Bentley released this collection of 90′s/2000′s street anthem re-works today. I won’t say anymore because the homey Alex wins:
The Ice Cube reference of the cover is not coincidental – while not all of the beats on here are from California the mixtape carries a strong West Coast gangsta rap vibe. More than just paying homage through production, Bentley sounds the part too. His ability to convincingly convey menace and intelligent insights in equal measure harks back to the best of what 90s street rap has to offer. But this isn’t a simple exercise in nostalgia, it’s more like he is channeling formative influences as an introduction to his own ample talents. Bentley is a guy with his own distinct style and personality, rapping over AZ and Young D Boyz is just a warm up for him, setting a stage for more to come.
Now, go enjoy the shit outta this Bootlegs & B-Sides…and try not to rob you a liquor store register.