I enjoy this “free album” from Gene The Southern Child and Parallel Thought. The title of the project is Southern Meridian.
I found out about this project through Dirty Glove Bastard. Dirty Glove Bastard might be the best web site on the internet. The reason why I was drawn to this music is because it was put out by Adult Swim and Gene The Southern Child is from Alabama.
I was wondering where in Alabama Gene the Southern Child is from and I found out he is from Florence. It is a city I have been to many times. It is located on the Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennesee borders and rivers appear to run through the territory more consistently than state lines.
The producer Parallel Thought is from the state of New Jersey. New Jersey is a state that I love as much as Alabama and probalby more considering I have been to Alabama and I wasn’t getting any guap down there. I also have never got any guap in Nevada or Washington State either. The reason I love New Jersey is because of The Sopranos, Hussein Fatal, Dirty Bert, and all the connections between the Outlawz and “Jerzey.”
I was able to learn the cities and states of origins about these guys from Stereogum. They have a nice article about Southern Meridian up on their site.
Nas - Undying Love
I am posting this for two reasons. First, to celebrate Nas. Secondly, In a recent post I announced my intentions to spotlight “rap songs that tell stories.” “Undying Love” by Nas is one of the great “rap songs that tells a story.” “Undying Love” was released by Nas on the album I Am… (1999).
"Horse asked me for the Mac, he gave me dap, one love.
Cocked the strap, then he ran out back.
Mad shots, couldn’t tell what was goin’ on. (lines 76-78)”
This poetry written by Nas has been very influential to me.
In a screenwriting class I took in 2009 I wrote the following dialogue:
Brooks: What’s up Henry? I haven’t seen you since we were kids.
Henry: That’s right, Xavier. Me and Brooks were once friends.
Brooks: Now we’re enemies, ‘til you enter the grave (Editors Note: Cormega Reference).
Henry: Not my time, kiddo.
Brooks: But I used to play with your little brother.
Henry: When you see him, tell him I said “One Love.”
Bodyguard: C’mon, scumbag, let’s go.
The part of that dialogue that was influenced by Nas was the part when he says “Tell him I said ‘One Love’.”
I don’t think people in my screenwriting class understood this scene. The concept was that Henry thought Brooks was responsible for his little brother’s death.
The script is called Mobster Money. I got the idea for the title from a song by Prodigy of Mobb Deep called "Bang On ‘Em".
The funny thing is that Prodigy doesn’t use the phrase “Mobster Money.” I think I misunderstood the lyrics. Listen to the song and check out line 14 on the rap genius page.
There is references, in the script I wrote, to Nas, Mobb Deep, Nature, and Cormega.
Nas - Purple
This style of post has proved to be a popular format for me. I am starting to call these posts: “lyrical clips”.
I like the lyrics from this song because I think Nas is talking about me. I don’t know how Nas could be talking to me. I have never been to New York City. I sure would like to visit Queensbridge someday.
Dirty Bert’s Greatest Hits: Wish I Could See The World Burn
I love when songs have concepts. The song “NJ Drive” by Young Noble and Dirty Bert is a song that tells a story. The story is about two guys who take a drive one night in New Jersey. During that night they rob a dealer, smoke some angel dust, and escape from cops by doing a car chase. #SummerNights
The song reminds me of "Body In The Trunk." “Body In The Trunk” by N.O.R.E. and Nas is the greatest song of all time. I am going to drop the “top 50 hip hop tracks” on this post as a reference to N.O.R.E. and Nas’s masterpiece.
If you are enjoying all this material about Dirty Bert and Jerzey Mob, I would like to suggest some further research. Find a novel written by Nathan Heard and park yourself. Believe it or not, I read Howard Street on Tupac’s birthday (June 17) in Paris back in 2003. None of that was intentional. All of it was a coincidence. If I am not mistaken, there is an intellectual discussion about the origins of balling between two junkies in that novel. Paris is a trippy city. Howard Street is about life in New Jersey. A man cursed at me in Paris. I didn’t do nothing.
I mentioned earlier that “NJ Drive” is a song that tells a story. I love songs that tell stories. I am going to start a new tag for this post called “rap songs that tell stories”. One rap song I like that tells a story is "I Miss My Love" by Fabolous.
"Frankly, I’ve moved on from that. Love Vs. Money, that Dream record, came out in 2009. That was the record that gave me the impetus to start playing with R&B more, thinking about R&B more.”
Young Noble “Get Bac”
I had to upload another song from Noble Justice (2002).
I searched for this on YouTube and I could not find it so I uploaded it myself.
Three members of the Outlawz appear on this cut. You got Young Noble delivering a solid verse. EDI is up next. He handles all beef. Finally, Napoleon closes out the song like he did on "Gotz 2 Go", with another bout of pure anger.
Dirty Bert’s Greatest Hits: Wish I Could See The World Burn
Raised As 1
Young Noble released Noble Justice on May 28, 2002. The album was released by Outlaw Recordz.
One of my favorite tracks on Noble Justice is "Gotz 2 Go."
I just uploaded “Gotz 2 Go” to YouTube. Be sure to click the link in the previous sentence. “Gotz 2 Go” is a classic record in the entire pantheon of Hip-hop. I am surprised that it had not been uploaded to YouTube until now. The song features a classic verse from Napoleon to close out the song.
Both “Raised As 1” and “Gotz 2 Go” feature Napoleon’s brother Muszamil. Muszamil is an icon in Tupac history and he is a figure for those who truly appreciate the Outlaw movement.
Here is an example of why I am impressed by Muszamil:
I was serving from ten, that’s the way I was brought up.
They should have killed me then, I wonder why they didn’t.
There’s no love in this cold-hearted, mother fuckin’ business.
I know, my parents got murdered over dough.
I’m rappin’ now, I’m not selling coke no more (From “Gotz 2 Go”).