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Sample Snitch-I Choose You and the Willie Hutch effect on hip hop

Sample Snitch-I Choose You and the Willie Hutch effect on hip hop

by Willie Hutch

The chorus for I Choose You has been lifted by countless rap icons from Project Pat, Wiz Khalifa and most famously UGK on Int’l Playaz Anthem (I Choose You) featuring Outkast. Willie Hutch infused his music with qualities that not only secure his music as timeless but leave a prime candidate for sampling.

As a teenager Hutch was in a doo-wop group called The Ambassadors and that form requires a tightness and discipline in the songwriting as well as the execution. A skill set that would come in handy as he transitioned to writing, producing, and arranging songs for The 5th Dimension. When he signed to RCA he actually wrote the lyrics to I’ll Be There for The Jackson 5. Writing for Motown under producers like Hal Davis demands that precision and he was so good at it Berry Gordy singed him to be staff writer, arranger, producer and musician (played guitar).

This is all to say that by the time Willie put his first solo album (Soul Portrait) out in 1969 he had a rock solid foundation in the structure of melody. The album is a seamless showcase of a perfectionist’s attention to the groove. This is all to say that I Choose You is not accidentally glorious and pimpish. He made the song for the iconic Blaxploitation film The Mack starring Max Julien and Richard Pryor. It had to soar and make Cadillac’s feel like spaceships. He knew he could draw his voice out and kick it up a notch when the horns came in.

It makes total sense that the best Southern Rap collaboration of all time happened over the pillowy pitch-perfect harmony he organized. Every word Pimp C says is dynamic and arresting (even the offensive stuff…especially the offensive stuff) Bun B is ice cold Andre is earnest emotional poetic and Big Boi bubbles.

So think about it this way: Hutch and others like Isaac Hayes cut their teeth in the back room cranking out hits before they were able to grow into their solo voice but by the time they did…they were at an advantage of experience. Keep that in mind when a new inexperienced kid takes over the world after one song; that is the world putting them at a disadvantage. When Hutch experimented, loosened the reigns and got funky he knew how to do it and never suffered the disadvantage of not knowing when it got sloppy. I Choose You is the culmination of a lot of work and when you hear it make that your reference point.

Int’l Playaz Anthem (I Choose You) by UGK and Outkast


Willie Hutch-I Choose You



Song Review-Stupid Loud by Black Dave featuring Project Pat produced by Shy Guy

Song Review-Stupid Loud by Black Dave featuring Project Pat produced by Shy Guy

by Dan-O

Black Dave has a really unique style and his series of mixtapes, Stay Black, have been a solid blueprint on how to make East Coast hip hop that isn’t awkwardly nostalgic or faking its way into other trends. Stay Black 3 is a tougher mixtape to love because it’s much more heavily trap production inspired (nothing against trap it’s just a well-worn artistic direction); not to mention very chorus heavy. Those misgivings aside I cannot get this song out of my head. I’ve been mumbling Stupid Loud for days now.

Project Pat attacks this song like Godzilla does Tokyo but if you’re venturing into the Trapverse and get Pat you have to know this is his neighborhood. He actually says “My dick a pistol in your gals mouth it went bang” Do you know how much Project Pat I’ve listened too?! How does he still manage to shock me and make me uncomfortable?

While Dave can’t boomerang his voice like Pat (nobody else can either) he gets his bars in. His almost monotone delivery raises the chorus to a new level of catchy; the beat is not minimalist but close enough. If you want a succinct and personable yet thoughtful voyage you should check out Lupe Fiasco-Pharoah Height but if the challenge you face is just vibing away the boredom at a bus stop Stay Black 3 will definitely do. Over time with additional listens I have a feeling it will take its place next to the first two as an interesting step in another direction, imbalanced but full of gems. Jewels that stick to the way Stupid Loud does. The rest will just take time to fit in.

Song review-Flexington by Project Pat produced by Lil Awree

Song review-Flexington by Project Pat produced by Lil Awree

by Dan-O

For any lovers of the Three Six Mafia sound, all of Project Pats solo mixtapes and albums are mandatory. This gem comes off of his newest mixtape Cheez N Dope 3. He is definitely the model Gucci Mane follows: horrifyingly descriptive lyrics sometimes bombastic or deeply depressed, a flow that makes everything an exciting sing a long, and just enough of a hint of humor to make the whole thing look in on itself. Do you think Pat doesn’t think of Flexington as a funny song? This beat couldn’t be the hardest beat to brag on that he had to choose from. Instead of grabbing the in style dark drill beat he called Lil Awree for this deeply soulful all cooing sample, bass and piano instrumental.

