Everybody remember this Coup classic from Rap Journey #4? Here’s a missing piece I only just discovered today. You gotta be a little patient for this one.
Millie Jackson – All The Way Lover
As a dude who has to climb into his car from the passenger side, I really appreciate songs like these.
The Coup – Cars & Shoes
Devin the Dude – Lacville ’79
Since I first heard about The Coup last year, I’ve gained more and more respect for Boots Riley the more I listen and learn about him. Today he posted a very interesting article about racism and its economic underpinnings that I think does an excellent job of showing the true source of most of the inner city violence in the U.S. I just recently finished reading The Autobiography of Malcolm X and I think Boots points out a lot of similar problems Malcolm X does in his life story, one of which is that often times it’s the bourgeois black leaders that are misrepresenting the issue as much or more than the white ones, which I find very interesting, and unfortunate.
As an educated and aspiring socially aware citizen of this country, I have to admit that I have had (and still sometimes have) some reservations about the violent subject matter of a lot of rap music, but I think it’s reading and thinking about stuff like what Boots wrote in that article that has allowed me to be OK about the stuff that some rappers talk about in their music. Boots never fully excuses the violence, and neither do I, but he does make those kinds of actions and decisions understandable, and helps me admit to myself that I can’t say with any certainty that I wouldn’t be involved in the same lifestyle if I was put in their situation. It’s not admirable, in and of itself, to be violent towards your fellow human beings. It is admirable to find a way to survive in a system that is stacked against you, and that’s the message and the lesson I get out of a lot of trap/thug/gangsta type music I listen to. It’s a shame that some people just see the surface level of that message and emulate it, but like I said in this post, if the conditions weren’t already in place for a person to be influenced to commit violent acts by listening to music, then the music itself would be harmless.
We should also never forget that there are PLENTY of rappers that aren’t talking about that stuff all the time, and we should be thankful for them as well for offering their perspective. Thanks for the enlightenment and inspiration, as always, Boots.
The Coup – Hip 2 Tha Skeme
This all happened the other day in the comments section to this post, and it made me so happy, I wanted to make a whole separate post about it for everybody that might not take the time to read every single post I put up PLUS every single comment that gets made (but if you do that, you’re awesome and I’m sorry for the repetition).
I was talking about the intro track to this album by The Coup called Genocide & Juice and how it has the same guitar part as this Pimp C song, and in passing I made a reference to this other song on that same album called “Fat Cats, Bigga Fish”.
The Coup – Fat Cats, Bigga Fish
I think that song and video are totally amazing on their own, but little did I know there was some pretty serious history behind it as well. In the comments to that post that I mentioned that song in, my good friend Timothy drew my attention to a song that I had no business not knowing off the top of my head, but had somehow slipped my mind. Much thanks, Timothy!
Method Man & Redman – Cereal Killer
SO obvious. I’m pretty disappointed I didn’t pick up on that one on my own, but I’m mega thankful I got good friends lookin out for my musical wellbeing. But if you think I’m stoppin here then you’ve obviously not been keepin up with these Rap Journeys. We GOTTA take it to the source, right??
George & Gwen McRae – The Rub
Now usually, you’d think this would be the end. BUT I happened to spot in the comments to that song that somebody listed EVEN MORE rap songs that use that same sample: there’s Mobb Deep’s “Came Up” AND Brand Nubian’s “The Return” in addition to the two posted above. Whoa. Thanks YouTube dude.
Ok, that’s the end, for real, I think. Who knows, maybe somebody will blow my mind with another comment and take me on another journey. If so, bring it on. It totally made my day when Timothy hit me with that Method & Red song, the more participation from you all, the better. So don’t hold back y’all. I’m talkin to you.
I’ve been gettin real into these Andrew Noz interviews lately, and after reading the one with Boots Riley from The Coup (who I’d completely never even heard of before), I decided to check out some of their music, and it is real tight. It definitely feels real west coast; real funk-oriented and smooth but with some surprisingly politically-oriented lyrics at times, which is a cool combination.
The first song I heard was Fat Cats, Bigga Fish (you GOTTA check that video if you haven’t seen it) and I really dug it so I got the album that song is on which is called Genocide & Juice. I just turned it on right now for the first time and the intro had this little guitar part that I recognized from a Pimp C song, but I could tell Pimp didn’t sample it, he just used the same melody for his track. But I knew the Coup song was older, so I figured there was probably an even older song that was sampled in that intro track to Genocide & Juice and then also reappropriated for the Pimp C song I’d heard before.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t track down a streamable version of that Coup track (like I say it’s just the intro, and less than a minute long) but here’s the Pimp C song and the original song I eventually tracked down as the source for both. I’d strongly recommend checkin’ out that Genocide & Juice album though, it’s hittin me in the right way right about now.
Pimp C – I’sa Playa (feat. Bun B, Twista, & Z-Ro)
Patrice Rushen – Givin’ It Up Is Givin’ Up