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Proof I’m From The Bay

Posted by Elijah on December 18, 2008

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Erk tha Jerk – “Plane In the Air” f/Too $hort

(via Strivin’)

I never, ever, ever, ever, ever, (no matter the weather) get sick of hearing Too $hort yell “biiiiiiiiiiiiiiitch!” No, seriously, I’ve listened to his whole catalogue (and that’s seventeen full-lengths) and still, on a whim, I decided to listen to this new song by a guy I’ve never heard of, and when $hort Dog came in with his signature exclamation, it did the same thing to my little rap-nerd heart that discovering a previously unheard Q-Tip verse from 1991 would do. I don’t know why it works, I think it was just in the air where I grew up.

(Wait, I thought $hort said he was going to positive now or something. Oh well.)

Anyway, the song is some good, minimalist-type shit. Never heard of Erk, but weird name aside (I’ve been meaning to write a post about how all the good rapper names have been taken for a minute) this is quality. It was awfully catchy to me just now, but I’m only half awake, so I don’t know how much critical thinking I can guarantee at this juncture… biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiitch!

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I Keeps It Really Real Like My Last Album

Posted by Elijah on July 26, 2007

Just a little somethin’ somethin’.

I know it’s just some a capellas matched with a different beat, but this fits too damn well (I wonder if there’s an mp3). While I won’t even try to compare this to the original version of “Ha”–which has an entirely different appeal–I will venture to say that this is far better than either of the “Ha” remixes from Juvenile’s first album. Not that that’s a hard threshold to reach. This beat’s 9 years old and I could still listen to it over and over again every day, no matter who’s on it.

And man, this makes me wish that we could get an actual Grand Puba, Mannie Fresh collabo… strange as that would be. (Clearly the song would be about pussy.)

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The Party Post

Posted by drmilktrain on May 25, 2007

As I’m sure most of our readerbase is well aware of, or anyone that took a moment to peep Elijah’s dedication, good friend Noah Waterman is leaving for the Freshcoast and shall never be seen as regularly as liked. And I can’t be mad at a brother, he’s gotta do what he’s gotta do, so instead I’ll give him my best blessings, with 100 party jams to get busy with now that he’s moved to the left, to the left.

Thr tricky part, since Noah always provided the party ‘pod, was to craft a list of songs I don’t think he has, or the very least hasn’t considered for a party yet. Unforch for all you bay-heads out there, this rules out a large chunk of hyphy and West Coast in general. But it’s about time. Anyway, the songs are available in their sets of five. Download what you like and bitch about what you don’t.

So here we go. This one’s for you, bro. A BTB5 mega post for everyone’s favorite party starter: Noah Waterman.

5 Old School Misogony Jams

  1. N.W.A.-“A Bitch Iz A Bitch”
  2. Stingee-“Take Dem Panties Off”
  3. II Nazty-“Pussy Whipped”
  4. MC Brains-“Oochie Coochie”
  5. 2 Live Crew-“If You Believe in Having Sex”

5 Bad Boy Party Jams

  1. Notorious B.I.G. feat. 112-“Sky’s the Limit”
  2. Craig Mack feat. Notorious B.I.G., Puff Daddy, LL Cool J, Rampage & Busta Rhymes-“Flava in Ya Ear (Remix)”
  3. Black Rob-“Whoa”
  4. Harlem World feat. Ma$e & Kelly Price-“I Really Like It”
  5. G-Dep feat. Ghostface Killah, Keith Murray, Craig Mack and Puff Daddy-“Special Delivery (Remix)”

5 R-O-C Party Jams

  1. Clinton Sparks feat. Memphis Bleek, Beanie Siegel & Joe Budden-“Roc Cafe”
  2. Cam’ron feat. Ludacris, Juelz Santana, UGK & Trina-“What Means the World”
  3. Freeway-“Where You Been”
  4. Memphis Bleek feat. M.O.P.-“First, Last, Only”
  5. Young Gunz-“Friday Night”

