Brookline Stand Up


Get Your Grits Ready

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a special place in my heart for all things southern. I long for the hillbilly accent I once had at age 3 (I’m originally from Charleston, West Virginia), nurture a dream of one day living in a sprawling plantation house below the Mason-Dixon line, have a weakness for southern gentlemen and can often be found listening to the likes of Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers when I’m not getting down to my usual hip hop.

So, it should come as no surprise that I think southern rap is the shit. I’ve already established that I am in a serious, long-term relationship with New Orleans’ Lil Wayne, and honestly who hasn’t heard of/doesn’t love T.I. and Ludacris from the ATL, so I thought I’d dig a little bit deeper into the depths of southern hip hop and serve y’all something you may have never heard before.

In order to compile this list that I am about to bestow upon you, I consulted several of my closest friends and colleagues that I consider experts in the southern hip hop field. Combined with my existing knowledge, I carefully selected several artists from the Dirty Dirty that I deemed worthy of checking out.


UGK (Underground Kingz)
City: Houston, TX
Members: Pimp C, Bun B
Perhaps You’ve Heard Of Them: Featured on Jay-Z’s hit track “Big Pimpin
Suggested Tracks: International Players Anthem, Top Notch Hoes



Da Back Wudz
City: Decatur, GA
Members: Big Marc, Sho Nuff
Perhaps You’ve Heard Of Them: Were one of MTV’s Fab 5 in Summer 2005
Suggested Tracks: You Gonna Luv Me, Makin’ Money Counting Hundreds



Rich Boy
City: Mobile, AL
Members: N/A
Perhaps You’ve Heard Of Him: His hit single “Throw Some D’s” was later remixed by Kanye West (I personally like the Rich Boy version better)
Suggested Tracks: And I Love You (feat. Big Boi & Pastor Troy), Drop


Slim Thug
City: Houston, TX
Members: N/A
Perhaps You’ve Heard Of Him: Featured on Beyonce’s hit track “Check Up On It (along with Bun B of UGK)
Suggested Tracks: Problem With That, We Boss Hoggin’


Nappy Roots
City: Bowling Green, KY
Members:
Fish Scales, Skinny DeVille, B. Stille, Ron Clutch, Big V. Oakland and R. Prophet
Perhaps You’ve Heard Of Them:
Their 2002 album Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz was the year’s biggest selling hip-hop album
Suggested Tracks: Awnaw, Po’ Folks


Juvenile
City: New Orleans, LA
Members: N/A
Perhaps You’ve Heard Of Him:
Who DIDN’T back their ass up to his 1999 hit single “Back That Azz Up“??
Suggested Tracks: In My Life, Bounce Back


Obviously this is just a sampler of southern rappers/groups, so feel free to contribute any artists or songs that you feel deserve a listen. Big shout out to Frank, Ryan and RJ for aiding me in my research!

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