M.C. Twist – Step Off (Throwback)

Let me take ya’ll none locals back with a 1990 classic from San Jose’s M.C. Twist. Produced by Twist, Side A of the vinyl for MC Twist contains “Step Off” which is a conscious song about dope slanging and violence, a typical theme during the early 90’s from acts like Public Enemy, KRS-ONE and Brand Nubian. Side B features “S-M-O-K-I-N-G C-O-K-E”, a similar track to side A but in my opinion with a more gangsta rap style beat. The single was released and distributed by the now defunct Lethal Beat Records in 1990. This was also the first single from a San Jose based rapper that would have minor success past local support, which would open the gate way almost 30 years later for local artist in San Jose to have a slice of the music pie in California.

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