5 Native Tongues Can Throw a Party Like Your Favorite Rapper Jams

  1. Black Sheep-“B-Boy’s Theme”
  2. A Tribe Called Quest feat. Erykah Badu-“ICU (Doin’ It)”
  3. The Beatnuts feat. Method Man-“Se Acabo (remix)”
  4. Brand Nubian-“Brand Nubian”
  5. De La Soul feat. Busta Rhymes-“I C Y’all”

5 Other Coast Rappers Trying To Sound West Jams

  1. Method Man feat. Redman & Snoop Dogg-“We Some Doggs”
  2. Jay-Z feat. Dr. Dre-“Watch Me”
  3. Ludacris feat. DJ Quik-“Spur of the Moment (remix)”
  4. Fabolous feat. Nate Dogg-“You Can’t Deny It”
  5. Jadakiss feat. Snoop Dogg & DJ Quik-“Shine”

5 Ladies Turn Jams

  1. Lil Mama-“Lipgloss”
  2. Missy Eliot feat. Ciara & Fatman Scoop-“Lose Control”
  3. Lauryn Hill-“Doo Wop (That Thing)”
  4. Will.I.Am. feat. MC Lyte & Fergie-“Mash Out”
  5. Platinum Pied Pipers feat. Invincible-“Detroit Winter”

5 British Jams

  1. Lethal Bizzle feat. Fire Camp-“No!”
  2. Kano-“Remember Me”
  3. Low Deep feat. Kano & Doctor Ghetto-“Get Set”
  4. Wiley-“Reasons”
  5. Dizzee Rascal feat. Marga Man-“Girls”

5 Midwest Jams

  1. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony-“Thuggish Ruggish Bone”
  2. Nelly feat. Murphy Lee, Freeway & Beanie Siegel-“Rock the Mic (Remix)”
  3. Lupe Fiasco-“Tilted”
  4. Hi-Tek feat. Talib Kweli, Slim Thug & Snoop Dogg-“The Nati Streets”
  5. Slum Village feat. MC Breed-“Do You”

5 Tennesse Jams

  1. 8Ball & MJG-“Ridin’ High”
  2. Crunchy Black feat. T-Rock-“Don’t Trust ‘Em”
  3. Project Pat-“Good Googly Moogly”
  4. Three 6 Mafia feat. Trick Daddy, Slim Thug & Project Pat-“Stay Fly (Still Fly Remix)”
  5. Young Buck-“Shorty Wanna Ride”

5 Florida-Squeezed Jams

  1. DJ Khaled feat. Lil Wayne, Paul Wall, Fat Joe, Rick Ross & Pitbull-“Holla At Me Baby”
  2. Dre feat. Keiysha Cole-“Be Somebody”
  3. Trick Daddy feat. Slip-N-Slide Allstars & Trina-“Take It To The House”
  4. Rick Ross feat. Dre-“Blow”
  5. Will Smith-“Miami”

5 Timbaland (Produced Only, Don’t Worry!) Jams

  1. Cee-Lo feat. Timbaland-“I’ll Be Around”
  2. Petey Pablo feat. Bubba Sparxxx-“Get On Dis Motorcycle”
  3. The Game-“Put You On The Game”
  4. Ludacris feat. Timbaland-“Phat Rabbit”
  5. Jay-Z feat. Sean Paul-“What They Gonna Do”

5 A-Town Jams

  1. Lil Jon feat. Bun B, Jadakiss, T.I., Nas and Ice Cube-“Grand Finale”
  2. Ying Yang Twins feat. Trick Daddy-“What’s Happenin!”
  3. Dungeon Family-“Crooked Booty”
  4. TLC feat. Lil Jon and Sean Paul of the Youngbloodz-“Whatcha Gon Do?”
  5. Yung Wun feat. DMX, David Banner & Lil Flip-“Tear It Up”

5 Lone Star Jams

  1. Devin The Dude feat. KB-“Party”
  2. Trae feat. Three 6 Mafia & Paul Wall-“Cadillac”
  3. Z-Ro feat. Devin the Dude & Juvenile-“The Mule”
  4. Slim Thug feat. Bun B & T.I.-“Three Kings”
  5. UGK feat. T.I.-“Hit the Block”

