GOTSTA GET PAID

Y’all know this song, right?  If not, you probably should.

DJ DMD – 25 Lighters (feat. Lil’ Keke & Fat Pat)

This song has been referenced by everybody from Z-Ro to Trae the Truth to 2 Chainz, it’s a song that anybody who’s listened to Houston rap for a while is probably at least peripherally aware of.

I had no idea its reach would even get this far though.

ZZ Top – I Gotsta Get Paid

Can somebody let me know if this is cool or not?  I’m really really not sure.

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6 thoughts on “GOTSTA GET PAID

  1. matt says:

    whoa. i think zz top is kind of cool, and this makes me like them more.

    beard related, i was pretty close to writing a james harden/freeway beard post earlier tonight.

    the funniest thing about zz top is that their drummer is named frank beard, and guess what, he’s the only beardless dude in the band.

    • REDLiteDJ says:

      I’m glad you feel that way about this, I wasn’t sure if I was crazy for not immediately dismissing this as absurd. I think one cool thing about it is it really shows how not far apart southern rock and southern rap can be, they’re both just the low class music for whichever race they belong to. I don’t know if any ZZ Top fans are going to start digging through 1990s SUC tapes because of this song or anything, but it’s still a cool example of how two worlds whose fans would probably have nothing to do with one another can actually be not that distant in a lot of ways. I feel like there are a lot of examples like this in Americana culture. If you change the setting for any Western film from the prairie to the ghetto, I bet a lot of them would translate pretty smoothly as far as kinds of characters, ideals put forth, and lessons learned.

      At the same time, I can’t help but wonder if ZZ Top even knows what “25 lighters on my dresser” is actually referring to, I didn’t until I looked it up and I listen to southern rap all the time. So that makes me feel a little weird about it… I dunno, I’m a little on the fence still. But I do think there are some cool things about it, for sure. And I think in honor of Frank Beard, it would only be appropriate for the non-bearded writer on this blog to write the beard post (unless you grew yours back, I haven’t seen you in a while). Thanks for the reply.

  2. whoa, i’d like to see that same comercial in the same setting, but with DJ DMD behind those doors. that’d be an interesting and probably whole other reaction by everyone.

    also, i did not know that song. thanks rick. i for sure looked up 25 lighters on urban dictionary a while back after hearing z-ro, pimp c, and big krit say so much. now i also know where they pulled it from. awesome!

    • oh yeah, and your trae the truth link is broken.

    • REDLiteDJ says:

      hahah or DJ DMD doing a ZZ Top song.

      I only know that song from Amber who just knew it from growing up in Houston, apparently it was all over the radio down there at the time, but I don’t think it made it this far north. I hadn’t heard it until a few years ago, and from all the references it gets I kinda thought everybody knew about it but me, but I guess I wasn’t the only one who missed out on this one at the time. Glad you dig it.

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