Bay Area rappers Federation
will release their new album -- "It's Whateva" -- on June 26 on Reprise Records. Veteran producer Rick Rock
, Busta Rhymes
) pushed the trio -- Doonie Baby, Goldie, and Stresmatic -- to further diversify the bass-heavy, rapid-fire hyphy sound, and deliver more than what fans may expect to hear from these pioneers.
"It's Whateva" has already received early critical acclaim: "Considered originators of the rap microgenre, hyphy, the Feds are back with the biggest dread-shaking album of the year. The bangin beats on '18 Dummy' and 'My Rims' will blow back your wig," raves Stuff Magazine, while Vibe says, "A label switch and admirable persistence have honed the group's energy -- on this strong follow-up, Rock and Federation again advance the movement."
The forthcoming album will feature new songs, including the single, "Get Naked U Beezy," "College Girl," "Shooter" and "She Go."
Federation formed in 2002 in Fairfield, CA, near Oakland, in the San Francisco Bay Area. Federation's 2003 debut "The Album
," with its homegrown hits "Hyphy" and "Go Dumb," encapsulated the burgeoning hyphy scene with witty wordplay, catchy chants, and bombastic bass lines. The group is proud of their early success. "From four people sharing one hamburger, we've been through it all with each other," says Doonie. Adds Goldie: "We're beyond brothers."