RAP JOURNEY #13 – FROM GUCCI MANE TO BIRDMAN & LIL’ WAYNE

Yeeeahhhhhh… I’ve been lookin forward to Gucci Mane’s new mixtape since I first heard about it a couple months back.  The couple videos I saw leading up to it were real promising, and when I finally got to sit and listen to the whole thing yesterday I was real pleased.  It’s tight.  Possibly the most surprising track on there for me is “Get It Back“; if you’ve ever played Tetris before you’ll probably be pretty surprised too.  Hearing that song for the first time and also hearing this song for the first time real soon after made me wanna put together a video game-centered rap mix, that would be so cool.  Mike, I’m lookin’ in your direction…  But that’s not the song I meant to talk about.

The first track of the tape, after the intro, is this song.  Check it.

Gucci Mane – Back In ’95

Like I said, I was excited about this tape comin’ out already, but I had no idea the first song on there would make reference to one of my favorite groups of all time.

UGK – Pocket Full Of Stones

And it’s cool Gucci chose this song of UGK’s to reference, because it gives me the chance to bring up this other song that re-imagines “Pocket Full Of Stones” in a slightly different way.

Birdman & Lil’ Wayne – 1st Key

I’m a total sucker for when rappers are rapping and then a little sample pops in to finish a line, it fuckin’ gets me every time.  And this is one of my favorite examples of this phenomenon I think, they do a really good job with it.  Word is they’ve got a new album comin’ out soon too… very exciting.

Hey this one stayed totally within the confines of the rap world, we didn’t get any soul/funk/whatever samples at the core of all this, that’s interesting.  Is that the first time that’s happened?  I think it is.  Cool.  See y’all!

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6 thoughts on “RAP JOURNEY #13 – FROM GUCCI MANE TO BIRDMAN & LIL’ WAYNE

  1. Mike Allen says:

    Hmm. Liking what I’m hearing from the new Gucci.

    And yes, please make that mix! I hate to bring up this mixtape again, but there is a pretty good videogame beat on it (from Kirby.) Check it out:

  2. REDLiteDJ says:

    whoa, crazy… i just found this one too, i guess it samples chrono trigger? i wouldn’t know, i’ve never actually played that game, maybe you can verify.

  3. i know madlib has done a couple. i’m always surprised because it’s never something i would expect from him.


    Percee P – 2 Brothers From The Gutter (ft. Diamond D)


    Madvillian – Do Not Fire!

  4. Uhmm I don’t know how no one has said this yet, but that photo they use of Birdman & Lil’ Wayne on the 1st Key video has got to be the cutest fucking photo ever, I love it SO much.

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