Another rare indie rap CD. This time it’s an album promo by Fort Five, a rapper from South London.
I could not find any info about this artist and a tracklist for this one. So here you go 25 untitled tracks which most likely are song snippets and freestyles for his album that remains shelved until this day.
“True Sound” is the name of a now long-defunct record label that was started in 1992 by Danny Holloway. He worked for NME in the 70’s and was eventually hired by Chris Blackwell at Island Records where he worked closely with Bob Marley, Toots and the Maytals, Jimmy Cliff, and The Heptones.
In 1991, Holloway wanted to try his hand at running his own label and so he started True Sound. He was interested in signing artists of different genres. Legend has it he sent his nephew to look for talent in the Long Beach area where he scoured different clubs and parties. Eventually, his nephew returned with some new artists to show his uncle which included Sublime, members of the Western Hemisfear, and other associated acts.
Although Holloway wanted to sign artists of different genres, the True Sound Sampler features only hip-hop acts which include Vooodu! of Western Hemisfear, Supernatural Thang, and Unit One Poetry. When Vooodu! agreed to sign to True Sound he also brought along his producer, Bird. Holloway must have really liked his style because he let him produce the whole compilation. Later on Vooodu! and Bird would form Western Hemisfear along with Rass Kass and Meen Green. The posse cut “Bird’s Eye View” features Vooodu!, Meen Green, and Supherb and has got to be one of the craziest tracks that I have ever listened to.
P.S. Cover from cassette edition.
Sampler EP from The Nobodies “Fables” album, featuring some dope, moody, “out there” production and conscious rhymes.
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Zamon, or better known by his stage name Z-Man (also goes by Z-Mainey, Z-Dazzle), underground rapper and painter from the San Francisco Bay Area. He has released many full length studio albums and has recorded several albums himself, he has worked with numerous underground Bay Area rap legends, and continues to make new music today.
He is a frequent collaborator with artists in a collective called “Gurp City”, composed of Sacred Hoop, Grand Invincible, G-Pek, Conceit, TOPR, MC Oroville and Bay Area legend Eddie Def.  He has also worked with Hieroglyphics Crew, Disflex.6, and Refill Records.
Z-Man is also a painter with a broad body of acrylic on canvas paintings that portray cartoon style hybrid creatures in vibrant, bold color schemes, that often have thematic references to black culture. He paints all of his album covers and T-shirt designs, and has painted and drawn many album covers for other hip hop artists.
Following the succes of his 2001 hit “Pov City Anthem” Caddillac Tah were to release his debut album titled “Pov City Hustler”. After the album was pushed back multiple times, fans had few hope left. The project was never officially released. What’s left of the album is the few promotional CD’s that were in rotation in early 2001.
Mixed by DJKid & DJ Original (Royal Team). Tracks taken from Dungeon Family – Even In Darkness and OutKast – Big Boi & Dre Present… albums.
Album sampler. Hosted by DJ Kay Slay.