Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Wednesday Salute To Hip Hop's Underrated

This is becming my favorite day of the week. This is when I get to talk about an MC who's been putting in the type of work to deserve mainstream attentin but never really broke through. Last week I talked about Queens native Cormega. Today I'm bringing it back home to the Bay and letting you guys know about The Jacka. His brand of music is a cross between griity lyricism and harmonizing about growing up in Richmond, Oakland and Pittsburg. He started out with the Pittsburg, CA based group The Mob Figaz. They saw immediate success in the bay area with their first two albums. In 2000 his first album the self-titled The Jacka sold over 25,000 units, all with no major label backing or radio support. Although his second and third albums didn't sell as well he still remained to be on of the most popular rappers in the streets of the Bay Area. He's collaborated with every hard hitting rapper out of the Bay and even New Yorker Cormega. The Jacka has a string of hood anthems which include "Barney (More Crime)" and "Iller Clip". He's also seen modest radio play with his singles "Hey Girl" and the more recent "All Over Me". After ten years of grinding and building a solid fan base that stretches from the Bay Area to Kansas City, MO he is finally poised to release his next album Tear Gas to a national fan base.

This is one of my favorite Jacka joints "Barney (More Crime)"...

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