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Published on April 22nd, 2020 | by Guest Editor

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Shoreline Mafia Returns with “Gangstas & Sippas”

L.A.’s Favorite Rap Collective Shares Their First New Song of 2020

Critical Praise:

“After dropping a terrific debut album last November — a stylish bundle of songs that somehow felt nonchalant and meticulous at once — Shoreline Mafia has since become one of the most fascinating acts in a resurgent L.A. rap scene. And on Saturday night, the [collective’s] chemistry was something you could practically reach out and touch. These guys love rapping, and even more than that, they love rapping with each other.” – Washington Post

“Videos filmed in graffitied, just-made condos and fluorescent strip malls near East Hollywood helped make Shoreline Mafia the [collective] of choice for truant teenagers. “Musty”  and “Bottle Service” are definitive Shoreline: rollicking, slithering, and, in their creation, laughably janky and blatantly illegal.”  – Noisey

“Shoreline Mafia is leading L.A.’s unruly rap renaissance.” – The FADER

“The only prerequisites to enjoying their music are a functional set of ears” – Passion of the Weiss

The Announcement

Leading the new wave in L.A. with their party-positive street music, few artists make the function jump like Shoreline Mafia. Teaming up with favored producer Ron-Ron, Shoreline Mafia makes a triumphant return with Gangstas & Sippas.” With a beat that combines the irresistible snap of the L.A. sound with the brass-heavy stomp of the Dirty South, it’s impossible to sit still while bumping “Gangstas & Sippas.” The song finds Fenix Flexin laying down an instantly memorable hook (“From the leanhouse straight to the strip club”) as OhGeesy and guest rapper Q Da Fool take turns obliterating the beat with disrespectful bars. “Gangstas & Sippas” is the collective’s first new music of the year, following up last year’s Party Pack Vol. 2 EP.

With appearances from Curren$y, 03 Greedo, Drakeo The Ruler, Warhol.SSBandgang Paid Will, and Mac P Dawg, who tragically passed away last week, Party Pack Vol. 2 helped propel Shoreline to a fast-selling fall tour and their first-ever festival headlining performance at Vancouver’s Lil Fest in February. With production from frequent Shoreline collaborators like Ron-Ron and Ace The Face, the project peaked at #4 on Apple Music, landing six songs on the service’s Top 200 charts, and reached #61 on the Billboard 200. At the start of the year, OhGeesy lent a standout verse to Hella Neck, the new single by Carnage, which also features Tyga and Takeoff.

“Gangstas & Sippas” arrives as Shoreline Mafia mourns the loss of group affiliate Mac P Dawg. Last week, Fenix shared “RIP Mac P Dawg,” a heartfelt tribute to his close friend.

The Background:

The pulse of Los Angeles loudly echoes through its rap crews.

In the late eighties, N.W.A. reflected the pre-riot tension of a city on the brink of total collapse. Cypress Hill finally gave the Latin community (and smokers everywhere) a seat at the pop culture table throughout the nineties. Odd Future magnified the skate mayhem of the Fairfax district in the aughts. That brings us to Shoreline Mafia. Since formally launching in 2016, the collective of four diverse, dynamic, and dangerous talents— OhGeesy [Alejandro Coranza], Rob Vicious [Robert Maggee], Fenix Flexin [Fenix Ryinski], and Master Kato [Malik Carson]—went from popular Soundcloud uploads to selling out arenas and picking up platinum plaques.

The group has garnered unanimous acclaim from Pitchfork, The FADER, Forbes, The Washington Post, Noisey, and more, and racked up more than 2 billion streams by 2020.

Links:

official site | instagram | twitter | facebook | spotify | youtube | soundcloud

“Gangstas & Sippas” ft. Q Da Fool: https://Shoreline.lnk.to/GangstasSippas

“RIP Mac P Dawg”: https://soundcloud.com/shorelinemafia/fenix-flexin-rip-mac-p-dawg-1

“Mind Right” ft. Warhol.SS: https://youtu.be/wmbQQoCd1Rs

“Wings”: https://Shoreline.lnk.to/WingsVideo

“Caribbean” (OhGeesy, Rob Vicious): https://Shoreline.lnk.to/CaribbeanVideo

Party Pack Vol. 2 EP: https://Shoreline.lnk.to/PartyPackVol2PR

“Fell In Love” (Fenix Flexin): https://youtu.be/JHUnTLTG1KI


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