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Turf Talk

The cover of Turf Talk's Album
Background information
Birth name Demar Bernstein
Origin Vallejo, California
Genre(s) Hip Hop, Hyphy
Label(s) Sick Wid It/30/30

Turf Talk (born Demar Bernstein, 1979 in Vallejo, California), is a Bay Area rapper at the forefront of the hyphy movement. His unique style of delivery has earned both local[1] and national[2] acclaim. Turf Talk is the protégé and cousin of platinum-selling Bay Area pioneer and legend E-40, and is signed to his mentor's Sick Wid It/30/30 Records. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Vallejo (pronounced IPA: , vuh-LAY-oe) is a city in Solano County, California, United States. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Hip hop is a cultural movement that began amongst urban African American youth in New York and has since spread around the world. ... Hyphy (pronounced HI-fee; IPA: ) is a style of music and dance primarily associated with the Bay Area hip hop culture. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... E-40 (born Earl Stevens on November 15, 1967 in Vallejo, California), also known as Charlie Hustle, Charlie Sniph, 40 Fonzarelli, Ebonics, The Ambassador of the Bay, 40 Belafonte, E-Pheezy and Fortywater, is a Bay Area rapper. ... Vallejo (pronounced IPA: , vuh-LAY-oe) is a city in Solano County, California, United States. ... Bay Area is a common term to refer to a metropolitan area situated around a bay. ... Rapping is one of the elements of hip hop and the distinguishing feature of hip hop music; it is a form of rhyming lyrics spoken rhythmically over musical instruments, with a musical backdrop of sampling, scratching and mixing by DJs. ... Hyphy (pronounced HI-fee; IPA: ) is a style of music and dance primarily associated with the Bay Area hip hop culture. ... Bay Area is a common term to refer to a metropolitan area situated around a bay. ... Earl Stevens (born November 15, 1967 Vallejo, California) best known by his stage name E-40 is a Bay Area rapper. ... E-40 (born Earl Stevens on November 15, 1967 in Vallejo, California), also known as Charlie Hustle, Charlie Sniph, 40 Fonzarelli, Ebonics, The Ambassador of the Bay, 40 Belafonte, E-Pheezy and Fortywater, is a Bay Area rapper. ...

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Growing Up

Although born in his now native Vallejo, Turf Talk moved to Southern California at an early age and grew up in Pomona, Los Angeles and later Rialto, in San Bernadino. He was expelled from school during his childhood and spent a period of home learning during which he started to write rhymes. For the urban complex straddling the United States-Mexico border, see Bajalta California. ... Location in the County of Los Angeles Country United States State California County Los Angeles County, California Government  - Mayor Norma Torres Area  - City 22. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... City of Rialto Logo Rialto is a city in San Bernardino County, California, United States. ... San Bernardino is the county seat of San Bernardino County, California, United States. ...


Turf Talk told UK-based rap periodical Hip Hop Connection[3] that he "came from living in hotel rooms.. for four to five years". The rapper returned to the Bay Area in 1999 to pursue his career under cousin E-40 in Vallejo. He is now based in Millersville, Vallejo. Hip Hop Connection (HHC) is the longest running magazine devoted entirely to hip hop in the world. ... Bay Area is a common term to refer to a metropolitan area situated around a bay. ... Earl Stevens (born November 15, 1967 Vallejo, California) best known by his stage name E-40 is a Bay Area rapper. ... Vallejo can refer to: Vallejo, California Vallejo (band) Boris Vallejo, a Peruvian-born American painter César Vallejo, a Peruvian-born Spanish poet. ... Vallejo can refer to: Vallejo, California Vallejo (band) Boris Vallejo, a Peruvian-born American painter César Vallejo, a Peruvian-born Spanish poet. ...


Turf Talk quotes his influences as "E-40 and The Click, Too Short, and then The Dangerous Crew, and Mac Mall"[4]. Earl Stevens (born November 15, 1967 Vallejo, California) best known by his stage name E-40 is a Bay Area rapper. ... Too Short, or Too $hort, (born Todd Anthony Shaw on April 28, 1966) is a rapper who started his career in his hometown of Oakland, California. ... 01. ... Please wikify (format) this article or section as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ...


Career

Originally rapping under the name Killa Kane, Turf Talk would first appear alongside Mac Shawn, another younger cousin of E-40, on the compilation CD Worldwide Bosses & Playas in 2001. His breakthrough came in 2003 performing the hook for the MTV-aired E-40 track Gasoline, B-side to the single One Night Stand. Earl Stevens (born November 15, 1967 Vallejo, California) best known by his stage name E-40 is a Bay Area rapper. ... MTV (Music Television) is an American cable television network headquartered in New York City. ... Earl Stevens (born November 15, 1967 Vallejo, California) best known by his stage name E-40 is a Bay Area rapper. ...


