EASTBAYSICK is a live high energy hip hop group consisting of four artists/ entrepreneurs. They have talent, drive, and a great sense of dedication. Growing up in the Oakland Bay Area quickly acquainted them with street knowledge and ultimately honed their skills as businessmen and musicians. They will succeed in this business because they are savvy and have the endurance. They have already begun learning the ropes of the music industry through networking, sales, and their own individual experiences.
Founding member and emcee Frank Stacks released his first project titled “EVERYBODY KNOWS ME” in the summer of 2003. Around the same time, drummer, engineer and business owner Chris Paxton opened up Nexus Audio Recording Studios in Oakland Ca., he has been recording various artists and music projects ever since. EASTBAYSICK’S keyboardist/background vocalist JALLAH is a classically trained pianist of 17 years who has competed in and won a variety of orchestral and live band competitions all over the world. In November of 2005, the two main vocalists (Frank Stacks and L-$) released their first album “THE DOLLAR BREATHING DRAGONS” which features Bay Area artists MISTAH F.A.B. and TURF TALK, as well as many other well know bay area rappers. The combined forces of these four talented individuals make up the much talked about and one of a kind live electronic rap team, whose album consists of realistic expression of the bay area, and music scene as a whole, with impeccable production and unforgettable lyrics.
Their debut album “VIRTUAL REALITY” is what the music scene is missing. It not only brings rap and hip hop back to its roots, but brings about a new wave of entertainment. The entire album is self produced by EASTBAYSICK and has few features including hip hop pioneer SHOCK G from DIGITAL UNDERGROUND, funk and soul group WHOGAS, and alternative metal group WESLESTER. EASTBAYSICK is reminiscent of some of their strongest influences from , 2Pac, EMINEM, and Spice 1, to as far as Michael Jackson, Frank Zappa, and Weird Al Yankovic. EASTBAYSICK is also largely inspired by the sounds they grew up on: from the Beatles to 80’s Synth-Funk, and the grunge of the 90’s. With an uncanny charismatic live performance to back their outstanding production, EASTBAYSICK is a force to be reckoned with.
In the past 5 years, the group has collectively released 5 demos, 2 albums, 3 mixtapes, a compilation with live band NEXUS and the EASTBAYSICK debut album, developed websites, secured distribution, placed their products in all of the major music retail stores in the bay area, and moved over 20,000 units. Not to mention they attracted some major names in rap and collaborated with many well known artists to perform live shows with, including; Bone Thugs N Harmony, Bubba Sparxxx, Christina Milian, MISTAH F.A.B., Turf Talk, Keak Da Sneak, Andre Nikatina, Mac Mall, E.A. Ski, Frontline, Goapele, Sammy Hagar and many more.
The entire EASTBAYSICK album was written, produced, arranged, developed and engineered by themselves. They also conceptualized the entire album including its musical content, album artwork, flyers, and logos. They self-promote their music by driving as far as San Diego, Oregon, and even Atlanta to get their music heard. EASTBAYSICK has several marketing and promotional ideas in the works and is constantly writing new material for their next albums. Their intensity, integrity, musical ability, and pure skill provide the groundwork for success. This is not just another live hip-hop group, this is EASTBAYSICK.