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AIN’T MY VAULT: Mannie Fresh Interview Pt. 2

Thursday, April 30th, 2009


The Showboys – “Drag Rap

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from Drag Rap (Profile, 1986)

Alright grown ups, in betweens, children and babies, I’m back with part two of the Mannie interview. Here Elvis Freshly talks about a record that he himself sampled dozens of times, New Orleans Bounce archetype (by way of Queens) The Showboys’ “Drag Rap (Triggerman)”. Click here if you missed part one of the interview.

When did “Triggerman” first catch on in New Orleans?
I guess from the release date of that song. It always was a hot song in New Orleans. I want to say Memphis, as well. Memphis and New Orleans. It was just one of those songs that was embraced. And I guess what made it so hot around New Orleans was just the 808, you know it’s two different drum sets in it. You got one with a hard kick, a hard snare and then it just breaks down into this 808 beat. And you know, down south that’s been the favorite drum machine for forever, the 808. And they’re some New York cats, but nobody ever knew they was from New York. And the whole way the song was formatted – it’s story rap and it’s got that southern feel to it. (more…)

AIN’T MY VAULT: Mannie Fresh Interview Pt. 1

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009


Gregory D & DJ Mannie Fresh – “Freddie’s Back

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from Throwdown LP (D&D, 1987)

Gregory D & DJ Mannie Fresh – “Buck Jump Time

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from Buck Jump Time 12″ (Yo?, 1989)

Waaah. AIN’T MY VAULT is a new poorly titled and hopefully semi regular series of from-the-archives interviews that I never took the time to transcribe or publish. First up is a conversation with the great man Mannie Fresh about everything from his days with New York Incorporated and Gregory D to the personal and musical impact of Hurricane Katrina. What follows the second half of an hour long conversation that amounted to one quote in “The Big Bang”, a piece I wrote about The Showboy’s proto-bounce classic “Drag Rap (Triggerman)” for Scratch. (Originally conducted 6/1/07)

Noz: So tell me a little about New York Incorporated.
Mannie Fresh: That was my homeboy, Denny D. He came down from New York and they had a mobile DJ thing that was going on. I was doing my own thing, I was doing local things before I got turned on to them. Denny D is my homie DJ Wop’s cousin and Wop was like my cousin got all the schools on lock and they want to check you out. So I came to the dudes crib, did a little audition, showed him what I was made of, what I could do. And they was like “holy shit, you the youngest dude right now and the table’s are on fire” so they put me down with their crew. So all love to New York Incorporated, that was my first family, my first DJ group and we pretty much ran the city from the 80s to the 90s. Ain’t a house we ain’t been to, ain’t a school dance we didn’t do. (more…)

New Gucci Music

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Gucci Mane – “I’m Back Bitch”

Black Eyed Peas f/ Gucci Mane & 50 Cent – “Boom Boom Pow (Remix)”

Gucci Mane f/ Plies – “Wasted” FUCKWMG

And so it begins. After years of bubbling under it only took a split second for Gucci to make that rare leap from street hot to industry hot. From virtually unblogged* to sharing a track with two of the biggest selling rap acts of the decade. It’s appropriate, too, that one is none other than 50 Cent, the man who created the modern model for mixtape ascension. A baton passing, of sorts. (Pause?) BC, Before Curtis, tape favorites like Canibus and The Lox mostly fizzled when faced with the major label system. 50 made street buzz convertible energy, brought marketability and songwriting and form and (dare I say?) artistry to a medium that was once exclusively about lyrical lyricism. Tip and Jeezy and Wayne and especially Gucci followed suit. “Boom Boom Pow” is not only a reminder that Gucci is the next man, but that 50 can still rap. (And, yes, that the Black Eyed Peas are completely unbearable. But respect to them for rocking the old styled remix – new beat and new lyrics.)

“Wasted” for the hell of it. “Gucci Bandana” FUCKWMG and a lonely footnote after the jump. (more…)

New Rap Music

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Some of these are a few weeks old. I ain’t blogging too slow, y’all just listening too fast.

TNT f/ Raheem Devaughn & Wale – “W On The Fitted

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I hate to admit it but watching Wale’s “Chillin’” fail has been a particularly rewarding experience. You know, the supposed to be the ambassador for my city coming to the table with some lifeless faux hipster Lady Gaga shit that has nothing to do with his home. If Interscope was wise enough to admit that unapologetically regional music still matters, they might want to buy out “W On The Fitted” and make it his street single. (Come on now, my man is just not radio hit material, not in 2009.) The track could use a less awkward chorus, but it is a very DC record with just enough in the pocket go-go signifiers to keep the locals happy but not actually alienate anyone else. TNT also have a nice joint with Bun B up on their myspace.

Gucci Mane – “Gorgeous

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Gucci finally drops some real heat since getting out of jail. You’re either sold on dude by now or you are an idiot, so I’m not going to make that case again today. “Gorgeous” finds him walking the line between language and commerce obsession by way of voices in his head. We’ve heard the balling as a compulsion defense but never the full on insanity claims. (more…)

Reignorant Reinterpretations

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Khayree & The Luvva Twins – “Hubba Head

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from Hubba Head 12″ (Big Bank Record$, 1983)

Turf Talk f/ Mac Dre & San Quinn – “Hubba Rock

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from The Street Novelist (Sick Wid It, 2004)

New Choice – “Cold Stupid

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from Cold Stupid 12″ (RCA, 1987)

Mac Dre – “Get Stupid (Remix)

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from Ronald Dregan: Dreganomics (Thizz, 2004)

Back to the bay today for the first time in a long while with a pair of intergenerational Vallejo nods. “Hubba Head” is the debut single from eventual Young Black Brotha godfather and one of the most unfairly overlooked rap producers of all time, Khayree. Backed by the better-than-Asher crack/er rappers The Luuvas kicking a straight out of cheese world cautionary cocaine rapp that actually predates Too Shorts “Girl” as the first bay area hip hop shot in that direction. Years later Kharyee’s understudy Mac Dre would hop on Turf Talk’s masterful The Street Novelist to deliver a very different message with almost the exact same words. Similarly, the Kharyee laced and Timex Social Club affiliated girl group New Choice were getting cold stupid some seventeen years before Dre reintroduced it as hyphy vernacular. The pseudo Run DMC “Dumb Girl” chants also predicted 40′s “Tell Me When To Go”.

Meanwhile, the world is still waiting on this documentary.

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