That recent E-40 song with Guce and Black C has had me digging up the only surviving member of the legendary RBL Posse‘s solo ouput and it turns out, like so many other bay area rappers, he’d never really stopped working. I don’t know if its just the Bay’s self-sustaining perpetual motion of a market but these dudes just stay puttin out albums indefinitly -with that kind of work ethic its not surprising the Bay is one of the originating points for artist-owned independant distribution:
This reluctance to quit is a good thing, nevermind the respecting your elders, imagine how many good to great albums we couldve gotten outta all those east coast rappers who gave up the ghost (Slick Rick Slick Rick Slick Rick Slick Rick) that couldve made a healthy balance to all the godawful KRS albums that pop up every year or so, if they all just didnt understand the meaning of fuck off and die.
Maybe if instead of old rappers Jeru-style whinging constantly in interviews or through willing conduits, New York and the east coast as a whole just adopted the Bay Area’s culture of supporting your own and like never stopping, ever, the whole generation gap could be narrowed & “old ppl cant rap lol” myth couldve been dispelled with far sooner, rather than having to wait for people like AG and Raekwon* to release middle-aged rap albums that got some recognition and werent shit to boot. Maybe this whole reverence for making rap music the way they used to decades ago would stop being such a cherished ideal and more of em would just get on with the business of making great old man rap instead of terrible mid-life crisis rap.
Which isnt even to mention them like Wise Intelligent and Masta Ace** whov never really fallen off but have just gone ignored for the most part by the younger generation. I mean, half of the major mainstream rappers of the last decade were old as fuck anyways, they just pretended they werent.
Anyways, maybe, shoulda, coulda who cares – the point: Black C made a good grown-up rap album last year that none of the people that write about bay area rap on the internet i read informed me about, not even Thomas. Either i need to just dive deeper into more niche, bay-specific corners of the internets*** or theyv all just been sleeping on this pretty great collection of proper grown man introspective gangsterisms laid over a bed of lush 70s stylisticness.
It’s strange that the above mentioned song that reintroduced me to him is a throwback to the earlier heavy on the low-end mob music sonics of the bay, when the production on C’s albums somewhat of a throwback too but in a very different way- all blacksploitation flutes, strings and chipmunk soul,**** think a less depressing, more mature Return of the Mac and you’re somewhere in the same county.
The album is called 70s Baby, run go get.
The Life ft. Moe The Hustla
I’ll Never Tell ft. Simon
Cant Go Back