Free Shawty Redd
By which I mean “Shawty Redd’s music is being offered here for free,” not “Shawty Redd should be set free.” It’s unfortunate that dude is caught up in whatever he’s caught up in, not because I know anything about the specifics of his case but because this is the most media attention he has gotten in a minute. His catalog and rep – album track/third single status – are both too thin to reflect his talents.
The Jeezy sound is *his* sound and his fingerprints are all over the work of many Atlanta dudes who have had greater successes. But where most of his peers were content with simplistic melodies and presets, Shawty buried some genuinely complex synth compositions under all that trap hop menance/drumroll action. (At the same time he had a real generic streak that probably hurt his bottom line reputation.) There probably isn’t another rap producer better equipped to produce a new age ambient album. It seemed like he was about to start a major trend with his modern bass “Drifter” and “Sexual Seduction” sound but that fizzled almost as quickly as it started. Subletting that aesthetic to a Snoop gimmick record probably wasn’t the wisest move for progressing his solo career. His album was shelved, though leaks are floating around and it sounded really good, if a little bit all over the place.
Below the line I’ve compiled a quick Shawty Redd top 10, some lesser known tracks sprinkled alongside some classics. Youtube probably isn’t the best medium for his sound, but deal with it. I would have also added Drama’s “Left, Right, Left,” except it’s not on Youtube at all. Weirdly, that probably still stands as his second biggest hit, behind “Seduction.”
Young Jeezy – “Hypnotize”
Shawty Redd – “Special”
Gucci Mane – “Pyrex Pot”
Shawty Redd f/ Big Gipp – “Drifter”
Black Jak f/ Project Pat – “Ride & Swerve
Shawty Redd – “What Up Tho”
Young Jeezy – “Got What It Takes”
Pastor Troy f/ Fabo – “Digital”
Gucci Mane f/ OJ Da Juiceman – “Do It Do It”
Young Jeezy – “Bottom of The Map”