Brookline Stand Up

Buried Treasure
April 20, 2010, 7:32 am
Filed under: Beyonce, Big Pun, Britney Spears, Fat Joe, Jay-Z, Jennifer Lopez, Lil Wayne, Mariah Carey, T.I.

I feel like some really sick rap verses get completely overlooked because they are hidden within songs from another genre. This occurred to me yesterday as I was listening to “Feelin’ So Good” from Jennifer Lopez’s 1999 album On The 6. I am not ashamed to actually own this album in CD form, but I’m sure many rap aficionados didn’t even give it the time of day. Little do they know that this song in particular features legendary rappers Big Pun and Fat Joe, and their verses are actually pretty tight. Check out “Feelin’ So Good” below…

Pun and Joe have two verses, the first starting at the 20 second mark, and the second starting at the 3:24 mark.

As I reveled over how underrated Big Pun and Fat Joe’s verses on this song were, I began to reflect on other diva-licious songs that feature hip-hop industry hotshots. Here are a few…

“Heartbreaker” – Mariah Carey feat. Jay-Z (Jay’s verse starts around 2:52)

“Bad Girl” – Britney Spears feat. Lil’ Wayne (Weezy’s verse starts around the 15 sec. mark)

“Soldier” – Destiny’s Child feat. T.I. (T.I.’s verse starts at the beginning)

“Upgrade U” – Beyonce feat. Jay-Z (Jay’s verse starts at 2:32)

Those are just a few that I thought of off the top of my head, but I’m sure there’s more rap treasure out there buried in diva-land. Please share any other tracks outside the hip-hop genre you can think of contain overlooked rap verses!


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!