Suddenly, Georgia-famous deejays Anthony Platt aka Unk and Montay Humphrey had cred for more than re-enlivening crunk with their invitation to the nation's dance floors for a celebration of every side of ATL.
While this joint owned the summer and fall of — and bested Idlewild 's tracks on the hip-hop charts in the process — Unk had to show he had bars to stay relevant as dawned and unfolded , ultimately landing on the Stomp the Yard soundtrack and inspiring pirates to splice the track with Gwen Verdon's Fosse moves.
Then, as now, a verse from either of these GOATs raises a record's lyrical relevance. Lamar Wilson, Ph. Shawty Lo rose to fame as a member of Atlanta-based quartet D4L, for which he provided the initial space and capital for the group to work on the material that resulted in Down For Life and the No. Add to that the rapper's signature jog-in-place dance, and it was a recipe for greatness that only put the spotlight on Shawty Lo's charismatic gifts not to mention that singular gravelly voice.
The track endured thanks to a slew of remixes — in particular, one that featured Ludacris, Jeezy, Plies and an autotuned Lil Wayne, which became a staple in an era that was filled with star-studded posse-cut remixes Rocko's " Umma Do Me " being another and Shawty Lo's own " Foolish " remix another. Contrary to popular belief, the DTown Boogie was a continuation of Dallas's rich dance legacy which started in the early s when the city was highly regarded as one of the best pop locking scenes in the world.
BoxHeads, the city's first B-boy crew to achieve national success for their signature "Egyptian style," passed down the torch to the dance crews.
Their trademark "power" breaking was incorporated by the Los Angeles dance crews and marked the beginnings of a fraught relationship between the two urban sprawls, augmented by Cali Swag District's theft of Lil' Wil's "My Dougie. Although the track is a tribute to Doug E. Amplified by online sharing platforms like YouTube, this collective of local rappers achieved worldwide success, shifting the nation's attention to the hip-hop scene in Dallas and the young artists capitalizing on the potential of the YouTube era.
Lil' Wil saw little of the measurable success for his "Dougie," but his legacy is no less set in stone. Gucci Mane could comprise his own Southern rap canon. Few rappers have such sprawling output, which is to say that "Bricks" is far from the definitive Gucci Mane record — there are too many entry points and eras for any one song to be that. Still, the song streamlines the elements that help explain his deep, enduring appeal. The classic Gucci ad-libs are here — the haughty "hunhs," the soaring "yeaahhhs" — as is Zaytoven's churchy organ, which Gucci's vocals navigate perfectly.
His voice is heavy, and a lot of his lines around this time were alternatively delivered in a semi-shout or a dragging slur, but his delivery is like a football center's, largesse propelled with deft, unseen footwork. The pack in and I'm working. Jeezy had made himself famous, of course, by regaling fans with stories of the trap and the ill-gotten gains of organized crime.
Nobody would have guessed that he would go on, three years after his debut, to pen the definitive anthem for Barack Obama's historic presidential nomination on an album about economic anxiety and global disarray — a rallying cry for somethings staring down what they thought would be the financial catastrophe of their generation. This all represents a growth from Young Jeezy that he didn't even necessarily have to show us. He'd given us a legendary debut album that made him the purveyor of trap music.
His fan base was rabid for him to continue with the same type of music, and he could have done as much with fine results.
Instead, he pushed himself to put out a project that was just as relevant and a resounding declaration that quote unquote rap with substance can sound like rap about substance.
It's also important to note that the "My President" video had John Lewis. That alone is worth the spot. For Gucci Mane, whose prolificness is legendary in itself, his many series create a way to map his evolutions.
There's the free-wheeling Wilt Chamberlain , the commercially-oriented Trap House , the always gritty Trap God , and then there's The Movie , a group of mixtapes released under DJ Drama's coveted Gangsta Grillz imprint a series within another kind of series. The Movie trilogy captures an essential transitional period between Gucci's early hood-hero era and his arrival with "Lemonade" and The State Vs.
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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.
The song opens with T. Matching T. The remix feels more like a victory lap than the original, which is as anxious as it is celebratory, but the shift in mood works; after all, it's hard not to smile when you're wearing the crown. Jackie Chan used to star in a series of movies called "Drunken Master" that revolved around the idea of a protagonist who mastered a fighting style that required him to be moderately drunk to execute — spirits allowed him the freedom to be unpredictable and loose with his style but not so much that he was ineffective.
Once he reached that equilibrium he was unstoppable. I think you know where this is going. The mixtape is a double disc of Wayne at the absolute pinnacle of his outrageous, brilliant, prolific alien-like nature. His subject matter ranges from Apollo Creed to armadillos, Gremlins and Geico ads, spun into some of the most clever and unexpected one-liners. Da Drought 3 arrived in the midst of Wayne's maelstrom of songs and mixtapes — he put out hundreds of tracks from to and damn near all of them were great — but this one stands as a testament to what the New Orleans rapper could do at his peak.
Soulja Boy is a marketing genius. His breakthrough song, "Crank That," introduced listeners to a dance named after himself, and honestly, what better way to present yourself to the masses? From second one, the song sounds like an all-out party; its deceptively simple production features a steelpan riff and takes full advantage of the snap music movement that was breaking out across the South in the mid-to-late s.
The digital music space was ripe and ready to be explored, and Soulja Boy was the man with a plan. After racking up record-breaking numbers on MySpace, he dove headfirst into the burgeoning YouTube platform where he uploaded a social media-influenced music video and even gave fans step-by-step dance instructions in yet another video, ensuring his song would go viral before the term was even coined. As a result, he sold 3. The ubiquity of "Crank That" was so far-reaching that it inspired spinoffs like "Crank Dat Batman" and "Crank Dat Spiderman" , but none of those iterations matched Soulja Boy's success, nor his unadulterated confidence, which oozes through the speakers as he hollers out order after order, sounding like a demanding training coach preparing you for a 10K.
Watch me crank that Roosevelt! At its heart, "Int'l Players Anthem" is a song about a union forged from uncertainty, evolving through confidence and success and pride. It's the combination of three of the South's greatest gifts to music — OutKast, UGK and Three 6 Mafia — all taking the wheel behind a Willie Hutch sample and steering it into perfection.
There are arguments for this meeting of superpowers to be considered the greatest Southern rap collaboration ever. Very few hip-hop songs have the distinction of a music video taking an already classic song and making it iconic, yet "Int'l Players Anthem" did with an over-the-top royal and Southern wedding featuring pimps, kilts and comedians in a who's who of stars, including T-Pain as a choir director.
The song itself, two men contemplating marriage and their two resolutely single friends bragging about their own exploits, is made even more flawless due to the "I Choose You" interpolation. Andre's refusal to rap over Pimp C's drums help make his closing statements before tying the knot sound like a preamble, while Bun B argues his case to "get down with the team" rather than settle for less.
Big Boi's closing remarks about the pitfalls of a relationship sound like a best man giving a rude yet honest toast, as Pimp C not only boasts about his No.
Pimp left us with a perfect song — a wedding staple and Southern national anthem we all could be proud of.Intro (CM2) by Yo Gotti. Make Money by listningtomusic. Shoot Off by Yo Gotti. Prince Marley - I Got It Drum Play, Feat. All-Star by Yo Gotti.