It Ain’t Where You’re From…

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If there is anyone on this site that could be accused of blatant regionism it certainly would be me. I showed you fools years ago that Texas was not part of the South, but actually part of the Midwest yet still you fools argued with me. Maybe I was doing that just to be a pip. I’ve kind of been that way my whole life.

I might have been wrong for that attitude in the past especially during the heyday of OutKast, 8 Ball, MJG, Juvenile, No Limit and Goodie Mob, but I’m certainly not wrong for that assessment now in the era of D4L, Get Rich Click, Soulja Boy Tell’em and the rest of the lowest common denominator rap pack that seems to use Atlanta as their main hub of operations.

The last thing I want this drop to be is some joint associated with hating on Soulja Boy. I don’t give a fuck about Soulja Boy. I don’t care if he makes enough money to bail out General Motors. Ed McMahon just died today and it turns out that he was damn near penniless after a lifetime in the entertainment industry. Don’t talk to me about money in rap music because that ain’t real.

This is why rappers like 50 Cent will always have a lane in the urban soundscape. Not too many people I fux with can afford shit right now and the more rappers describe aspirational shit that we can’t even confirm the existence of the more they will conscript themselves to the fickle whims of the pop music marketplace. Louis Vuitton baby stroller?!? Negro please (shouts to Ron Mexico).

But when rappers talk about the shit that broke motherfuckers like myself can relate too, they strengthen their urban sensibilities and their *ugh* street credibility. Why else are the Black Eyed Peas trying to get their hardbody points up? First off, Fergie pops shit with Perez Hilton to see if he will slap the shit out of her so she can get him pinched on some Chris Brown shit.

Perez Hilton is stupid cunning, while Fergie is only just a dumb cunt so now she goes to get Will.I.Am (er, his bodyguards) to mollywop Perez for talking out of pocket. The last thing the Black Eyed Peas want to do is fight with you. A You Got Served dance off? Yes. A barroom battle royale? Not so much. But in this recessive climate you had better look like you could live on the streets.

So even though 50 Cent has mansions all around America he is going back to renting a one bedroom apartment in the projects just so that he can reinforce his stature as an urban icon. It’s what ‘War Angel’ is signifying and what the audience for urban music is craving. No more of these flights of fancy where Black dudes reminisce on the new wave pop classics from the 80′s (this makes me slightly sad because I always <3 the Thompson Twins).

Speaking of War Angels, shout out to Gabriel Tolliver, who at my age joined the Army to make films for them. You have to be a member of the armed forces in order to make propaganda for them since you will see some shit that the general public has no idea of. The Army has to vett you to make sure that you aren’t Al Qui’ada or worse, Michael Moore. All the shots you see in feature films of army apparatus come from the armed services as well.

I saw previews of Transformers 2 and I wondered how many of those shots were done by Gabe. It’s a trip what we do to make a living in this game called life. From Soulja Boy Tell’em to a real soldier Gabe Tolliver its all good in the ‘hood. It ain’t never about where you are from party people, but where you are at.

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  • Pierzy

    What up DP – I agree with most of your points, but 50 went back to his grandmama’s basement for inspiration for his music after GRODT and, while I thought Curtis was better than most others, he still couldn’t get that hunger back.

    • $ykotic

      With $ comes great responsibilities my friend.

      You have to change your lifestyle.

      With regional thing, I don’t pay too much attention to it because I know there are G’s everywhere. Like anyone who thinks Portland isn’t gully clearly doesn’t know about I5 or forgot Cali is right below Oregon. Every single movement(gang) is represented here. Yes even Japanese and Russian and Arab.

      When I’m in OR they love they New York factor. Most of them wanna see the hoods of NYC.

      Yet when I’m in Bklyn, they love the fact that I made a opportunity for myself to leave whenever I want to. Because many of them can’t.

      I agree with the loot issue though. NIGG*Z STOP LYING.

      • Pierzy

        What did Wale say? “Forget your little sneakers/I own land in Beaverton” Word.

