Making it rain at Strokers (nullus)

Nothing to say, really, about all these rappers weed carriers getting killed other than that you jigs need to cut that shit out. After all, if all the bag handlers get killed, who’s going to carry around all the pot? I’d consider “quitting” hip-hop, but it’s not likely I could find another job anyway. And I certainly couldn’t afford a “Zegna.” Maybe that was my problem in the first place.

Anyhoo, the strip club scene in Atlanta is, apparently, as they say in the Bay Area, off the hizzle for shizzle. In scenes not unlike the one that cost TI’s bag handler his life, jigs are throwing big stacks of money in the air just to show off. “Making it rain,” they call it. P Diddy is likely to walk in at any moment. Oh, and theres strippers. Hundreds of them.

I went to Atlanta once in high school when I was maybe 17. We played in a band competition at the Six Flags there (no John Stockton) and ended up beating the pants off the rest of those ghetto-ass non-playing bands. We actually stayed in a hotel downtown where all the strip clubs are, and nightly you could see jigs showing up to Magic City and what have you in their ridonkulous cars, but of course that was about as close as I got.

All of the strip clubs I’ve ever been to have been in the Midwest, primarily in podunk, mafia-run towns just East of St. Louis like Brooklyn, Illinois (Brooklyn stand up!) and Sauget, Illinois – the same town where I saw Ghostface on his most recent tour. As far as strip clubs go, I’d imagine they’re fairly mediocre. I know one of the black clubs, a place called the Pink Slip, at one point had a chick with one arm working there.

Shorty had a hellafied ass though. That’s all the brothers really care about.

From what I understand, there might even be a hip-hop industry night either at the Pink Slip or at a place called the Soft Touch on Monday or Tuesday nights; but then the idea of a hip-hop industry night in St. Louis always struck me as rather asinine. I can’t imagine that I’d show up on either night and not be one of the most important “industry” figures in the place, and I don’t need to talk to any rappers.

Hip-hop industry night’s in Atlanta though, according to a recent article in the Los Angeles Times are the place to be if you want to get “on,” as they say on the Internets. Monday night at Magic City is known as “Magic Monday,” while Tuesday night at a place called Strokers is known as “Looking for a Hit” night. Aspiring rappers show up with their latest demos and pay the DJs some ridonkulous sum to play their joint for all the industry heads in attendance. If they’re lucky, maybe they’ll become the next Dem Franchize Boyz.

Seriously, it’s no wonder so much Atlanta hip-hop sucks balls these days. Just because something works in a strip club doesn’t mean it should be played on the radio. Also, I’m not sure if I buy into the whole “that’s what the strippers like to dance to” argument. It would seem to me that if you’re the one paying, they should like whatever it is you like. If I had a strip club, it would play nothing but the King Geedorah album and Separation Sunday by the Hold Steady. Shit!

Here’s how the LA Times described the aforementioned “making it rain”:

From time to time, patrons flung plumes of cash toward the rafters, letting the dollar bills flutter where they may — a ritual known as “making it rain.” It began as a flashy way for big-timers to tip the dancers, but it has evolved into a thing unto itself — a raw display of wealth and power. In Atlanta, the presence of two or three major rap stars in one club can lead to a rainmaking competition, and leave thousands of dollars on the floor.

Insane. No wonder these ass-clowns are getting shot.

Checkit:

  • Mikey Ess AKA SukedowN

    Unless you’re extremely rich (8 figure+) strip clubs are so pointless. Paying money to a half naked female to not get laid is a bad investment where I’m from.

    The smart consumer would spend the same amount of dough and get a prostitute.

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    What if I just want to see some asses jiggle?

    Also, a decent (and that’s the key word here) prostitute will run you.

  • Trill4Real

    BOL why do you repeatedly HATE on the South?

    What is it that you can’t stand?
    Cause there is plenty of bullshit NY is shitty for. NY thinks its the shit, and its scared now b/c it realizes Atlanta is taking over hip hop, and it will continue to RUN IT for several years!

    Also, even if Atlanta loses some of its influence in the music biz another none EASTCOAST city will take over.

    After rappers like Luda, T.I., and Big Boi become CEO/Record execs exclusively then the influence of Atlanta and the South will be even more.

    And since REid is from the south and now runs DEF JAM do you really think he will be open to mass producing masss marketing something that isnt hot…namely NY!

    (NAS is a legend, and his next album will go 1 maybe 2 platinum, and after that he will retire, and that will be that, end of significant NY RAP!)

  • I Fux

    YO “making it rain” sounds like some true nigga shit what the fuck is that about you want to see people scatter like roaches when you turn the lights on.I just think niggas with a little bit of cake and a whole lot of ignorance breeds stupid violence. fuck that I would rather see niggas “Ghost ride the wip” ha ha

  • ROX ONE

    “NY thinks its the shit, and its scared now b/c it realizes Atlanta is taking over hip hop, and it will continue to RUN IT for several years!”

    Yeah, I believe I heard Mayor Bloomberg make a speech about that the other day..

    You should have to pass a test to cross the Mason-Dixon line, even on the internet..

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    Not that it matters, but LA Reid is a native midwesterner.

  • BlackimusPrime

    …once again, someone manages to turn this into a “East vs. The South” argument… please that “Bun B” shit is old now… let it go.

  • http://rockthedub.blogspot.com khal

    scrippas dancing to MF Doom?

    1 armed scrippas?

    LMFAO make it rain, nigga.

