PREMIERE: The Mekanix “I’m Still Here” ft. The Jacka & C-Bo

It’s been one year, three months, two weeks, and two days since Shaheed ‘The Jacka’ Akbar passed away, and the game still hasn’t recovered. The laidback street lieutenant left a void hard to fill. Accordingly, The Mekanix did what any good producers do with unreleased verses in the vaults…they put together a track to tribute their fallen comrade. And who could be more appropriate to grace the second verse on this Bay Area rider anthem than Jack’s mentor and Sacramento legend C-Bo?

The Sactown vet introduced Husalah, Rydah J. Klyde, AP.9, Fed-X, and Jack under the group name Mob Figaz in the late ‘90s. While Jacka spits something for the block here, Bo speaks on his and Jack’s friendship, and how he had warned his younger homie of the game’s many pitfalls.

“Over the years, artists would just come through the studio, drop verses and leave. We had the freedom to put the verses on whatever we wanted. That’s how we have verses from Pretty Black and Mac Dre. We always had an atmosphere for artists to be creative, stop by, come with someone, and hang out. We have the freedom to do whatever with their verses and likewise, whenever they needed beats, we would give them some. We use the barter system for our inner circle,” states Kenny Tweed of The Mekanix.

He adds: “We had that verse for a while. We didn’t just wanna put anybody on the song like that. We reached out to C-Bo because he put out the first Mob Figaz record. It’s a very personal verse where he’s speaking on Jacka, and when they met.”

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