When thinking of the Bay Area a particular sound is rooted in your head, which was popularized by artists like iAmSu!, Kehlani, and G-Eazy. However, a lot of artists are overlooked when the Bay comes to mind, like Souls of Mischief, The Click, or Too $hort.
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The “Old Bay Area” sound can be found in “The Nostalgia”, debut mixtape of up and coming San Francisco rapper Ozer aka Low Eye Oz. This 8-track mixtape features a number of Bay Area producers, and artists such as JQuelz.
Low Eye Oz’s freshman mixtape is reminiscent on the conscious style of rap the Bay Area was once prominent on. Starting off with “The Plot” produced by Arwwae, Ozer develops the setting of his lifestyle; not the most fortunate with financial prosperity and the willingness to blow it all on materialistic things, but someone improving and expanding his craft to one day achieve personal greatness.
Of course, there are a couple songs that identify the fun side of the San Francisco prodigy, such as “Gravy” and “Somethin” featuring JQuelz.
So if you’re expecting the popularized new wave Hyphy sound with strong bass and synthesizers, this album isn’t for you. But if you’re looking to dive into a sentimental story of a young San Franciscan trying to make it for himself and his city, you’ve come to the right place.