Emerald green palm trees shadow over lowrider’s sitting on spinning 100 spokes. The smell of urbal fruits yet skunky aroma of marijuana fills the air as the deep basslines and calming chords from keyboards and synthesizers beat into the surround sound of another claimed to be player in the streets. G-Funk, a sub-genre of Gangster Rap, blew up mainstream in the mid 1990’s with producers like Dr. Dre, DJ Quik, Cold 187 setting prime examples of the genre, G-Funk put rap music truly into the mainstream. Records from Warren G, 2pac, Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, DJ Quik & several other artists were going several times platinum with the new bad ass funky sound. As the late 90’s came in, the Southern rap/hip-hop scene began to become prevalent with acts like Master P (No Limit Records) and Cash Money Records the G-Funk era shortly died out. Though the genre of music was still heard in veterans of the genre and several Southern California rap artists have a lick in keeping the vibe to their modern records- G-Funk in the United States has seen better days.
Well over here in the United States when we were bumping to the newly heard G-Funk sound in the 1990’s- little did we know there were many European producers out watching and imitating the G-Funk sound. A little background information about the G-Funk scene in Europe, a main act that produced many records for US artists, was a group called Den Gale Pose in Denmark but they go by Madness 4 Real in the United States. Madness 4 Real produced for quite a few artists on Ruthless and Relativity Records such as Eazy-E, MC Ren, WC and the Maad Circle, Ice Cube, B.G. Knocc Out & Dresta and Mack 10. Back in Europe, Madness 4 Real (in which they go under by Den Gale Pose) earned Grammies for their single “Flere Ho’s”; so these guys have been in the game for awhile and are well received. Other acts over in Europe that were producing and doing the G-Funk sound as well was the Persian emcee Ro-Cee who is known for his single “Gettin’ All Da Babes” and the Swedish group Infinite Mass in which they have progressed from the G-Funk sound.
Now from the mid 2000’s to 2013, many upcoming G-Funk artists and producers from Europe have successfully networked with many US Westcoast G-Funk veterans such as MC Eiht, Foesum, Frost, DJ Quik. Even though artists like Infinite Mass collaborated with MC Eiht back in the late 90’s, artists like Two-J from Japan has accomplished in collaborating with DJ Quik, Frost and Foesum. Two-J is one of the main rap/hip-hop stars in Japan that pushes the G-Funk sound upon in his music; if Two-J didn’t have the strong of an accent he has you would suspect Two-J was coming straight out of Southern California. The Europeans producers have perfected the California Westcoast sound so well, that an obsessive G-Funk head like myself may say they blow some US producers out the water.
Upcoming producers from France Cartelsons released their album “Drugstore Music” this year and had several star veteran guest appearances to bless their production like: Tha Dogg Pound, Soopafly, Roscoe Dash, Butch Cassidy, Bad Azz, MC Eiht, Celly Cel, Sean T, Big Hutch (Cold 187), Foesum, Wayniac (from The Twinz). One of the leaked tracks from the album is “Wake Up in Cali” which has MC Eiht and T-Dubb and MNMsta of Foesum as the features performing. The beat is a banging funky track laced with chilled keyboard chords, running melodic guitars, a harmonized synthesizer gliding along during the choruses with MC Eiht’s infamous phrase “Geah”. Put on some headphones, kick back, close your eyes and listen to the Dogg Pound of France illustrate the skyline of Southern California with the tales of real Westcoast veterans to share.
View here the Leak of Cartelsons track “Wake Up in Cali”– live in studio footage…Now don’t mind me I’m going to help myself to a philly, maybe a dash of henny and turn the funky sound up for the W!