Freestyle 101: The Pack


Posted December 11, 2007 - By Frank Meyer

Freestyle 101: The Pack »

Riding hot off the heels of last year’s smash single “Vans,” which broke through MySpace and YouTube, The Pack are the latest sensation outta the Bay Area, home of the hyphy movement, E-40 and Too Short.

In fact, it was the aforementioned Oakland legend who saw national potential in the group and gave them their start. With Too Short’s guidance, The Pack quickly released "Vans" via MySpace and YouTube where the tune caught the ears of KMEL's Assistant Program Director and Music Director Big Von and radio personality, Chuy Gomez. KMEL added the track into rotation and soon "Vans" became a mainstay on the station's daily countdown. Taking the group further under his wing, Too Short introduced The Pack to Jive Records where the guys signed and released 2006's EP, Skateboards 2 Scrapers. Within months, The Pack not only gained well-deserved national recognition, but they brokered a branding deal with Vans. As a result, the group awarded shoes to fans in promotion of Skateboarders 2 Scrapers. MTV and MTV2 also added "Vans" and The Pack's second single, "I'm Shinin'" into rotation and the rest is history.

The four-piece outfit’s debut full-length effort, Based Boys, features even more bangers, including “I’m Shinin’” and the current single, "In My Car.” The album’s title comes from the group’s self-proclaimed musical genre, "based music," which they describe as “free expression and a sound that puts their listener on a level plane.” And on this episode of Freestyle 101, Young L, Lil Uno, Stunna Man and Lil B definitely flexed their free expression in the booth at The Engine Room in Hollywood, rappin’ off the top about girls, sex, videogames, and…er, girls over a laid back Messiaz beat.

Stay tuned for upcoming editions of Freestyle 101 with Project Blowed’s Thirsty Fish, Def Jux’s Hangar 18, MC Frontalot, Planet Asia of Cali Agents, Pack FM, Sticky Fingaz of Onyx, and many more every Tuesday at 3 p.m. EST. Plus, peep us on MySpace, check out our behind-the-scenes photos, and sound off in our Forums.

Freestyle 101: The Pack


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