The jarring effect of selling drugs to something this soulful and saying a term as silly as flexington over and over grabs your attention and staples this song to your playlist. Pat has a career full of songs like this that you just can’t turn away from and have a hard time defending the social value of. His value isn’t in social consciousness or Killer Mike style voice of the community, giving words to live your life by. He’s an innovator and I can prove it by pulling up articles where lots of artists, who are direct descendants, get called innovators for doing a sharp impression of what Pat has always done.

FME 2013 Mixtape MVP-Three 6 Mafia

FME 2013 Mixtape MVP-Three 6 Mafia

by Dan-O

Even the most hardcore Rawkus Records loving East Coaster respected Three 6 Mafia from afar. From the birthplace of hip hop all the gold grill crunk seemed silly and most times got looked down upon but Three 6 was independent, hardcore and uncompromising. No one ever purchased a Three 6 Mafia record expecting something they didn’t get and that means something.

This year more than any in recent memory it became obvious how important they are. Part of it was Gucci Mane releasing a ferocious diss song against everyone important and mentioning that Project Pat is still his favorite rapper. Part of it was Space Ghost Purp calling out A$AP Rocky for coping his style when both styles are a business casual version of the Three 6 sound. If you were looking to get away from their sonic influence this year it was tough. While popular artists were borrowing from that sound (Trap, Drill) and acting like they created it Tennessee stomped forward with artists like Starlito and Don Trip dropping fun lyrical barbs on songs(Stepbrothers Two) that felt like first generation Three 6 relatives. Juicy J signed to Taylor Gang and took over the world with oozing earworm single Bandz A Make Her Dance.

They didn’t luck into this spotlight. Hip hop borrowed so much from them that the spotlight came back. The proper comparison would be in the 60’s when British rockers like the Rolling Stones popularized old blues songs and those musicians (like B.B. King) felt a justified resurgence based on the influence their music had. This is the justified second act of what I would call the Southern Wu-Tang Clan; a deep roster of artists that represent a signature sound, a musical identity that is not only theirs but undoubtedly a face of rap music in general.

In terms of output my case for mixtape MVP is hard to challenge. Project Pat released two of the very best mixtapes this year in his Cheez N Dope series which are just as offensive as they are listenable. While Gucci Mane pumped out tape after tape sounding worn down and lost, Pat was hitting every hook out of the park while getting away with saying terrible things. On Cheez N Dope 2 he has a song called Dick Eating Dog about women and another song about smoking weed (with Wiz Khalifa of course) called Chiefin where he makes unflattering Native American sounds. Each Cheez N Dope tape is 26 tracks with nothing you need to skip(even the skits which are just Pat talking crazy). They are the most hardcore mixtapes of 2013 bar none.

Pat dominated and Juicy J blew the doors of 2013 with great guest verses and an underrated album, but that’s only the beginning. Gangsta Boo dropped a great project called It’s Game Involved with Young Buck, 8 Ball, Maino, and Don Trip all getting as nasty as the narrator with Drumma Boy providing a superb scrunchy faced Memphis hardcore backdrop. If you want an example see our Ride 4 My Boo song review.

DJ Paul released a great EP with Yelawolf you can read up on as well. Beyond that DJ Paul put out his own project (with Drumma Boy) called Clash of The Titans which is straight up fight music. On top of that he orchestrated the Three 6 Mafia mixtape which is one of the coolest event tapes of the year. It features Lil Whyte, Bizzy Bone, Crunchy Black, Koopsta Knicca, Gangsta Boo, 8 Ball & MJG, Space Ghost Purp, Yelawolf, The Outlawz and masterful production by DJ Paul. Paul seems to have RZA-like control over the teams signature sound and be acutely aware of how dependant the game is on it. While listening to Da Mafia 6ix-6ix Commandments you can feel Paul ratcheting up the snarling musical aggression at the right times; he planted his feet in the mixtape game this year and announced that regardless of whether or not you think he can rap he knows that the sound everyone is fiending for…call it trap…call it drill…call it whatever you want, its his sound and he’s taking it back.

