We have Z-MAN and DJ QUEST rocking the house in Santa Cruz
And we have the best rap duo in the game, TRUNK DRANK ripping shit in S.F. with the homies Rec League
You cannot go wrong, just go and get on gurp….
For this second installment of Origins of Gurp we are going to go back and take a glimpse at S.F. vet TOPR aka TOP RAMEN. I first met Topr in 1996 at my favorite venue that is no longer, Maritime Hall in San Francisco. He would be ripping fools to shreds in battles, while working no less, or opening up for major acts with his crew The Earthlings. I would be screaming “Vacaville” from the front row which he took notice of and began incorporating into his freestyles and a friendship was born. I was always telling him that heads for ready and he needed to drop a tape to sell. In 1999 he finally did and the DONUT HUSTLAZ e.p. was released.
Produced entirely by Non Phenom the beats have a great vibe only heard in hip hop from this era. To my knowledge this is the only project Non Phenom was ever involved in which is a shame because he was a talented producer.
At this time TOPR was known mostly for being an incredible battle MC destroying all competion and for the energetic performances with The Earthlings throughout the bay area. This e.p. shows his ability to be a great writer with substance and emotion in his lyrics, not just another battle rapper who can’t make magic in the studio. This album is the spark that ignited one of the best rappers to ever emerge from the bay area.
Limited edition cover from Below The Surface, notice hustler being misspelled, shout out to Kegs One for selling me that back in the day. This album is available for purchase on i-tunes via Gurp City Digital. Here is a taste :03 metaphorenzies
Hope you enjoy.
People always ask me about how Gurp City started and how long we have been putting out music so I decided to start this segment to let people know. If the album is out of print, never officially released, or not available for download via Gurp City Digital I will post the whole thing here for you to download. If its available for purchase, I will just have a couple of key songs for you to check out.
To jump this off I decided to shine some light on the group that gave rap sensation Z-MAN his start, The 99th Demention.
Featuring members King Maz, Young Slim Goodworth, Rated R, Z-MAN, Rev. Cope, and PBF-1 the crew released their self-titled cassette in 1996 on 99cent Records. With raw production by Slim Goodworth, The Dangler, and another uncredited member of the 99th the crew, the MCs spit raps about everything from knockin’ dirty hoodrats, sellin dope, growing up in mainy situations to school and whatever else they had going on around them in the streets of San Francisco. Needless to say, heads were feeling the vibe and it garnered much attention for the group. 99th Dimension was often compared to The Pharcyde, which I attribute to having a fun vibe throughout this album.
Cover art by Zamon
Download THE 99TH DEMENTION S/T CASSETTE (re-upped)
Now light that chewy and crack some brews, enjoy -TheMayor
Z-Man & DJ Quest open for DJ Premier at The Return, Amad-Jamal’s album release party, at Temple in San Francisco, July 11, 2010. Bas-1 hosting.
Gurp producer extraordinaire Cutty Bang aka Dick Nasty just dropped his remix project for free download. This shit is tight cant wait to hear what he is cooking up for the new TOPR album.
In other cutty bang news, Vallejo vet Cutthoat REEK DADDY just released his 2nd album of 2009 also entitled CUDDY BANG full of crestside mobb music. Here is the title track to give you a taste: http://www.divshare.com/download/11916275-84b or CUDDY BANG So go mix yourself a cutty bang and soak some game young rellies – THE MAYOR
Gurp City fam Equipto from Bored Stiff stepped his internet video game up. Queezy took the camera on his I-5 tour and to Z-man’s release party to give a behind the scenes inside look at whats really going on. Episode 2 should be Episode 2, 3, 4 and 5 instead of a 17 minute long episode, but it’s still a good watch. More artists need to do these quick videos. Keep an eye out for BFap, PSC, Big Shawn, White Mike, Z-mainey, Kirby D, Rocky Snoring, Kwanz aka Rick Flare, L’roneous and more Gurp City family.
If you haven’t copped Z’s free EP, Show Up Shut Up and Rap do so now. This EP is a preview of Zmainey’s full album release coming later this year. The album track is produced by DNAE Beats and features Eddie Def on the cuts, but this live version below has the equally legendary DJ Quest on the tables at the Elbo Room. Under that video is another track off of Show Up Shut Up and Rap produced by Boac.