This is one of my favorite songs from the Grand Theft Auto V soundtrack. Nothing beats rolling through the streets of Los Santos putting in work as this blasts through your speakers. Today’s get crunk playlist begins with this gem from The Game featuring Rick Ross and 2 Chainz.
Sometimes you need a song that combines the slow wine aesthetic of dancehall reggae and the grittiness of hardcore street rap. I am getting all of that right now from this DJ Khaled produced track. I got my gun on me!
Crooked I’s “Everythang” is the perfect combination of West Coast Gangster Rap and Twerk anthem, at least in my opinion. You can get crunk to it, and you can shake your ass to it. I do both.
I’m here for our West Coast rappers because as I’ve said before in various spaces, they make their music for US. The fact that people everywhere else enjoy the music as well is just bonus points in my opinion.
So now enjoy the lyrical mastery of “Everythang” and thank me later.
When you’re done being ratchet, check out the protest song he made called “I Can’t Breathe” complete with a video showing scenes from protests and the death of Eric Garner. Power visual imagery to say the least.
The prophet Mario Mims, better known as Yo Gotti, provides us with this gangster gem featuring Clifford Harris, professionally known as TI or Tip.
When this song comes on the playlist, my head immediately begins nodding, and I can’t help but dance in my seat.
Refrain from giving anyone the mean mug while listening. Just sit back, vibe, and chill.
Martin had a dream; Martin had a dream; Kendrick have a dream; All my life I want money and power; respect my mind or die from lead shower; I pray my dick get big as The Eiffel Tower; so I can fuck the world for 72 hours…
From those opening lines all the way until the end of the song I am dancing in my seat and ready to hit replay at least ten more times when this song comes on my playlist. This is my Happy. It doesn’t hurt that the video has Sherane shaking that ass like a salt shaker in front of a Lincoln while Kendrick does his thing. Get some.
This will never get old.
Hip-hop is a culture that was born from marginalized Black and Hispanic communities, and rappers from those marginalized communities fought and protested for hip-hop awards to be included in the Grammys’ televised portion. There wasn’t even a Grammy award for Best Rap Album until 1996. This is the lineage Kendrick, not Macklemore, descends from. Macklemore admitted via instagram that Kendrick’s album was better, but how much does that help quell the anger of fans who have seen Black artists, and specifically hip-hop artists, snubbed one too many times?
Giving My Name Is My Name a listen. Finally. Don’t judge me.
The first track that played on my current Spotify playlist:
Hypnotize will always get me going.
That part where Eminem raps super fast like JJ Fad at the end of Supersonic. Except he was really saying something though.
Rap God – Eminem
Tom Ford – Jay Z
Lyrics coming at you at supersonic speed, (JJ Fad)
Uh, sama lamaa duma lamaa you assuming I’m a human
What I gotta do to get it through to you I’m superhuman
Innovative and I’m made of rubber
So that anything you say is ricocheting off of me and it’ll glue to you
I’m devastating, more than ever demonstrating
How to give a motherfuckin’ audience a feeling like it’s levitating
Never fading, and I know that the haters are forever waiting
For the day that they can say I fell off, they’d be celebrating
I love you, Slim Shady.