Odd Squad- Fadanuf fa Erybody!! (1994)

The Odd Squad consists of Devin the Dude, Jugg Mugg and Rob Quest (Wiki) a Southern rap group from Huston, Texas. I’ve long been a fan of Devin the Dude and last week I was looking for his earlier albums and came across Fadanuf fa Erybody which is also Rap-A-Lot Records first release and it was remixed by DJ Screw, in other words a classic.
Overall, I consider Southern rap to be the most listenable and lasting with many albums released in the 90’s are still just as appealing as the day they dropped, which is more than I can say for the east and west coast scenes of the same era. While I wouldn’t call this album “great” it is classic, listenable and defiantly for the collection. Original album; 85% Remix; 89%.

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Down South Hustlers: Bouncin’ and Swingin’ (1995)

Today’s selection is Down South Hustlers, a compilation from No Limit records from 1995 featuring a who’s who of the southern rap scene at the time; UGK, Dayton Family, Silk the Shocker, C-Murder, DJ Screw, Eightball & MJG, Master P, Mr. Serv-On, King George and more. Obscure, underground and virtually unheard of outside of the Deep South, it still isn’t even on iTunes.
Some of the best rap of the mid-90’s, this compilation is from a time when these artists were unknown, people would ask, “Who’s Master P?”, a funny question now, but these collaborations laid the ground work that propelled southern gangsta rap to a global audience. This is from a time when Master P was actually good.
Defiantly a classic and a must have for the digital library, 90%.

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Project Pat- Getty Green (1999)

Project Pat is a rapper from Memphis, Tennessee, affiliated with Three 6 Mafia, in and out of prison and generally exactly as he portrays himself, which is part of what attracted me to them back in the 90’s when few people outside of Memphis and the South had ever heard of them.
I got this album the day it came out, and still firmly believe this is still his best album. A southern rap classic, there are bunches of guest artists on this release, almost a Who’s Who of the southern scene at the time. Afterwards Project Pat said that the album was only mildly profitable since the royalties had to be distributed amount so many artists, however it did firmly establish Project as a notable artist. Released by Loud Records and DJ Paul’s older brother (of Three 6 Mafia), this is defiantly one for the digital collection, all the tracks are good with lots of guest artists, this rates a solid 93%, recommended.

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U.G.K.- Ridin’ Dirty (1996)

A southern rap classic, Ridin’ Dirty is Underground Kingz best selling album, a duo from Huston and a scene heavily effected by syzrup (liquid codeine and Sprite) with an emphasis on smooth flowing music which has resulted in a number of artists originating from this scene (Devon the Dude, DJ Skrew, Bun B, Pimp C, etc). I remember Yakke and RK playing this tape back in high school, it was a great album then and still is today, indefinably playable and a perfect introduction to southern rap; 93%.
Today, is Hitler’s birthday, also.

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The Roots- Illadelph Halflife (1996)

The Roots personify 1990’s music, the whole intense focus and seriousness and political themes, the underground cult scene that they emerged from, all of them are examples of the greatness of that era’s music.
The Roots aren’t gangsta rap and they don’t enspouse the whole bling factor that makes so much of the hip-hop world look like tribesmen with glass beads.
While I am not “into” rap anymore I still appreciate it as music, and just as metal has plenty of horrible bands there are many, many crap groups that should never have been amplified much less recorded.
The Roots are another one of those groups that is a must for any respectable music library.

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