Thank God it's Friday. Man ya'll look out, a lot of people are getting sick down here and you know I have my thoughts about the government and why. But instead of ranting on that I'll just say watch out and keep them vitamins handy. SOHH it's official the BG's new single "Ya Heard Me," feat. Trey Songs will be the first official video of a Hot Boys Reunion. I'll have some pics and possible video of the behind the scenes next week. Until then I got my Top 5.
Although this is BG's single it will be received by fans as an official we back notice. Now this may not mean much to some of you, but to the rest this brings a good feeling when you can see cats get past old sh*t and grow. It takes a lot to be in a group. People grow and year after year people change. Regardless if its for the better or worst that growth usually creates a huge divide in the group. The same thing is happening to people who get married before they really even know themselves.
Who are your Top 5 groups of all time, right now or any time period.
1. Outkast : Together or not these dudes went past your normal group and took you on a musical journey. They also never slipped when it came to lyrics and such. Andre so cold that he doesn't have to put out anymore music and he still is ahead of your favorite MC.
2. Geto Boys: This group for me was the backbone of southern hip-hop straight up. Willie D to me was always giving you the harsh reality of the situation so that you never got caught up thinking there were going to be handouts in life. Scarface gave you the full story with a voice that just slammed the pain of life dead in your face. Bushwick was the perfect tipping point. Sh*t like on that other level, quality music.
3. UGK: Pimp C was the other backbone to the south. Even now if you really look at what he was preaching you will see the world for what it is. He had and still does have a movement. If ever we start believing the bullshit some people write about southern hip-hop, we will easily let you have that word hip-hop. Country rap tunes will do just fine. Biaaaatch. And I enjoy the fact that he was opening a lot of eyes to the sh*t that was happening in the industry. To this day just go pull up his interviews and have church with yourself. Bun B has been a standard fixture in hip-hop period and you know what? I will go ahead and say this. Bun B is one of the "Kings of the South". I've heard people say this several times over the years. It ain't about how many records you sold. It's how you carry yourself. This man probably has more verses scattered across the United States than any other rapper. And that my friend is how you do for your country. You feed n*ggas, you work with them regardless if they have that 20 stacks or not. You never get caught up in the mirror. He has collaborated with someone in every state that has a movement in hip-hop, (go check it). And that is something you don't do for fame, its because you love the game and your people enough to feed them. Straight up that's what I consider a KING.
4. 8Ball and MJG: United they stand these cats have went through every single thing there is to go through in this industry. It's good to see them with the hustle. They were up and down the highway with Draper when email was something that didn't exist. There music provided everyone with that Memphis comfort of Stax and Pimpin that still dominates there sound now. There isn't a southern rapper walkin that can say he was not influence by these two. And to still be down as a group threw the ups and the downs says something huge about their character. We all are looking forward to the next album as much as we were Comin Out Hard. And another thing, when everybody in hip hop started doing music with singers calling it Hip-Hop and R&B you were so behind. These guys had been there and done that. I fault the media for not giving them their credit for bringing that soulful sound into hip-hop. And when they did it wasn't a gimmick, it was real music.
5. Hot Boys: Damn this is hard because I'm leaving out so many groups but I will say the Hot Boys. Never had you heard chemistry and style like you were hearing with these cats. Even then there sound was classic. New Orleans has given birth to many musicians and the variety that you received from a Hot Boys album was second to none. Manny was the architect giving each one of them a wet track to lace with Louisiana funk. You'd have to know a lil bit about Louisiana music to really understand the culture that this group gave you in their music. Let's just hope they can finally settle down and take it to another level because it would be great to see them attack the music with intentions on doing something new, f*ck the sales just give us that funk.
I left out a lot but this is just my top 5. What's yours?
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