  • milk&sugar

    “paying money to a half naked female…”

    uh, in atlanta we don’t play that “half-naked” shit. in the strips clubs here the girls are all totally naked. (incorrect facts aside, i still concede your point though)…

  • Joe

    I would love see some pole-dancing/tittyshaking to “Stevie Nix”

    Well, “Banging Camp” might be more appropriate.

  • 50 Cent

    >>If there’s one thing I can agree with southerners about (and there might only be one), it’s strippers. Oh, and fried chicken.

    Me too.

  • UnFaded Disciple

    LMFAO @ this whole article

    You once again take a serious situation and made it to a joke despite the fat, there was a major shootout and a life no longer living due to that current circumstance…damn

    Really rappers need to chill out on all this showing off and shit

    First Proof, then Gravy, now T.I.

    As if someone pays these people to kill rappers…

  • bhillboy

    BOL- But LA Reid is from CINCINNATI-MT. AUBURN STAND UP!!!!!!!!!!! NOT FROM St. Louis. So we got ignorant and not so ignorant.

  • Joe

    Since when is Cincinnati not in the Midwest?

  • bhillboy

    i didn’t say cincy ain’t in the midwest but as much as bol shouts out creve couer and the lou, i’ma shout mine out.

  • J-Rock

    At this entire article:

    BOOOOOOO BITCH!!!

    Get the fuck outta here with that garbage yo!

  • MATT THE MAYOR

    YOUR A HOE!!!!!!!!!!!!! U DONT KNOW SHIT ABOUT ATLANTA… PUSSY!!!!!!!!!

  • http://myspace.com/krittlej Krystle

    “Seriously, it’s no wonder so much Atlanta hip-hop sucks balls these days. Just because something works in a strip club doesn’t mean it should be played on the radio.”

    I live in Atlanta, and that is probably the most intelligent comment Ive read on here.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com scottyo

    HAHAHAHA.YOU ANOTHER EAST COAST CAT THAT CAN’T MAKE A HIT AND START HATING ASS NIGGA HUH. THATS WHY YOU DON;T HAVE AN ALBUM YOU FUCKING BUM . WHAT THE FUCK UP WHEN YOUR SORRY ASS CLOWN GRAVY GOT SHOT. OHH YEAH A PUB STUNT RIGHT. WELL IT DID’T WORK.LISTEN START MAKING MUSIC WE CAN DANCE TO AND MAYBE THE WEAK ASS EAST COST CAN MAKE A COME BACK . BUT I DOUBT IT. YOU NIGGAZ ARE TO BUSY TRYING TO BE ITALIAN.SUPID AZZ

  • http://www.urbanology101.com The Critic

    Byron, you are dickhead because I actually got to meet Phil, when we did an interview with T.I. and he was a real good dude. I think it’s so easy to sit behind a computer and make comments about people’s friends and you can’t face the consequences, however I hope if T.I., Clay, D.P. and the rest of the Grand Hustle camp see you they stomp the shit out of you. How do morons with an IQ of 6 get their own blog.

  • The Leak

    So this is the shock blogger Ive heard so much about…reducing a childhood friend to a money tosser and blaming that on his life getting took? I know youre job is to cause a reaction to get people to blog and pay attention but dang man…

  • Belize

    told u bol was lame, i think he just wants attention…what happened mama aint give u no titty-luv? haaaaaaaaaaa

  • Duce

    Whats with all the jig talk. You have to be the most ignorant nigga on earth. Crackers used to call us jigs when we was pickin they cotton and our mothers was watchin they dirty ass children. Are you racist to your own people or you just a pure asshole. You think old boy deserved to die because they was throwing money up in the air. First, the dumb niggas in the crowd that got mad look dumb because all they had to do was pick the money up. Second, if you hate on another man for being successful and having money to throw around you should go throw your fucking ass of a bridge. Get up get out and get something, like Goodie Mob said. And most strippers tell the dj what they want played during they set. The shit isn’t random.

    South Carolina’s finest. 843 all day.

  • Quincy

    for someone who wants to preach positive hip hop so hard, you are a hypocrit. to call a man, whose job was to operate a record company’s day to day activities, a weed holder, man you aint shit. not only do i wish pain onto you, but i wish to see you myself to deliver it to you. i see why you get this blog, to piss people off to look at this website. keep pissing people off “brother” and keep on disrespecting those that past on, especially those that did nothing wrong to you or your prescious hip hop. since your words are so strong and you are such a synical and wise example of what a black man should be, why dont you step up and take a vacation to atlanta, on me. even got a place for you to stay

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  • Quita P

    Bol man somebody to murk this nigga i swear .If he aint white he gotta be gay .HE forever hatin on the south .All i gotta say is bring tht shit to The A or anywhere in ga or anywhere in the south i promise you’ll be in the woods stankin nigga

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  • jilla

    how the fuck did dis faggot as nigga bol get to put his shit up, i hope somebody kill dat nigga naw scratch dat dat uncle tom ass wanna b white ass house nigga

  • Amadeo

    Obviously, it’s an unbelievably stupid practice. It’s remarkable that anyone could say otherwise.

    If these rappers had any amount of sense in their heads, then maybe they would consider going back to their roots and hand some of these bags of $1 bills to a community organization back in their hood.

    Throwing money in the air to try to seem as impressive as some other “big timer” simply harkens back to gorillas banging their chests at each other to demonstrate their supposed dominance. Get a clue.