Rapper Cecy B's Hard 'Werk' Pays Off

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We don't see Chicana femcees like Cecy B representing OC all too often. We'd have a lot more people paying attention to us if we did. With her endless swag, speedy flow and devastating sexy appeal, it's a wonder this former San Juan Capistrano resident wasn't discovered a whole lot earlier. But thanks to new management and a big break opportunity from the legendary radio personalities/producers the Baka Boyz, her latest trap happy single, "All I Do is Werk," is working it's way onto FM airwaves from coast to coast.

Even after moving to LA where she is preparing to blow up, Cecy B's OC roots remain steadfast (she's still got plenty of familia and fans here). On Cecy B's website, the hometown homegirl offers up her Hustle in Heels mixtape for free. The collection features Lil Rob on the brown pride anthem "Mexico." The video for the song got airplay on MTV3. The femcee is currently working on her new album hoping to drop this summer with live shows in the mix. We talked to Cecy B about her new song--which has an extremely hot video that deserves to be viewed again...and again...and again.


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Quique Cruz Is a West Coast Rapper With a New York State of Mind

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Ryan Spencer
Quique Cruz "El Terrible"
Ever wondered what a West Coast Nuyorican rapper sounds like? Look no further than Quique Cruz, whose latest Quique's Rebellion: El Terrible Strikes Back drops lyrical references to both the Santa Ana ghetto and Hell's Kitchen. Built on ample doses of battle rhymes and political manifestos, the 14-track collection displays the Puerto Rican MC's breadth of talent. A veteran of the OC hip-hop scene, Cruz's natty roots go way back to the days of rockin' Koo's Cafe with his Youth International Party crew. He has worked with the likes of LMNO, 2Mex and Mr. Brady. Cruz is a capable producer and drops his Earth Bound Sound brand of beats throughout the new album to prove it. On mic duties, his flow stays smooths in the cut.

Whether it's the political diatribe of "Can't Stop the Resistance" on the album or the storytelling vibes of "Born & Raised," Quique Cruz will have you joining his rebellion.

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Your Favorite Rappers Reimagined as Food

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In a world where food can be just as important to a person's livelihood as music, the two undoubtedly share some characteristics that can reflect exactly what our favorite artists mean to us when compared to our favorite eats. Rappers, known for their boisterous personalities make it easier to draw lines between these essentials. And whether you're listening to your favorite album or scarfing a meal, both activities are best experienced while you have a little buzz going. So, if you're not already faded, take a hit, take a bite, and take a look at your favorite rappers in their edible forms.


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Meet MCe: The Next Generation of Great OC Rappers!

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Gabriel San Roman / OC Weekly
MCe putting in work at Ghosthouse Studioz!
At Ghosthouse Studioz in Anaheim, five teenagers stayed up late on a school night, but their parents didn't mind. The aspiring rappers took turns in the booth recording verses for a song that will be on a future recording project slated for release this summer. The group of youngsters dubbed themselves "MCe" with the "e" standing for 'eternal' or 'everlasting.' Between the ages of 16-19, they're all a part of Costa Mesa's Save Our Youth (SOY) after-school center. Eddie Iniestra, better known by his rap name Edifica, guides them through the session as SOY's Arts and Music Program Coordinator and the driving force behind the MCe project.

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Local Hip-Hop Group Speach Impediments Recognized by City of Placentia

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Recognition!
Accolades are nothing new for veteran rap crew Speach Impediments. They took home back-to-back OC Music Awards for "Best Hip Hop" the past two years. Drewid, Syntax Vernac, Deezie, and DJ Zole also made the Weekly's recent list of the Top 10 Hip-Hop Groups in OC. But a certificate of recognition from their hometown of Placentia? That's what was on the agenda for this Tuesday's city council meeting!

