September was a busy month for independent music in the Bay Area: "On the Regular" -- San Francisco producer Julia Lewis's soulful track with Elujay, Mr. Carmack, and Mikos Da Gawd -- made it to Spotify's Viral 50 playlist. Rayana Jay, a rising R&B star and one of KQED's Women to Watch, dropped her highly anticipated third EP, Morning After, and we still can't get enough. Hot off the release of August's Black Ken, Lil B gave us a rare live appearance at Hiero Day, where he gave his guitar and keyboard away to fans.
The local scene feels invigorated and active, and there's no shortage of good music. We didn't want anything to slip through the cracks, which is why we've rounded up our favorite new rap, pop, punk, and experimental releases.
DaBoii, Young Wild N-gga
(SOB x RBE)
While the smooth, soulful Yhung T.O. might have the most pop appeal in SOB x RBE, DaBoii’s firecracker persona is what makes the Vallejo rap group so riveting. On his solo project Young Wild N-gga, DaBoii is explosive and brash: He’s just as quick to make puns about the rounds in his clip as he is to call out police brutality. Production-wise, YWN contains some interesting stylistic choices. “Humble” samples the freestyle classic “Let The Music Play” by Shannon, and “Beast Mode” couples DaBoii and Yhung T.O.’s breathless, back-to-back flows with a whimsical, sparkly keyboard loop that contrasts with the rest of the project’s East Bay mobb-music feel. Listen here.