Portland Trailblazers – Bust A Bucket

Music and pro sports kind of go hand in hand especially these days with all the cross promotion between the two. With all the money being made a lot of players even dabble with music starting labels or even trying to become artists themselves. Promotional anthems sometimes are good for just laughs but other times they go for a good cause and in 1992 several Portland Trailblazer players came together to help benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs. The outcome would be a partnership with Z100 and Nike to release a two track promotional tape sold through local stores with a portion of the proceeds benefitting Boys & Girls Clubs in the local Portland area. While the main hit still renown to this day called “Bust A Bucket” featured Dan Reed the players who participated were called “The Slam’n GeezIt Choir” which consisted of Kevin Duckworth, Lamont Strothers, Terry Porter, Jerome Kersey, and Buck Williams. Also part of the choir were actual kids themselves from the club which consisted of Andy Homes, Kiauna Wilson, Tracey Yeggins, and Ebony Morris. The B-Side song continued Blazer Mania with “Blazers Are In The House”!
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Street Brothers – Bionic Sonics

Not taking away from the Sonics of the past including the team that won the Championship but for a lot of Sonics fans the nineties seemed to be the most exciting era. With the duo of Shawn Kemp plus Gary Payton along with key players like Detlef Schrempf, Nate McMillian, Kendal Gill, and Sam Perkins it was a memorable period. Seems like every few years a artist usually local takes a shot at making an anthem in support of the team or to support a playoff run. Although the Sonics are no longer in Seattle you have history and sort of a unknown piece happens to be a song that dropped in 1994 called “Bionic Sonics” by Street Brothers. Nowadays it might be considered questionable the group was actually from Tacoma and as many can remember we were al 206 at the time. Consisting of artists Young Krime, LA Mar, Homicide, Crucial, Dream, Netta, Kay Swiss, Sweet T, Lunatic, and Shorty. The song itself samples hip hop beginnings with Sugarhill Gangs “Rappers Delight” along with samples of Sonics broadcasts. The B-Side of the tape featured three additional songs more expectant of what most think of when hearing music from Tacoma including a early sampling of Sir Mix A Lot.
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David Long – Love Life (1996)

R&B music has a underground scene but due to the fact you have to have some real talent it does not get as diluted as the rap side of things. Seattle is still a burgeoning music scene to this day and even the nineties still had a myriad of artists searching for fame. David Long was a R&B singer who released his maxi-single “Love Life (1996)” on New World Records. With two songs appearing on the release you get to hear enough of David to realize his vocal abilities were impressive for the era comparable to that of other R&B acts from the time period. Both songs on the release were produced by Raymond Livingston, David Long, Kiam, with features from J-Boogie and Damion.
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Northwest Connection – What They Hittin Fo

Tacoma’s Hilltop has a storied past of tumultuous history which many endured and safe to say survived. Tales of life on the hill can be told but what better way then through music. Death Wish Records came with the idea of compiling artists mostly from the Tacoma area and ties to hilltop neighborhood when it dropped its Northwest Connection compilation titled “What They Hittin Fo” in 1997. The artwork itself is a gem in history as it’s a supposed picture of some of the original members of the now infamous originators of the Hilltop Crips. With ten songs the project featured apperances by Wojack, Black Caesar, Mr Dog, Tha DCP, The Deuce Click, Crooked, Zelle Dogg, Melvin G, and Big Will.
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The Sport-N-Life Compilation – Volume 1

Sport N Life Records was the new kid on the block in the early 2000 timeframe and had some big shoes to fill when they released their debut compilation “The Sport-N-Life Compilation Volume 1”. Seattle had already been known in the underground scene for dropping some dope compilations like “Untranslated Prescriptions”, “Do The Math”, “14 Fathoms Deep” and “Classic Elements” all of which showcased artists that are considered inspirers or legendary for what they did accomplish musically. While Sport N Life’s compilation came out later it still touched on some of the greats but was also a introduction to some new up and coming talent. Some of the talent that would appear on this project it was their humble start and since then have gone on to become local or national pillars of success. For this era it definitely held its water in comparison to previous great compilations. Production is handled by J Bellamy, Bean One, Vitamin D, Kuddie Fresh, and Unorthodox.
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Big Poohb & Young Willz – Supersized Game

Portland aka Rose City has a ample amount of talent coming out all the time due to it being one of the prime cities in the Northwest. While the boundaries between different types of music is apparent many artists are still getting it in with their fanbase. A fairly new group in 2001 brothers Big Poohb and Young Willz would release their debut album “Supersized Game” on Hoggin & Doggin Records. While mobb music originated in the bay area the northwest has over the years taken its origins and sculpted into its own sound. While mobbed out is still the base you get more of a grime and gloomy feel that is similar to the weather. The album featured apperances from Syko, On One, SideShow, Twomp Sak, Dirty Money with production from Big Poohb, Syko, and Nino Caine.
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Little Tha Sound Bwoy Presents – As The World Sleeps

Perfect is hard to accomplish but anything near is acceptable and that is the vision Littleton  had when he released his “As The World Sleeps…It Goes Down” compilation in 1997. The novel idea of a compilation is to pack as much good music from various artists and you saw that with this particular project. It featured a ton of Seattle’s best up and comers at the time as well as some of the cities biggest producers which was like a one two punch combination. You literally get production from Funk Daddy, Mike Wingo, Ryan RC Croone, Skillz, Vitamin D, and Littleton who have all played their part in the regions musical history. The other thing that is great about this compilation is that a lot of the music was exclusive to this release and besides a few tracks most did not appear on artists other projects.
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Karma Council – Karmas

Tacoma has had its share of artists in the grand scheme of trying to put the city’s name in greater company but even to this day it continues to be a struggle. Seems like in the early days everyone starts out as some sort of a group and in the mid nineties Karma Council was formed. Consisting of members Waccen (Waxcen), Dragon, and D/S they released their first project “Karmas” in 1998. Like many it was the only project they would release and it featured seven tracks with production from Big Squeeze, AMC, D/S, and L.B.R.A. The album sounds dated almost like a tape release but the overall sound seems to be hip hop meets mobbish west. Overall the group seemed like it was a combination of artists with different influences trying to apply a mutual sound.
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E-Dawg – Platinum

E-Dawg’s “Drop Top” is a classic song that never gets old its one of them tunes you instantly feel good about. While the song made its rounds you yearned for more but an album never made its way to release during the time frame. While E-Dawg featured on various projects for years it was around 1999 a label called Spot Entertainment based out of Denver, Colorado hooked up with E-Dawg to release a project called “Platinum”. While not heavily promoted the project was the closest thing to a E-Dawg solo at the time with ten tracks of what sounds like older material with a golden era west coast sound. Beats were by E-Dawg, Loon E Toon, Mike Kumagai, Strange, and Wine Time Productions (Kevin Gardner & Redwine).
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Crooked Path – After Dark

Crooked Path was a group most people remember for dropping their album “Which Way Is Up” in 1998 on Dogday Records. Consisting of members Funk Daddy, Delirious, and J-Skee the album was another Seattle release that received nationwide exposure that hipped west coast music fans to what was going on in the upper left. What many people don’t know is these three had been working together for quite sometime releasing their first project “After Dark” in 1993. The project was produced almost entirely by Funk Daddy who at this time was going by his government of Greg B with the AKA’s of GeeBee or Lil Daddy. The other two members still had the same titles of Delirious aka D-Brown aka D-Boy and J-Skee aka Founding Father Aka Green Thumb. Released on Til Ya Tight Records the album was recorded at Brothas Comin Up Studios, Mix A Lot Studios, H2 Studios, and the wicked Dungeon.
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