Darkroom Familia

Darkroom Familia

Darkroom Familia

Biography

Darkroom started with black & white cassette singles, selling them out of the trunk, all over the Bay Area and Northern California. They eventually made enough noise to secure distribution through Oakland's now-defunct Music People (home to many successful Bay Area rap artists including: Cougnut, IMP, Richie Rich, 415, RBL Posse, Chunk, Totally Insane, Master P, TRU, Dre Dog/Andre Nickatina, etc.). Throughout the '90s, Darkroom Familia toured regionally and all over the country, performing alongside E-40, Too $hort, Ice Cube, Rodney O & Joe Cooley, 2nd II None, R. Kelly, Black Sheep, The Coup, The Conscious Daughters, Zapp & Roger, to name a few. They continued releasing albums but their first real hit was "From The Barrio With Love," which led them to sign with Sunset Blvd./Warner Bros. Records for the major label release of the album. One of the executives at the label, asked Darkroom to join him on his new label, Explicit Entertainment.

After recording six albums for Explicit, Darkroom was being pursued by Dogday Records, who had just sold an impressive 75,000 albums of 11/5's "Fiendin' For The Funk." Darkoom's only intention were to become the biggest and first Latino super group. Their plan was to release a movie and soundtrack at the same time. A salivating Dogday Records eagerly signed them. Darkroom Familia was now label-mates with Andre Nickatina, 11/5 and The Coup. They signed for a very brief period, only releasing six albums. After their contractual obligations were over, Darkroom decided to stay independent and signed a distribution deal with City Hall Records.

Darkroom Familia's "Penitentiary Chances" was the first film released and distributed by Bay Area rappers and has now reached cult-status, along with their other film "Veteranos." Darkroom Familia made the cover of Murder Dog hip hop magazine. They were the first Northern Cali Latin rappers to have that honor. They have also appeared in numerous publications including Lowrider Magazine, The Source, Rap Pages, Billboard, 4080 Hip Hop Magazine, XXL, Rap Sheet, BAM and many more. Since the late '90s, they continued making films and have now released over 17 films to date. They have worked with such actors as: Jesse Borrego ("Blood In Blood Out," "Con Air," "Mi Vida Loca," Fox TV's "24"), Angel Aviles ("Desperado," "Mi Vida Loca), Todd Bridges ("Everybody Hates Chris," "Diff'rent Strokes"), Wee-Man ("Jackass") and more. Though most of their films are gritty, action-packed stories, they've also done their fair share of horror films and comedy; most notably the "I Got Five On It" franchise (which has become the "Friday" of the 2000s). During the last 20 plus years, they have released over 100 albums to date. They are currently signed with City Hall Records, home to Mac Dre and Thizz Entertainment.

Thanks to a loyal and dedicated worldwide fanbase, Darkroom have sold 300,000 plus albums. Darkroom Familia has gained fans as close as San Francisco/Oakland and as far away as Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Austria, Australia, The United Kingdom, Russia, Ukraine, Yugoslavia, Spain, Poland, Japan, France, Sweden, Switzerland, Puerto Rico, Italy, Finland and Bavaria. Darkroom Familia continues to release their trademark sound and independent feature-length films that fans have come to love.

Discography

The Darkroom Family - Apocalypse Brown

The Darkroom Family - Apocalypse Brown

Explicit Entertainment 1998
Darkroom Familia - Penitentiary Chances

Darkroom Familia - Penitentiary Chances

Dogday Records 1998
Darkroom Familia - Veteranos

Darkroom Familia - Veteranos

Dogday Records 1999
Darkroom Familia - The Brown Area

Darkroom Familia - The Brown Area

Darkroom Studios 1999
Darkroom Familia - Gang Stories: - The Darkroom Uncensored

Darkroom Familia - Gang Stories: The Darkroom Uncensored

Dogday Records 1999
Darkroom Familia - From The Barrio With Love

Darkroom Familia - From The Barrio With Love

Dogday Records 1999
Darkroom Familia - Enter The Darkroom

Darkroom Familia - Enter The Darkroom

Brown Power Records 1999
Darkroom Familia - Homicide Kings

Darkroom Familia - Homicide Kings

Darkroom Studios 2000
Darkroom Familia - Smile Now Cry Later

Darkroom Familia - Smile Now Cry Later

Darkroom Studios 2001
Darkroom Familia - Men Of Honor

Darkroom Familia - Men Of Honor

Brown Power Records 2001
Darkroom Familia - Barrio Classics 88-98

Darkroom Familia - Barrio Classics 88-98

Darkroom Studios 2001
Darkroom Familia - 1988-2002 Exit The Darkroom: End Of A Dynasty

Darkroom Familia - 1988-2002 Exit The Darkroom: End Of A Dynasty

Brown Power Records 2002
Darkroom Familia - Barrio Love

Darkroom Familia - Barrio Love

Brown Power Records 2002
Darkroom Familia - Family Reunion

Darkroom Familia - Family Reunion

Darkroom Studios 2005
Darkroom Familia - Tha Appearances

Darkroom Familia - Tha Appearances

Brown Power Records 2005
Darkroom Familia - Temporary Insanity: Lost Tapes From Back In Day

