San Francisco Bay Area native Anthony Forte, better known by his stage name Rappin 4Tay, received the Bay Area Legend title at the West Coast Hip Hop Awards at the Los Angeles Convention Center Theater on Sunday, August 24, 2014. Octavius Miller, C.E.O and chairman of the Octavius Miller Foundation, personally handed him the award. This annual award was received by another local legend, Spice One in 2013.
"I am honored to receive the Bay Area Legend Award,” said 4Tay. “After all of the obstacles and bumps in the road, I feel like I'm making some progress. I've been going around the world representing the Bay Area for years, and I am proud to have been recognized as a Bay Area icon."
The multi-platinum artist is known for hits like “Player’s Club” and “I’ll Be Around,” as well as his verse on 2Pac’s “Only God Can Judge Me.” He is in the studio working on his next album "More Champagne," slated for release in Winter 2014.
Earlier this year, 4Tay was in the news due to a copyright dispute with Drake, who used lyrics from 4Tay’s 1994 hit Player’s Club. 4Tay saw the usage as a type of acknowledgment of his renowned role in the rap industry, but was hurt by the decision not to consult him, seek legal authorization for the use of the lyrics, or publicly credit him.
"Drake used my lyrics in homage to me. It was a tribute to my music, but at the same time, he didn't ask my permission," said 4Tay
4Tay had previously worked with Drake’s label, Cash Money Records, in the 1990s. Due to his history with the label, he believed CEO Baby Williams was invovled in the decision to use the lyrics.
"The CEO of Cash Money Records and myself have known each other for over fifteen years. I am on the movie sound track for Balla Blocking, his first movie. Me and E-40 were the only Bay Area musicians on the soundtrack," said 4Tay
September 20, 2014 is the official twentieth anniversary of The Player's Club, the song from which these lyrics were taken. On that date 4Tay will performing at Reno, Nevada's Summer Jam 2014. Other artists in the line-up include YG, Too $hort, E-40 and Tyga
When interviewed; he was booking television studio time at BCMTV with the program Stagefright.
"I want to thank Stagefright and Iconoclast Productions for their long time support,” said 4Tay.