The Pack

The Pack

Biography

On the street and on mixtapes, they often use their alternate name, the Wolfpack, but the Bay Area crew that exploded onto the scene with its ode to slip-on sneakers is officially known as the Pack. Members Lloyd "Young L" Omadhebo, Keith "Stunna" Jenkins, DaMonte "Uno" Johnson, and Brandon "Lil B" McCartney were skateboarding and hip-hop fiends who all attended the same high school when they first came together in 2005.

As the hyphy movement started emerging as the Bay Area's answer to crunk, the teen group staked its hyphy claim in 2005 with the street-level release Wolfpack Muzik, Vol. 1. The release made some local noise, but it was 2006's Wolfpack Muzik, Vol. 2 that really set things in motion. Young L's minimal production was a fascinating mix of slowed-down hyphy with a bit of Atlanta's "snap" music -- replacing the usual snare drum with a finger snap -- thrown in, best illustrated by the leadoff track, "Vans." Declaring their favorite brand a better and cheaper alternative to the more expensive Nike, "Vans" dominated West Coast radio thanks to its hook, an incredibly infectious one that was delivered by a strange robot voice.

When the legendary Too Short caught the single on the radio, he immediately searched out the Pack and signed them to the Jive-distributed label Up All Nite. Before they could get their major-label debut on the racks, rapper Drino Man responded to their hit with "F' Vans," an answer song that proved the Pack's big track was not just a single but a phenomenon. It wasn't until December that their seven-song EP, Skateboards 2 Scrapers, finally came out, and not until October of the following year that their full-length debut, Based Boys, hit shelves. In 2009 the Pack found themselves in a feud with New Boyz, with Stunna accusing the So-Cal group of copying their musical and fashion style. The following year the group released its second official full-length, Wolfpack Party.

Discography

Young L Presents... The Pack - Wolfpack Muzik Vol. 1

Young L Presents... The Pack - Wolfpack Muzik Vol. 1

Not On Label 2005
Young L Presents... The Pack - Wolfpack Muzik Vol. 2

Young L Presents... The Pack - Wolfpack Muzik Vol. 2

Not On Label 2006
The Pack - Skateboards 2 Scrapers

The Pack - Skateboards 2 Scrapers

Jive 2006
The Pack - Based Boys

The Pack - Based Boys

Jive, Up All Nite Records 2007
The Pack - Wolfpack Musik Vol. 3: Screamin' Demons

The Pack - Wolfpack Musik Vol. 3: Screamin' Demons

Not On Label 2008
The Pack - Wolfpack Party

The Pack - Wolfpack Party

SMC Recordings 2010

Guest Appearances

Traxamillion - The Slapp Addict
  • Club Stuntin'

Traxamillion - The Slapp Addict

Slapp Addicts Production 2006
Honest Bob - Boss Game
  • Hyphy Movement

Honest Bob - Boss Game

Power Moves Entertainment 2006
Too $hort - Get Off The Stage
  • Dum Ditty Dum

Too $hort - Get Off The Stage

Jive 2007
J. Gib - Still On The Grizzly
  • Off The Wall

J. Gib - Still On The Grizzly

Takeova Entertainment 2008

Compilations

Mistah F.A.B. - Slappin' In The Trunk Vol. 1
  • Dum Didi Dum

Mistah F.A.B. - Slappin' In The Trunk Vol. 1

Slappin' In The Trunk Entertainment 2006
Mistah F.A.B. - Slappin' In The Trunk Vol. 2
  • Slap

Mistah F.A.B. - Slappin' In The Trunk Vol. 2

Slappin' In The Trunk Entertainment 2006
Various - Messy Marv Presents West Coast Gangsta V.16
  • We Do It For The Bay

Various - Messy Marv Presents West Coast Gangsta V.16

Siccness Records 2006
Too Short & The Up All Nite Crew - Gangsters & Strippers Volume I
  • Booty Bounce Bopper

Too Short & The Up All Nite Crew - Gangsters & Strippers Volume I

Up All Nite Music 2006
Various - Slappin' In The Trunk Vol. 4
  • Movie

Various - Slappin' In The Trunk Vol. 4

Slappin' In The Trunk 2007
Nump - Slappin In The Trunk Vol. 3 Filipino Chinese Food
  • Blueberry Afghani (Remix)

Nump - Slappin In The Trunk Vol. 3 Filipino Chinese Food

Slappin' In The Trunk 2007
D-Funkalot Records - Pardon The Interruption...It's A D-Funkalot Introduction
  • Punk Rock Remix

D-Funkalot Records - Pardon The Interruption...It's A D-Funkalot Introduction

D-Funkalot Records 2007
Too Short & Friends - I Luv The Bay
  • Yes Sir

Too Short & Friends - I Luv The Bay

Up All Nite Music 2007
Various - Bay Bidness 3.5: Position Of Power
  • Punk Rock (Remix)

Various - Bay Bidness 3.5: Position Of Power

Not On Label 2007
Slappin' In The Trunk - AC's Collections Of Slap
  • The Complete Takeover

Slappin' In The Trunk - AC's Collections Of Slap

Slappin' In The Trunk 2008
Various - Slappin' In The Trunk Vol. 5: Starring The Jacka
  • Marshawn Lynch: Remix

Various - Slappin' In The Trunk Vol. 5: Starring The Jacka

Slappin' In The Trunk 2008
Various - The Bayology
  • Metro Phones

Various - The Bayology

Family Jewelz 2012
Too $hort - The Essential
  • Dum Ditty Dum

Too $hort - The Essential

Jive/Legacy 2014