L.A. rapper Gavlyn shares her favourite hip hoppers past and present from the city of Angels.
Twenty -three year old emcee Gavlyn – born Audrey May – is a central figure of LA based crew Organized Threat. At twenty four members, it’s a monster of a collective. “We’re just a big group of artists who see eye to eye on a lot of things,” she says. “With big groups you have more support, and you have more people you can talk to about your shit.”
In HUCK 42, we invited the boombap lover to share the music she can’t currently live without.
We hadn’t heard this man’s name mentioned in years, so Gav gets instant brownie points for the namecheck. The Pomona California rapper inspired Gavlyn’s own Too Cold To Trust. Joining forces with Katt Williams in this pimptastic video for Thinking, Suga Free rocks reminds us why he’s the authority on the ghetto perm.
A Los Angeles don, and one of the best deejays in hiphop. “He’s one of my favourite West Coast artists,” says Gavlyn. “I love his music and what he raps about.” In this video for Safe + Sound DJ Quik drops a timeless West Coast flow. “Some believe in Jesus, some believe in Allah, But riders like Me, Only believe in dollar.” Can’t argue with those rhymes!
The A$AP Mob are known for bizarre fashion choices and even more bizarre hiphop. “I’m addicted to the new Trap Lord album,” says Gav. There are grills, gold chains, fly girls and liquor everywhere you look in this awesome video for Shabba.
Bone Thugs n Harmony
This troubled Cleveland, Ohio group, which seems to shed members like dandruff, boasts rappers with names like Layzie Bone, Krayzie Bone, FleshnBone. What’s not to like? In The Weed Song Bone Thugs n Harmony express their appreciation for the finest chronic.
The Crenshaw rapper recently released a mixtape that retailed for $100 a pop. He’s nothing if not ambitious, and has become a standardbearer for LA rap. If there was ever any doubt that Nipsey Hussle was realer than real, this video for Crenshaw and Slauson (True Story) opens with a full five minutes of local people confirming that “he 100% hood.”
New to Gavlyn? Get acquainted with what she does with What I Do.
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