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Infinite Playlist: Muggs x Battlecat Collections

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Bfred’s back at it. And this time around, he’s showing California love to producer’s Muggs and Battlecat.

“The massive success of the group, fueled by Muggs’s unique, playfully

dark sound, blazed a new trail for West Coast rap. The producer’s

sample-heavy, New York-influenced beats made the group’s first two

album hip-hop classics, and before long he was one of the genre’s most

in-demand beatmakers, working with heavyweights like Ice Cube and

mentoring newer Soul Assassins artists like Funkdoobiest, House of Pain

and a young Alchemist. The rise of the West Coast underground scene in

the ’90s owes a massive debt to Muggs’ unorthadox work, which proved

that music that was decidedly not g-funk could still represent Cali

correct. I compiled a grip of must-have Muggs classics for this week’s

second Uggh…Nice Watch collection…”

“Quik and Dre are rightfully lauded as the giants of West Coast hip-hop,

but one guy that deserves to be mentioned in the same breath is Kevin “DJ Battlecat” Gilliam.

This dude is g-funk in the flesh. Amazing. Originally a radio DJ at

KDAY, he blew up as a producer in ’93 with Domino’s huge hits “Getto

Jam” and “Sweet Potato Pie,” adding a cooled-out, jazzy R&B flavor

to the funk-based sound of the minute (Doggystyle came out two weeks before Domino’s debut).”

Rick Ross Was Just Doing His Job
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305 unearthed vintage audio of Officer Ricky rhyming over T.I.’s “Doing My Job,” Talk about irony. Check out the back story:

“Here’s a song Ross recorded back in 2002, produced by Kanye West. It was actually recorded for the 2002 version of Port Of Miami over a beat that later became T.I.’s for his 2003 Trap Musik

album. From what I know, this is one of the reasons that sparked a

small beef between T.I. and Ross for a little while (I could be wrong

because that’s hearsay) because T.I. eventually ended up snatching the

beat. Either way, I remember this song got leaked on a DJ EFN mixtape

– and I remember that Slip-N-Slide was fuming and mad that the song

leaked a little prematurely. And also, you hear in the song “99 Jamz

show me some love.” This was at a time when Ross and 99 Jamz were at

odds and had a little bit of a scuffle over airplay issues and if I

remember correctly, 99 Jamz made it a point to NOT play any Ross

records at time. Later that changed as “Hustlin’”, Ross’ breakthrough

single, was debuted on 99 Jamz via DJ Khaled’s nightshow and the rest

is history.