O.C. Time-Travels With Ray’s Cafe (Audio)
Diggin’ In The Crates alum O.C. has a few styles and approaches. The MC who spent his youth in both Brooklyn and Queens may be best known for his “cap cocked” cockiness on Buckwild beats in a B-Boy stance. However, the longtime friend of Dame Dash and Jay-Z also has a bottle-popping style, which is probably why Diddy strongly considered signing “Mush” as an act on Bad Boy Records circa ’95. O sounds good on polished production, just as well as he does over dusty loops.
Produced by The Bronx’s Ray West, “Ray’s Cafe” has that jazzy, chilled-out approach. We heard bits of this on Jewelz and even more on Bon Appetit, but O.C. rarely brings out that side. Heads can state their opinion, but it’s deeply in the vain of Nas, Jay, and The Notorious B.I.G. when a tried and true MC can keep the skills while flipping the script.