5 Philly Jams

  1. The Roots feat. Dice Raw & Malik B-“Here I Come”
  2. Will Smith-“Wild, Wild West”
  3. Freeway feat. Peedi Crakk-“Flipside”
  4. Cassidy feat. Swizz Beatz-“Get ‘Em”
  5. DJ Jazzy Jeff feat. Chef-“Shake It Off”

5 Slightly Older Than The Next List West Coast Jams

  1. Kokane-“Bakin’ Soda Free”
  2. Black Eyed Peas-“Tell Your Mama Come”
  3. Cali Agents-“Take It Back Home”
  4. Dr. Dre feat. George Clinton & Snoop Dogg-“Let Me Ride (Remix)
  5. Warren G-“This Is The Shack”

5 Slightly Newer Than The Previous List West Coast Jams

  1. Tha Dogg Pound feat. Snoop Dogg-“Cali Iz Active”
  2. Blackalicious feat. Gil Scott-Heron-“First In Flight”
  3. Snoop Dogg feat. Jamie Foxx-“Psst!”
  4. DJ Shadow feat. Keak da Sneak & Turf Talk-“3 Freaks”
  5. Suga Free feat. Blaqthoven-“Person 2 Person”

5 Remixed R&B Jams

  1. Janet Jackson feat. Jermaine Dupri-“Someone to Call My Lover (Remix)”
  2. Missy Elliot feat. Nas, Lil Mo, Eve & Q-Tip-“Hot Boyz (Remix)”
  3. R. Kelly feat. Sean Paul & Akon-“Slow Wind (Remix)”
  4. Wayne Wonder feat. Elephant Man & Bounty Killah-“Got Somebody (Remix)”
  5. Michael Jackson feat. Eve-“Butterflies (Remix)”

5 Instrumental Dance Jams

  1. RJD2-“Iced Lightning”
  2. Cut Chemist-“A Peak In Time”
  3. Mark Ronson feat. The Daptone Horns-“God Put A Smile Upon Your Face”
  4. Praful-“Moon Glide”
  5. Gary Wilson-“She Makes Me Think of Endicott”

5 Petro-Approved Party Jams

  1. T.I. feat. Young Jeezy, Young Dro, Big Kuntry & B.G.-“Top Back (Remix)
  2. Cypress Hill feat. Redman & Method Man-“Red, Meth & B”
  3. Ying Yang Twins feat. Wyclef Jean-“Dangerous”
  4. R. Kelly feat. T.I. & T-Pain-“Ima Flirt (Remix)”
  5. Redman feat. Ghostface, Ludacris & Icarus-“Future Thug”

5 Party-Closing Jams

  1. Sa-Ra-“Bitch”
  2. Lil Kim feat. Lil Cease & Notorious B.I.G.-“Crush On You”
  3. T-Pain feat. Trick Daddy & Youngbloodz-“I’m Sprung (Remix)”
  4. Terror Squad-“Take Me Home”
  5. Will.I.Am-“Tell of Tales (Tell Me When You Need It Again)”

Party on, playboy. Party on.

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Noah In the City of Angels

Posted by Elijah on May 19, 2007


Makaveli (or 2Pac if you prefer) – “To Live & Die In L.A.”
The Don Killuminati (The Seven Day Theory), 1996

Tha Dogg Pound – “Big Pimpin'” featuring Nate Dogg, Snoop Dogg & Big Pimpin’
Above the Rim: The Soundtrack, 1994

DJ Quik – “Inside Out” featuring Suga Free & AMG

Elijah is on some personal shit today. You see, in about two weeks the gleaming, smog-enveloped streets of Los Angeles are set to claim my best friend of 20 years (and for the record, I’m only 23). Noah and I grew up together on the northern side of the Golden State, and then somehow both found ourselves in New York City, but the acting world calls and so my boy is going (going) back (back) to Cali (Cali). He is not only moving to the land of silicone titties and broken dreams, but also to the ground where much of the best rap music originated–so he needs a proper, BTBS send off.

I opted, for this little dedication, to not even try collecting the best or most important pieces of L.A.’s many, many contributions to hip-hop because, well, you’ve all heard that shit, and it would be a hard fucking decision. So instead I’m goin’ with a few of my own favorites; two of these are lesser known, and all double as pitch-perfect summer songs real easy. Most importantly, however, is that I went with tracks that I can fucking picture Noah gettin’ on down to.

