Here's what I know (trying to write this up like a group bio, haha). Droppin' knowledge (or rumors... take your pick)!!
"The Brothaload" was a title used a group of guys from Crescent Height in L.A. that decided to perform a few shows and record a little bit in 2004.
- L.A. Mike (a.k.a. Double K from PUTS)
- Dray Satch (a.k.a. JazMak, heard on "E Business" by PUTS and went on tour with PUTS in 2000)
- Kidd Lexus (heard on "Sterns To Western" by PUTS and featured on "Choke A Mike Out" & "Knuckle Sandwich" on American Men, Vol. 1 by PUTS)
- Blvme (heard on "California" by PUTS)
- Olde Soul (Double K did a split 7" with him at one point, Taking Me Places/Face To Face)
- Joe Cooh (mentioned on "July 3rd" by PUTS)
• Murs was never a part of Brothaload, he and Double K were high school classmates at Hamilton High and good friends, and he guest-performed on two demo tracks that showed up later on American Men Vol. 1.
• Smile Oak was also an early friend of PUTS and was ALMOST the third guy in the group, but he ended up going to SF and I think he went to cooking school or something. From what I understand, it didn't work out though; he sent them some kind of letter basically saying he couldn't be a part of PUTS, and I'm not sure if Thes and Double have spoken to him much since... my facts are really hazy, so DQMOT...
From what I understand, MOST of the Tha Brothaload's output was recorded over the space of a week or so in 2007 because they were basically partying HARD and getting tore up, and they just started recording a ton of stuff. I'm pretty sure they also did a couple other tracks/shows over the next year or so, but it eventually petered out. They're all still friends and everything, as far as I know. I met JazMak at the 12SP release show, nice cat. Double K says Kidd Lexus is up near me somewhere in Northern CA, not really recording anymore, and he's got a family and everything. Nice!
I think they planned to release some stuff, but it didn't really happen (maybe they handed out demo tapes at shows, though, not sure). You can listen to six tracks over on their old MySpace page. Two or Double K's tracks recorded around that time ended up on Japanese-released "Female Fun" mix CDs (you can probably cop them for some $$$ over on discogs). "Custom Mics" also showed up on the Stepfather DVD.
There was also a guy doing internet radio that Double K did a radio show with, and that guy ended up posting a lot of the tracks online as a part of huge radio show mix-mp3s, but Double K wasn't happy with them all going up like that. They're probably still out there somewhere, but you'll have to dig around a bit. I've got them all chopped out from the shows, but I don't want to incur the wrath of the KK by spreading them around.
So yeah, that's basically all I know. Wish they'd have actually put out a full album of stuff, but I think they probably won't at this point. I'm still waiting on a Double K solo joint too!!