By Jack Barnes
For more than 15 years, The Mekanix have been a one-stop shop for street production, defining the Bay Area’s sound from behind the scenes. On their “Abandonment,” song & visuals The Mekanix provide a lush backdrop for two of the Area’s realest emcees, Mozzy and Philthy Rich, to rap about their everyday struggles and their hometowns of Sacramento and Oakland. Enjoy this video stream below after the jump.
“Abandonment” follows the release of “I’m Still Here,” debuted by Mass Appeal, which features a heartfelt verse from C-Bo and a posthumous verse from Bay Area legend The Jacka. Last month, The Mekanix shared the first offering from Under The Hood with their “On My Hustle” visual featuring IAMSU!, J. Stalin and Keak Da Sneak, as well as a hook from 4 rAx. As two of the Bay Area’s foremost sound architects, 4 rAx and Kenny Tweed have produced thousands of tracks since the early ’90s for a long line of Bay rappers and played a large part in the rise of J. Stalin, Philthy Rich, Beeda Weeda, the Hittaz on the Payroll & Shady Nate. The Mekanix have long been inspired by automobiles and deeply understand the importance of the car to Bay Area Hip-Hop. Says 4 rAx, “I come from a long line of auto mechanics – my father, grandfather, great-grandfather, my uncle they were all mechanics. I feel like we are carrying on their legacy with our production; fixing up people’s music, making it run smoothly. Our beats are the engine for Bay Area Hip-Hop”
Stay tuned for Under The Hood, which follows 2012’s Chop Shop and 2014’s Chop Shop 2. The project will feature guest appearances from E-40, Too Short, Richie Rich, The Jacka, C-Bo, J-Stalin, Mistah FAB, Clyde Carson, The Hoodstarz, Beeda Weeda, Trae the Truth, Rass Kass, Nio the Gift, Erk the Jerk, Kool John, Lil Debbie, Lil Blood, The Delinquents, Iamsu, Mozzy, Keak the Sneak, The The Luniz, Shady Nate, Dru Down, B-Legit, Turf Talk, and San Quinn.
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