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Murder In Mississippi: Memphis Rap Essentials

Many music listeners go through distinct stages when it comes through hip-hop; there?s the deplorable ?Hip-hop isn?t REAL MUSIC? stage, but then there?s the stage where listeners acknowledge hip-hop?s validity but insist that it be either ?socially conscious? or ?upbeat and danceable?. To which Memphis rap flips its middle finger before dousing the perpetrator in gasoline. Memphis rap is confrontational. It is heavily rooted in horrorcore, death threats and, in Triple 6 Mafia?s case, ?the Satan shit?. The beats are menacing, the production lo-fi and grim. It is unabashedly unpalatable, which goes some way to explaining why it never caught on in the same way East or West Coast hip-hop did. Despite the fruitful and diverse scene, which included countless female rappers well before the mainstream cottoned on, there?s something about Memphis rap that relegates it to cult-genre status. Memphis rap thrusts you into the lifestyle without mercy ? Memphis rap ringleader Tommy Wright III copped 23 felonies during the ?90s (in a genre where authenticity is currency, the man is a billionaire), and this rejection of palatable, danceable hip-hop is a tremendous strength. One of my favourite genres: here's fifteen of the best.
Niggaz of Destruction
2Ten Wanted Men
Wanted: Dead or Alive
3 Maniac
The World of a Psycho
4 Lady Bee
Sumthin fa da streets (part two)
5Triple Six Mafia
Smoked Out, Loced Out
6Lil Ugly Mane
Mista Thug Isolation
7The Legend Lady J
Glock N My Hand
8 DJ Kid Slizzard
Where They At? Bounce Mix
9 Peaches
Lite Green Records Presents: Peaches
10 Lil Yo
Youngstas on a Come-Up
11 Big Hill
Big Hill Management
12 Lowdown Da Sinister
Comin' for Your Soul
13 Lil' Gin
Junts We Smoke
142nd Family
Killaz from the Blackside
15 Tommy Wright III
Ashes II Ashes, Dust II Dust
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