Man, look at Del the Funky Homosapien, Pharcyde, Jurassic 5, Dilated Peoples, Hieroglyphics, The Alkoholics, Madlib, Danger Mouse might be west coast, EL-P may be west coast also, not sure. But these should be enough to get you started. Also check out www.shoutcast.com and look under the radio station under hip-hop/turntablism : beat bassment; they usually play a lot of underground west coast stuff on there. Hope it helps
U need to check out BISHOP LAMONT, GLASSES MALONE, YA BOY, CROOKED I, MISTAH FAB, JAY-ROCK and WILLY NORTHPOLE.........they are part of the new westcoast and to me are the best new rappers out the west, they all have mixtapes out now nothin offical yet except MISTAH FAB, he has "THE BAYDESTRIAN" which is his 2nd full length album, but you can go to dubcnn.com to download they music for free, I recommend you check them all out, also try their myspace pages if you're a myspacer and most of them have their mixtapes for free download on them, hope this has been helpful
dj quik is my 2nd favouite artist next to pac so i highly recommend him,Crooked I,Glasses malone,mack 10,kurupt,nipsey hussle,jay rock,wc,cypress hill,spice 1,dilated peoples,self scientific,pharcyde,bad ass,richie rich,mac mall,young lay,too short,2nd to none,defari all worth checking out,some havent got solo albums out just mixtapes,best picks would be DJ quik,cypress hill,Crooked I,pharcyde,wc and spice 1
Whaz up y'all...this question might not fit this discussion perfectly, but, what ever happen to producers 'Sir Jinx' who used to produce for Ice Cube and Mel-Man who produced almost the whole Chronic 2001 album for Dr Dre?
The Crazy Toones Experience is fire! He supposed to do part 2. I like that album a lot, still listen to it even though it a few years old. CT can handle the turntables rather well. Wish there were more 'true' Dj's out West. Maybe someone here can point me in the right direction? Anyone old enough on here to have listened to the group LOW PROFILE and then WC and the MAAD Circle(1st album)? I still remember taking the plastic wrapper off the tape! lol
in west coast you can find the dopest, most underrated, most talented and most creative rappers in my opinion, for example, some of my favourite ones are: brotha lynch hung (he takes it to a whole new level, almost no1 can even get close to his level), x-raided, sicx, andre nickatina, gangsta dre, doomsday productions (group) and many more.... since you propably arent familiar with their style i dont know if u ll recognise them or some of them
some classic west coast rappers are nwa and members, spice 1, kokane, above the law (group), dj quik, cmw & mc eiht (thought i dont like the way he raps that much), c-bo, mac dre and the list goes on
i dont listen to east coast btw, oh yeah, i m a big fan of tech n9ne and bone thugs n harmony (krayzie bone and bizzy bone have made some dope solo albums 2)
I dig old Brotha Lynch, but he's nowhere CLOSE to being one of the most skilled MC's out, he wouldn't crack any knowledgeable heads top 100 skill wise. When you talk about TALENT and RHYME SKILLS, alive or dead, dudes like Rakim, Kool G Rap, Big L, Big Pun, Black Thought, Elzhi, Inspectah Deck, Masta Ace, Nas, Pharohe Monch, Corey Gunnz, Qwel, Em,Papoose, Lord Finesse, GZA, old Jay Z, etc. are some of the illest lyricists. Even on the west coast, Lynch aint anywhere near the nicest MC's skillwise, like Gift of Gab, Mykah 9, Aceyalone, old s Souls of Mischief, Pharcyde, Freestyle Fellowship, the Liks and Ras Kass back in the day, Crooked I, etc etc. You need to open your ears and your mind up.