"I be on it—all night man, I be on it"... on what, you ask? Right now I'm on that Got Purp? Vol. 2 compilation from Big Boi's Purple Ribbon Records; you can pretty much bank on any and all Dungeon Family–affiliated projects, and this heatrock is no different. Bangers like "Kryptonite" and "808" showcase the killer talent Big Boi has assembled for his roster, which includes Killer Mike, Bubba Sparxxx, Sleepy Brown, and Konkrete, among others. Rumor has it Bwah is also looking to sign his bredren Goodie Mob as well—and fittingly, the comp sports an unreleased Goodie track, "Hold On." Don't sleep on some real ATL flavor—it oughta hold you down while you await the next Outkast album, Idlewild. I am loving the Southern rap renaissance, but let's not forget those who broke down the door; on that note, I command thee to cop that new LP, Trill, from UGK's legendary Bun B. The "President of the South" is killing kids half his age with the heat on this joint, from the bossy opener, "The Inauguration," onward. Oh yeah, Free Pimp C!
"E'rybody need a check from FEMA/so he can go and score him some co-ca-ina..."
The new Juvenile song "Get Ya Hustle On" is the first cut from an N.O. artist to address Hurricane Katrina in any fashion (at least that I've heard)—and Juve's solution is simple: Pump that crack. I can't presume to tell anybody what to do when they've lost everything, when they've been lied to and left to die—but can we get something other than the usual Thug Motivation? I appreciate that Juve is actually a big part of the real effort to raise funds and awareness of the post-hurricane devastation, but I question the message here... word to David Banner, that's not how you Heal the Hood.
L.A.'s live hiphop outfit Breakestra are dropping an all-original LP entitled Hit the Floor. I saw these guys at my first show as a 21-year-old and I've been a fan of their shit since. Their bangin' "Family Rap" joint (featuring Chali 2na, Soup, and Double K) has been burning up KEXP; a great old-school-flavored, down-the-line joint, it's worth copping the LP for that gem alone.
Who'da thunk it? That Get Rich or Die Tryin' soundtrack ain't half bad... 50 Cent sounds enlivened, and might even remind you why, a couple years ago, he was exactly what we needed to hear. On the production tip, former Seattle resident Jake One clocks in with an ill beat for "I Don't Know Officer," a posse cut capped off with a shit-talking verse from Mase—going at fellow Harlemites Loon and the Diplomats in true Unit beef-mongering fashion. That said, I will be going to see this flick because I loves me a good rap movie—I think the last time I was in a theater was for Hustle and Flow (whoop that trick!). And last night I saw Crash—damn, that Terrence Howard guy is everywhere!