Oakland,California has a long healthy history of pumping out, classic, by the book, Hip Hop, yet always pushing the craft to new frontiers. That tradition continues with Trey Coastal. The group features Emcee’s Philip Bank$ and Cam Moss, with Rye Mann handling the production duties. Their Debut release is called “ No lay ups (Side A) ”. This is a collection of Fresh, well thought out, Hip Hop music. Rye Mann’s production is an advance in the art of beat making, from the ethereal stomping of “Bonecrusher”, to the upbeat, sun baked “Polynesian sand”. Emcee’s Philip Bank$ and Cam Moss provide a thought provoking look into the realities of their existence in a number of styles that flow together perfectly. If you’re in the market for a new album to put in the rotation, this one is highly suggested.

-A.Coulson