On the west side of the US, is the West Coast. But further west, there is Hawaii. Laura Yang, a.k.a. Neila, is from there. Nevertheless, it is actually the Californian rap scene, she is associated with; or more precisely its underground subset the rapper, DJ, producer and activist Deeskee organized around his LA2theBay website. Neila made a first appearance in his entourage, when she contributed to the best song on his Blacklight Sessions album, the nice "The Dream". And since then, she never stopped releasing music, until her recent Analog Jewelery in 2017.
"Please support my album to help pay for hospital bills and rent!" This is how Neila introduced her latest album, Only This One Counts, in 2011. With this cry of pain and distress, the Hawaiian rapper, a close relative to Deeskee, Acid Reign, Omid, Joe Dub (and a few other artists from the West Coast Underground rap scene), urged her few fans to help her facing the painful situation she was in. Unemployed and homeless, she was also affected by a vocal chord cancer, and she announced that this album, released in vinyl only, would be the last with her real voice.