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The 100 Best L.A. Rap Songs

90. The Eastsidaz "Gd Up" (2000)

Album: The Eastsidaz
Label: Dogghouse/TVT
Producer: DJ Battlecat


The Eastsidaz were created to showcase Goldie Loc and Tray Dee, two street rappers from Snoop's Long Beach stomping grounds, but in actuality the group member that mattered most was DJ Battlecat. Simply put, Battlecat is the difference between a forgettable Eastsidaz song and a classic Eastsdiaz song.

“G'd Up” epitomizes his hard-to-categorize style. How to describe? Like DJ Quik, but soapier. Like Dat Nigga Daz, but less intense. Like Warren G., but with more protein and more grease. The song has that spongy asphalt quality that takes over Pico when the temperature is hot enough to turn a car's leather upholstery into a stovetop.

When G-funk became paint-by-numbers, and Dr. Dre became infatuated by bloated, sterile beats, Battlecat was always agreeable, always musical. He didn't have to steal his samples; his original tracks were as orchestral as anything the Love Unlimited Orchestra ever recorded: beautifully mastered, masterfully EQ'd. The Sunday barbecue incarnate.

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