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This is the series where we check terrestrial radio charts to see what independent records they have been adding to the playlist. The idea is that it will help shine some light on semi-significant songs that slip below the blogosphere. Mostly it just results in me making fun of rap names until I overdose on swag rap youtubes. It’s been a while since the last installment, which means that some of these tracks have been bouncing around radio for a few months. (It also means that I missed a chance to catch the early stages of “Teach Me How To Dougie”‘s meteoric rise. Hopefully its fusion of “Teach Me How To Jerk” and “My Dougie” will usher in a new trend in dance rap hybrids. “Crank Dat Monkey Man,” anybody?)
Shorty Da Kid – “Coolin” (St. Louis, MO)
I don’t think anybody realizes just how important and influential Soulja Boy will prove to be. When the annals of this rap shit are written a hundred years from now he is going to be like Louis Armstrong or the Sex Pistols or something. Despite it’s nickel and dime basement youtube, “Coolin” is actually a really strong entry into the post-Soulja swag rap canon. If I were an Asylum A&R I’d be booking a flight to St. Louis.
Added: WHHL, St. Louis, MO (17 spins last week)
Rocko – “Maybe” (Atlanta, GA)
Rocko, who you might remember from “Umma Do Me,” is back with this muted and indecisive auto-tuned number. One of the more interesting things about looking at the low ends of these charts is seeing how much resonance a lot of these so called one hit cats have locally. Also getting some recent radio burn: Huey (“Pop Lock & Drop It”).
Added: WHTA Atlanta, GA (52 spins last week); WJWZ Montgomery, AL (20); KXHT Memphis, TN (15); WJTT Chattanooga, TN (14).
Jon Boy f/ Yung Ralph – “Alcohol Poison” (?, AL)
Last time we looked at radio charts it was all Dallas Boogie and Boogie knock offs. Today it’s seemed to have moved back to Atlanta, with lots of sub-So Icey tracks like this one flooding radio right now. Was putting a guy named Yung Ralph on a song called “Alcohol Poison” a conceptual choice or a coincidence? Jon Boy is from somewhere in Alabama, I think, but have you ever tried to google “Jon Boy Alabama”? Rap music is not the first thing to come up.
Added: WJWZ Montgomery, AL (0); WZHT Montgomery, AL (0)
Young Sleep f/ Lil Boosie – “Antidote” (Baton Rouge, LA)
This is so hard. I probably should have posted it in a proper New Rap Music post when it dropped a few months ago, rather than let it languish here with all these untalented payola benefactors.
Added: WEMX Baton Rouge, LA (17)
Beat Gang – “Mr. Miyagi” (Cincinnati, OH)
It’s almost offensive that it took this long for a Mr. Miyagi dance rap record to be made. But alas it’s arrived and it’s everything one would hope it to be. It’s been almost a year since this has been added to youtube, so forgive me if I need a late pass, but so do a couple program directors. Another recentish dance gimmick track with a tiny bit of radio buzz: “Do The John Wall.”
Added: KBTT, Shreveport, LA (19); KIPR Little Rock, AR (12); WJUC Toledo, OH (10); WEUP Huntsville, AL (3); WCCG Fayetteville, NC (0)
X2 – “Ready Set Go” (High Point, NC)
I have never been less moved by a record than this one. Which is odd, given its title. This song is a lot better, I think.
Added: WJUC Toledo, OH (18); WJMI Jackson, MS (17); KNDA Corpus Christi, TX (14); WEMX Baton Rouge (13) +16 more.
Kafani f/ Bobby Valentino, OJ The Juiceman & Chalie Boy – “Tipsy Texting” (Oakland, CA)
Bay Area rap prostitute Kafani finds an even shallower market to mine than the Nascar crowd: drunk texters.
Added: KFRH Las Vegas, NV (27); KIPR Little Rock, AR (20); KRCK Palm Springs, CA (10); WJTT Chattanooga, NC (8) + 4 more.
Kane & Abel f/ Yung Joc – “Big Shot” (New Orleans, LA)
It’s nice to see these No Limit refugees with something of a hit on their hands this late in their career. Even if it is a whatever cash in record with Joc on it. They have another not so good song where dude quotes Witchdoctor in the opening verse. Old Southern Rap Men FTW.
Added: KNDA Corpus Christi, TX (76); KIPR Little Rock, AR (51); WJMI Jackson, MS (30); WEMX Baton Rouge, LA (24) + 19 more
DCRG f/ Big Poppa – “About To Die” (El Dorado, AR)
A rapper calling himself Big Poppa and putting out a single called “About To Die” seems like a violation of extreme degrees, but I guess all laws went out the window when Short Dawg, the fake Short Dawg, dropped. (Be on the look out for my new artist Pacavelli’s hit “Every Eye On Me.”) As a song “About To Die” isn’t so offensive, a Trill-lite cut about doing ecstasy. Whatever.
Added: KRRQ, Lafayette, LA (4)
C-Hall – “I Get Money” (Louiville, AL)
This is a top choice myspace brag right here: “C-Hall has dropped 3 Taco Bell commercials.” Some rappers drop hot tracks, others bodies. C-Hall drops Taco Bell commercials.
Added: WZHT, Montgomery, AL (9)
Yung Ro – “Fresha Den A Mall” (St. Louis, MO)
“I don’t think you understand what Fresha Den A Mall is.” I’m pretty sure I have the general idea. I quit this post.
Added: WHHL St. Louis, MO (58)