Turf Talk would go on to appear in three tracks on E-40's 2003 album Breakin News as well as cement his growing reputation in the Bay Area's new movement by guesting in style on the official remix to The Federation's seminal hit 'Hyphy'. Earl Stevens (born November 15, 1967 Vallejo, California) best known by his stage name E-40 is a Bay Area rapper. ... Breakin News was released by E-40 in 2002 on Sick Wid It Records and Jive. ... The Federation is a hip-hop group from Fairfield, California, part of the San Francisco Bay Area. ...


In 2004 Turf Talk released his highly anticipated debut album The Street Novelist featuring his mentor E-40, The Federation and a range of Sick Wid It Records' artists. The CD included the Rick Rock produced smash It's Ah Slumper and one of the final guest appearances of the legendary Mac Dre. Earl Stevens (born November 15, 1967 Vallejo, California) best known by his stage name E-40 is a Bay Area rapper. ... E-40 (born Earl Stevens on November 15, 1967 in Vallejo, California), also known as Charlie Hustle, Charlie Sniph, 40 Fonzarelli, Ebonics, The Ambassador of the Bay, 40 Belafonte, E-Pheezy and Fortywater, is a Bay Area rapper. ... Rick Rock is a hip-hop music producer from the Bay Area, California. ... Andre Hicks (July 5, 1970 – November 1, 2004), better known by his stage name, Mac Dre, was a Bay Area-based rapper from Vallejo, California. ...


In 2005 Turf Talk released Turf Talk Brings The Hood: Colabilation part album, part compilation of tracks recorded with both long-time and up-and-coming Sick Wid It Records collaborators. The CD included the popular local hit Turf Talk Iz Back. E-40 (born Earl Stevens on November 15, 1967 in Vallejo, California), also known as Charlie Hustle, Charlie Sniph, 40 Fonzarelli, Ebonics, The Ambassador of the Bay, 40 Belafonte, E-Pheezy and Fortywater, is a Bay Area rapper. ...


In the early hours of Thursday July 14th 2005, Turf Talk suffered several shots to the face from a low caliber pellet shotgun, after being apparently targeted leaving a recording studio in Tuolumne Street, Vallejo. He was treated at the Sutter Solano Medical Center and made a quick and full recovery. Vallejo can refer to: Vallejo, California Vallejo (band) Boris Vallejo, a Peruvian-born American painter César Vallejo, a Peruvian-born Spanish poet. ...


On July 30th, 2005 at the Masonic Center on Nob Hill, San Francisco, Turf Talk was announced as New Artist (Rookie) of The Year 2005 in the inaugural Bay Area Rap Scene (B.A.R.S.) Awards[5]. He beat strong competition from both Mistah F.A.B. and Ya Boy. This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Bay Area is a common term to refer to a metropolitan area situated around a bay. ... Mistah F.A.B. (born Stanley P. Cox on January 23, 1982) [1] is an American rapper from Oakland, California. ... El Camino High School graduate, William Crawford born on December 21, 1983, better known by his stage name Ya Boy, is an American rapper from the Fillmore District of San Francisco, California. ...


Boosted by the signing of mentor E-40 to Lil Jon's multi-platinum BME/Warner imprint, Turf Talk announced plans to release his new studio album West Coast Vaccine: The Cure in 2006, featuring almost exclusive production by rap heavyweights Rick Rock and Lil Jon. The CD has since been delayed to early 2007. Earl Stevens (born November 15, 1967 Vallejo, California) best known by his stage name E-40 is a Bay Area rapper. ... Jonathan Smith (born January 27, 1971), better known by his stage name Lil Jon, is a prolific American rapper. ... BME Recordings is a label founded by Lil Jon and Vince Phillips. ... Rick Rock is a hip-hop music producer from the Bay Area, California. ... Jonathan Smith (born January 27, 1971), better known by his stage name Lil Jon, is a prolific American rapper. ...


In 2006 Turf Talk secured further exposure by appearing on E-40's BME debut and Billboard 200 success story 'My Ghetto Report Card' as well as MTV's Hyphy music insight My Block: The Bay. His influence on the Hyphy movement was featured in Hip Hop magazines The Source and XXL. Earl Stevens (born November 15, 1967 Vallejo, California) best known by his stage name E-40 is a Bay Area rapper. ... BME Recordings is a label founded by Lil Jon and Vince Phillips. ... The Billboard 200 is a ranking of the 200 highest-selling music albums and EPs in the United States, published weekly by Billboard magazine. ... My Ghetto Report Card is an album by long-time Bay Area rapper E-40. ... MTV (Music Television) is an American cable television network headquartered in New York City. ... Hyphy (pronounced HI-fee; IPA: ) is a style of music and dance primarily associated with the Bay Area hip hop culture. ... The Source Magazine The Source is a monthly full-color magazine covering hip-hop music, politics, and culture. ... A 2005 cover of XXL, featuring Snoop Dogg and The Game. ...


