Thursday, April 12, 2007
Tony A's Roadium Mixtapes and the Birth of Hyphy
In the late 80's and early 90's DJ Tony-A of Hi-C fame would sell his mixtapes at Torrance's Roadium open air market. He would get freestyles from the all the west coast locals like Ice Cube, Eazy-E, Tone Loc, JJ Fad etc. I guess the demo version of "I'm Your Puppet" blew up off of one and got radio play and turned Hi-C imto the star he was on the west coast back then. He just recently re-released these mixes which you can cop form his website: Tony-A.com. Do it, they're fucking rad.
Here's a lil heat from some of those tapes...
Hi-C - I'm Not Your Puppet (Demo Version)
Tone Loc Freestyle
Which brings me to my bullet point. While listening to the Hi-C mixtape, I noticed a track by Rodney O & Joe Cooley called "Say It Loud" to which I think we can attribute the birth of Hyphy!
Rodney O & Joe Cooley - Say It Loud (1990)
You'll hear what I'm saying when it hits the 0:45 mark.