(12) Tracks Off "Frisco" Rapper "Roach Gigz" Mix Tape
"Roachy Balboa: Round 3" (There Is No Tomorrow)
Ft. Marlow - "Boss'd Up"
Ft. Pac B. - "Back 2 Cali"
Ft. Kool John - "Crack A 40"
Ft. Kreayshawn - "Pu$$y Magnet" (Video)
Ft. Clyde Carson & 1-O.A.K. - "100 In The Fastlane"
"How I Feel"
"Against The Law"
"Don't Forget The Gigz"
The immense amount of preparation from Roach for the mixtape (he put out four videos from RBIII before it's release) built up a huge anticipation for it throughout the hip-hop community.
The long list of guest features doesn't hurt, either. "I just kept it to people I actually fuck with personally, like I usually do" Roach says of the guests on Roachy Balboa III, including "of course the Goomba Gang, my bro Iamsu!, Clyde Carson, Kool John, my friend Kreayshawn, and my singing bro 1.O.A.K." Remedy, Pac B, and Marlow also make appearances on the tape.
Out of the mixtape's seventeen songs, Roach lists some standout tracks being "Don't Forget The Gigz", "How I Feel", and the single "It's Lit" featuring Iamsu!, but insists that he cannot pick a favorite. Roach believes that he's grown since his last release of the Roachy Balboa series, and promises that on his new mixtape he doesn't worry himself with making sure to touch on every subject, but just rapping about what comes naturally. The variety of different producers that assist on the mixtape, including Nima Fadavi, DJ Two Stacks, Nick Catchdubs, P-Lo, C-Loz, and Trev Case make each track on the release more diverse than his previous two Roachy Balboas. "I think musically, this is one of my best releases" Roach says of the new tape. "I think the whole project separates me from the pack, honestly. I might rap about some of the same shit everybody enjoys...I just do it cooler."
Roach Gigz ft. Marlow
Roach Gigz ft. Pac B.
"Back 2 Cali"
Roach Gigz ft. Kool John
"Crack A 40"
Roach Gigz ft. Kreayshawn
"Pu$$y Magnet" (Video)
Roach Gigz ft. Clyde Carson & 1-O.A.K.
"100 In The Fastlane"
"How I Feel"
"Against The Law"
"Don't Forget The Gigz"
(4) Tracks From "Oakland" Rapper "D-Lo"
"Got Her Tho" Mix Tape
Ft. Sleepy D & Hongry - "Top Down"
Ft. Mitchy Slick, Compton Menace - "Keep It On The D-Lo"
Ft. YG, Jonn Hart & Raw Smoov - "Yo Pu$$y"
"Rappin' wasn't my first dream," admits "D-Lo" (D'Angelo Porter). "It was pro basketball. I always had good grades because of basketball."
Yet fate had other plans for the man known as "D-Lo". A dabbler in rap who'd only made a few tracks, "D-Lo" went into his friend's studio alone one night in February 2007, determined "to find his swag" on the mic. He made a stomping, minimalist beat — his first — on Fruity Loops, over which he discovered his style: a hyperactive staccato with a slight rasp, a little like Keak Da Sneak in a higher register. The song, "No Hoe," undeniably slapped, prompting "D-Lo" and his brother, Sleepy D, also new to rap, to burn CD singles and hand them out at BART stations, schools, and so on.
Two months later, "D-Lo" began serving a year in the county jail for attempted robbery, ending his hoop dreams. Yet Sleepy continued pushing "No Hoe" in the Oakland streets and on MySpace, and the song went viral. On the evening of his release in 2008, "D-Lo" performed his first show, in Richmond.
"I wasn't nervous," he says. "I wanted to see if people knew the song. As soon as I come on, everybody went crazy."
Throughout 2008, "D-Lo" kept pushing the song, which soon found its way into the clubs. A low-budget video on YouTube kept the buzz alive; meanwhile "D-Lo" hooked up with Clear Label/PTB, the label responsible for Beeda Weeda's success. Before long, KMEL was getting tons of requests for a song it couldn't play on the radio.
But "D-Lo" managed to make an acceptably "clean" version for airplay. He also put together a high-profile remix featuring Beeda, E-40, and the Jacka. More crucially, to prove he wasn't a fluke, he released a new, broadcast-friendly single, "You Played Me," with a hook sung by Rico the Kid. "D-Lo's" MySpace page tells the story: "No Hoe" earned an impressive 900,000 hits over the past two years, but "You Played Me" garnered 1.1 million in a matter of months. While "You Played Me" is slated for "D-Lo's" upcoming SMC debut, Undeniable Talent, the original and remix of "No Hoe" are available now on his "pre-album," The Tonite Show with D-Lo (Clear Label/PTB), among the best so far in the DJ Fresh-produced series.
With his grassroots rise and radio-readiness, "D-Lo" has attracted the attention of companies like Interscope and Def Jam. Perhaps he could be the new Bay rapper who finally breaks through to major label glory — a prospect he greets with both impatience and resolve.
"The shit be slow," he says of major label talks. "But I wouldn't be as popular as I am for nothing, so I keep pushin'." (http://www.sfbg.com/2009/11/04/d-lo)
Rude Boy CD He's Back! CD (2011) You Played Me EP (2009)
Customer Service CD (2008) Let's Get It On CD (2004) Tracks "D-Lo" Appeared OnFunk Season Vol. 3 (2011) Slappin In The Trunk Presents: When Tigers Attack CD (2009) Popular or famous "DLO" songs: Hardest In The Bay, No Hoe, Dedicated, Bang Bang, Life is Just Like That, From The Soul, In the Game, Goin' Thru a Thang, Customer Service, This Bullshit, Mona Lisa, Player Shit, Breakin It Down, Uncle DLO and Atiya, Missing U, Velvet Sky Interlude feat. Nick Moran, Remember Me, Strut, and Lonely Nights.Twitter: @MRNOHOEMyspace: mrnohoe
D-Lo Ft. Sleepy D & Hongry
D-Lo Ft. Mitchy Slick & Compton Menace
"Keep It On The D-Lo"
D-Lo Ft. YG, Jonn Hart & Raw Smoov