Vontel – Vision of a Dream

I will give props, where props is due, to Turntablelab for pointing out this little gem from 1998. A great example of why you can’t judge an album by it’s cover. (Seriously, look at it.  Is he from the 80’s???)

Remember when I was talking about regional music?  No?  Well, just pretend you did ’cause this is a prime example.  Something that came out in Arizona and not many other places.  I’ve searched around the web for more info on this guy and found very little, but needless to say this album is a classic.  Fo realz.

On first listen you recognize that sound: Pure west coast G-Funk.  The reason for that sound can be summed up with one contributor’s name.  Roger Troutman of Zapp, king of the vocoder and wah-wah.  Actually, there is another name too, DJ Battlecat who helped shape the careers of artists like Xzibit, Kurupt, The Eastsidaz, and Snoop Dogg.  I still can’t believe that with a line up and sound like this, this album has still managed to stay under the radar.

Take a listen to songs like ‘Ghetto Life’ and ‘4 My Homiez’ (embedded above fo dat ass!) for some true gangsta sounds, or check the sultry female vocals on ‘It’s All On You.’   Awesome production, amazing rhyming skills…this album has it locked

If you love the G-Funk, or just the whole west coast vibe, hunt this one down.  You may have to download it cause OG CD’s are going for $50-100. No kidding.

There is a reissue on vinyl going around at the moment as well, if you’re into it.  I know I am.

UPDATE!!!  I tried finding a digital copy of this and man, it is hard to track down.  None of the regular sites (Napster, iTunes) carry it, and no one on the P2Ps has it.  Finally had to download it off some Russian message board (no Shit!)  But still definitely worth the trouble!

UPDATE 2 !!!  Just go HERE.


8 Responses to “Vontel – Vision of a Dream”

  1. 1 Carlos
    January 29, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Were Did You Cop The Album Bro, Could You Toss Me The Link

  2. 4 Ben Mayne
    April 4, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Do you know how to tell the difference between the OG and the rerelease cd? I think I got sold the rerelease but I’m not for sure.

    • April 6, 2009 at 7:07 am

      You know, I have no idea. It’s hard these days to tell with all the printing technology that’s out there. I just hope you didn’t pay too much for it!

  3. 6 Neenaj
    May 8, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Vontel’s real name is Gary Johnson Jr. He is an Arizona Native. Born 8/12/1969. He wrote his own lyrics and was featured in an old Vibe (maybe 1996). It is so sad that the record never hit the charts. The entire record is HOT and even classic. The lable had some issues with pushing it out on time. There was a video that ended up being outdated and never hit the video world which might have been the change agent back in the mid 90s. And don’t hate on the cover. That is what they wore in AZ back then. The state has always been at least a year or two behind the rest of the fashon world. I believe that Vontel got discouraged ended up having to get a real job to support his family. This was the best rap artist out of Arizona and the only new comparison is the Christian Rapper “The Rep” aka Brandon (sorry the last name escapes me).
    As for Vontel, I know he hit the airwaves in AZ when Roger T. was pronouced dead and was really saddened by the situation. I enjoyed the comentary and hope that I might run into him so that I can let him know that there are others that appreciate his music!

    • May 9, 2012 at 8:29 am

      Ha! That’s awesome! I wasn’t hating on the cover, just pointing out that at first glance it gave no clue as to the brilliance of the album inside. Let hem know we all love him!

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