Gucci Mane – “Gucci Girl”
from Texaco Shawty (Mixtape, 2009)
Gucci is in fun mode off his new split tape with OJ. Airy beat that reminds me of the type of pop records that were coming out in the early 00ts before everything went all post-Timbaland dark or hyper snap simplistic. It almost seems like the type of record Shade Sheist or some other west coaster could have rapped over this back then and gotten some Rap City play off. Bonus points for Kilo Ali & Sleepy Brown name drops. Could someone closer to Atlanta and/or “that streetz” explain the “Texaco” premise to an up north square such as myself?
XVII f/ Pimp C & Too Short – “Where It’s At“
from The Reason (Major, 2009)
XVII (pronounced “seventeen”) was signed to Pimp C’s UGK records before he passed. It’s hard to say what the state of that label is right now considering they weren’t releasing a whole lot of music in the first place, but here XVII returns with this underground. The raps on his last album, Certified was certainly informed by Pimp, but the hero worship here is just too blatant. The CDBaby bio is almost exclusively about Pimp and I’m wondering if this isn’t some attempt at a tribute album like those In The Style of Dilla albums that no name producers are always emailing me about. I suppose it’s a respectable outing if that was what he was shooting for – he’s got Chad’s intonation down but is obviously lacking a lot of the tact and passion. This track features Pimp and Short rocking bounce chants over that classic Dennis Edwards/”Paid In Full” loop so, you know, it’d be incredible even if it wasn’t. The album is at least worth a listen on account of the vintage country rap production as well as cameos from Pastor Troy and the always underrated Bohagon. (more…)