Hood Headlinaz!

May 1, 2008

Keeping the SMS/PRGz theme alive, here’s some songs from the upcoming Paper Route Recordz album called Still Headlinin’. For those who don’t know “Hood Headlinaz” is the title of a compilation album released by Paper Route in 2005. Some of the group’s finest work is featured on that album and I highly recommend checking it out if you like what’s been posted thus far.

“Wood Grain”
This is the song I usually use to introduce people to SMS/PRGz. Numerous message boards, blogs, and major publications have written blurbs about this song over the past year. The haunting, calm sample from Poltergeist is used brilliantly by Mali Boi and the emceeing on it is superb.

Here’s a YouTube link to the Poltergeist theme:

“Bama Gettin Money”
What does this sample? I think I’ve heard it before. Anyway, this is one of the strangest choices of samples for a rap song that I can recall. The first few seconds do not give much of a hint of the type of rapping that follows as the vibe quickly changes from Eurotrash to hood shit. POPE kills the third verse.

A Diplo remix of “Bama Gettin Money”
I don’t think this will be on Still Headlinin, rather Leaving HuntsVegas, which is an upcoming mixtape that Paper Route is releasing in collaboration with another popular DJ named Diplo. I like this a lot, more great sample flippage by Diplo.

“Soul Glo”
I remember playing this for some friends of mine and the first thing they thought of was the song from the movie Coming to America. Another weird choice of sample, but it works great.

Clip of the Soul Glo commercial from Coming To America:

“Mz Thursday”
This is a cool song about womanizing. A great verse from Mata steals the show. Here’s an excerpt:

I met her on a Tuesday, comin outta Wal-Mart/
Pickin up some groceries, I seen how she was scopin me/
She started movin close to me, as if she was approachin me/
Thinkin to myself I’ll knock that pussy out the ball park/
Started with that small talk, what’s your name, where you from/
She said Jane, I said John, she spit game, I spit some/
Then she gave her number up and said that I was one of the realest niggas she met and she respect where I be comin from…

If these songs are any indication of what’s to come, Still Headlinin’ should be among the best of 2008.


Some More SMS/PRGz!

April 26, 2008

I’ve been getting feedback about the SMS/PRGz music posted over the last week and I’m glad that more people are getting hip to what those guys have been doing. Due to the positive feedback, SMS/PRGz will likely become a fixture on this site for the time being. I’ll be posting more songs, including some exclusives, in the upcoming days. Shout out to Codie G!

Todays Theme: Betta Half

Tha Untold

Betta Half is a duo made up of two members, Roy Antonio and Dizzy. They come with a multitude of styles, so it’s hard to them in a box. The group’s album, Tha Untold, released last year is quite impressive. Below are some links to some of my favorite songs by the duo:

Betta Half – “Flickin”

A real laidback, spaced out type of beat. Both rappers ride the beat well, with whispher-type flows throughout. This is my favorite song by the group thus far. From Tha Untold

Betta Half – “Hard Times”
There’s a woman, Andrea Smith, who sings the hook and she does a great job of it. Cool storytelling by the emcees too. From Tha Untold.

Betta Half – “Relax”
The apporpriately titled “Relax” is from a cd of leftovers from the duo. How this didn’t end up on Tha Untold or any other official SMS/PRGz release still baffles me. This is a very good track, just as good anything else from any of the official releases from SMS/PRGz.

Betta Half – “I’m Straight”
Besides “Flickin,” this is my favorite song from Tha Untold. The beat change is fantastic. Check it out!

Link to Betta Half’s MySpace page.

I’ll also post songs by other up and coming rappers, mostly Southern, whose material I think has been overlooked. Be on the lookout.

SMS/PRGz Week Continued

April 23, 2008

Today’s Theme: G-Side

G-Side, a duo comprised of rappers ST 2 Lettaz 2 and Yung Clova released a couple of cds last year, most notably the debut album called Sumthin 2 Hate. The other cd released by the duo last year was a mixtape called 80z Baby. Below are some links to some of my favorite songs featuring the duo:

From Sumthin 2 Hate:

“Ice Kissez”

“Alpine Tick”

From 80z Baby:
“Shift Change”

Another random track that feautures G-Side:
“Doin My Dirt”

A video by G-Side for a song called “Feel Like I Look” from Sumthin 2 Hate:

Slow Motion Soundz/Paper Route Recordz Week

April 17, 2008

Because my previous SMS/PRGz post has been getting a lot of hits and because I dig these guys’ music a lot, I’ll post a bunch of random songs from SMS/PRGz for the next week. Included with the links will be videos and pictures of the artists and other related links. Enjoy!

