Bay Area Group, Federation Prepared to
Release Album, “It’s Whateva” This Fall, Executive Produced by Rick
(Brooklyn, NY July 20, 2006)
– Led by gifted producer Rick Rock
(Jay-Z, Mariah Carey, E-40, Fabolous), Federation are set to release
their second album It’s Whateva this fall on Reprise Records. With Rick
Rock at their side, the trio of emcees, Doonie Baby,
Goldie, and Stresmatic, are largely responsible for laying down the
blueprint of the hyphy sound that
has recently received international attention.
The term “hyphy”
encompasses the wildy energetic dancing, music, and car culture that got its
start in Oakland several years ago. Federation’s 2003 debut The Album, encapsulated the burgeoning hyphy sound with their
witty wordplay, catchy chants, and bombastic bass lines.
Members of Federation met
each other through their shared love of rap music and through church. Rick
Rock and Doonie Baby worked together as part of the group Cosmic Slop Shop in
the early 90’s in Alabama while Stresmatic and Goldie knew each other as
children attending the same church in Fairfield, CA. After having moved near
Rick Rock in Fairfield, Doonie met Stres at a local record store where they
engaged in friendly street battle raps. While they started making music
together, the focus was more on becoming a family and developing chemistry with
each other. Though the group struggled through hard times in the beginning,
they stuck by each other. “From four peple sharing one hamburger, we’ve
been through it all with each other,” says Doonie. Goldie corroborates,
“We’re beyond brothers.”
The tight chemistry between the members is the backbone of their music and the
reason for their perseverance in bringing their music to the next level.
Their upcoming release, It’s
Whateva features guest
appearances by a variety of artists including Snoop Dogg, Blink 182
drummer Travis Barker, and the two-time Grammy nominated gospel group
Hawkin’s Love Center Choir.