Ignore the Dr. Dre diss at the end of “To Live & Die In L.A.” and you’ve pretty much got exactly the Los Angeles anthem that ‘Pac was clearly trying to make. One of the few more serene moments on an otherwise compellingly dark and disturbing record, he manages to channel the breezy feel of the City of Angels while still speaking on more than just low-riders and weed. “We’ll burn this bitch down, get us pissed.”

Death Row’s soundtrack album to “Above the Rim” is overall an incredible time capsule of mid 90’s L.A. rap and R&B, and I recommend getting your hands on the whole thing if you can. By far, though, the highlight is Tha Dogg Pound’s “Big Pimpin'”–you may remember part 2 from Dogg Food, but this one is that shit. Blah, blah, blah, rap and misogyny, yadda yadda. Whatever, this is the most relaxed, fun song in the world. Marvel at Nate Dogg at the height of his wonderfulness, and then prepare yourself for the best spoken-word pimp wisdom that you have ever heard!

I got “Inside Out” off of So Many Shrimp about a year ago, and I still don’t know where or when it’s from. What I do know, is that it’s just about the most perfect shit for dancing to or just chilling in a lawn chair with a beer. Really, it was summed up best by David on the Shrimp: “‘Inside Out’ with the underrated Suga Free and almost-as-underrated AMG, driving bass-heavy handclap pimp funk with this great sing-song hook that sounds like some 80s pop song, like the chorus to a Police track or something.” Yup. (P.S. DJ Quik & AMG are comin’ out soon with a record as The Fixxers, that shit’ll be fire!)

So, Noah, this one’s for you. Whenever you throw parties in your new home on the edge of Compton I hope to God you play at least one of these tracks. Stay in touch, you motherfucker, and never stop screaming “Oakland”.

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What’s That BHS Without the High?

Posted by Elijah on May 10, 2007


Mod Squad – “Stroll”

Mod Squad – “B-Town Theme”
People’s Park, 1992

I’m not sure how well received my retrospective on the works of Richie Rich was, but one way or another I’m going to go in a very different direction with my Bay coverage today.

It’s a real pity that I didn’t discover a fun little rap group from my own hometown until I’d moved across the country and saw them on another blog. When scanning a list of obscure albums that I’d never get to listen to on Bust the Facts (because that’s what I usually do there) I came across a colorful cover that caught my eye just long enough for me to realize that the album was named after a rather famous park in the land of my birth, and so I had to download it. Awhile later I bought the actual CD for a cent on Amazon in hopes of finding out something, anything, about the group. All I discovered was that one’s a white boy, and their names are Sam and Julian; though I have no idea which is which, nor which is the rapper. Needless to say, if anyone knows anything about these fools, speak up in the comments.

You can kind of guess this from the cover, but People’s Park is in that psychadelic, hippie-ish vein that some hip-hop was going through in the early 90’s. Think Arrested Development, P.M. Dawn, short dreads, neon clothing, and circular tinted glasses and you’re there. Thing is, there’s not really any place I can think of where such a sound would more naturally originate than Berkeley, California. See, Berkeley’s kind of like Oakland’s burnt-out-hippie little brother; a strange, almost too eclectic, and almost too leftist college town. I’ll stop here, ’cause really you’ll have a pretty good feel for Berkeley soon enough.

“Stroll” is the kind of thing you’d expect from such a group. It’s a chill, surreal kind of a song–very good when it’s what you’re in the mood for. If you’re walking down the street on a sunny day it feels great in your headphones, but it doesn’t exactly fit every occasion. Our rapper (Sam/Julian?) comes across kinda like Speech rapping in a sometimes-Brotha J voice, not that I’d quite put him on the level of either. This shit is definitely all about the vibe–just pretend it’s the early 90’s again.

