The Bay Beat vol. 5: Young Mix, Rye Mann, Balance, Mal Forte

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The Golden State Warriors are the best team in the NBA and Steph Curry’s celebrity is reaching levels that are rare even for the NBA. After an MVP season, Championship and another All-Star game, Curry has made his way into the hip-hop lexicon with a notable reference already by Drake. Chicago’s Lil’ Bibby took it a step further with his new track “Steph,” an ode to one of the greatest shooters of all time filled with a long list of comparisons. He isn’t from the Bay Area obviously but I felt it still fit. – Benjamin Cohn @DaWhatBenja

P.S. Don’t forget to catch J. Stalin, Aka Frank, TrilL Youngins & Lil Yase at Slim’s on Saturday March 5!

 


 

Young Mix – Winter in Brooklyn Ep

San Francisco’s Young Mix released a new EP packed with honest lyrics about personal relationships, career aspirations, failures and more. The laid-back production is reminiscent of California vibes (not the G-funk descendants like DJ Mustard/Hyphy. Cali but the Souls of Mischief  Zion I, Cali). My personal favorite is the psychedelic “Sunrise, Sunset” but there is something in there for everyone. For instance, “PTSD” speaks on a number of social issues including police brutality and immigration.

 


 

Rye Mann – We Love It Here

It took 3 years for Oakland producer Rye Mann to finish We Love it Here and he can be proud of the time he spent. Two traits that immediately come to mind are Rye Mann’s ability to create diverse instrumentals, which can be seen in the range of featured artists on the album, and the fact that he just makes catchy beats. I found myself being drawn into each song almost immediately after the track started. There is room to grow but overall, a very exciting project from the East Bay.

 


 

Balance – Always Playin ft. Symba Produced by Cisco

Tomorrow, Balance will be releasing a new EP 41510: Redwall and I have the last preview he released. Cisco provided the piercing beat for Balance and Symba to ask girls why they’re playing if they want a real n**** around verses filled with lists of ways that girls do the wrong things to them.

 


 

Mal Forte – Worthwhile ft. Kehlani

I think this qualifies as one of those “love songs for guys.” Although Mal Forte is speaking to a girl, persuading her of his validity, he switches the flow up a few times and displays an impressive lyrical ability throughout. As far as the Bay goes, having a hook from Kehlani is about as good as it gets, right? “Worthwhile” can be found on Mal Forte’s sophomore album Better Late Than Never which is out now.
New sophomore Better Late than Never album out now