The West Coast continues to bang like no other — and I couldn’t be happier. As a fan of all things G-Funk from back in the day, it’s been an amazing year with all the gems being released by the likes of Kendrick Lamar, YG, ScHoolboy Q, Problem & DJ Quik, The Game, Vince Staples, Nipsey Hussle, DJ Mustard (who released Cold Summer last night), and a handful of others.
On top of the headlining acts, there’s also been an abundance of artists bubbling on the surface that are reppin’ the coast the right way: AD, RJ, Free Ackrite and Tha Committee, and Jay 305, to name a few.
Another name that should be on your radar is G Perico, a Los Angeles native who’s been showing out on tracks with Nipsey Hussle (“Basic Instinct“), Jay Worthy (“I Ain’t Trippin“), AD (“Strapped“) and Polyester the Saint (“Pinky Rings“).
Today, after taking us to “South Central” with T.F. and Jay 305, Perico released his Shit Don’t Stop mixtape — and, as expected, it bangs! I highly suggest you check it out, but since my abilities lean more towards graphics over words, I’m leaving it up to the talented Jeff Weiss to break it all down for you…
“His latest project, Shit Don’t Stop, is one of thoe projects that feels like an instant street rap classic. You can trace a direct lineage from Quik and Too Short, who spent his childhood years in South Central before defining Oakland rap. Like the late Eric Wright, Perico raps with a permanent sneer in his voice.
“His themes rarely expand beyond getting money, pimping, and gang banging, but the narratives and specificity reveal a subtly excellent writer. A song like “Million Dollar Mission” has the sort of tension, and minor details that you’d expect to find from a top tier screenwriter. Drugs raids, trips to the station, the blue suede Pumas.
“It’s one of those albums that reminds you why you fell in love with gangsta rap in the first place. Yeah, there’s the bravado and cool, the motivation to get money at all costs, but there’s also the sense of consequences, the power of rap music to explain context and circumstance, life and death, the traps of poverty and the desire to make it out alive. Life goes on, so it goes, shit don’t stop. Hopefully.”
Locked in with 16 tracks, Shit Don’t Stop features Jay 305, Jay Worthy, T.F, and YC Creeze; with production from Scott Storch, Mike Free, WebbMadeThis, Larry Jay, Poly Boy, Brody Brown (of 1500 or Nothin), Resource, and Cypress Moreno.
Strap up, press play below, and cop on iTunes.