“B-Town Anthem” essentially sums up the Berkeley that I grew up in. I first heard this song about a year ago, yet upon hearing it I was immediately struck with a fucking wave of nostalgia for my childhood. It is dead on. Even though the rapper’s teen years were clearly a good deal before mine, his reminiscences describe my high school days shockingly well–and I wasn’t even one of the fools smoking up in the park. Maybe I’m reading too much into it, but I think he perfectly pinpoints the feel of living in a place that, despite its cosmopolitan atmosphere, is still really a small town where there isn’t that much to do–especially for teenagers stuck in a city geared towards college students. So yeah, much as I love all that mobb and d-boy shit that I grew up hearing, fact is that this song is what the Bay really was for me.

A fun album if you’re into this sort of thing, Mod Squad capture a specific time and place almost frighteningly well… and that time and place being especially close to my heart doesn’t hurt. Besides, far as I know the only other rap group to come out of my high school is The Pack (who I also like, despite the opinions of my fellow Better Than Butt Sex bloggers) and we need our hometown pride too.

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Busta Phree… (Richie Rich Part 2)

Posted by Elijah on May 1, 2007


Richie Rich – “Half Thang”

Richie Rich – “Busta Phree”
Half Thang, 1996

Richie Rich – “It’s On” featuring E-40

Richie Rich – “Check ‘Em”

Richie Rich – “Do G’s Get To Go To Heaven?”
Seasoned Veteran, 1996

When we last left our hero he was in lock-up and his old crew 415 had gone on without him… today we pick up with his release in the mid 90’s.

Richie Rich came back real hard in ’96, with Half Thang, which was followed almost immediately by Seasoned Veteran. Any fears that he wouldn’t be able to fit in with the changes that had come to the game in those intervening years were put to rest pretty much immediately. I’d say he sounded even more comfortable over mid 90’s style g-funk beats than over the old 415 shit.

On Half Thang‘s title track he explains what got him sent to prison in the first place. Then on “Busta Phree” he goes on to take a shot at his former 415 crewmates. Damn, I could listen to that voice over slow-rolling funk for hours–what else needs saying?

Seasoned Veteran is probably Richie’s best, it’s got the big guest shots (2Pac, E-40), pitch-perfect production for Double-R, and loads of charisma. This record sounds like 90’s Oakland, straight up. “It’s On” and “Check ‘Em” are just two of the best examples of what I’m talking about; Rich’s cold menace is in full effect. “Do G’s Get To Go To Heaven?” might get a bit corny, but at the same time I find the whole part about seeing a man die incredibly poignant. Rap gangstas are usually the ones killing, it’s interesting to see the bystander’s take.

So there you have the incredible influence of a Bay legend summed up in a rather large nutshell. Richie Rich is a man who goes under appreciated most of the time, so hopefully this will get at least one person to take notice of him. And I mean damn, look at the number of songs you got, don’t say I never did nothin’ for you.

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Tell Her Make Like the Motherfuckin’ Duke Boys and Crawl Thru the Motherfuckin’ Window

Posted by Elijah on April 30, 2007

That cover doesn’t really scream “gangsta originator” does it?

415 – “41Fivin”

415 – “Snitches & Bitches”

415 – “Side Show”
41Fivin, 1991

I think it’s safe to say that most people don’t realize just what a fuckin’ OG Richie Rich is. So since I haven’t done a Bay post in awhile, I’ve got a gang of shit to let you know. I got you so many tracks, in fact, that I’m splitting this into two posts, part two tomorrow.

Richie Rich’s original group, 415, was some of the first gangsta shit outta the Bay, and really some of the earliest d-boy raps I’ve heard from anywhere. (See, to those of us from the Bay, crack raps aren’t ironic, they’re nostalgic.) It ain’t Richie Rich, but on “41Fivin” it’s plainly stated:

N***a, be down to astound the world,
You won’t be shit if you don’t pimp the white girl.
Sellin’ dope is basically what I’m sayin’
I’m comin’ up ’cause motherfuckers keep payin’.

I don’t remember too many portrayals of the crack dealer persona before 1991, so understand when I say that 415 were groundbreaking. Really most of the credit goes to Richie, I think. Far as I know the group was his brainchild, and he had that real chill and relaxed flow, which wouldn’t become the norm for Cali gangsta rap until the rise of Snoop.

Oh yeah, and Snoop has fully admitted that he ganked that shit from Richie Rich. Ok, ok, my words not his, but still he said “a major influence” or some such. It’s nice to see him admit to stealing Bay swagger for once. (Not that I don’t love Snoop.)

