Los Angeles radio station KDAY hosted the West Coast old school reunion show, Krush Groove, this past Friday night at the Gibson Amphitheater marking the official introductory performance of the West coast powerhouse group 1st Generation.
Comprised of west coast legends Kurupt, Jayo Felony, MC Eiht, Tha Chill, Gangsta, King T, Sir Jinx and DJ Battlecat, 1st Generation is an amalgamation of some of the most critically acclaimed emcee's and producers in West Coast history.
As the inaugural release from the new indie label, Uneek Music is setting the standard of excellence with 1st Generation as the lead project coming from the label.
The group is the brainchild of members Tha Chill (Compton's Most Wanted) and Gangsta, (Tha Comrads) who began reaching out to their circle of friends about reuniting the West and once the word had spread the "Magnificent 7," as Chill describes them, answered the call. "We wanted to do something massive for the coast." says Chill, "So we had to figure out which attitudes and talent could mix and make the group work, and once we got off the phone with the homies, we met at Kurupt's house and made the first song, and all the professional creative ideas meshed and we knew we were on the right track."
With dynamic producer/DJ Battlecat on board bringing the sound of the West and the art of djing from the infamous KDAY Mixmasters and Uncle Jams Army days, 1st Generation is reflective of the entire culture. The first single "Killing Me Softly" delivers bar after bar of ether as each artist shows how they gained a place in West coast's multi platinum catalogue of hits.
"When you feel like something is right then it feels natural." explains Jayo Felony of his involvement in the group. "The streets have been wanting this for a long time for us all to come together and regardless of where we're all from or what our backgrounds are, we're all on a positive note and we're trying to push the line and stop some this bullsh** that's going on in these streets. I'm a little older now and a lot more mature than I was when I came in the game but I know that all of us coming together as one, helps to makes us as individuals bigger by being a part of a group like this."
Currently represented by Uneek Music, the group is fielding deal offers but until they find a permanent home they plan to keep feeding the people what they want with that good classic music. "Everyone in this group is going to drop something so spectacular every time it drops that its ridiculous" says Kurupt, "Everyone on this team has perfected their craft and that's what makes us the first generation of this game.We all have made an imprint on this game and helped to make the west coast rap scene what it is today."
Uneek Music was founded by industry vet and community activist Eugene “Big U” Henley. The label houses an arsenal of new and upcoming talent from across the country and is currently looking for acts in all genres to join the fold. Notable releases coming soon from Uneek Music include R&B Singer Sydney Arcane, and rappers Spiffie, Paccman, Sandman Neguse, Short Stop and Blu Sky,Rezee The Boss of Watts, Buc Adam, and Krita-Cali Acclaimed.