The Top 10 Hip-Hop Groups in OC
In our quest to further map out OC's hip-hop scene, we return with another playlist! As our two top 10 rappers and top five femcee features zeroed in on solo acts, the Weekly now turns it attention to Juice County crews. Before compiling the post, we were jokingly asked, "Are there enough groups to make a top 10?" The resounding answer is: Yes! In fact, there's more than this format could fit entailing some painstaking omissions--again. And it would be even more overcrowded save for the fact that being in a group, hip-hop or otherwise, entails breakups, hiatuses, and changing rosters. It's good to know, though, that there are still some aspiring Wu-Tang Clan's out there in OC keeping the movement mashing. Check out the latest assembled sounds until we come back with more hip-hop listicle madness!
10. Cham Kerem de Santana
If Orange County can boast radical rap, Cham Kerem de Santana is the group behind the mic. Four activists joined forces to make music they're unapologetic in deeming as "low-budget revolutionary peoples hip hop." Every time La Pavis spits her Spanish rhymes, women in the crowd always react loudly to seeing a sister take center stage. Illoheem is a polished poet whose "I Still Have a Dream" spoken word piece on immigration was recently delivered to the Deporter-in-Chief Barack Obama himself! Ghost Dance and Ill Sal round out the quartet seeking a musical overthrow of the Lords of OC.
9. Sacred Blasphemy
Zuleica Zepeda They predicted it all...
Sacred Blasphemy are prophets in their own land. The trio of Anaheimer rhymers told gritty tales of impoverished barrios, police harassment, and street politics in the supposed 'happiest place on earth' before all those issues came to dominate headlines a year-and-a-half ago. Beyond the West Coast banger "Kings Are Back," the group's set of songs on The Radical Era are poignant dispatches from seasoned street reporters. Sacred Blasphemy drives their message home with Rinoe's forceful delivery, Chuco's raspy rhymes and Skandalouz's poetic urgency. With everyone out trying to get a piece of their city, the group remains the true voice of the Other Anaheim