It is also Drumma Boy’s sound. Drumma Boy was absolutely instrumental in just about every project from Pat to Boo to Paul and he never faltered. His production is amongst the most reliable in the game. The backdrop he provides doesn’t just seethe with aggression it moves at a pace that keeps the beat understated but fun. If anyone could win the title of being the Southern Alchemist it would be him(that sounds like blasphemy to me but its really not).

You can go back and pop in Most Known Unknown from 2005 or When The Smoke Clears from 2000 and you’ll hear that ferocious menace of a bounce that everyone loves in Chief Keef and you know what…you’ll find better lyrics. Because everyone in the clique is super lyrical; being lyrical is not a function of “dropping knowledge” it’s being able to count on well constructed verses and dope songs. In 2013 no one did that as much or as well as Three 6 Mafia and for that they are the 2013 Mixtape MVP.

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Project Pat-Cheez N Dope mixtape review

Project Pat-Cheez N Dope mixtape review

by Dan-O

History is not always written by the winners. Sometimes it gets written by random people. For most of my generation all narratives formed about hip hop were written from New York publications, often times about New York Hip Hop. Once Southern hip hop took over the radio (as West Coast Hip Hop did before it) these outlets were forced to accept it and begrudgingly, they did; as did hipster alternative blogs. Where I live, in Maine, the most common Southern Hip Hop phrase is “I love Southern Hip Hop I listen to Outkast.”

It’s easy to understand how unique someone like Gucci Mane can seem if you don’t know who Project Pat is. He knows though. When a diss song called “Birds Of A Feather(All My N#$%’s)” surfaced it had Gucci doing his thing: dissing TI, Young Jeezy, Yo Gotti and everyone else but in the midst of all the ill will he admitted who his favorite rapper is…and it’s still Project Pat.

The Memphis legend’s mixtape from earlier this year named Cheez N Dope is likely the reason for that. If this art form is known to explore the bad guy character, no one has done it more thoroughly than Project Pat. Its twenty six tracks long with six interludes and an intro which for anyone else would break up the flow and consistency of the project; for Cheez N Dope they make a strange kind of sense; a rambling unhinged narrative that holds together an aggressive body of work. Drumma Boy and Lex Luger lend their trademark spooky muscular bounce to the menacing landscape of penitentiary talk, strip club scenery and gun shot sound effects.

This mixtape came out in January and its June right now, no singular project stands as more unremittingly hard-hitting; from its first real song Bare Face Robbem all the way to track twenty six You Kno What It Is (which opens with Pat putting a gun in someone’s face and asking to open the safe). In a sing song sway of a flow he laces remorseless sexist and violent verse after verse that I can’t get enough of. As an example “…needed her light bill paid her knees hit the floor, oh my golly on that molly she’s a sexy dolly, ran through her p*&$% like some tracks my dick the trolly (Papers N Cups).”

If you are looking for an example of how cruel and politically incorrect hip hop is Cheez N Dope would be a great political football. It’s completely unapologetic and because of that just as cohesive. Getting sucked into it is like entering a different world, maybe its best to think of Project Pat as the hip hop version of Johnny Rotten spitting into the crowd or Lemmy growling Ace of Spades. He wears the persona so completely that the five guest verses from associate Nasty Mane seem only to highlight the difference between legendarily nasty and common place nasty.

Southern Hip Hop history isn’t a tidy mixture of UGK and Outkast, its 8ball & MJG cracking skulls, Devin The Dude in the bathroom (Boo Boo’n) and Project Pat playing with his voice while he threatens everyone. His music is more hardcore right now than Gucci Mane, Chief Keef or anyone else in the mixtape universe. Drank and That Strong, Weed Smoke, and Jack One are mean mug classics as harsh as they are catchy and proper respect should go to DJ Spinz, Lil Awree, Ricky Racks, and everyone who brought this ugly pulsing sound to Project Pat. I’m sure he sneered when he heard every beat, as ugly and depraved as Trap degenerates into the more it fits him like a glove. How scary is that?

Nastiest track-Burn Me A N#$%%

Least Nasty track-Keep It 1 Hunnid

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