Los Angeles was always producing hip-hop; from the start, when rappers like Ice T broke away from the city's electro scene, before NWA revolutionised music and challenged authority, the city of Angels was well-represented in hip-hop. It wasn’t until shortly after, in the early 90s, that g-funk emerged, and the city became truly dominant. The homegrown strain of sun-drenched smoke introduced the world to Snoop, Nate and Warren, revitalised Dr Dre and took hip-hop from a 600 million-dollar market to an industry generating revenue in the billions.
25 years later, a similar haze hovers over the southland. The khakis, chucks and lowriders are no longer as prominent, and much of the misogyny has thankfully stepped to the side, but the essence of classic g-funk is still alive and thriving. Wake up, the west coast is back.