tha West Coast Toast Switchtape Vol. 3
Local artists J. Valentine and E-40 share mike time with L.A. staples like Daz and Kurupt on a set straight from "the Couve" (also known as Vancouver, Wash.). And perhaps in tribute to our innovative Yay Area slang, Thirrzty even coins his own terminology. Cuz we've darned sure never heard of a switchtape.
All Bay All Day
Seth Spins continues his creative approach of remixing Yay Area hits (adding a snappy shuffle to Too Short's "Blow the Whistle," for instance) and blending them with original songs. Rapper T-1's title track zeroes in on local pride when it declares, "If it ain't Bay, it don't stay."