We have to admit we knew very little about Mausberg before Tube made his DJ Quik produced ‘Mushrooms’ one of the choices on the Overdoz playlist. Other than he was a gifted rapper from Compton whom Quik had picked as his protégé in the late 1990s, who’d been slain at the age of just 21 as his career was due to take off with his debut album ‘Non Fiction’. But other than his appearance on Snoop’s ‘Don’t Tell’ from the No Limits days, his music had pretty much passed us by.
But all that has changed now that we have had our appetites primed, because just a quick run through the relatively small amount of Mausberg music that you can still find shows you that the hype which surrounded this larger than life character, the so-called Biggie of the west, was absolutely justified. From the tripped out story-telling genius of ‘Mushrooms’ to the pure party vibe of ‘Down Down Down’ to the gangster styling of ‘The Truth Is’ it seems that Mausberg had talent in abundance, and a delivery that just rolled as natural and bright as the Cali sunshine.
So if like us you haven’t taken the time to explore Mausberg’s music, use this as an excuse to dive in. Tragically snubbed out before truly burning brightly, Mausberg’s is one of those talents that unfortunately we’ll simply never know just how bright it could have been.