When people invoke the history of the Los Angeles underground, they usually reference the late 90s iteration, the capital letter Underground that produced Dilated Peoples, Jurassic 5, and People Under the Stairs. Less celebrated but significantly more interesting was the period that preceded it, a scene that coalesced around Project Blowed, the Unity party run by Bigga B, and dozens of other parties that never got equal notoriety.

Mark Luv was one of the seminal figures between the last throes of the KDAY era and the  delusional epoch when executives brazenly figured J5 could go platinum strictly off the Birkenstock crowd. On the latest Hedrush podcast, Luv guests and drops knowledge for anyone curious about that period in Los Angeles hip hop. Tracklist below the jump, complete with many of the essential obscurities of the period. And Funkdoobiest.

MP3: The Hedrush – Episode #43 (LA Hip Hop Appreciation Vol. 1)


Erule – Listen Up
Madkap – Da Whole Kat and Kaboodle
Freestyle Fellowship – Hot Potato (Blow Up Version)
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Funkdoobiest – Bow Wow Wow
Jurassic Five – Unified Rebelution
Dred Scot – Nothing To Lose
Mannish – Expect That f/ Real Thorough (Bird Mix)
Visionaries – Blessings
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Breeze – LA Posse
Def Jef – Black to the Future (rmx)
The Nonce – 1985
Movement Ex – Freedom Got a Shotgun
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Funkytown Pros – Brutally Wild

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