Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
The East/West Connection From Oakland, Cali
D-Gambler | Bay Area, CA. | 09/21/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"D-Loc's "Split Personality" is a well rounded balance of West Coast house party music and 80's New York style Hip-Hop. This album was an independent Bay Area release in early 1990 but the songs were recorded in 89'. This was before the Northern California rap scene found it's own style and sound through hardcore music. There is no cursing with the exception of Bit** being said once on "Ace In The Hole". Songs like "Be A Friend To The End" and the last track "We Can Do This" contain positive social commentary over backpack rap beats that would make Mos Def and Talib Kweli smile. The only problem is that the liner notes credit D-Loc's partner in rhyme Richie Rich for writing all of his lyrics, a Hip-Hop no-no in any generation. That destroys D-Loc's credibility on track 6 "WorldWide MC" but he still has the voice and charisma to carry the whole album. Other than that, this is excellent music for its' time. The production sounds like something that was released on a major label in the 80's. I could imagine this record being important back in the day when the Bay Area ghettos needed their own Hip-Hop voice."