R.I.P. (Sometimes)

[Claimer: This is just some funny shit I noticed, don't take it too too seriously.]

Ok, so…

I was at a Brand Nubian show the other night. The crowd, it was cool, it got better as the night went on. At first I thought I was in a damn Black Moon video, no women in sight. I mean, I like to go to “real Hip Hop” shows as much as the next guy, but it is nice to have some kind of estrogen level in the building. Eventually, women started falling though. They were all probably at the Shawty Lo party on the other side of town.

Anyways, the DJ was doing his thing. Spinning your favorite early 90′s and underground classics that you’d expect to hear (I guess) at a Brand Nubian show. Then, he got to to the part of the night where he did the R.I.P. dedication for “our fallen soldiers.”

First, he played Big L’s “Ebonics.” He followed that with BPD’s “Super Hoe” to show respect to Scott La Rock. Then he played “Jam Master Jay” to pay homage to the obvious. He ended the set tributing Pimp C with “Next Up” from the last UGK album, you know, the Marley Marl-produced song with Kane and G. Rap on it.

That was it.

I planned on going to the Shawty Lo show afterwards, but the parking lot was filled to capacity, so I didn’t make it inside. But, I have been to one of his shows, and plenty of shows like his before.

Most of the time at “those shows,” when and if the DJ does his R.I.P. set, he plays Biggie and Pac, mostly ‘Pac. Every now and then, they’ll slip in some Soulja Slim…well no, not really, they’ll just play “Slow Motion.” The chances of hearing something like “Soulja Life Mentality” are (no Pun intended) very slim.

Seeing this always makes me laugh on the inside. It seems as if at certain shows, some rappers/DJs/producer aren’t dead enough to get any shine. I understand DJing in the club is about catering to the audience and playing what they are accustomed to hearing (is that right?), but still though.

I mean hey, I’m from the A, but shied, I wouldn’t mind hearing some Mac Dre here and there. I guess the DJ doesn’t think that’s their job. I’m aware that I’m a six-hour flight away from Compton, but damn…some of us want Eazy too. I know a lot of the music from my city is the anti-thesis of Screw, but shit…Big Moe at least has one song that could get some burn “at the club.” I know that Freaky Tah doesn’t have any verses the non-Lost Boyz album buying public would remember, but as much as they used to get played on the radio, I’m sure a couple of their joints would get a couple smiles and nods.

Oh yeah…I know some HUGE fans of this producer guy who made this song. I’m sure people hearing this song for the first time would prolly go ape shit in the club too after while.

Like I said at the top, this dead rapper civil war stuff is just some funny shit I noticed. A lot of ya’ll had prolly been feeling this way long before I dropped some words about it. There’s plenty of deceased artists that I failed to mention that may get mentioned in the comments. Blame my forgetfulness on my mind, not my pen.

You know what, maybe that’s it. Maybe DJs just forget to include some guys in their R.I.P. sets. I’m hoping they aren’t flipping through their crates scrolling through Serato saying “nah nigga, you ain’t dead enough.”

  • http://ifuxwitit.blogspot.com TMB

    Good post, I can’t say I’ve noticed the same thing, but you know those memorial murals they have with Left Eye, Aaliyah, Pun, 2Pac, Biggie, etc? Well the last time I saw one it was looking like there is no shortage of hip-hop in heaven – it’s getting crowded up there!

    oh and lol @ nah nigga you ain’t dead enough

  • Pierzy

    Great call – I’ve been thinking the same thing. Take Jigga for example – he was supposedly tight with Big L (and about to sign him to the Roc when he died) and had beef with ‘Pac but at his concerts, he mentions only BIG & ‘Pac. At least you got to hear Big L…he’s usually forgotten by most, even though he’s definitely “dead enough.”

  • Clint Southwood

    Yeah I feel ya no disrespect but I tired of hearing Biggie “One More Chance” or “Juicy”. I hate to sound like an Undertaker but I know more people done died than that. Let me hear Big L “MVP”, Big Pun,Screwed Up Click, J-Dilla produced music,Ol Dirty Bastard, the list goes on. Please DJ’s STOP PLAYING THE SAME MUSIC

    • Pierzy

      And you’re definitely right about ODB. He was one of the most recognizable members of the biggest rap group of all-time.

  • P-Matik

    It’s not they aren’t dead enough. These DJ’s these days just don’t know their music history. To listen to BIG and Pac have become rap cliches and to admit knowing non-cliche isn’t cool I guess. It’s trifling.

  • Tha Ace

    Are we forgetting that you only have a certain amount of time for such? DJ’s don’t have all night to play a track from everyone that has died. Hell they’d play around 20 tracks i guess.

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  • Ace

    This is very true… it seems like everybody that ain’t from california forgets Eazy and that ain’t right

  • daesonesb

    I think part of it is that there are too many great rappers from the 80′s and 90′s that died to play them all in one “dead rapper” set.

