UNDGD Capacity features the dopest unsigned talent California has to offer. Based out of Orange County, CA and ran by ABSTUXZ rapper Vally Vicious. For serious inquiries:
Vanessa Lynnae is no stranger when it comes to the spot light. The Ventura County native has been on her independent tip while rocking shows, shooting music videos, and still managing to find time for the studio. Her collaboration with Vally Vicious on “Animal Style” was definitely a good enough reminder why her nickname “Queen Rewrite” is so suiting.
When it comes to diversity in the Inland Empire hip hop scene, Twin Towers fits the mold. Two brothers based out of Chino, Madd Docc & Kwency Jones of 92 Crew have been at it since 92 hence the name. In 2013, the 28 year old twins had the pleasure to travel to Texas to rock at SXSW. When it comes to high energy and stigma these cats definitely have that stage presence.
1.How long have you been rapping? We’ve been writing and rapping since 1992, started performing in high school in 2002 and started professionally recording in 2003, haven’t looked back since.
2.Is 92 crew something that you both started or chose to rep? ‘92 Family is a collective of 8 artists and producers (and as of recently MMA fighters), that was started by us and our cousin Salute. It started just us three when we started doing music in 1992, and since we’re family that’s where the Family comes from. All the other artists/priducets/etc. came under the umbrella throughout the years, whether close friends or more of our extended family members. We chose to rep it as it represents our start and our cohesiveness as a unit.
3.Do you feel that being twins is an advantage in the hip hop scene? Absolutely. It is generally rare in hip hop that you see a group or duo that consist of siblings, more specifically twin brothers. In terms of diversity being twins definitely helps set us apart from the pack, not only in look and appeal but in our sound as well. We often compare being a twin to being born with your best friend, which in a musical sense is a great advantage creatively. We trust each other 100% which makes our chemistry more natural whenever we’re recording or discussing concepts for new songs. I think it also shows in the way we perform. No matter the venue. we just bring a different type of energy with us on stage that the crowd always seems to feed off of. If we’re having a good time we want the people to have a good time with us because if you’re enjoying your experience it means you’re enjoying the music.
4.When can we expect a new project in the works? Well as of right now we are close to finishing up our second duo album, aptly titled “Workaholics”. We initially announced this project in 2012 and have since been collaboratively working on perfecting its sound, concept and quality for the last year and a half. We’d like to release it some time between March and April but time will tell, you can’t force good music and this is definitely NOT a project we have any interest in rushing. In the mean time we have put together a new tape called “Casual Friday” that we are releasing at the end of February. We know its been a while since our last album so “Casual Friday” is our way of keeping new music in the hands of the fans as we finish up “Workaholics”. We’ll be dropping brand new songs from the tape along with lyric videos over the next couple of weeks for listeners to stream and download, just look for the casual friday hashtag.
Meet Texas native Phr0zen, a former horrorcore artist who has transitioned energies to dark aggressive/hype with his 2013 mixtape, “Welcome to the Land" featuring Snow Tha Product, Tiny Jay, and Wicked Babydoll he has quite the line up. With over 180 tracks recorded, Phr0zen continues to make his mark in then underground scene while managing the independent label
Dirty Devil Entertainment. Check out his ch0pped and screwed version of “Rock this Shit” feat. Tiny Jay.
Abstuxz rapper Cur3, a finalist for the Bars Over Bullshit competion we mentioned previously hosted by producers, Anthro Beats & Eskupe. The 21-year old rapper demonstrates his sharp lyrical abilities but there is no doubt he is up against good competition. “
Organized Threat has got a pretty dope roster and amongst the underground assassins comes Razor. With his studio album, “F.A.I.T.H.” (Fully Amplified Intellect Toward Haters) dropping TOMORROW (01/12) and his album release party in tow the 818 rapper has quite a lot to celebrate. In his own words about this current album,
Coming in at 6’3 at only 16 years old the grade school rapper A-F-R-O has paved the way for the younger underground generation. Starting at 11 years old, the independent rapper tends to be influenced by the likes of RZA, Pete Rock, 2pac, all the way down to Rugged Man & Redman. Reminding us of a young Biggie Smalls based on his heart, size, and drive the gentle giant strives to make a name for himself while gaining the respect of his obviously much older peers. He is apart of Overcast Ent. an Orange County based label managed by Producer turned soon to be rapper, Alex Nejera aka “B.U.G.S.” (heard on the feature track “Platter”). With his 2013 mixtape overflowing with 22 tracks we would say it is going to be a promising year for young A-F-R-O.
4 locos goin hammy on this joint. If you are a fan of female rappers you definitely wanna look out for Bleezie with her raw lyrics and spunk she adds a variety of spicy you just can’t ignore. Also amongst the greats is Hide And Seek Zoo another local Cali cat.
When it comes to Orange County’s Yours Truly rapper, Phora, you either really like the kid or your too busy droppin disses. For one OC rapper Galvan G this was the case. The Anaheim rapper doesn’t hold back on shit with his thesis line stating “Fuck Phora and everything he represents” emphasizing his hatrid toward Phora. With the track being just over 3 minutes in length there’s plenty of room for opinion.
When it comes to the Odd Futures of the underground scene ABSTUXZ may just fit into that quirky category. With nitty gritty wordplay from Trol7 and his DGAF attitude all the way to Cur3’s sharp tongue slicing the beat to precision, you never know what to expect from the Stuxians. “7 Blunts High” was by no means intended to win a Grammy however, the candid vocals by Vally Vicious adds a whole new level of unordinary to their already abnormal sound.
Power 106’s “Who’s Next” champion MC Imprint is no stranger when it comes to the spotlight. The OC rapper just released his sophomore album “Sobriety Date” which features 10 tracks focusing on quality rather than quantity. Amongst those tracks some that stood out are “Pac Coast” a typical Southern California anthem mentioning “Cali got the finest damn women it’s the home of the Lakers baby everyday we winning” followed by a catchy chorus. Then there’s “Dreams” which he persists on coming out on top gradually getting more hyped as the song continues and is a good showcase of the struggles as an independent artist. His abstract choice in instrumentals demonstrates his diversity but his positivity throughout the album is transparent.
Two of underground hip hop’s producers Eskupe & Anthro Beat’s hosted a rap competition called “Bars Over Bullshit” in which the winner receives free studio time with the widely known, “Yours Truly” movement. There were many dope contestants however some of the finalists include, but are not limited to:
Cur3 (of Abstuxz), Miss Char, & A-F-R-O
Maiselph is a Southern California independent hip hop artist from Beaumont, CA. As a member of the underground collective, Yours Truly, the Cali native has released over 7 full length studio albums his latest being with 2mex (The Visionaries) called “Like Farther, Like Sun” cop that free at bandcamp.