For the last decade, Potluck has built a well-deserved reputation as the premiere rap group in Humboldt County. They are one of the more promising young talents to emerge from Northern California's legendary, organic, independent, hip-hop scene.
Combining an average joe sensibility along with syrupy west coast beats, clever samples, and witty rhymes Potluck's weed inspired song topics include everything from life and loves tribulations to neck-snapping battle raps.
Back in 1995, 1 Ton, who originally hails from San Diego, and UnderRated, who was born and raised in Humboldt, met at a dj trial. "We were the two tightest djs there, so it was natural we hooked up," remembers UnderRated about the first encounter.
Despite the fact that they were from different backgrounds, 1 Ton is African-American and UnderRated is Jewish, the two formed a musical chemistry as Emcees, Producers, and Djs which translated into some of the best club and house parties Humboldt has ever seen.
In 2000, the group released their debut album "Humboldt County High." They distributed the record themselves up and down the West Coast through a label they formed, called Lost Koast Productions.
In Humboldt, "We became so popular, we were selling more albums than Brittany Spears," smiles 1-Ton, about the groups early days. Songs like the weed inspired "Humboldt County High" and the more serious "Whats Your Purpose" catapulted Potluck into the mix of up and coming West Coast rappers.
Potluck went on to release 2 more full length Cds: 1. Potluck "Tha Lost Koast Kollective" (2002) a compilation album featuring Potluck with underground MCs from Brooklyn, NY. to Humboldt County, Ca. and 2. Potluck "Harvest Time" (2005) which features collaborations with Tech N9ne, E-40, The Mystik Journeymen, and Equpito.
Currently Lost Koast Productions and Suburban Noize Records have teamed up to bring you Potluck "Straight Outta Humboldt" which is primed to go down as a marijuana lovers classic. It has appearances from Kottonmouth Kings, The Luniz (I got 5 on it), Tech N9ne, and a host of others. It is scheduled for release Summer of 2006.
To date Potluck has toured the U.S. and performed with the likes of Too $hort, E-40, Atmosphere, Tech N9ne, Lloyd Banks, Living Legends, Bone Thugs, J5, Andre Nickatina, Blackalicous, and Kottonmouth Kings.
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