Hip Hop Culture


Hip Hop Culture
Performed By 10BASS T
Album UPC 789077000129
CD Baby Track ID 466976
Released 1996-01-01
BPM 87
Rated 0
ISRC ushm20302198
Year 1996
Spotify Plays 12,482
Writer Carlos Mena
Composer Carlos Mena
ClearanceFacebook Sync License,Traditional Sync,YouTube Sync ServiceOne Stop
Rights Controlled Master and Publishing Grant
Rights One-Stop: Master + 100% Pub Grant
Original/Cover/Public Domain original
Country United States - California - SF


Ahhh the classic days of Hip-Hop return. A Tribe Called Quest meets KRS-ONE meets Cypress Hill. This multi-cultural group (Philipino, PuertoRican/Dominican, and Mexican)put it down for the Bay Area for many years.


San Jose, California finds us face to face with the spirits of hip-hop past, present, and future. Enter 10BASS T, a mutli-ethnic trio representing the universe with some of the most original sounds in the Bay Area. Vocalist Slim Daddy Milo kicks an original blend of dance-hall and West Coast patois, while Solrac commands attention with his rugged Brooklyn style rhymes. Musical styles and languages are no barrier to this crew, with Selector G providing the musical framework. The combination of melodic rhymes and funked out jazz, provide a direct path to hip-hop enlightenment. The influences are all there, from Yellowman to John Coltrane, from Jack Kerouac to Gil Scott-Heron. For a genre-specific comparison, 10BASS T would be called a cross between the Fugees, A Tribe Called Quest, and GangStarr. This Afro-Latin, Asian trio has had much local success in the Bay Area. Classic, Timeless, Material!


- Won WAMMIE from SF Weekly for Best Hip-Hop/Rap group!
- Voted into BAM magazine's Best Undiscovered Bands!
- Selected from over 300 bands to represent the Bay Area at Lollapaooza!
- Heralded track on Ubiquity's debut release Home Cookin'!
- Opened for Counting Crows at the Filmore!


And for those of you who don't understand
This... is hip-hop culture"

Damn straight. Jazzy like Gangstarr, gifted like December 25th, "the ten-bass trio" is in full effect on an album I can't be 100% convinced is a debut -- even though I've never heard of them before. This is too good to be a rookie crew with no rep; they've been recording something _somewhere_ before this.

I'm loving this album to pieces yo. FRESH as hell metaphors like "coming with more lyricals than white folks on prozac... got more styles in my house than Cindy Crawford" in "Good Times" got me MAD OPEN. Milo and Solrac chop the mic up lovely with their rhymes, flow, and they manage to sound distinctive in an era where everybody sounds like Rakim or Cube. Selector G hooks up some really FAT ass basslines, drumlines, and all around head-nodda beats.

This album hits all over the place; showing a highly credible versatility in lyrical compositions. "Some Say We're Spanish..." rings the same bells for me that Chino XL's "Who Am I" hits and "Open Your Eyes" addresses "how silly shit has gotten" in both the music world and the urban world -- with a one-two-three knockout of chorus samples including Buckshot Shorty and Rakim. DAMN.

This album is far too short at only 12 tracks. I want any of you heads who know about other 10BASS T releases to get in touch with me and tell me how I can check out more of the skills. This is not hyperbole. 10BASS T is undoubtedly one of the best albums I've heard this year. Check out the San Jose Sound Recording Company at SJSR.com and tell them Flash and HEADz UP! sent you looking for 10BASS T!

ORIGINAL HEADz UP! score: 6 out of 6 (converted to RapReviews.com)
TOTAL Vibes: 10 out of 10

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