Turn Yo Headphones (TV) Up: Dirty States Of America

I’m going to go out on a limb and say, I’m not the only one slightly disappointed in the Hip-Hop Honors: Dirty South edition this year. There were artists not represented and some of the ones that were represented were done so poorly. To get a better, more thorough look at the South, you should check out Lyricist Lounge: Dirty States of America. If this isn’t at your local Blockbuster….right….you can get it from Netflix for sure (I know a vast majority of our readers have Netflix streaming on their gaming systems, it is an instant movie). For those in the South or those that are deep into southern music, you will see all of the names you recognize. For the uninitiated, some of the more popular names that you will see include David Banner, T.I., Big Gipp, Lil’ Flip, Jazzy Pha, Cee-Lo, Devin the Dude, Killer Mike, JT Money, DJ Magic Mike, Khia, Trick Daddy, Pitbull, Tim Smooth, 8Ball & MJG, Petey Pablo, Chyna White, DJ Screw, Paul Wall, Slim Thug, Mike Jones, Geto Boys, UGK, Chamillionaire, Hitman Sammy Sam, Sean Paul, Bubba Sparxxx, & Juvenile.

Two example of gems you get in this documentary is that DJ Magic Mike sold 5 gold albums and one platinum with virtually NO airplay and DJ Screw used to do about 2,000 tapes a week at $20 a tape…that’s $40,000 a week…INDEPENDENT. They also discuss the car culture, bass music and booty shaking, screw music, Syrup (drank or lean), Crunk music, New Orleans Bounce music as well as some talk of Black Wall Street. It does tend to go off on a few tangents, but it’s very informative and a well done look at the culture that Hip-Hop tried to ignore for a long time.

nappyPicks: be sure to check out the freestyles of Chamillionaire and Tim Smooth