What’s more, “Snitches & Bitches” expounds on some shit that you may have heard a bit about in the news lately. I dunno, they say there’s been some bru-ha-ha over the words “bitch” and “ho” and about the phrase “stop…” something or other. Again this song’s seventeen years old.

One last 415 gem, Richie went solo on “Side Show” and it is, as far as I know, the first song made to elaborate upon one of the Bay Area’s most long-lived and endearing traditions: the sydeshow. Otherwise known as a bunch of fools getting together and doing crazy tricks with their cars… what, you thought ghostriding just popped up outta nowhere? Know your history. (Plus it uses the same sample as a classic Arrested Development song.)

Richie also released a solo record back in that 415 era, Don’t Do It, which is fun but not really what I want from him. It’s a little too nice and not very West Coast.

But then Richie got locked up and 415 made a new album without him, which I never even bothered to listen to. But what of Richie Rich? Would he manage to get out of prison and successfully come back into a radically changed rap game that he helped shape? Part two tomorrow.

(Oh, and the answer is yes, yes he would. Very, very well.)

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Yo, Give Me Some of That Hurricane Ethel!!

Posted by Elijah on April 23, 2007

Ol’ Dirty Bastard – “Shimmy Shimmy Ya (Studio Ton remix)” featuring E-40 & MC Eiht

Between the recent posts of ODB songs, and the huge bevy of unreleased Wu-Tang I thought I’d share one of my more obscure Wu joints. Being from the Bay myself I idolize E-40, so this is a beautiful thing. I also really like hearing Big Baby Jesus over such a West Coast track by way of Studio Ton, plus there was even a video of this remix. Damn, I really wonder how this all came together, and why hardly anyone seems to have heard of it.

So this probably ends what somehow became “ODB extended weekend”. As I promised, my next in-depth type music post will really be some East Coast shit, for once (this one’s kinda halfway).

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Kickin’ It Old Skool: Better Than Butt Five Week 2

Posted by drmilktrain on April 18, 2007

Alright, so ya boy been’s a little behind on things lately, I’ll admit that. But no fear, the good Professor is back with another week’s BTB5, and probably week three’s tomorrow.
For a new, exciting twist, this week’s list (and probably most if I’m clever enough to think of one) will be themed. Also new, links will just be provided for each song if you don’t need the whole packaged set.

So because I can’t let a good discussion die down, I bring you
The Better Than Butt Five: Week Two (Three 6 Mafia Produced Songs That Leave [Relatively] Unaltered Willie Hutch Samples Running Through Them Edition)

1. Three 6 Mafia-“Stay Fly (ft. Young Buck, 8ball & MJG)” [“Tell Me Why Our Love Has Turned Cold“]
Sampling Willie Hutch is not something new for the Triple 6, but doing so with relatively little chopping or screwing is. From what I can tell, it began with Project Pat’s “Choose U.” Even “Testin’ My Gansta” was played around with a bit. Anyway, I’m sure y’all heard this before, but this is easily their biggest (read: most commercially successful) hit, and furthered their use of Willie Hutch samples. While I enjoy the remix, especially Trick Daddy’s killer verse, the original gets props for making it “A Tennessee Thang,” as DJ Paul would say.

2. Project Pat-“What Money Do” [“Brothers Gonna Work It Out“]
An interesting use of a Hutch sample, it’s chopped up for the chorus and left alone for the verses. It’s interesting to note how well the beat is built around such a laidback sample to create such a bouncier, more aggressive song. Points too for talking more obscure portions of this song. I’d talk about Pat, but it’d be nothing new…at all.

3. Three 6 Mafia-“Poppin’ My Collar” [“Theme from The Mack“]
The spiritual brother to “Choose U”, or “International Players Anthem,” if that’s your thing, the song works in very much the same way. A swelling Hutch sample builds up to dizzying fanfare before Three 6 smack it with some drums and flip it all over again. Once again, I’d imagine everyone’s heard this by now, but if not, peep it now.

