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The Black Market For Gangsta Rap

The Black Market For Gangsta Rap

In the early heydays of gangsta rap, Black Market Records started to push their own no-holds-barred hip-hop by local talent. From Brotha Lynch Hung as the forefather of the horrorcore subgenre to gangster anthems such as Homicide’s “I Got A Warrant.” Straight outta Sacramento.

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“Imagine a young Snoop Dogg dipping his blunts in PCP and rapping about killing and eating babies, and you’re most of the way to Brotha Lynch Hung,” CRACK Magazine wrote about his track “Season of da Sicc” as part of an overview of fifteen essential horrorcore releases. Black Market Records co-founder Cedric Singleton also mentions that track from 1995 as key material to get familiar to their roster. But there’s more than just the gore: to Cedric, "Season of da Sicc" represents their early work in gangsta rap and G-funk, operating independently from their Westcoast hometown of Sacramento.

"We had to really work hard to make our footprint in this industry as an independent label.”

Cedric Singleton, co-founder of Black Market Records
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“In the early days, it was really exciting because it was me and a small team of dedicated individuals,” says Cedric. “At that time, hip-hop and especially gangsta rap was fairly new. We had to really work hard to make our footprint in this industry as an independent label.”

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Since its foundation in 1989, Black Market kept an ear out for new (local) talent and aimed to teach independent rapper about the business side of things. Rappers such as X-Raided, Keak da Sneak, Mozzy, Mr. Doctor, and local R&B group DRS joined their roster in the years that followed.

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Black Market Records is still active, now also with sublabels called Black Market Latin, Black Market Afrika, and Black Market Blue. The latter of which solely focuses on R&B, jazz, blues, and gospel. With the other two sublabels obviously boasting modern-day Latin music and African music such as the Kenyan regional music of Gengetone.

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