Recent Adds Vol. 1
I don’t profess to understand the innerworkings of the music industry at all, but there is truly no underbelly more confusing than the terrestrial radio arm. In this day and age the only place one ever encounters is in cars or diners or on construction sites, correct? The kids all have ipods and youtubes and other crazy gadgets. Yet, apart from the midday old school mixshows, “urban” radio programmers still target the 12-16 demographic almost exclusively. Where are children listening to radio? Or is there some sort of creepy manchild contingent that pushes records like “Stanky Leg” into the upper reaches of the charts?
In an attempt to answer these and other questions, I’ve dug deep into radio playlists, looking not at the major hits, but at weird indie records that have been added to radio recently. (Actually, I don’t think this process will answer any of these questions. I was just bored while waiting to do an interview.)
Nicc Ross f/ Yo Gotti – “Swag It Out” (Indianapolis, IN)
Eighteen year old Indianan rapper spends his paper route earnings on a Yo Gotti verse? Not as bad as one might expect.
Added; KIPR Little Rock KNDA Corpus Christi, WEUP Huntsville, WJUC Toledo
Eightset – “Google Me” (Houston, TX)
Yes, Waka made a better record named “Google Me” this year but it hardly seems like the most original concept. And you have to give these guys credit – they not only made a song about google, but they then got fully decked out in matching, head to toe google gear. Of course, the sad irony is that if you do google “Eightset” very few of the results have anything to do with the rap group.
Added: KNDA Corpus Christi, TX, KBTT Shreveport, WEMX Baton Rouge
Mr. CG – “Boogie Board 9000″ (Carbondale, IL)
CG was a member of the Pop It Off Boyz, who might remember as the only “Crank Dat” spin off group that a major was dumb enough to sign. (Though I cherish the “Crank Dat Batman” 12″ that was born of this union. Beyond that I don’t even know what to say about a record called “Boogie Board 9000.”
Added: WJTT Chattanooga, WJUC Toledo, WJZD Biloxi
Lil Flip – “Heartbreaker” (Houston, TX)
Flip’s career trajectory is the real heartbreaker, am I right? Song is horrible, rapping is better than I would have expected.
Added: KNDA Corpus Christi
Doughboy – “Cake Up” (Atlanta, GA)
Last year Doughboy came out of left field with the brilliantly somber “Birds Flying High” last year. Admittedly that track’s success was driven by its production, but it’s still disappointing to hear him regress to this sort of generic hyper dramatic half retarded Khaled shit here. But I guess that’s what gets the spins.
Added: KNDA Corpus Christi
Da Yungin$ – “It’s The Weekend” (Jackson, TN)
Well this is sort of cute, I guess? It’s disconcerting how the male member seems like he could be pushing his early twenties and the girl looks like she hasn’t even hit her teens. That discrepancy could make for some interesting thematic directions on the album that will never happen.
Added: KIPR Little Rock, WEMX Baton Rouge, WEUP Huntsville, WFXM Macon, WHRK Memphis, WJWZ Montgomery
Of course the best song I found is also the one that I can’t find a link for. Spoon had recorded a before the fame record with Jeezy before he got locked up on a drug charge years ago. He’s home now and has half a verse from Bun B, which is eight fewer bars than Bun has given every other rapper over the past two years.
Added: WFXM Macon
Candi Redd – “Independent Bitches” (Houston, TX)
I’m tired of describing this type of stuff. What do you think? Speak on it!
Added: KKDA Dallas, KNDA Corpus Christi