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Arden Lo. By , Southern hip-hop had long since passed third-coast marginalization to dominate both rap charts and pop crossover, but it was hard to know which moments from the snap rap, dance fads, candy paint and rims, white t's and gravity-defying New Era 59Fifty's Dirty South would endure. The difference between music that later feels dated and the joints that still grab you after a decade-plus has proven to be good production, as is the case with "Throw Some D's.
Alabama hasn't had the rap representation of bordering states like Tennessee, Georgia and Florida, so expectations were high for Mobile rapper Rich Boy to put his city and state on his back like Juvenile had New Orleans or Petey Pablo had North Carolina. The track, which climbed to No. Polow — who even gave Rich Boy a run for his money with his own verse — flipped Switch's "I Call Your Name" into a Southern rap soul sample that rivals "Int'l Players Anthem," building a multilayered orchestration of synth and s that invites somebody to float over it.
Rich Boy's heavy Southern Alabama drawl was like another instrumental element in the production, turning lyrics like "Don't you see the big chain, don't you see the big rims? Once T. Nowhere does the Bankhead rapper's uncanny knack for wordplay and descriptions come more alive than it does on his major-label debut, Best Thang Smokin'. Lead single "Shoulder Lean" was a perfect storm of otherworldly production courtesy of Mississippi's Lil C and a readymade dance, but the latent power of both song and album was Dro's breathless command of similes and metaphors.
Over and over, he deploys them in ways that elicit questions of why or how someone would even think of such a thing. Food and colors are his speciality: cars painted everything from carrot juice and cinnamon to IHOP blue and pistachio, his diamonds in Miss Piggy, Teletubbie and Barney hues. But it isn't just the one-liners — it's the manner in which he plays with meter and enunciation sometimes unintentionally , often carrying a single compound rhyme scheme through an entire verse, all in a country-fried drawl that allows him to match "interior" with "imperial.
Ever a sleeper, Dro is also proof of how, in the absence of New York golden era hip-hop tropes, it's hard to be seen as sophisticated. With every goofy bar, attended to with the precision of a brain surgeon, he reminds us that profundity isn't always a matter of self-seriousness or baring one's trauma but also of having fun with the art of skill. The sobriety of a song like "Hear Me Cry" only makes his humor all the more welcome and revelatory.
It was never that he was without struggle or a story to tell — it's all over his mixtape I Got That Dro — it's that he chose to use his music for more joyful endeavors.
He's due up any day now. To paraphrase Drake and apply it to Boosie's career, Pimp C could not have found him a better successor. The statement actually applies to both Chad Butler understudies Boosie and Webbie who, in , released the criminally underrated joint album Gangsta Musik. Nowadays, Boosie has made more headlines for his views on the transgender community, condoning — by the letter of the law — the statutory rape of his nephews and son by older women and dubbing himself an unofficial member of the Black Greek-letter fraternity Kappa Alpha Psi than his music.
He is, without question, one of the most complex, conflicting and transparent-sometimes-to-a-fault artists on this list.
Yet, speaking of Bad Azz in a vacuum of pure musical appreciation is to speak of the Baton Rouge titan in a manner that has, for years, made him one of the most celebrated Southern MCs. Life through the eyes of the man born Torrence Hatch Jr. On Bad Azz , Boosie brought his listeners through the entire palette of emotions, exposing his high-pitched snarl to listeners far beyond Wyoming Street in Baton Rouge.
He did so with searing confessionals like "Going Thru Some Thangs" and "My Struggle," where he talks of his graduation from "I riders to I traffickers. Unfortunately, a year following Bad Azz 's release, Pimp C died — and in Boosie reported to prison while awaiting trial on first degree murder he was acquitted in But that's just it about Boosie: He's as heralded as Southern MCs come, with a robust catalog of street classics and ghetto gospels making him a demigod in Southern gangsta rap.
But with the sudden death of a mentor and lengthy prison stint, he's also a classic "what if" case study as well. Killer Mike's career was over. His poorly-executed, record-label-micromanaged debut album, Monster , had underperformed and threatened to render Mike simply the tagalong on OutKast's "The Whole World," despite the measurable success of songs like the playful " A. It foreshadowed the trajectory he'd ultimately follow, blending fiery political punditry with equally in-your-face production and reminded us of the monstrous talent of Mike's voice.
He hasn't looked back since. The remix to "Top Back," an already victorious song from his triumphant fourth album, doubles down on his kingmaking. Recruiting trap stalwart Young Jeezy and hot boy B.
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Although the genre produced about two dozen national hits, its impact was at first largely regional; perhaps no other Sixties musical scene contains so many unrecognized gems that never made it out of the city. Yet the influence of New Orleans Soul is hard to underestimate.Mar 29, · The South’s Got Something To Say: 17 Classic Southern Rap Songs. With southern Hip-Hop you can find a range of different things, from southern slang, lyricism, new dances, sick bass lines, twerking, pimps, grills, bling and more. Let the nostalgia take over. Hit the flip and go down memory lane with some southern Hip-Hop throwbacks.