MP3 Fam One G.A.N.G. - Welcome 2 Tha West Coast
18 Tracks - Over 76 minutes of orginal music - Straight West Coast - LA / OC / IE
18 MP3 Songs
HIP HOP/RAP: West Coast Rap, HIP HOP/RAP: Southern Style
Fam One: Redefining What’s Gangsta
As you sit back and listen to Welcome 2 Tha West Coast, you’re overwhelmed with that old-school West Coast feel… classic kicks and snares, melodic keys blended with deep bass chords and the familiar sound of hand claps that have long defined West Coast Funk. In this case, that someone (or some ones rather) is a west coast group called FAM ONE G.A.N.G.
Reviving the West
There’s a difference between being a “gangsta” and simply gang-bangin’ – and the difference lies within the definition. In the land of the red and the blue, bangin’ is a way of life for some – and for the others – it’s a systematic way of controlling a segment of the population. A true gangsta is not bound by man-made boundaries. He’s defined by his actions more so than his appearance and, on all accounts; a gangsta is more concerned with his business than he is with his adversaries. To put it more simply – Gangsta is bangin’ when it grows up.
On Welcome 2 Tha West Coast, you get to experience that grown man gansta. That - true hustlin’ mentality. That – I will work three jobs if I have to – type of grindin’. That -mature gangsta. Fam One delivers that classic West Coast sound – banging beats, rock influenced guitar riffs, thought provoking content, with just the right touch of R&B. Lyrically speaking, the deliveries of each member of the Fam reflects their distinct personalities. While their personalities vary greatly, as in every family, each of them lets you know exactly where they are coming from. Fam One was able to recreate that old school West Coast sound, which will keep their fans coming back for more.
After years of the music industry pumping out cookie cutter acts and music that sounds like the same ole stuff being played over and over again on the air, Fam One has arrived to redefine the West Coast. Their experiences and expertise, collectively and as individual artists, allows this eclectic group to formulate an original sound and a style that is long overdue.
"Crime was long concerned only with brutal, solitary and personal impulses. But nowadays… [they] are forming ranks; they obey discipline; they have given themselves a code and a morality; they work in gangs with well devised schemes." -- Louis Blanc, 1840
When you everything you do revolves around your Family First, you know you can’t go wrong. Fam One G.A.N.G. was formally established in 2002. And we all know that with every family, there comes a fair share of “family drama”. But like we said before, it’s family first, so instead of airing all the family business we’ll get down to the facts. You see, it’s their loyalty to one another that sets Fam One apart from all the rest.
Fam One G.A.N.G.’s unconventional business structure has provided them with the flexibility of handling their individual careers while simultaneously working towards the collective goal. None of the members are signed to any type of recording contract and as it stands, they are all equal business partners in the family business. Jook will tell you, “I don’t believe in that slavery s#!t… If a man chooses to do business with me it’s because it’s a pleasure doing business with me.” But don’t get the wrong impression; Jook has a graduate degree from a prestigious university on the West Coast coupled with the size and presence to enforce his will. Individually, the Fam has been offered a variety of recording deals from several majors – all of which have been refused due to one technicality or another. Having spent many hours negotiating the terms of various recording contracts, the Fam has now focused their attention on securing a joint venture deal through a major. While the Fam is not opposed to working with a major, we will not recant our terms under any circumstance – now, that’s gangsta.
Meet the band
Fam One G.A.N.G. consists of Jook, Bucc West, SeeJai, J. Thorn, Lucky Lou, Kevvy Traxx, Gator Beatz, and Erquhart.
Jook, the President and CEO of Fam One G.A.N.G., is a swift and calculated businessman, with a sharp intuition and unrelenting desire to succeed. Jook is somewhat hard to read at times, which makes him a hell of an executive when it comes to negotiations.
Bucc West brings that raw, street-level vibe in everything he says and does. You can bet Bucc West is always going to stir up some beef by saying what others are afraid to say and doing what everyone else wouldn’t dare do.
SeeJai blends his soulful melodies with captivating lyrics to create music that will melt any heart. Perhaps the most sophisticated member or the group, he tends to have an indelible impact on his female fans.
https://www.tradebit.comrn is what you’d call a smooth operator. His cool, calm, even-temper, and objective style of negotiating keeps this family balanced. https://www.tradebit.comrn is responsible for FAM One’s bookings, collections, and mediating any potential disputes. His precision and class are just as evident in his flawless lyrics and delivery.
Lucky Lou has got that fresh new energy that makes people just want to be around him. His sense of style is impeccable, and everyone knows he is the premier source for what’s hot in hip-hop. On-stage his crazy stagger and charisma resonate, and the women faithfully follow.
Kevvy Traxx, FAM One’s in-house producer, is a bit of a perfectionist who knows how to transcend borders when it comes to making beats. Although more of the strong-silent type in person, his personality screams out through his melodic chemistry on the tracks.
Gator Beatz has mastered the formula for that classic west coast beat that will make you want to pull out a phat one and blaze up. His elusiveness and mystery keeps the rest of the Fam at the edge of their seats. With this cat, you never know what’s coming next. But, he always returns with the kind of sound that let’s you know you just gotta let him do his thang, his way.
Erquhart matches the definition of a true hustler. While he rolls solo the majority of the time, Erquhart’s spirit and dedication always remain with the FAM. A bit of a street poet, he paints a vivid picture of his experiences and thoughts through his lyrical genius.
In Welcome 2 Tha West Coast, Fam One wanted to pay tribute to old school West Coast hip-hop, which they did flawlessly. You’d be hard pressed to find many successful independent artists in Southern California, where it’s all about playing the “Hollywood” role for the media. “We wanted to recreate the era when N.W.A. and Too Short served the streets, WITHOUT radio airplay and videos,” said Jook, Fam One’s President and CEO. He reveals that the mission was, “To (finally) bring a voice back to Southern Cali., to remind folks when we used to buy CD’s not because the radio or MTV made it popular but because it was real.”
If you’ve been missing some real hip-hop, and long for that true West Coast sound, this is where it’s at. If you haven’t already copped it, check out Fam One G.A.N.G.’s debut album, Welcome 2 Tha West Coast, at https://www.tradebit.com If you already have been fortunate to get yours, then tell a friend.
In terms of which song on the album is the best… well, you’ll just have to decide that for yourself.