Yesterday was a really tight day for music discovery. I started off the day grabbing a $6.99 cassette player from Goodwill so I could play these cassette mixtapes 'Tomorrow I'll Be Sixteen (Girl Groups and Sounds, '50s & '60s')' and 'We Will Bury You (Female New Wave/ Punk 1977- '82.)' that I grabbed from the giftshop of an art gallery a few months ago. Real hipster hours.
That wasn't enough though, because I have an untreated, yet strangly lucrative, addiction to the internet. So at the same time that I was playing these cassettes, I was also on Soundcloud diving down the deep end of the online music service that Chance The Rapper said a prayer for and saved last month. That's when I stumbled upon Baker's song "Once Again It's On" and MC Holocaust's "Set It Off."
After hitting play on these two songs, while also listening to cassettes from the '50s to the '80s, I literally couldn't figure out if these tracks were from the '90s or '17 for a split second. There is seriously zero information about these rappers or their crews on the internet. One thing I did find out after some digging was that they recently played shows with the legendary, and 41 year old, Memphis rapper Tommy Wright III. That fucked me up even more trying to figure out what exactly was going on here.
But after a few minutes it started to click. Some of the names started to sound familiar. That's when I hit up Kevin The Creep from DOOMSHOP/ S.I.C who really broke everything down for me. Mc Holocaust, Stonedogg and DJ Fatjunt started DOOMSHOP around 2014, with support from Baker, which spawned from the earlier incarnation SIXSET with Cursed, while more recently Stonedogg started S.I.C (Sic Lunatic Family) last year with a few members from DOOM, like Dom.
DOOMSHOP Records consists of: owner/ rapper MC Holocaust, owner/ rapper Cursed, Baker, KevinTheCreep, Occvlt, Dom, Stonedogg, Lil Kaine, DJ Akoza, DJ Fat Junt, Freddie Dredd, Ned Bundy, Da Menance, Robson, DJ Killa C, Bruvalurk, DJ JT, Hydra Mane, and Tenngage. S.I.C Records has a slightly smaller crew, consisting of: Stonedogg, DMT Demons (a duo of MF Khaos and Dizzy), DOM, KevinTheCreep (again), and Tyris White.
The crews are mainly based in Southern California, but members stretch out to Texas, Tennessee, and Alabama. Kevin says they take inspiration from a lot of different genres, but mainly old Memphis crunk, 90's gangsta rap, west coast g-funk and Houston chopped up flows.
The 43 compilation project 'Butcher Shop Volume 1' from 2015 might be a good place to start your dive into their music.
If I originally thought I was in the '90s when I landed on their songs, I at the very least feel like I'm in 2012 when the '90s phonk sound made a big comeback in the Soundcloud underground. Pressing play on this makes me feel like I'm Indiana Jones stumbling upon a forgotten city that was preserved in amber like that mosquito from Jurassic Park.
There's so many rappers in the crews with so many good songs, I'll leave it to you to get on your Indiana Jones shit and discover the rest for yourself. Tell your friends about it, don't be a hipster bitch.
Keep Up With DOOMSHOP Records: Bandcamp | Soundcloud | Twitter
Keep Up With S.I.C Records: Bandcamp | Soundcloud | Twitter