G Funk Era
Da 5 Footaz' The Lost Scrolls is a guilty pleasure of mine. Planted firmly in the g-funk soundscape, yet avoiding much of the cliched posturing and subject matter that drowned the genre; and possessing more clout and legitimacy than 99% of their compatriots, Da 5 Footaz could have been huge. The beats on this album are deep and cavernous, punching away under smooth, synthed-out melodies and Dj handiwork. The lyrics are hard, but not dumb, and the delivery comes as tight as you'd expect from these Blowdian heavyweights. I hear vintage Acey in Jah Skillz' delivery, and Abstract Rude even makes an appearance on track. Besides that, Warren G and the Twinz are frequent guests. So why this group never went huge is a mystery and a shame.
I was never a big fan of g-funk when it was a current commodity. I felt like it was forced down my throat, and never could get away from it long enough to really appreciate it. Even now, when I hear a song like the ones here, I appreciate it mainly in a nostalgic sense. So, although I admit I'm no expert in the genre, I can say that I appreciate this album more than many others I've heard. With Neb Luv and Jah Skillz, they would have crafted a great record no matter what the subgenre. Their voices, their flows, the subject matter - it's just great shit no matter how you look at it. The fact that they were part of Warren G's G-Funk Era is almost an afterthought. This is just great, 90's Cali hip hop, and I know you know what I mean. Although Da 5 Footaz officially consisted of Neb, Jah, K-Bar, Cobra Red and Knee-Hi, I think the entire crew only pops up on one track. But Jah and Neb are quite capable on their own. Give a listen to this overlooked gem.