By Jack Barnes
The son of a serial entrepreneur and well-respected hustler who played a vital role in supporting local Bay Area street rap throughout the ‘90s and ‘00s, Show Banga learned all his game from his father, Show Time. Coming from San Francisco’s storied Fillmore District, Show Banga is a unique talent, mixing elements of the Mob Music of his hometown, the ratchet beats popular across the Bay, and Southern influences prevalent in East Oakland street rap into a signature blend of turn-up. Today, the Fillmore rapper releases his second studio album, ShowTime 2, via EMPIRE. Featuring four guest appearances from his longtime friend IAMSU!, as well as verses from Kool John and Sage The Gemini and production from IAMSU!, Juneonnabeat, Nikeyboy, Young Page, and others, Show Time 2 is a true Bay Area affair and an ideal album to play in the club or at any house party in need of a turn-up. Enjoy this audio stream below after the jump.
Show Banga’s biggest inspiration is his father ShowTime, a hustler who gave Show Banga his name and taught him how to hustle in the independent music game. ShowTime was a major force in Bay Area Hip-Hop in the ’00s, opening several street-oriented music stores and founding three successful energy drink companies: Hunid Racks energy drink, the Tupac energy drink, and the Mac Dre energy drink. Show Banga follows in his father’s footsteps, dedicating his life to getting money in any way possible. Show Banga spent his latter teens living with his father in the East Bay, where he attended high school and met many of the future members of HBK, eventually forming the Go Gettaz with IAMSU!, P-Lo, and Hollywood Keefy, which gained a sizable local following before disbanding in 2011. Since then, Show Banga has earned success as a solo artist, releasing his 2015 EMPIRE debut Mayor 4 Life, which DJ Booth called a “bridge between the Bay Area’s more gritty, street sound and its more polished, mainstream hip-hop,” and he prepared for even more success with ShowTime 2.
ShowTime 2’s opening track, “$howtime,” is a mission statement for the album and for Show Banga himself, delving into his relationship with his father, his money-making motivation, and his hustle-at-all-costs life ethos: “Want it all push a hard line/fuck a paper cut, I want all mine/free to free the guys doing hard time/pray to God I make it through this hard time.” ShowTime 2 also features popular pre-release gratis singles, headlined by “How We Roc,” an IAMSU!-featuring and -produced banger premiered by The FADER, which has earned over 448,000 plays on SoundCloud, and the Mass Appeal-premiered “Can’t Stand Me,” a classic Bay Area party anthem, with Banga and Kool John stunting on females who only want them for their money. With additional highlights like “Quit Playin’,” featuring Sage The Gemini, the operatic Lil Yee-featuring “Bonafied Hustla,” and the glistening “Crossfaded,” Show Time 2 proves Show Banga is one of the Bay’s premier young artists and that he has the charisma to break out of the Bay onto the national scene.
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