Certified Fresh: Pac Div Continues Bringing That West Coast Dope
In a whirlwind six years, California rap trio Pac Div – also known as Pacific Division – has released four critically-acclaimed, album-worthy mixtapes, an EP and two full-length projects. Even with the wealth of material found on the Internets and online stores, the MCs Like, Mibbs and BeYoung are floating far too below the radar.
Who: Like, Mibbs and BeYoung are a trio of rappers hailing from Los Angeles County. Like and Mibbs are actual siblings, meeting BeYoung as teenagers while attending Highland High in Palmdale, Ca. Like also produces tracks for the crew, along with longtime producer Swiff D.
Credentials: Pac Div has the talent to go hard with the bars over funky yet smooth joints like “The Return” or the Kendrick Lamar and Blu-assisted banger “Cross Trainers” from their second album GMB. Other smash joints in their lengthy catalog include the bouncy “Mayor,” the hard-to-find “Women Problems” and the slinky groove of “Take Me High.”
Fun Fact: The trio was signed to Universal Motown by the legendary Sylvia Rhone. In a 2008 interview, the guys recounted how they performed in front of the famed music executive, even jumping on table at one point. The energy impressed her enough to give Pac Div a deal right there on the spot.
For our latest Certified Fresh feature, HipHopWired chatted briefly with Mibbs about the crew’s aims in being heard, and their ambitious recording aims in the coming year.