In the summer of 2006 Turf Talk extended his cross-genre, national and international reputation after being invited to feature on the DJ Shadow Hyphy-influenced new release 3 Freaks. This lead to an MTV music video alongside Keak Da Sneak, as well as a supporting role in a tour of Europe and Japan. Josh Davis, a. ... Hyphy (pronounced HI-fee; IPA: ) is a style of music and dance primarily associated with the Bay Area hip hop culture. ... MTV (Music Television) is an American cable television network headquartered in New York City. ... Keak Da Sneak (full name Charles Kunta Kinte Bowens [1], commonly referred to as Keak) is a rapper from Oakland, California. ...


The tour climaxed with a performance in front of over 25,000 at the Wireless Festival in London's Hyde Park on June 23rd, Turf Talk appearing alongside Bay Area emcees Mistah F.A.B. and Nump, in a line up which included worldwide superstars such as Massive Attack, Pharrell, Gnarls Barkley and Damian Marley. The O2 Wireless Festival is a four-day music festival held over a week in Hyde Park, London. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Hyde Park is the name of: Hyde Park, a Royal Park in London (the original location) Hyde Park in Sydney - a park some places in the United States of America: Hyde Park, Massachusetts Hyde Park, New York - a town in Dutchess County, New York Hyde Park, Vermont - a town Hyde... Mistah F.A.B. (born Stanley P. Cox on January 23, 1982) [1] is an American rapper from Oakland, California. ... Massive Attack are a trip hop band from Bristol, England. ... Pharrell Williams (born April 5, 1973) is an American singer, rapper, composer, and songwriter. ... Gnarls Barkley is a Grammy-award winning musical collaboration between DJ, multi-instrumentalist and producer Danger Mouse (Brian Burton) and rapper/vocalist Cee-Lo Green (Thomas Callaway), from Atlanta. ... Damian Marley (born July 21, 1978 in Kingston, Jamaica), is a Grammy-winning reggae artist and is the youngest male child of reggae legend Bob Marley, and the only child born to Marley and Cindy Breakspeare, Miss World 1976. ...


Style

Turf Talk's unusual delivery is an important part of his act. The self-styled devastating mouthpiece, he combines a distinctive drawl with fierce interjections using multi-track recording. The New York Times described that he has a high, pinched voice, less cartoonish than his cousin [E-40] and more ferocious.[6] A drawl is a perceived feature of some varieties of spoken English, and generally infers longer vowel sounds and/or dipthongs. ... An interjection, sometimes called a filled pause, is a part of speech that usually has no grammatical connection to the rest of the sentence and simply expresses emotion on the part of the speaker, although most interjections have clear definitions. ... Multitrack recording is a method of sound recording that allows for the recording and re-recording of multiple sound sources, independent of time. ... The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ...


The rapper himself ascribes his fast-changing flow to building a character for his listeners, complete with ad-libs, and to developing a range of marketable styles. "I'm always thinking about new ways to rap on different beats and new sounds, just something different to the human ear."[7] Ad-Libs is an improvisational comedy theater tucked away in a corner of Dallas, Texas downtown Arts District. ...


Discography

Albums

  • Street Novelist (2004)
  • Turf Talk Brings The Hood Colabilation (2005)
  • West Coast Vaccine: The Cure (2007)

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Noted Appearances

  • Mac Shawn - Worldwide Bossin We Be Flossin as Killa Kane (2001)
  • E-40 - Gasoline (2003)
  • The Federation - Hyphy (Remix) (2003)
  • E-40 - Muscle Cars (2006)
  • DJ Shadow - 3 Freaks (2006)

Trivia

In 2005 Turf Talk appeared on the reality television show Judge Joe Brown. He was contesting a claim by a former female associate that he failed to pay insurance costs associated with a vehicle acquired for him by the plaintiff and wrecked in a car accident. Joe Brown Joe Brown, (b. ...


Turf Talk lost the televised court case but used the appearance to promote his debut CD.


Notes

  1. ^ http://www.eastbayexpress.com/Issues/2005-04-27/music/hearsay4.html
  2. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2005/05/19/arts/music/19sann.html?pagewanted=print
  3. ^ Hip-Hop Connection #203, July 2006
  4. ^ Hip-Hop Connection #203, July 2006
  5. ^ http://www.barsawards.com/
  6. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2005/05/19/arts/music/19sann.html?pagewanted=print
  7. ^ http://www.hiphopgame.com/index2.php3?page=turftalk

 
 

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