Today’s Theme: Jackie Chain

Jackie Chain, like damn near everyone from SMS/PRGz, is from Huntsville Alabama. What’s unusual about him is that he’s half white, half Korean. There’s more biographical information about him a few other publications, namely Ozone Magazine.

Here are some songs by him that I like:

Jackie Chain – “Blinded By The Light”
I bugged out when I first heard the song because of my fondness for what it samples. The beat change during the chorus is really dope. Blockbeataz hooked up Jackie quite nicely.

Bonus: Video for Manfred Man – “Blinded By The Light”

Jackie Chain & Jhi-Ali – “Rollin”
There’s another version of this song featuring Rich Boy, but this version is still my favorite.

Video for the song sampled by Rollin: Robert Miles – “Children”

Jackie Chain – “Shades(Remix)”
This is a remix of a song he did earlier with ST of G-Side. The beat is super smooth, reminds of something that Pimp C would’ve made. From his mixtape last year with DJ Burn One titled Who Am I. This is definitely some of his best work.

Here’s a link to the original “Shades” featuring ST.

Video for “Snap’n”
This is a really low budget video for a song from his mixtape last year. I’m not particularly fond of the song, but I found the video to be entertaining.


Get Hip to Slow Motion Soundz/Paper Route Recordz

March 31, 2008


Hailing from Huntsville, Alabama, Slow Motion Soundz/Paper Route Recordz (SMS/PRGz) is a huge collective of emcees and producers who’ve made significant strides over the past year due to an incredible string of excellent tracks. Although the first hit single from the collective, “Lacs and Prices,” featuring T.I. was released in 2003, SMS/PRGz did not achieve worldwide acclaim until 2007 with “Woodgrain.”

SMS/PRGz is very musically inclined as evidenced by the stellar production that’s been featured on so many of its artists songs. Block Beataz, the in-house production team comprised of Mali Boi, CP, Frank Nitti and Arkitek has worked prolifically over the past few years releasing 20+ albums and mixtapes. Some of my favorite beats from the team include those used for “Woodgrain,” “Blinded By The Light,” “Rollin’” and “Naturalz,” but the list of their exemplary production is quite exhaustive and could easily be made into multi-disc anthology. From lush and smooth R&B to Techno to hard-hitting, bass-heavy jams, Block Beataz is one of the most versatile hip-hop production squads around.

The emcees on the label complement the production. Two of the standouts, ST 2 Lettaz from G-Side and Jackie Chain, have some of the smoothest flows and cleverest, most charismatic lyrics of any emcee doing it right now. ST can be heard on the G-Side album, titled Sumthin 2 Hate. Not surprisingly, his solo songs from the G-Side album, “Do My Thing” and “This Thug” are fantastic. Jackie Chain is featured on various songs from SMS/PRGz such as the aforementioned “Rollin’,” and “Blinded by the Light.” Chain’s mixtape, Who Am I from last year with DJ Burn One made for good listening as well. Also worth mentioning is Mata, whose track is “Tha Streetz” was a highlight from 07. Jhi Ali is another notable rapper out of the collective, whose mixtape My Way showcased his oft-energetic, sing-songy flow. There are other solid emcees from SMS/PRGz, but these guys roll so deep that it would take too long to go through the complete roster.

Look for the SMS/PRGz album, Still Headlinin’ coming soon in 2008 and a mixtape titled Fear and Loathing in HuntsVegas with Diplo.

Some Notable SMS/PRGz Solo Artists and Groups:

Solo Artists
ST 2 Lettaz
Jackie Chain
Jhi Ali
Dawgy Baggz
Money Addict

Betta Half

G-Side – Sumthin’ 2 Hate
Paper Route Recordz – Hood Headlinerz
Betta Half- Tha Untold

Here’s a link to piece about Paper Route in URB Magazine. http://www.urb.com/features/429/HoodHeadlinazNewJackpotCity.php

Some other webpages for SMS/PRGz affiliates

I’ll be sure to post some links to some of my favorite songs by them in a few days…