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The Federation released "It's Whateva" in 2007 as their second album. Consisting of the Fairfield (Northern), California trio: Doonie Baby, Stressmatic, Goldie, are amongst the top acts in in Bay Area Hip Hop sub-genre, Hyph, which also includes the likes of E-40, Keak Da Sneak, and Too $hort.
1. "Playtime Is Over"
To kick the album off, we have them begin with a short introduction to bring you to the sounds of the Bay Area in Northern California before they get into some pretty typical sounds of this area. It is a raging tun which ashthem drag their way through the grimey feel of it all. It is quick to display a heavy contrast from what is going on with the prevalent sounds of the Dirty South.
2. "18 Dummy" (Skit)
3. "18 Dummy"
At this early stage in the album, they show exactly why they are so different to everyone else in the game right now as they go for a track which has them blasting out bass in the monotmous way that is heard ove here with the UK's (and generally Europe's club scene) with this House sounds coming through. For this reason, it may be something that a European listenr can feel, but is likely to be shunned elsewhere (especially in the US) as 'techno'.
4. "Get Naked You Beezy"
When this was initally released, this was a club banger of a cut as it gets them ripping through everything in the way that they take heavy influence from how the soounds of Crunk and Buck made way for this Thizz music where they just tear up the place in a blaze of high-energy beats from Rick Rock.
5. "College Girl" (Skit)
6. "College Girl"
I'm sure that the nursery rhyme-style lines are going to put off those who are up for more lyrical rhymes, but this isn't the point in this kind of music as it is just feel-good rap, witout much care for what is going on elsewhere. They get to do exactly what they want in this one, and do show fairly decent lyric-writing skills as a results, as even though the arrangement is simplatic, they are forced to stick to a rigid structure.
7. "Got Me F***ed Up"
I have to admit that it took a while for me to truely embrace this as initally, it wasn't really saying a lot, but the more you listen to it, the more you find yourslef being dragged down by the dark sounds of it all. It is very well-done, and very original, even when you consider what they have been known to do in the past and here.
8. "From The Bay"
With this sub-genre only just becoming something which had been heard beyond its boundaries aroujdn San Fransisco, Oakland, Vallejo (etc.), you have them, just as many before, raving about where they represent with their music. it is all done to strong beats, so that we aren't annoyed by how everyone seems to do one of these in the Hip Hop world.
9. "My Rimz"
This is amongst the best I've heard from the group, and highly influential in making me want to go through more of their material. You get them really calming things down with a soothing recording which has them simply speak upon what their wheels are wearing. The softness of the production, and female-sung chorus contrasts greatly from many of tunes here.
10. "Happy I Met You" (feat. Snoop Dogg)
This one seems to work off the same sort of feel as the tune before it as you have it takign on a similar structure with them rapping, and having a female R&B singer performing the hook. Taking things up a level, you have them working alongside the West Coast's biggest Hip Hop act in Snoop, who kills it as ever before.
11. "Scraper 2 A Benz" (feat. E-40)
In another huge collaboration, they have the biggest O.G. in the Bay Area scene, E-40, teaming-up with them. With such a big tune going down, they could only get the best producer with them, and they get just this as Rick Rock is able to take on this position, and after making the beats for the likes of 2Pac, Jay-Z and Snoop DOgg in the past, he knows exactly what he is doing.
12. "She Go"
When it comes to authentic Hyphy out of the area, you have to put up with tunes like this which have them moving on from the general sounds of Hip Hop elsewhere, and isolating themselves to form their own unique sounds, in a simialr way to "18 Dummy", this one has them taking great influence from Europe's House music, and coming with similar thumping beats to match this, just with raps over the top.
13. "New Baby Daddy"
Here you have them in the full-on Hyphy material as you get them going for some lively beats, on which they raps in short lines about how they becoming the new baby's daddy to a girl. It is just what you expect from suhc a tune with some great beats, which use Old School techniques (as well as the obvious modern ones). It shows that they aren't here to neglect what came before.
14. "We On Yo Line" (feat. Cashis)
The beats on this one are grimey, and make a change from the very clean sounds on the track prior to it. You here the influence California life upon their music as they are compelled to introduce the Gangsta lifestlye into things, and refer to how they see things as youngster in the game, without much care for the predecessors (O.G.s) who who claim the highest heirachical positions within the urban society.
15. "Black Roses" (feat. Travis Barker)
Here we have a tune which has them blazing through on some beats from Rick Rock, and a guest appearance from Travis Barker on drums, which have him taking on some Metal backing in order to immediately establish how they don't fit in with the current way that Hip Hop is going. It is well done, and comes together without appearing forced.
16. "Jail" (Lude)
17. "Fly Away"
I really had no love for this one, as I felt as thoug it had very littel goign for it in the way they go for some rather average Hip Hop, but with a up-lifting sound as they wish to break the monotony of things. I expect they did a track such as this in order to aid it in being a more commercial Hip Hop (release) which is understandable when you're debut scraped the Billboard Top 200, coming in at #200).
18. "When I Was Yo Man" (Skit)
19. "When I Was Yo Man"
This is a cold one, and has them continuing the low quality of things, which we have heard in the last few joints. I didn't think much to the way this one was done, as they forced too many elements of it, and it just couldn't come together naturally. This one has no raps, and doesn't really have a place here.
20. "Bang Bang"
As we get towards the end of the album, you have them changing it all up by doing a dedicatory tune, which does a shout-out to all of those who didn't get to see how they developed over the years. What I liked is that it didn't force them to alter their ways when it came to the beats, and kept te Hyphy sound in effect.
21. "Break Your Face"
To end the album off, we have them seemingly taking more from the Rock sounds, which came through on "Black Roses". However I felt that in this final effort from them, it didn't go down sa well without Travis Barker's presence, and the production seemed to falla part with its poor structure and coldness.
This is an inconsistent album from The Federation, and it really holds the album back, had they stuck to what they are good at,and not moved over to the typical sounds of Hip Hop, then it would have been a much better album. With Hyphy being underground for a few years, they are past the experimental stages of it, so making further developments here just didn't make sense, so whenever they tried something new, it just dind't work.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Playtime Is Over
2 18 Dummy Skit
3 18 Dummy
4 Get Naked You Beezy
5 College Girl Skit - Federation, Pimpin Rico
6 College Girl
7 Got Me F***ed Up
8 From the Bay
9 My Rimz
10 Happy I Met You - Federation, Snoop Dogg
11 Scraper 2 a Benz - E-40, , , Federation
12 She Go - Federation, Marty James
13 New Baby Daddy
14 We on Yo Line - Cashis, , Federation
15 Black Roses
16 Jail Skit - Battle Locco, , Federation
17 Fly Away
18 When I Was Yo Man Skit - Doonie Baby, , Federation
19 When I Was Yo Man
20 Bang Bang - Battle Locco, Eldorado Red, , Federation, , Tony Hardtimes, Mank Manson, Rick Rock, , The Tick, Undaflow
21 Break Your Face