The 110 freeway is registered on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places as the first freeway in the Western United States. Originally opening in 1938, the 31 mile route connects the port of Los Angeles near San Pedro, through Downtown Los Angeles, up to Pasadena. If Downtown LA is the heart of Los Angeles, the 110 freeway is the aorta, ensuring Angelenos flow in and out of the heartland from surrounding cities. While loads of hipster transplants and earthy coffee shops continue to be pumped into places like Inglewood, Boyle Heights, Echo Park, Downtown LA, and Mid-City, due to gentrification, South Central LA remains mostly unchanged for the past twenty years. During this time, several prominent hip-hop artists and producers from this area have risen to fame and fortune. Those artists, which include Nipsey Hussle, Dom Kennedy, Mustard to name a few, are undeniably authentic and set the standard for the next generation who grew up along the seedy 110 freeway exits before you reach Exposition blvd.
The next crop of South Central LA artists to capture our hearts grew up near the 110 Freeway exits of Manchester, and Vermont are a collective named 1Ten, consisting of Airplane James, Sham1016, SoundsLikeTC and Corey G. The group collaborated on a new project titled “This Ain’t That”. Six tracks filled with incredible production, relatable stories about aspiring for more, p talk, love, separating the real from the fake and more. Although this is early in their story and their official project together they have worked closely together for the past few years. Sham, Airplane and TC came together to create the masterpiece that is “FWU”, which garnered lots of attention locally, even getting a respectable amount of spins on Real 92.3. However, if you were looking for the you were looking for bland radio style songs with no soul, or people lying in their features, this ain’t that.
Stream the full project below and check 1Ten out this Friday 1/31 at Catch One LA. Buy tickets here.