Hip hop in Santa Cruz? Yup. Believe it or not, a dominating underground hip hop scene is taking the city by storm. In a town filled with fake thugs, surf bums, homeless beggers, UC kids, and valley tourists, creativity is what rises above all in this small beach town. What's different about Santa Cruz than any other town I've ever been to, is the strive and push to be as creative as possible. Weather it be in Music, Art, Photography, Sports, Business, or anything you name.
At the forefronts of all this creative music is the mighty Lost and Found Generation. A hip hop collective of Coley Cole, Sayre, Ashkon, Samix, and Silly Kid. Having been around for more than I can remember, LFG has been dominating the hip hop scene in Santa Cruz, and keeping creative hip hop alive. Their album Pacific Ave., tells the tales of the streets, the reminiscence of memories, and most of all, the truth.
Each member has a different style than one another, but that shouldn't be mistaken for weakness, for LFG uses their different styles to their advantage. The various rhyming styles allow for a smooth flow between each verses, chorus, and bridge, that keep your ears open, and your mind still trying to believe the power of the lyrics that were spoken to you.
Not only a variety of different styled rappers, but the album itself contains a variety of original songs. From the Bay Area rap sound of the first song, Pacific Ave., to the blues guitar in Stream of My Thoughts, to the poetic feelings expressed in Rain (Part 2).
The title track and opening song, Pacific Ave., tells you that Pacific Ave. is more than just the main downtown strip in Santa Cruz. I see a smile for my spare change, while wishing there was more. I see the heart of this city, and it's turning me heartless. Maybe I'll move to campus. Set up for words, petitions, and marches. But for now, my mission across this, tourist traffic gauntlet has me convinced I belong in it. The words and lyrical delivery gives you a mental vision of what's being spoken to you.
The connection with the group and downtown Santa Cruz is something that is very obvious in the album. What isn't obvious is that after so many years all the members still make creative music, and I still see them downtown all the time, working in bars and venues (which will remain nameless), or just hanging around.
They love what they do, and I look forward to anything any of them put out. Pick up the CD, it will instantly become a classic in your collection.