  • Ali

    yeah great post….they should just give shout outs to the dead cats cuz if u had to play song for each one, unfortunately that’d take all day……& one more thing though, are u SURE u wouldn’t mind hearing Mac Dre??? haha i’m from tha Bay this hyphy shit is horrible lol

  • kdizzle

    Well with the exception of Eazy-E and Jam Master J, the reason Big and Pac are always mentioned,is that their impact on Hip Hop was historical. Not to say Big Pun, Pimp C or any of those guys weren’t historical. But Pac and Big were a part hip hip at a time when it was bigger than them. No one has ever had the impact as far as infulencing their side of the nation or the world that those two have. If you go to most other countries and casually bring up Pac or Big, they will know something about them. Can’t say that if you bring up Big Pun or Big L the’ll recognize them. Pac and Big had though it was split, had a whole Nation behind them. The music had never been more influential than it was at that time.

  • Neven

    Nice post— I my self still bump mac dre, eazy, pharcyde, odb, biggie, ugk along with my non dead rappers and anyone reading this post should check out Kill a Rapper by KRS-ONe Hip HOp lives

  • dj ashy fingerz

    shiiiiiiit,if a dj played tracks from every dead rapper it would be like a 2-3 hour set

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  • BORN IN THE NORTH, RAISED IN THE SOUTH

    Best song by a dead rapper: “Niggas Bleed.” Let the debate begin……

    • Chaka

      My brother thats a very dope song.But I feel biggie have other better songs.This is also true of other dead rappers.I think some of them have songs that are better than ‘Niggas bleed’.I have a song I would advise you to go and check out(thats if you have not heard it before).The name of the song is “Str8 balling”.It was composed and written by Tupac.Its in the Thuglife’s volume one album.Track 10.Go check it out and let me know if you have not changed your mind(please listen to the lyrical content and compare with that of niggas bleed.The beats of the two songs too should be taken into consideration when making the comparism).peace an hip hop head in Africa wrote this.

  • Rodjilius

    yea dats kinda true they dont mention alot of dead rappers but at the same time tho some just dont like their music. most people arent just gonna disrespect the dead but at the same time if it’s music u dont wanna hear then u just dont wanna play it. but still good post tho

  • yow

    Most forgoten is definitely ODB, shit you even forgot him in your post

  • POLO DIZ

    You know what, maybe that’s it. Maybe DJs just forget to include some guys in their R.I.P. sets. I’m hoping they aren’t flipping through their crates scrolling through Serato saying “nah nigga, you ain’t dead enough.”

    thats some funny shit…i can imagine a Dj sayen that….like NAH NAH NAH….nigga aint eeeven dead enough… lol anyway fuck you because this is a good post.

  • http://blackplanet.com Jeremy Rolland

    First off rest in peace to Pimp C. i been a UGK fan since i was 9 yrs old, when the “Oneday Your Here” song came out. Pimp C was a true trendsetter down south. his influence reached to southern artists such as Slim Thug,Chamillionaire, Lil Flip, and other underground artists from Texas and Louisiana. My condolences to the entire Butler especially his children. I pray they continue his legacy when the time is right.

  • http://www.theunderwriters.blogspot.com THE UNDERWRITER

    There’s certainly no shortage of material. The best concerts are either in Heaven or Hell.

  • shelly

    The east coast does not reconize the talent THE BAY AREA has!! Fuck them cause we rememeber Mac Dre all damn day!!! I don’t own anything from the east and fon’t plan on buying any. Luda is the ONLY other rapper that gets play on the west of the Mississippi

  • shelly

    The east coast does not reconize the talent THE BAY AREA has!! Fuck them cause we rememeber Mac Dre all damn day!!! I don’t own anything from the east and fon’t plan on buying any. Luda is the ONLY other rapper that gets play on the west of the Mississippi

    • what

      you idiot,

      isn’t xxl mag a nyc based company.that is in the east coast…right? The writer that work sfor an east coast company is acknowledging west coast rappers.

      go get your weave tightened!!! lol

  • a blogger’s worst nightmare

    no one likes your shit . you were dead last in the poll for favorite blogger. down south rappers and down south bloggers are really killing hiphop. haaaaaaaaaaaaaaahaaahha.

  • OneMannGang

    Ol Dirty Bastard, Eazy-E, Big Pun, Big L, Notorious B.I.G., 2Pac, Stretch (from Live Squad), Jam Master Jay, Pimp C, DJ Screw, Trouble T-Roy, Scott La-Rock, Soulja Slim, Mausberg (DJ Quiks best Homie), Mac Dre, Big Moe, Poetic (of Gravediggaz), Buffy (of Fat Boys), MC Trouble, Stack Bundles, Seagram, Big Mello (of FaceMob) and many others…

    “Why is it the good ones who have to die”

  • Ph Man SB

    Hilarious, it’s true too, I like the end of the article where he says, some of the DJ’s are create diggin when they say, “Nah nigga you ain’t dead enough yet.”

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