Saturday, May 11, 2013

I'm back... sorta... plus Texas and the Bay are at it again!

Ok, I've been MIA for a few weeks.  I took a break from this blog to smoke weed and fuck bitches... and not necessarily in that order.


I've still been listening to bay area rap music though.  Luckily I can multitask.  Smoking weed (blue dream is a helluva drug), fucking bitches (that look kinda like Raven Symone) and bumping bay area rap (of the Mobb variety) are all activities that support and ENHANCE eachother.

Here's a few tracks that have come into my life since last we spoke (like RJD2):

"The Game" by Laroo and Hustler E (Texas Money Boyz)
@laroothh @TheRealHustlerE @ttokens
Laroo isn't good at making bad music and this track is no exception.   This is a collaboration between him and Hustler E, a relative unknown from Waco, TX.  Hustler E is dope, the producer T. Tokens is dope.  They did a whole album together, Texas 2 The Bay: Straight Game, Fast Life.

This builds on a seldom discussed but long history of ties between the bay area and texas rap scenes, the evidence of which is presented below:

UGK feat. E-40 and B-Legit "Corruptors Execution"

"Corruptors Execution" is a song who's title is only possible due to it being for a soundtrack.  UGK and E-40 were both on the same record label, Jive records.  Jive handle a lot of the important bay area and southern rap before they struck gold with Backstreet Boys and N'Sync and subsequently lost interest in promoting bay area rap.  Apparently there was an E-40 poster in the background of a UGK album cover, although I can't find it right now.  Just trust me on this.  You can trust me.  Come on, I wouldn't do you like that brah..

Exhibit B
Spice 1 was born in Corsicana, Texas.  It goes without saying that Spice 1 was one of the most influential rappers in the bay area, but his extreme gangsta rap and emotional death ballads were a strong influence the the Houston rap scene as well.

Exhibit C
Bay area rap was a favorite of the legendary DJ Screw, who would slow down classic and lesser known Mobb tracks.  Over a decade before HD was rappin about bricks Bo, the entire city of Houston, Texas was  sippin syrup and listening to bay area rap music.

Here's several of the best examples from Screws extensive discography:

Conscious Daughters - Funky Expedition
From the DJ Screw Tape "Mash For My Dreams

Richie Rich - Do G's Get To Go To Heaven (Freestyle w/ Big Moe, LOS, Grace & Wood)
From the DJ Screw tape "Killuminati"

E-40 - It's All Bad
From the DJ Screw tape "Codeine Fiend"
Check for Droop E's voice at about 1:40

1 comment:

  1. "Isn't good at making bad music" <-- I like this line a lot.

    "The Corruptor's Execution" is a great song! I had never heard that one before.

    I think I remember reading somewhere that DJ Screw would always say in interviews that his favorite rapper of all time was C-BO.

    To add to the Texas-Bay connection, Jacka and Paul Wall were working on a duo album together, but I think that one might be permanently shelved at this point.