Rev “Insufficient Funds” Reissue Out Now

The reissue of Rev’s “Insufficient Funds” is out now. Get by hitting the widget below:

Check out some of Rev’s more recent work as well on the Slacker Pad album from 2012:

Rev “Insufficient Funds” Reissue Now Available For Pre-Order


Official release date: 12/2/2014.

In 2004, the hip hop subgenre known as g-funk was fading into obscurity. A turn of the century revival of the style, largely brought on by the release of Dr. Dre’s 2001 album, was running its course, and hip hop was giving way to lighter, more dance-friendly fare. Not content with this shift in the wind, XL Middleton’s Crown City Ent. was founded, largely based on keeping the west coast tradition of heavy synth funk alive and well.

One of his signees was a fellow Pasadena resident named Rev, who brought an intricate, rapid-fire style to the label. The idea behind Insufficient Funds, and all of Crown City’s music at large, was relatively simple – gangster beats mixed with a higher pedigree of lyricism than what the genre had been known for in the 90’s. This, to Middleton and his cohorts, was progress for the music.

Rev’s flow was perfect for the vision – a dizzying array of multi-syllabic rhyme patterns that could have easily destroyed many MC’s in the cipher. Often likened to Crooked I or the late Big Pun, Rev chose not to go the traditional route of braggadocio and microphone destruction, instead opting for a conceptual, albeit tongue-in-cheek project which detailed the struggles of the “everyman,” striving to make money and one day find the ultimate “come up.” The ups and downs of the perpetual money quest are spelled out in a more personal way than most of Rev’s fellow west coast paper chasers. On “Let’s Get Rich,” generally heralded as his signature cut, he spits lyrics which detail this to perfection: “I’m talking bout the type of money that could sniper presidents/Wipe the evidence, despite the allegation’s relevance.”

Insufficient Funds was Crown City’s biggest release aside from XL Middleton’s albums, and the original is a rare and highly sought after CD in the European and Japanese g-funk scenes. Now, ten years after the release (almost to the day), it is being reissued with four bonus tracks, all of which were recorded at the same time that the original album was.

Moniquea “Yes No Maybe” Streaming On Noisey

Big news: The Moniquea album Yes No Maybe is now streaming on Noisey (Vice’s music section, for those not up on game). Click here to listen, and when you’re done, head over to the MoFunk website to pre-order the album, which drops tomorrow!



Moniquea “Yes No Maybe” Album Out This Tuesday: Audio + Tour Dates

It’s been a minute but your friendly neighborhood funkster is back. We’re proud to announce that Moniquea‘s Yes No Maybe album (produced by myself and Eddy Funkster) is dropping this Tuesday. You can pre-order the album now from the MoFunk Records website though – why wait? Also, check below for an audio preview of “I Need It All” featuring I, CED and a flyer which includes Yes No Maybe tour dates up and down the west coast.


Moniquea Featured On OkayPlayer, Announces Album “Yes No Maybe”

Moniquea announced today via OkayPlayer that her album, Yes No Maybe, is coming on October 14, 2014. Click the screenshot below for more info, and to read the full writeup. Big up to OkayPlayer!


2 New XL Middleton 45’s On Two Different Labels!

As we continue to simultaneously build with our MoFunk & Crown City imprints, I’m also releasing some side projects with two other labels, Eddie Pendergrass Presents & Omega Supreme Records, who has already amassed a killer catalog of modern funk including artists such as Turquoise Summers & Sasac.

The EPP release actually features two songs that were recently featured on From The Vaults Vol. 2, and this will be the only release on vinyl related to FTV2, so be sure to grab a copy while they last (limited press of 350).

The Omega Supreme release is a split 7″ between myself and Inkswel featuring Gary Davis & Andras Fox. My joint on there is called “Sunset On Sunset (East End)” and you can check it out by hitting the widget below. This si also a limited press – only 500 copies, so act fast!


Also, the good folks over at MIMS (Music Is My Sanctuary) just posted an article about the Omega Supreme 45, check it out by clicking here.

From The Vaults Vol. 2 Out Now!

From The Vaults Vol. 2 is out now! Get it from the Crown City Ent. store or just hit the widget below: