Complete with wall-to-wall 'slumpers' (hits) such as "Vans," "I'M Shinin'" and "Candy," Skateboards 2 Scrapers showcases the fierce, hypnotic flow of the four teen-aged emcees who perfectly play off each other with a nearly matching deep bass vocal assault and a unique group style - all delivered over The Pack's rich anthemic tracks courtesy of the crew's production wiz Young L.
Too $hort, who accurately describes the Bay Area's wild-party-fueled hip-hop "hyphy" phenomenon as "a first cousin to crunk music," discovered the super-talented young Berkeley group last summer on a trip back from Atlanta to his native East Bay. Although the group (then known as Wolf Pack) were only six short months together, the music veteran recognized their potential and was also most impressed with their work ethic (already they had two regional CDs out) so he offered to take them under his wing, and sign them to his new Up All Nite record label/collective. For The Pack, connecting with their rap hero was a dream come true. "Too $hort taking us under his wing has been a real blessing," said producer/emcee Young L. "His influence has made us better in all ways. I even focus more on my college work thanks to $hort," said the first-year business student at San Francisco State University. "But how Too $hort stumbled upon our music is a trip," added Lil Uno telling the story of how $hort accidentally happened to overhear the group's music booming out of someone's car in West Oakland one day last July and (in true blue ear-to-the-street A&R form) stopped the other car and inquired about what they were bumping in their ride.
Things are moving swiftly for The Pack with them doing lots of shows and busily recording new tracks in both the East Bay and Atlanta. As part of $hort's Up All Nite Crew, they've already appeared on "Gangsters and Strippers Vol. 1" and "Lay it Down," released in conjunction with Too $hort's DVD "Pimpin' Incorporated." To date they have two street albums (Wolf Pack Music Vol. 1 and Vol. 2) and two mix CDs "Wolf Pack Mixtape Vols 1 & 2" which are unique in that they contain music exclusively by the group themselves.
The Pack's sheer appeal is evident from the overwhelming positive phone response that all the radio stations have been receiving everytime they play sneaker anthem "Vans." As Young L notes in the hook-filled song "Vans" - "It's a punk rock shoe with the logo on the back." "We love shoes....We're like some fashion icons," adds Lil B. Stunna admits that all four members are "obsessed with sneakers." In fact it was in a shoe store that he first crossed paths with Lil Uno.
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