Brookline Stand Up

Juvenile + Passion Pit = Surprisingly Ferocious
April 16, 2010, 9:15 pm
Filed under: Juvenile, Loves It, The Hood Internet

Looks like Brookline, MA-based alternative group Passion Pit is getting some street cred in the world of hip hop. I mentioned in an earlier post that hip hop group Chiddy Bang sampled from Passion Pit’s “Better Things” for their track “Truth.” Now here’s a sick mash-up of Pit’s “Sleepyhead” and Juvenile’s “Back That Azz Up.” I realize that neither of these tracks are actual collaborations, but way to rep for Brookline, Passion Pit.

Check out “Back That Sleepy Head Up” from mash-up duo The Hood Internet below.

Two songs that I dig separately and never would have imagined would sound so brilliant together. Genius. I had never heard of The Hood Internet before my friend sent me this tasty little gem. I was intrigued, so I checked out theirĀ page and blog and found that Chicago-based DJ ABX and DJ STV SLV regularly mash up hip-hop and indie tracks. I listened to a few more of their clips, and while “Back That Sleepy Head Up” is still my favorite by far, The Hood Internet is definitely worth an extra listen or two.

Check out The Hood Internet and let me know what you think of ’em. And, for that matter, mash-up artists in general…yay or nay?


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
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

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!

Vintage Weezy
April 13, 2010, 1:17 pm
Filed under: B.G., Big Tymers, Birdman, Cash Money Records, Juvenile, Lil Wayne

Every time I hear an obnoxious auto-tune laden track from Lil Wayne, I listen to this song and remember why I became a Weezy fan in the first place. Check out this vintage Weezy track (from his 1999 debut album Tha Block Is Hot) featuring Cash Money Records sweethearts Big Tymers, Juvenile and B.G.

Start listening at the 3:35 mark to hear Weezy F. Baby spit some flames of realness on “Loud Pipes.”

Soooo vintage Weezy vs. modern-day Weezy…thoughts?