4. Project Pat-“You Like” [“I’m Gonna Hold On”]
If you can get past the very bizarre and very blatant racism that pervades the song, then you’re in for one of the finest cuts from Crook by da Book: The Feds Story. The production is, if you’ve heard the three above this one, really no surprise at this point:sample, drums, little bass kick, and the rapper. However, Project Pat bounces around the track in a way he normally doesn’t do: adeptly. Don’t get me wrong, I love Pat as much as the next man, but you’ll hear the difference on this one, trust me.

5. Three 6 Mafia-“Don’t Cha Get Mad (ft. Li’l Flip)” [“Sunshine Lady“]
Play “You Like” in reverse, and you’ve pretty much got this. Breezy little song, with not too much to say that hasn’t been said about the other songs. Except for the fact it’s kinda strange to hear Three 6 Mafia do a real laidback song like this.

Bonus Track: Daz-“Boyz in da Hood (ft. Nate Dogg)” [“Brothers Gonna Work It Out“]
For being late with it, I bring you this bonus track. Daz spitting his Left Coastisms, Nate on a nice double time hook, and that sweet flute sample flipped to perfection. Highly recommended.

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Odds & Ends, Plots & Plans, Pots & Pans, Stocks & Grands

Posted by Elijah on April 14, 2007

So here’s a little wrap-up of a few things I want to share:

T.I. – “Big Shit Poppin”
T.I. Vs. T.I.P., 2007
(Edit: I’m afraid the powers that be have removed the above T.I. song from my divshare
account. I’m all for fighting the man, but I pick my battles, and a sneak peak off an album I’ll probably buy anyway isn’t worth it.)

(Found at The Smoking Section.) Sure there’s been a snippet of our first glimpse at T.I.’s next record floating around, but here’s the whole song. It’s produced by Mannie Fresh, and is pretty much what I’d expect from both parties involved (in a good way). I have to say I’m not sure how excited I am about T.I. Vs. T.I.P., I mean on the one hand it’s T.I., and King was a great record. On the other hand, in interviews he’s making it sound like there’s way too many guest stars, and I’m scared he’ll get bogged down too much in the whole “concept” thing. But “Big Shit Poppin'” sounds like a basic T.I. song, so that’s good. (Then again, I remember getting all hopeful when “Mighty O” sounded like a basic OutKast song.)

Rap City Freestyles (from OnSmash of course)

Bun B

Sometimes I feel like this site is dangerously teetering towards UGK fan-site, but who can blame us? Underground Kingz, May 8th! (Ok, probably not, but sometime this year, I hope… damn, I can’t wait.)

Li’ Wayne

Some other time I shall elaborate upon my incredibly fast transition from Wayne hater to Wayne stan. For now I’ll just say that alot of people are still fronting on him, and I guess I can sort of see why… but I dunno, swagger, delivery, wordplay, etc. go a long way for me.

The Wake-Up Show

This is apparently from the L.A. days, but The Wake-Up Show (which I know as a Bay thing) was like the west coast Stretch & Bobbito show. Here’s a song they did that, I assume, was really just a bunch of rappers who were together on the show one day. Lauryn Hill, Nas, Pharoahe Monch, Prince Po, Ras Kass, Shyheim, Saafir… damn. It’d be great if this was actually released as a track on something, but I assume that they’d have to pay too much to Nas and L-Boogie for it to be worth it. I’m guessing this is from ’97, or so, judging by the fact that Lauryn isn’t a crazy recluse yet, but she isn’t rapping either. Anyway, if anyone knows who the rappers are whose verses sandwich Shyheim’s I’m very curious to know. The youtube page says Saul Williams is on it, but I sure as hell don’t hear him.

Whom?
One last thought: Jim Jones and Mike Jones should do a collaborative album. Now I know it sounds silly, but that’s why it’s perfect, because neither of them shy away from goofy shit. Now think about it, they both have real simplistic rhyme styles, but the gruff voice and the nasal voice would contrast perfectly. Just imagine: they could call it Keeping Up With the Joneses and the cover would show them all flossed out in front of a huge mansion, on a beautiful lawn with a white picket fence, and some hot chick would be pushing a lawnmower behind them.

EDIT: Someone chopped and screwed that Wayne freestyle (the video too) and I though it was worth adding here.

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