Rap Atlas: Oakland

Infinite Studios

3121 Marina Dr. (Alameda)

Michael Denten owns this studio. In the ‘70s he dealt mostly with prog-rock, but in the early ‘80s he began working on R&B, which led to these DJ-oriented response records, some of the first Bay Area hip-hop tracks.

The Infinite Studios moment was the “I Got 5 on It" all-star remix. It’s hard to believe, but Mike recorded the track at this little quiet house in Alameda, an island next to the Oakland estuary. To this day, if you play that song in the Bay it gets a huge response, especially the Richie Rich line, “Mo' C-zacks? Believe that, tokin' / where you from? / Oakland, smokin'.”

“I Got 5 on It” is probably the most anthemic song in Bay Area rap history [Ed. note: According to us, it's the best!]. It hit No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100, and went Top Ten in a lot of countries around the world. It was No. 1 in the Netherlands! What’s so remarkable about the remix is just how many MCs it brought together, guys that had never worked together before. The Luniz had worked with Dru Down and Richie Rich, but none of them had ever worked with E-40; Shock G from Digital Underground was also on that track, along with Spice 1, and that’s Captain Save A Hoe on the outro. Mike met E-40 through this song. Since then, he’s worked with 40 so much, he even talks like him.

Luniz f/ Dru Down, Richie Rich, Shock G, E-40, Spice 1 - "I Got 5 on It (Remix)"

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