Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Smashing Like a Straight Fool
Little Bruce - "Mobbin' In My Old School"
Little Bruce - "Footlocka Crew"
XXXtra Manish, 1994
So today I figured "how about some Bay rap?"
Hailing from Vallejo, Little Bruce is E-40's cousin, was a regular guest on earlier 40 and Click records (which makes sense, since I think most or all of The Click were cousins) and was also part of the Funk Mobb. According to an interview posted on Bruce's Myspace page it was records back and forth between himself and Mac Dre that started the infamous feud between Vallejo's Millersville and Crestside neighborhoods that lasted through a good portion of the 90's. In fact, there are a few jabs at Mac Dre throughout 1994's XXXtra Manish.
You don't have to look at Bruce's Myspace page for very long to see that that was squashed (before Dre died, of course) but according to that same interview Little Bruce is now beefing with his cousin E-40, apparently feeling that his career was mismanaged. The interview's only one side of things, of course, but it's an interesting read.
(If none of the names in the first two paragraphs mean anything to you you obviously need to learn more about my area, the Yay Area.)
Putting aside the beefs I can say that, mismanaged or not, XXXtra Manish is some vintage Vallejo mobb shit. Fittingly enough, it plays like a cousin to E-40 and The Click, and I mean that in a good way. I don't know if it's even still available to buy anywhere, but if it is I'd suggest copping it. "Mobbin' In My Oldschool" might be the album highlight (or it might just be the one that always gets stuck in my head) and it's an uber-west-coast riding song with, I think, an ingenious use of a tinny sample to mimic a car radio. "Footlocka Crew" is... well he might be trying to make a point, but I think he's just emulating that old Slick Rick, Dana Dane goofy shit in a 90's gangsta vein. I love it.