Rap Atlas: Oakland

FM Studios

5765 Lowell St.

FM Studios was home base to Thomas McElroy and Denzil Foster, AKA 2 Tuff E-Nuff productions. They started with Timex Social Club before producing Club Nouveau’s album. They went on to be En Vogue’s producers. Basically, they set the blueprint for all the hip-hop/R&B crossovers from the late ‘80s onward, paving the way for people like Mary J. Blige. Goapele also recorded most of her first album there. FM is one of the seminal studios in the Bay Area. A couple years ago, they changed their name to FM Recorders and opened it up to other artists. Tommy still works out of there, but Denny’s based in L.A. now. E-40 has recorded there, as has Too $hort, Baby Bash, the R.O.D. Project, Gift of Gab, Rashaan Ahmad, many others. It’s a dope studio. You can smell the history in there.

En Vogue - "Hold On"

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