10 More of the Best Rappers in OC
By: Nate Jackson and Gabriel San Roman
Last week, our list of Top 10 Rappers in OC seemed to cause a bit of a stir in the local hip-hop community, lots of whining but plenty of praises. Well, good--we're always glad to bruise egos and shake things up over here at Heard Mentality. But of course, the talent on these lists is what matters and frankly, there wasn't enough room for all the names we wanted to squeeze on there. So we gladly took another opportunity to share some of the music we've been bumping in our car stereo whilst trying hard not to get pulled over by the cops. And so we bring you another heaping hip-hop helping of 10 more emcees who are definitely worth your time.
See also: The Top 10 Rappers in OC
The Uncontrollable Rage
Born Dave Penalver, Rage is an Orange-based emcee who comes with 'uncontrollable' fits and flows. Always in the pocket with his rhymes, Rage is one to watch. New music is on the way this year, but looking back at Rage's "Going Crazy" shows you what he's capable of. Produced by Louden, the beat maker backing Reverie, the track displays Rage at his best. Catch him rockin' the mic too bringing the live energy to local hip-hop. (Gabriel San Roman)
Catch that Illnes infection
Raised in SanTana, Nestor Medrano, better known as Illnes, is infectious. His voice delves into raspy realms and growls delivering a political punch in trying to elevate social consciousness. With a laboratory setting in SanTana's El Centro Cultural de Mexico, Illnes is involved 'Elemental Expression' workshops maintaining the culture. Since the release of his Dose One mixtape, Illnes tackles gentrification and other issues in new solo projects, including rhyming in Spanish. He's also part of the group Salvajes who are readying their debut album. (Gabriel San Roman)