Stars, classic hits, and just a touch of drama made for a memorable evening this past Thursday [March 21] at Downtown L.A.’s Club Nokia. Past, present and future generations of artists mostly from the left coast, came together to show why the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. To a fan of West Coast hip hop, the scene was almost surreal. Veteran MCs like Too $hort and Warren G traded hugs and handshakes as they discussed old times, while up and coming artists like Skeme, Problem, and Clyde Carson showed fans in attendance how the land of the Big Bear does it on stage.
(Los Angeles, CA) BIG SCOOB IS A DAMN FOOL! The “fool” has always balanced out the pride of the king. It’s no different with Strange Music founder Tech N9ne and his longtime buddy Big Scoob. Big Scoob is no ordinary fool, however, as his 26-track new album makes clear: he’s a Damn Fool. Who else but Scoob would describe his car as “shining like a can of root beer”?
“Growing up in the ‘hood in Kansas City, a damn fool, that was me!” says Big Scoob. “I’d stick to my whiskey bottle, go as hard as I wanted to. But now I’m seeing the effects of that over the long term, so I’m in a position to tell cautionary tales. Don’t worry, I got jokes!”
Damn Fool’s standout tracks include bass anthem “DAMU”, a riotous posse cut featuring Jay Rock, Messy Marv, Skatterman & Bumpy Knuckles, and open-hand slapper “They DNT Want It” featuring Glasses Malone and Boogieman. “All I Kno Is Hood”, co-starring Scoob’s label-mate Krizz Kaliko, is uncut street gospel as Scoob raps: “Gang bang reppin’ the name, I’m from the soil/ rap game nuthin’ but flames, I got that oil/ gutter butter seepin’ and leakin’ like I’m a boil/ old school actin’ the fool, that Delta Royal!” .
Big Scoob and Tech N9ne grew up together in Kansas City, cliqued in the group 57th Rogue Dog Villains (RDVs for short), scoring a huge local hit with “Let’s Get Fucked Up”. In 2009, Big Scoob recorded his debut album Monsterifik for Tech’s label Strange Music. “When I let my personality out on tour, cats like Fat Joe and E-40 were howling and said ‘You a damn fool!’ Tech N9ne was watching and told me, ‘That’s what I want you to give people on this new album.’”
Set to appear on select dates of Tech N9ne’s All 6s & 7s tour starting in May, Scoob will serve his new cups-up anthems “Lemonade Delight” and “Drunk & Stupid” to fans young and old. “It’s party time!” enthuses Scoob. “And this Damn Fool says everyone’s invited.”
One of the Bay area’s biggest names in Hip-Hop is set to return to music with the release of two albums on the same day.
E-40 is announcing plans to release his two new projects, Revenue Retrievin’ The Day Shift and Revenue Retrievin’ The Night Shift March 30.
Featured on the albums are fellow West Coast representatives Snoop Dogg and Too Short as well as Gucci Mane, Mistah Fab, Bobby Valentino, Jazze Pha, YV and J. Valentine with production from B-Legit, Messy Marv and Clyde Carson.
Speaking on his two latest installments, E-40 says he’s taking it back to the basics.
“I’m excited about this album; it’s been a year since I dropped “The Ball Street Journal.” It marks an important independent business venture for me. This way, I am able to go back to the basics and run my own campaign.”
As the clock ticks closer to March 30, EMI Records will utilize a high-level security team to protect both projects after last year’s leak of nine tracks from 40′s “The Ball Street Journal.”
In the meantime the ambassador of the Bay will kick his promotional efforts into high gear, debuting tracks online via UStream and YouTube so that fans can hear a preview of what’s to come.