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Freddie Gibbs' Collab With Madlib Shows the Rapper at the Top of His Game

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Peter Beste
Late on a Monday afternoon, rapper Freddie Gibbs sits in the driver's seat of his parked Cadillac, right in front of his Canoga Park residence. He's less than a month away from the release of PiƱata, his collaborative album with LA producer Madlib, and the Gary, Ind.-born thug-poet is in ideal spirits. He has just lit up another mid-day blunt, and finally attained the chance to sit down and listen to his new album in his preferred fashion: as a fan sitting in the car, with weed sparked and speakers blaring.

"I tell people every time it sounds like a Blaxploitation movie, like Black Caesar or something; that's the kind of vibe I get," the 30-year old Gary native remarks toward the end of the listening session.

Freddie Gibbs' comparison with the 1973 Blaxploitation flick Black Caesar is probably a pretty accurate observation. At their core, both the old Larry Cohen directed film and the new Gibbs & Madlib record are grimy gangster tales, where the villain's lifestyle is at the center and the backdrop is a soundtrack soaked in soul. Unlike the Gibbs of Black Caesar though, this Gibbs didn't succumb to the streets that created him.

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Snow Tha Product is the Complete Indie Rap Package

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Eric Guerrero
Snow Tha Product knew exactly what she was doing when she threw a video for a song titled "Holy Shit" on You Tube back in 2011. Her 90-second clip showcased a blizzard of bars and similes that had the average hip-hop fan echoing the song title while staring slack jawed at their computer screen. Within days, it became a viral sensation.

But there's more to Snow than just rapid flows. Claudia Feliciano started off performing at a very young age in a genre far removed from rap. "When I was little I used to sing with my dad and grandpa because they were in a mariachi band," she says. As she got older, charro suits and gritos didn't play into her musical destiny. "In high school, I just wanted to freestyle and people seemed to like it, so I just kind of went with it." And since then, she's been off and running assembling her street team-- a.k.a. "Product Pushas"-- to spread the gospel associated with her signature tag line "Wake Ya Game Up."

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The Top 10 Hip-Hop Groups in OC

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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!

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Remembering N.W.A.'s Infamous Concert 25 Years Ago in Anaheim

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An anti-police brutality activist took the podium at Tuesday's tense Anaheim city council meeting and began rapping the intro to "Fuck Tha Police" by N.W.A. Little did he know that history was being channeled as the world's most dangerous rap group performed the very same song nearly 25 years ago to the day! The Celebrity Theatre, literally a stone's throw from City Hall, played host to the concert that almost didn't happen on March 24, 1989.

"Anaheim, can I talk to y'all for one minute," MC Ren said to the crowd then. "They didn't want us to do this show because they said Eazy-E and N.W.A. promote gang violence and drugs. And I'll tell you who said it, it was the po-lice, right!" Before getting into the cut, he hyped the crowd. "Say fuck the police!" MC Ren commanded. Concert goers responded and Ice Cube took it away.

See also: Cover story on the Sons of NWA recording album in OC

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The G-Funk Fest - The Observatory - March 15, 2014

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Yes, that's Spice-1 and MC Eiht on the same stage at the same time.
The G-Funk Fest
The Observatory
March 15, 2014

It's been three years since west coast hip-hop's most respected crooner Nate Dogg passed away. Like all other hip-hop artists who have passed, his death only seemed to bolster his impact and bring it back to the spotlight. It's well deserved too; what would California summers and springs even be like without hearing a Nate Dogg hook somewhere during your daily routine?

Though the G-Funk era seems pretty dated in 2014, it lives on through the artists of the era who still produce music and do shows, and through its impact on the current West Coast revival. The Observatory celebrated the life of Nate Dogg and and his contemporaries in the fashion it knows best: hip-hop bills filled with west coast rap veterans, including Warren G, MC Eiht, Spice 1, Kokane & Big Hutch of Above the Law, and 2nd II None. That's four musical sectors of California -- Long Beach, LA, the Bay Area, and Pomona -- covered within a few hours.

See also: The Top Rappers in OC


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