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Repping for Pomona, Calif., and pimp rappers everywhere, Suga Free hit the scene in the late '90s when he was brought into the game by West Coast producer extraordinaire DJ Quik. Suga Free's debut album, Street Gospel, is an undeniable classic, and in the years since he's stayed busy with a steady stream of increasingly indie projects, including Just Add Water, Smell My Finger, and Hi Power Pimpin. On Blood Makes You Related, Loyalty Makes You Family, he reconnects with Pimpin' Joe (the two joined forces for Thunder & Lightning last year), treating listeners to a five-song EP all about working these hoes and running game in the Golden State. While the subject matter is one-dimensional by nature, Suga Free's goofy charisma and unorthodox flow still sounds good, and two postmortem guest appearances by the late great Nate Dogg ("15 Minutes to 5" and "Barbiecoast") also impress.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Repping for Pomona, Calif., and pimp rappers everywhere, Suga Free hit the scene in the late '90s when he was brought into the game by West Coast producer extraordinaire DJ Quik. Suga Free's debut album, Street Gospel, is an undeniable classic, and in the years since he's stayed busy with a steady stream of increasingly indie projects, including Just Add Water, Smell My Finger, and Hi Power Pimpin. On Blood Makes You Related, Loyalty Makes You Family, he reconnects with Pimpin' Joe (the two joined forces for Thunder & Lightning last year), treating listeners to a five-song EP all about working these hoes and running game in the Golden State. While the subject matter is one-dimensional by nature, Suga Free's goofy charisma and unorthodox flow still sounds good, and two postmortem guest appearances by the late great Nate Dogg ("15 Minutes to 5" and "Barbiecoast") also impress.

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About Suga Free & Pimpin' Young

Suga Free's career got off to a slow start despite a promising debut album, 1997's Street Gospel. In 2000, he returned to the spotlight with high-profile guest appearances on Xzibit's Restless and Snoop Dogg's Tha Last Meal. In 2004, the rapper issued his second album, The New Testament, followed two years later by Just Add Water and two volumes of Features. Messy Marv and Mac Dre both appeared on his 2007 album Sunday School, then Smell My Finger dropped in 2008 before Hi Power Pimpin' landed in 2009. Two years later, the compilation Why U Still Bullshittin: The Best of Suga Free was released, and the 2014 single "Grooveline, Pt. 2," featuring Schoolboy Q, preceded 2015's album The Resurrection. ~ Jason Birchmeier & Marisa Brown

HOMETOWN
Los Angeles, CA
BORN
January 17, 1970

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