Monthly Archives: January 2013


In the spirit of showing love to the artists that have taken the time to personally respond to things I post about them, shouts out to Sasha Go Hard for giving us white dudes some hope of maybe someday being cool enough to play supporting roles in female underground rap videos, and for retweeting me.

Sasha Go Hard – Pretty Fly



Looks like Coolio wasn’t the only one to take “Pastime Paradise” to a new level.

Gangsta Blac – Blaze Up Anotha One (feat. Cool B)

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Nina Simone – Why (The King of Love is Dead) (live)


I don’t know why, but today I inflicted the Rolling Stone “50 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Time” list on myself, in its entirety.  I know that “Greatest of All Time” lists are inherently dumb, and complaining about them is even dumber, but this particular one seems so especially dumb that I think it might not be excruciatingly dumb to criticize it, as long as I can keep it short and un-ranty.  So I’ll put aside as many personal biases that I can and try to actually play by the guidelines of a list like this.  These kinds of lists measure things like historical significance and cultural impact, and they worship “firsts”.  “Great” in the sense it’s used here isn’t an extreme form of “good”, it’s an attempt at objectivity about something inherently subjective by looking at factors like a song’s sales, chart positions, and the population’s general familiarity with it.  Framed in this way, it’s easy to see why lists like this are dumb, because those things aren’t what’s actually interesting about music.  But this list doesn’t even follow through on that flimsy objective.  It is unsurprisingly biased towards old guard “Golden Age” sensibilities, and yet still finds ways to overlook many obvious old school contenders as well.  Hardly any of my personal favorite songs are on that list, which is to be expected, but there are so many truly relevant-to-our-culture artists, songs, and movements that aren’t even touched on that I think it would be worthwhile to create a new list in response:

DRIVE SLOW’s Top 15 Artists Somehow Completely Ignored by Rolling Stone’s “50 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Time” List

1.  Too $hort

2.  Lil’ Wayne (or anyone from Cash Money)

3.  TI

4.  Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

5.  Gang Starr

6.  Goodie Mob

7.  Slick Rick

8.  Ludacris

9.  Gucci Mane

10.  Three-6 Mafia

11.  DJ Quik

12.  E-40

13.  Nate Dogg

14.  Ice T

15.  2 Live Crew

But nobody really reads Rolling Stone anymore anyway right?

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Freddie Gibbs has a real knack for teaming up with really unexpected people and making it sound unquestionably good.  It’s been that way from the beginning;  when Matt first turned me on to Midwestgangstaboxframecadicallmuzik and The Miseducation of Freddie Gibbs, some of the first songs I got really into of his were the couple tracks he did with Devin the Dude, a rapper from a very different place with a very different aesthetic, mood, and style than what Freddie is most comfortable doing.

Freddie Gibbs – Something You Should Know (feat. Devin the Dude)

Freddie Gibbs – Stray (feat. Devin the Dude)

Then after signing to Young Jeezy‘s label, a much more obvious pairing, out of nowhere he starts releasing songs with Madlib, another dude from an even more dissimilar place, background and style.  But once again, the pairing worked out surprisingly nice.  Maybe he can just make great songs with anyone as long as they love weed as much as he does.

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Thuggin’

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Shame

Now Freddie is officially leaving Jeezy’s CTE label and some of his most recent work has been with LA’s flagship Ratchet artist YG, another dude who I never imagined I’d hear rapping alongside Freddie’s rapid-fire midwest syncopation, but once again, I find myself quite impressed by how well these styles comingle.

Freddie Gibbs – Every City (feat. YG)

Lil’ Sodi – Do It (feat. Freddie Gibbs & YG)

 Now we just need to wait for the Freddie Gibbs / Lil’ B collaboration that’ll just blow everyone’s mind.

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Damn, can I trade in my AAA card for a Funk Express Card?

The Name Is Bootsy Baby (Pilot)

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