MP3: The Mekanix – “Abandonment” ft. Mozzy & Philthy Rich

HotNewHipHop Premieres the Bay Area Production Duo’s Emotional Track From Under The Hood Album, Releasing June 3rd



The Song:

For more than 15 years, The Mekanix have been a one-stop shop for street production, defining the Bay Area’s sound from behind the scenes. On “Abandonment,” premiered by HotNewHipHop, The Mekanix provide a lush backdrop for two of the Area’s realest emcees, Mozzy and Philthy Rich, to rap about their everyday struggles and their hometowns of Sacramento and Oakland. The Mekanix explained the origins of the track to HotNewHipHop: “If you know Mozzy then you know he says stuff like ‘I like them cry-baby beats,’ which means that it’s an emotional beat, something that makes you feel a certain way; it’s not directed to the club or a party track. It’s a beat that reflects struggle. On the song, he and Philthy talk about, ‘The streets is where I’m from, I could never abandon them.’ And then sometimes you got people who show you a side you’ve never seen before and it forces you to abandon those people.”

“Abandonment” follows the release of “I’m Still Here,” debuted by Mass Appeal, which features a heartfelt verse from C-Bo and a posthumous verse from Bay Area legend The Jacka. Last month, The Mekanix shared the first offering from Under The Hood with their On My Hustle visual featuring IAMSU!, J. Stalin and Keak Da Sneak, as well as a hook from 4 rAx. As two of the Bay Area’s foremost sound architects, 4 rAx and Kenny Tweed have produced thousands of tracks since the early ’90s for a long line of Bay rappers and played a large part in the rise of J. Stalin, Philthy Rich, Beeda Weeda, the Hittaz on the Payroll & Shady Nate. The Mekanix have long been inspired by automobiles and deeply understand the importance of the car to Bay Area Hip-Hop. Says 4 rAx, “I come from a long line of auto mechanics – my father, grandfather, great-grandfather, my uncle they were all mechanics. I feel like we are carrying on their legacy with our production; fixing up people’s music, making it run smoothly. Our beats are the engine for Bay Area Hip-Hop”

Stay tuned for Under The Hood, which follows 2012’s Chop Shop and 2014’s Chop Shop 2. The project will feature guest appearances from E-40, Too Short, Richie Rich, The Jacka, C-Bo, J-Stalin, Mistah FAB, Clyde Carson, The Hoodstarz, Beeda Weeda, Trae the Truth, Rass Kass, Nio the Gift, Erk the Jerk, Kool John, Lil Debbie, Lil Blood, The Delinquents, Iamsu, Mozzy, Keak the Sneak, The The Luniz, Shady Nate, Dru Down, B-Legit, Turf Talk, and San Quinn.

Listen to “Abandonment” ft. Mozzy & Philthy Rich:

Check out the HotNewHipHop premiere:

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For more than 15 years, duo The Mekanix have served as the Bay Area’s one-stop for production, replays with live instrumentation, mixing, and mastering. 4rAx and Kenny Tweed’s The Garage Studios has become a meeting place for West Coast veterans and new sensations alike, and their vaults are a marketplace for a culture driven by collaboration and cosigns. The Mekanix have more than 1,000 placements ranging from E-40 and Mac Dre to J.Stalin and Tha Jacka. Arriving in June, their Under The Hood album presents this pair’s sonic craftsmanship, and their keystone regional role. From Dru Down to Lil Debbie, Iamsu to C-Bo, The Mekanix bridge the cities, the generations, and the styles of Northern California, one creation at a time.


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“Abandonment” ft. Mozzy & Philthy Rich:

“I’m Still Here” ft. The Jacka & C-Bo:

“On My Hustle” ft. Iamsu!, Keak Da Sneak & J. Stalin: