According to Trek Life, these things are "So LA": New Era Dodger fitteds, bleeding purple and gold, hollering at the Staples Center, a twang, a weak car with a strong stereo, Pac Div, J. Bizness, Battle Cat, West Wing radio, sunshine in the winter, hustling anything from rims or registration, not hitting the beach to swim but "for them," white tennis shoes, and "winning before the next day begins."
Not included: taco trucks; sunglasses on man, woman and dog; detox; Botox; reality television; Hollywood on a Saturday night; traffic; smog; and the Jon Lovitz comedy club. I cannot help but commend Trek Life for his focus on the good.
Indeed, "So LA" is a solid contribution to the ever-expanding canon of regional rap anthems dedicated to the City of Angels. Waving its flag like it was Lakers playoff week, all it really needs is a shout-out to the best Griffith Observatory.
Pop & Hiss premiere: Trek Life "So LA" (J Bizness Remix) (MP3 download)
Originally appearing on last year's Oddisee-produced "Everything Changed Nothing," Pop & Hiss is premiering the remix, with surgery handled by local rapper/producer J. Bizness. Boasting a balance between East and West, it opts for a gritty scratched hook and a vintage Snoop Dogg vocal sample.
As Inland Empire and L.A.-raised Trek Life records his third album, the ever-dependable Mello Music Group has commissioned a remix album with production handled by underground warheads Has-Lo Apollo Brown, and Oddisee. It's more lagniappe than coherent full-length, but leaving you wanting more is so L.A.
-- Jeff Weiss
Photo: Trek Life. Credit: Mello Music Group