        • $ykotic

          Ya’ll should know we get the exclusives first! Only a 20 minute drive!

          But I stay going to Woodburn. Remember that mall P?

        • Pierzy

          Definitely. Although I must say, I was more often holed up in Powell’s bookstore downtown.

      • latino heat

        word. “your ghetto ain’t no harder than mine”. Willie D.

  • OG Matt Herbz

    Texas is a republic. I consider it neither South nor Midwest. It’s just there where it is…Texas.

    Unfortunately Atlanta is the home of many a stupid rapper. That’s why they make CDs of your favorite artists so you don’t have to listen to V103, 107.5, or 95.5. All three of these “urban” stations play non-stop trash music all day when they aren’t being overrun by transgendered niggaz with Perez Hilton envy.

    Fact: Fergie was born with the dick that Will.I.Am wants for a lack thereof.

    This is where we’re at right now.

    –OG Matt Herbz–

    • El Tico Loco

      Everybody thinks those stations are garbage and repetitive, they just listen for the traffic and maybe Ryan (Cameron) but the playlists have been garbage for decades.

  • DV8

    ^^^^^^^^this is why 50 lost his edge. He will never get that “hunger” back because he is well fed. Great for him as a person……horrible for him as a artist.

  • geico lizard

    “I showed you fools years ago that Texas was not part of the South”
    Texas is part of mexico.


    • DV8

      the whole Southwest region boardering Mexico is part of Mexico actually.

      • BIGNAT

        yup you are right dv8 and i learned that from a mexican guy. they never told me that shit in school. it is funny we wanna set up a fence to keep them away from our land. when we really stole there shit first.

        • X

          We paid for that land with the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo and the Gadsden Purchase, plus the US government paid over $18 million for undisputed control of Texas after the war. Before the war Texas tried several times to negotiate becoming part of the US. It is and has rightfully been US land since then.

  • $ykotic

    Ya’ll read about the Louisiana Purchase, I presume?

  • Dallas Penn

    50 is hollering about 40 projects again even though he wasn’t brought up in the projects.

    Rap fans have a short memory of the truth (Rick Ro$$ anyone?) and the people that have supported rap for decades to experience the “ghetto safari” aspect are all too happy to have 50 Cent back in the vein of GRODT.

  • Tony Grand$

    What I do know is California was Mexico, & they’re reclaiming this piece, post-haste.

    RIP Ed McMahon.

    Perez Hilton is a ego-maniacal blabbermouth who didn’t get the shit kicked out of him enough as a kid. No father figure, I assume. @ some point in his, ummm, career, someone “real” is going to snuff dude in real time. I predict he deserves it.

    Where’s Rick Ross?

    Rapping about real life>>>”Keepin’ it real”

    Good drop, DP.

  • Incilin

    “The Army has to vett you to make sure that you aren’t Al Qui’ada or worse, Michael Moore.”

    LMAO!!! That’s got to be one of the funniest things you ever wrote.

  • Around and Around

    Texas is not midwest Texas is steers and queers

  • EmCDL

    Rick Ross>>>>>>”When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong”


  • Jenna

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  • All NY fans R biased

    Dallas Penn sucks elaphant ballz, and he’s just another hater MF… Shit on all U bullshit azz NY fans. Get better beatz 2 go witcha lyrics… Maybe somebody might listen then, Till then shut tha fuck up!!!

  • Epinz

    Shit, I think the middle east got some good talent right now. Little brother(nc) clipse(va) wale(dc) skillz(va) shit, the whole justus leage includin the production from va(timbo, neptunes, danja hands, nottz) are on point!

  • Demon

    Perez knows who he fuck with. shit by appearance fergie looks hardbody compard to williams butler style dress sense plus we all know he has a built in radar system which tell his ass when real niggas are about so people like maina can’t catch a whiff of his batyman scent to give the beatdown(berg slap)he deserves for gossiping and talking shit about people when he shud just do himself no pun.

  • Braille

    nigga… from detroit thats it!