Lee Majors “Reppin’ For The Bay”
Oakland, California. A prominent region in Hip-Hop going back to the 80’s. When heads mention “West Coast”, The Bay is often missing. Lee Majors is one of those artists who’s been reppin’ for his city for quite some time and is here to remind you why you shouldn’t sleep on “The Bay.”
We chopped it up for over an hour discussing the industry, the history of Hip-Hop in Oakland, local legends and where they are today. Even stories of Biggie being surrounded after a show in Sacramento days after Tupac was shot. “From what I can remember E-40 had something to do with calling off the dogs,” said Lee. “We don’t play in the Bay.”
After listening to Too Short‘s “Freaky Tales,” Majors knew that Rap was in his future. “I couldn’t believe what he was saying. I wanted to do that.” Having come up around Oak-town legends Dru Down and Luniz, Majors got his first taste of the industry in ’96 working with the Action Packed Gangsters.
It would be a few years later with the release of Dogday Records’ “Million Dollar Dreams” (a compilation that featured a slew of Bay Area’s finest) that Majors would garner more attention. Lee worked on production for 11/5‘s “San Francisco” and was featured on several projects before turning his attention to his solo career.
From 2002-2005, Majors focus was on his first solo project, eventually releasing his debut album “Scraper Muzic” in 2005. Majors produced most of the album himself and featured Keak da Sneak, The Jacka, Knumskull, San Quinn and others.
Over 100 Videos deep, Majors’ YouTube channel has almost 1 million combined views. Peep the track “Mary Jane” featuring Joe Blow & The Jacka (R.I.P.)
“Mary Jane” feat Lee Majors x Joe Blow x The Jacka
Recently, Lee saw the passing of a close friend and counterpart, The Jacka. In what Lee states was Jacka being “in the wrong place at the wrong time,” he was gunned down outside a friends house in Oakland. “That really hurt. We were working on another album together. I’ve been sitting on that one waiting for the right time to drop it,” said Majors. The two have released two albums as “The GoBots.” They met Paul Wall while on tour and ended up collaborating with him. The result turned out to be one of his favorite videos – “Patty Cake”. “We linked up with Paul and flew him out to do the video. He was one of the coolest dudes. He recorded his vocals in Houston, then came out to Oakland to shoot the video.” The track is off his album with The Jacka entitled “The GoBots 2: D-Boy Era.”
The GoBots feat Paul Wall “Patty Cake”
He also praised Freeway and Trae The Truth for their work ethic. “They were both real easy to work with. No bullshit. We got down to business.” Let’s not forget his track “Sittin’ on Butter” with Bay area legend and Vallejo’s own E-40. You may have seen 40 Water recently at pretty much every Golden State Warriors playoff game.
Lee Majors & E-40 “Sittin’ On Butter”
Today Lee is still on top of his game. 10 Solo Albums and over 20 collaborative and/or mixtapes under his belt, Majors’ focus is on consistency. Love and respect for other artists is certainly a factor for his longevity. “There’s still a lot of dudes doing there thing. E-40 and Too Short. H.B.K. and Philthy Rich. And of course Mistah F.A.B. and Dru Down.”