Wednesday, December 31, 2008

5150: ILLEGALLY INSANE IN THE BAY, MAYNE

I first started making visits out to the North Bay in 1993 after meeting a few writers who lived there. Everyone up there was heavy into the Vallejo sound that was coming out. Heads were bitter over 2Pac's involvement in a 1992 Marin City shooting that left a 6 year old boy dead so Pac got no play. And then you had Hiero coming out big and it seemed like a crossroads for a lot of kids. Do you stay pure and only rock the real, mob style Bay Rap? Or do you get down with this new less threatening sound? One thing everyone seemed to have in common in that neighborhood was the pride in their hometown heroes, 5150. I got a dub and eventually copped the tape. I didn't even know there was a vinyl version of any of these tracks until I stumbled upon this copy a few months back while digging in Santa Rosa.
"Dorothy" is the smooth, club track while "Games People Play" is a soulful, phoned-in-from-county reflection on the trials and tribulations of the dope game. But like most 12"'s, it's all about the B side. Cruising on an ominous bassline that sounds like it was lifted from a rejected Paris beat, "Back on Track" gets hyped with it's hook rippin' Ice-T, KRS and Ice Cube samples. Peep the dope piano solos! Whatever happened to that style? "Illegally Insane" is on some proto-hyphy shit with it's Bomb Squad on that dankweed production. Producer Klark Gable hooked up the boards nice but doesn't seem to be listed anywhere as doing anything post 5150. The group did reunite for 2002's "Back from the Asylum" album but I've never heard it. You could probably buy it with the money you're saving from finding these tracks here instead of buying the 12" off this guy. Speaking of Discogs, apparently this is 5150's second record. Anyone got a copy of that Con Artist 12"? I gotta hear "The Vigilante (Mind Over Matter) (Shit Hittin' The Fan Mix)"! 5150 (Illegally Insane) - Games People Play EP (Arrogant Records, 1992)

6 comments:

topper said...

yeah, thease dudes basically all snitched each other out on some d boy shit and none of em get along anymore. games people play is my joint though, i just referenced it on a song the other day... cutty.

Linger said...

Where you diggin in Rosa that you found 5150?
LAst Record Store maybe?

gooniestorm said...

dude, i just found yer blog, i do love "the cum ep" but can't download this cuz rapidshare won't let me. i know aesop uses mediafire and that works really well so you might want to consider uploading shit to tha ... so yeah, anyway, i'll be following this shit for sure...-
jason storm (go like this)

Eons One said...

@ linger: forgot the name. had pyramid style racks of cd's in the main part of the store. records near the front.

@ jason: thanks man. was using zshare & it crapped out. rs is safe. will consider mediafire if more people have problems.

Anonymous said...

First off 5150 iz the first and only rap group to drop a album and rep marin .what ever happend with them aint nobodys concern but theres.i got nothen but respect for those dudes i know gable tac etc they need to be looked at as one of the pioneers of the bay area rap game.and fuck all u haters out there with ur back pack rap ....

Anonymous said...

5150 man that takes me back. I met 'tank' the summer of 91 I think right before that first album came out. Tank and his family was from Louisiana and it took me a week to figure out what he was saying from his accent. He also was the first to tell me about southern music which eventually led me to outkast's first album another LA native, Marshall Fault. I lost touch but I hope those guys are ok, they were kind good people.