Drake And Tyga’s Bay Area Sound Gets ‘Love’ From E-40

‘That’s Bay Area-influenced, but they give it up,’ Forty tells ‘RapFix Live’ of ‘The Motto’ and ‘Rack City.’
By Rob Markman, with reporting by Sway Calloway


E-40 and Sway on “RapFix Live”
Photo: Natasha Chandel/ MTV News

There’s no question that Bay Area artists have set a number of hip-hop trends. From their slang to their sounds, the rap community in Oakland, San Francisco, Vallejo and other surrounding California cities has contributed quite a bit — even if credit is not always given.

“Right now, we got ‘The Motto,’ we got ‘Rack City’ — hit records, smash hits,” E-40 said of Drake’s and Tyga’s respective singles when he appeared on Wednesday’s “Across the board, they killin’ ‘em. That’s Bay Area-influenced, but they give it up. You know Tyga, Drake, it’s all love.”

Tyga’s “Rack City” peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 earlier this year, while Drake’s “The Motto” reached #15. Both songs feature a deep rolling bass line and crisp drum tracks, a beat style popularized by Bay Area artists, including E-40′s “Function” single and LoveRance’s “Up!”

Drake, who hails from Toronto, and Tyga, who is from L.A., have credited the Bay with pioneering the sound. Drizzy even shot his video for “The Motto” in front of the Golden Gate Bridge and featured local ambassadors like E-40 and Mistah F.A.B. in the clip.

Forty Water is happy to see his hometown getting its sonic just due but also remarks that there is some resistance in the industry to Bay Area artists. That’s why local artists haven’t fully capitalized off of their own ingenuity, he argued.

E-40 believes local Bay Area rappers have plenty of songs like “Rack City,” but he takes nothing away from the YMCMB spitter. “No disrespect to Tyga, he doin’ his job. He got the platform; he spit good game on there,” Forty said. “The lyrics got a lot to do with it too, it wasn’t just the beat. The man showed up.”

Do you hear the Bay influence in today’s music? Let us know in the comments!

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