Darkroom Familia - Temporary Insanity: Lost Tapes From Back In Day

Brown Power Records 2005
Darkroom Familia - Northern Cali's Finest

Darkroom Familia - Northern Cali's Finest

Darkroom Studios 2006
Darkroom Familia - Last Vets Standing

Darkroom Familia - Last Vets Standing

Darkroom Studios 2007
Darkroom Familia - 20 Years Up In This Game 1988-2008

Darkroom Familia - 20 Years Up In This Game 1988-2008

Darkroom Studios 2008
Darkroom Familia - Connectionz

Darkroom Familia - Connectionz

Darkroom Studios 2008
Darkroom Familia - Darkroom's Hardest Hits Vol. 1

Darkroom Familia - Darkroom's Hardest Hits Vol. 1

Darkroom Studios 2009
Darkroom Vets - Evil That Men Do

Darkroom Vets - Evil That Men Do

Darkroom Studios 2009
Darkroom Familia - From The Barrio With Hate

Darkroom Familia - From The Barrio With Hate

Darkroom Studios 2009
Darkroom Familia - Por Vida (4 Life)

Darkroom Familia - Por Vida (4 Life)

Darkroom Studios 2009
Darkroom Familia Presents I Got Five On It: The Album

Darkroom Familia - I Got Five On It: The Album

Darkroom Studios 2009
Darkroom Familia - Playaz 4 Life: Major Game

Darkroom Familia - Playaz 4 Life: Major Game

Darkroom Studios 2010
Darkroom Familia - Until There Is No Enemy

Darkroom Familia - Until There Is No Enemy

Darkroom Studios 2012
Darkroom Familia - Darkroom's Hardest Hits Vol. 2

Darkroom Familia - Darkroom's Hardest Hits Vol. 2

Darkroom Studios 2014

Guest Appearances

Lil Coner - Child 'Hood'
  • Murderous Streets

Lil Coner - Child 'Hood'

Connected Inc. 2007
Tito B - One 4 Tha Homiez
  • Red Means Danger

Tito B - One 4 Tha Homiez

Not On Label 2007
Blokkmonsta aka Dämon - Böses Blut
  • Gehasst & Geliebt

Blokkmonsta Aka Dämon - Böses Blut

Hirntot Records 2007
Lil Coner - Hogg Status
  • United Nortenos

Lil Coner - Hogg Status

Connected Inc. 2008
Uzi, Blokkmonsta & Schwartz - Im Fadenkreuz - Die Wahre Geschichte Der Hassrapper
  • Gehasst & Geliebt (Remix)

Uzi, Blokkmonsta & Schwartz - Im Fadenkreuz - Die Wahre Geschichte Der Hassrapper

Hirntot Records 2008
Blokkmonsta & Schwartz - Desperados
  • Showdown Auf Dem Boot Hill

Blokkmonsta & Schwartz - Desperados

Hirntot Records 2008
Stony Danza - Criminal Grind
  • Ridein 2 The Top

Stony Danza - Criminal Grind

Loctown Entertainment 2009
West Coast Mafiosos - Stony Danza Presents: West Coast Mafiosos
  • Rep My City

West Coast Mafiosos - Stony Danza Presents: West Coast Mafiosos

Loctown Entertainment 2009
Schwartz - Der Teenieslasher
  • Die Rückkehr

Schwartz - Der Teenieslasher

Hirntot Records 2009
Temporary Insanity - Bitchez Never Learn
  • Insanintro

Temporary Insanity - Bitchez Never Learn

Darkroom Studios, Sumo Productions, City Hall Records 2010
Tokztero - Tokztero Throwbacks
  • In The Fog

Tokztero - Tokztero Throwbacks

Strong Arm, Thizz Latin, Northern Enetainment 2012

Compilations

Various - Mode Lok'z-Criminal Grind
  • Nortenos (San Jo 2 Tracy)

Various - Mode Lok'z-Criminal Grind

GMG, SWMG 2000
Various - Funk On Sight Reloaded
  • Funk On Sight (Posse Version)

Various - Funk On Sight Reloaded

Somethin' Vicious Records 2007
Various - The Chubalation Vol. One
  • Our Pride (801 Mix)

Various - The Chubalation Vol. One

Salty Block Entertainment 2007
Various - Northern Cali
  • Northern Cali Anthem

Various - Northern Cali

SickMix Media 2007
Various - Darkroom Familia Presents North Pole 5
  • Always On Top

Various - Darkroom Familia Presents North Pole 5

Darkroom Studios 2013
Various - Darkroom Familia Presents North Pole 2014
  • Red Dawn

Various - Darkroom Familia Presents North Pole 2014

Darkroom Studios 2014