For many West Coast rappers, Roger Troutman and his inspired funk stylings were an essential part of their musical upbringing.
For many West Coast rappers, Roger Troutman and his inspired funk stylings were an essential part of their musical upbringing. Therefore, it makes sense that, following his death in 1999, the West Coast rap community would take time out to pay proper respects to the slain musical innovator. Organized by Tha Liks' J-Ro and Harlan "Wolf" Morgan (who together helm Wolfpac Records), Still More Bounce does its title justice. A host of MCs, including Ice-T, Xzibit, Kurupt, and Snoop, among others, inject Troutman's sound with hip-hop twists. On "Bad Days," Defari, Phil Da Agony, and newcomer Merciless Stylz ride a melodic synth track while trading verses about the ills of everyday life. The compilation also pays homage to Troutman's smoother side. Witness Chico DeBarge's deft cover of "I Wanna Be Your Man," on which he receives assistance from newcomer Shae Fiol. On the title track and lead single, Rass Kass, Kam, Tha Liks' Tash, Cypress Hill's B-Real, and Spice1 offer a true posse track filled with enough funk to make Troutman proud.—RH