I really like the stuff that our grandparents hate and our parents warned us about.
Faith Evens & Ice Cube
“Knowin’ nothin’ in life but to be legit.”
It’s possible and available to any artist to be himself or herself on their own terms, to be accepted and embraced. You don’t have to be a thug to get love.”
- Mos Def
Fat Trel - Deep Thought
My brother introduced me to Fat Trel’s works a couple of weeks ago, and said he’s worth looking into. So I downloaded a couple of his mixtapes and listened to them a few times. Fat Trel comes from the poverty stricken hoods of D.C., and his music obviously reflects this. Unfortunately, as I’ve found, pretty much every person and their cousin from “the hood” has a mixtape, and this floods the hood/gangsta rap scene with a cesspool of shit, drowning out much of the real talent. Fat Trel easily stands above the general mediocrity of this unfortunately watered down genre, but I still feel he has a lot of room for improvement. This is my favorite song off of his mixtape No Secrets. Keep in mind though that this is probably the least hood sounding song off of his mixtape.
My Song Rating: 9.2 out of 10Played 1063 times.
G-Unit - Poppin’ Them Thangs
Regardless of what you currently think of 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, and Young Buck, when they were G-Unit and on top of their game, they produced some of the best gangster rap of all time, and many people have forgotten this. I’ve been bumping a lot of old G-Unit in my car lately. Smoking to songs like Poppin’ Them Thangs with the bass cranked up reminded me that gangster rap doesn’t have to consistently disappoint (Waka Flacka). Like many super groups, they started off strong, but they eventually lost their rhythem and started releasing only subpar music. This is from their amazing 2003 album Beg For Mercy.
My Song Rating: 9.9 out of 10Played 980 times.