Will the Golden State Project's Album Ever Come Out?
Any hip-hop journalist knows that rappers aren't known for their punctuality, and neither are rap albums. Of course, Dr. Dre's Detox is famously delayed -- it's been more than ten years -- but there's actually an anticipated album (or, perhaps a once-anticipated album) with L.A. ties that's taken even longer.
So, we heard your group had an album...
Ever heard of the Golden State Project?
The group, which began in 1996 as The Golden State Warriors, originally consisted of three MCs already known for other supergroups, Xzibit (of The Likwit Crew), Ras Kass (of The Hrsmn), and Saafir (of Hobo Junction). Pretty good lineup. So what happened?
They began performing shows together, and soon recorded their first joint outing on "Plastic Surgery," which appeared on Xzibit's 1996 debut At The Speed of Life.
At this point, each member had his own blossoming solo career, so their promised collaborative album wasn't expected immediately. They returned two years later with "3 Card Molly," further showcasing both the group's chemistry and ability to bring the best out of each other. Before long, a collaboration with Snoop Dogg and tours with Eminem and Papa Roach swelled Xzibit's popularity, and he was given his own imprint, Restless Records. His label's first release was slated to be The Golden State Project's debut The Coast is Clear.
The act had changed their name from Golden State Warriors after recording a song called "N.B.A." for Ras Kass' album, which sampled John Tesh's NBA on NBC theme "Roundball Rock." Word got back to the basketball league who, according to Xzibit, had famed attorney Johnnie Cochran send the group a letter stating if they kept using the "Warriors" name, they were going to be "rapping in [their] underwear." This seemed like a minor hiccup, and in the next two years they released a well-received song on the Training Day soundtrack and recorded another together for Xzibit's third album.