As a Northern California rap fan, you know that Brotha Lynch Hung and C-BO lead the way in the 90’s with the best Sacramento gangsta rap music. Nobody came harder, or darker than these two OG’s from the Garden Blocc. They both released classic albums that will forever play parts in people’s lives and memories. Lynch was known for his dark gangsta tales of cannibalism, revenge, and self produced albums like; “24 Deep” and “Season of the Siccness”, while Bo Loc always came with the pure hardcore gangsta tracks of murder and gang bangin’. As fans of these two Sactown pioneers, we all dreamt, hoped, and wished for a collaboration on a song back in the day, let alone an album.
“The Plot (feat. Zagg)”
Around the turn of the century, West Coast rap music in general took a back seat to the dirty South and East Coast resurrection, leaving the West lost and trying to find a way back into the game. Unfortunately, this would be the time when Lynch and Bo finally came together for a record. The early 2000’s was an uncertain time for West Coast rap, and Blocc Movement fell under this uncertainty. It didn’t help that C-BO was incarcerated while the album was being put together by Lynch. Under the circumstances, I believe Lynch was in a bind and had to do his best to salvage Blocc Movement without Cowboy. Lynch expressed this through the skits sprinkled across the album, starting with the intro when a homie called into the studio letting Lynch know C-Bo got caught up: “We knew he been on the run for a minute, so we got hella shit pre-recorded…we got a bag full of D88’s”. Two other skits would express the same situations about Bo’s incarceration, but it was in-between all the skits that proved this to be a “Frankenstein” type of album with lots of different featured rappers and producers.
The ideal, and wishful outcome for a collaboration like this, would have had Lynch produce the whole album with no featured rappers…simple as that. I believe that’s what the real Lynch and Bo fans wanted. Yeah sure, a feature here or there wouldn’t have hurt, but ten different rappers seems to be excessive. If there were to be any features it should have been Marvaless, it seems tragic not to have the queen of capitol city non existent for Blocc Movement. Another element that stood out, contrast to all the features, was how many solo tracks (7) were divided between Lynch and Bo, that’s half the album. The same goes for the production. Having nine producers for 15 tracks on the album is just as excessive as the featured rappers. There wasn’t much of a flow as far as a sound, it’s very inconsistent and choppy. We’ve gotten spoiled and expected at least half the album to be produced by Lynch.
Despite the unbalanced feel of the album, Lynch was still able to put together a few dope tracks and make some of the features work well. The track that stands out, and has an authentic Lynch sound, is “The Plot” featuring Zagg. It’s a dark errie song about robbery and drunk killings, it definitely has that Siccmade sound, and gives you and evil smirk as your bobbing your head. The track “Follow My Lead”, which features Killa Tay and COS is a definite slap. Following the true gangstas to get ahead of the game is a motivating theme anybody could ride to. Finally, the last track on the album “Don’t Stop” featuring Spice 1, Yukmouth, and produced by Mike Mosely is a track I’m sure most people looked forward to hearing as they read the track listings. The song doesn’t disappoint with Spice doing his reggae flow and Yuk spitting aggressive rhymes. The only thing that’s obvious about the track is that Lynch was not originally on the song as Spice 1 says during the hook “Spice, Yuk and Bo, we do the damn thing”. However, in my opinion Lynch has the best verse, I guess he couldn’t pass up being on a dope record with a few legends out the Bay. There are a few other songs that help make up for the disparities across the album as well, but as a whole it’s not what you would expect.
“Follow My Lead (feat. Killa Tay, COS)”
I commend Brotha Lynch for doing what he could with the pieces C-BO left him for the album, there are a variety of topics and Lynch came sick on every track he rapped on. But there are too many opposing factors that doesn’t allow this album to be considered a classic, or even a great album I’m afraid. It’s hard for me to write and express this disappointing argument because I’ve been a fan of both from the beginning. Just the fact that they come together for an album speaks volumes for these two pioneers. Unfortunately, the timing and the circumstances of both artist only allow this epic idea to render as an average project. This is only my opinion though, please find a copy of Blocc Movement and listen for yourself. Anything Lynch and C-BO put out should be supported by their core fans no matter what!