The Curious Case Of The Missing Summer Jam

There comes a time when you’re flooded with so much music that you’d much rather prefer having your nuts laid on a fucking dresser, just your nuts laying on a fucking dresser, and bang them shits with a spiked fucking bat than have to listen to the latest single from MC PimpDemHoez. That time, unfortunately, has been the last couple years with the rise of the Internets (um, sorry?) and it’s high-speed mannerisms, where a song that’s been out for about 12 hours is already considered “old.”

To tell the truth, I couldn’t even tell you exactly what has been released over the past four days that has caught my eye, save for Pusha T’s Fear Of God single. This new era of music distribution and promotion has inspired a nation of millions to think they can and should actually rap for a living (or allegedly “out of the love,” as so many will say), without realizing that a: they’ve not taken the time to work on and try to perfect their middling craft and b: should stick to poisoning the hearts of America with KFC Double Downs instead of polluting the e-waves with music that will never catch on. Everybody’s so caught up in either trying to be the “first” to drop something new that nobody seems to care about making or promoting a song that will be everlasting.

Um, sorry again?

All of that results in an ADHD-styled mishmash of remedial songs that end up overshadowing actual good music, making them that much harder to find (believe me, I try every day), and we – the music listener/fan/critic – end up without songs we could either remember years down the line or attach to specific periods in our lives. Case in point: Jay-Z’s summer cut of 2001, “The Takeover,” [1] will always be remembered for the song that simultaneously dismantled Prodigy’s career and put a battery in Nas’ back. Taking it back even further, the first time I got arrested (after leading the Long Beach Police Department on a nearly hour-long foot race throughout the city) the soundtrack to my failed escape was Noreaga’s “Banned From TV,” and that was when “Banned From TV” was new. Now I can’t even tell you what my favorite song was two years ago without having to go to Wikipedia to remember what even happened in 2008. Damn, Webbie was still around back then?

The summer cut was meant to be the song you would take with you into the following summers. DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince’s “Summertime” is still an instant vintage banger despite being almost as old as some of the readers of this site. In comparison, the summer jam this year seems to be Rick Ross’ “BMF (Blowin’ Money Fast).” I may enjoy the wanton nignorance of “BMF” like the next man, but I doubt that song will have the same longevity as Will and Jeff’s ubiquitous classic. While the single has been able to last for longer than a day by Internets standards, it’s not going to be really known for anything other than its shout out of incarcerated Scarfaces, and I’m probably going to have to return to Wikipedia in two years just to remember it again.

[1] I know “H.O.V.A.” was the more successful single, but “The Takeover” was the unofficial summer jam. Plus, he premiered it at Summer Jam.

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  • http://Pierzy11@gmail.com Pierzy

    The game is different now. There are SO MANY songs and there are so many avenues to get those songs (terrestrial radio, satellite radio, iTunes, iPods, YouTube, Facebook, MySpace, etc etc etc) so one person’s summer anthem will be different than another’s and that’s fine.

    I’m not a Rick Ross fan but I realize many people are…if he makes a summer “anthem,” it won’t be mine but it may be others’ and I’ll have a different one.

    Again, like all art, it’s all about personal taste.

    • these posts are racist

      Co-sign.

  • hmmmmmk

    Meka really can’t write.

  • http://ammonra.net Ammon-Ra

    I don’t even listen to the same song today that I listened to yesterday. And albums, do they even exist anymore?

  • LV

    Honestly BMF is not that great of a song. And this is so true. Wikipedia is #7 on my most visited site (mainly for music) lol

  • http://2dopeboyz.com Stank

    Meka, you kill me.

    You 2dope site posts a lot of the garbage you’re referring to in your little posting here.

    It’s bloggers/stans/clowns like you (and the kid from Henderson,NV) that create a platform for stanky music.

    2db and the rest of you bloggers have so much power to control the flow of music but you spend more time d*ck riding than you should.

  • Brother Man

    Song of the summer is OMG. By Usher. Yes. Usher. There’s nuthing else

  • ri067953

    I like how the guy who writes this post has a knack for pointing out the obvious.

  • @TheZensei

    Why do you always make negative articles?? Jesus Christ man, life isn’t as shitty as you make it out to be.

    I don’t know about YOU, but I consider Curren$y’s entire Pilot Talk album my summer jam.

  • http://myspace.com/prkgfx prkgfx

    You call it like it is. Its to the point i wont even turn on a radio today. summer anthems have always been a great thing, but just like you im yet to find one that clicks. “Not Afraid” may be mine, ever since the leak i still enjoy the song, but aside from that i dont have that one song on repeat.

    • Bol’s #1 Fan Stan

      NOT AFRAID SUCKS ALONG WITH THE ENTIRE RECOVERY ALBUM. EMINEM GONE POP, LISTEN TO BLACK MILK INSTEAD.

  • ff1one@yahoo.com

    bmf is not a great song BUT its the idea. its the idea of shouting out real dudes who really got it in. its like those shows that came out recently…american gangsta. the average person likes that AND stypes p ripped that song.

    man, hip hop is just so depreciated nowadays. its flooded. its like making weed legal. can u imagine what that would do to the public and ur average weed dealer? in other words, the internet has made the exculsive hot song’s value go down. shoot u can find a hot song today and another tomorrow. i hope they regulate it soon or make it harder to download music.

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  • http://tannertheblog.blogspot.com T

    Live Fast Die Young?

  • http://callmephlip.blogspot.com Phlip

    I stopped reading this when he said “banned from TV” was new in 2001.
    Fuck, I got a noise ordinance ticket listening to that song in my old GMC Jimmy the day I bought the CD in the parking lot at the mall on my way to work.

    I escaped THAT job in 2000… Which, by my math, means this happened in 1998.

    Phail

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  • Taylor

    @Philip- Meka didn’t say “banned from tv” was new in 2001. he only mentioned 2001 when referring to jay-z, thats why he preceded the first arrest story by saying “taking it back even further.” so chill.

    decent article btw

  • Dub

    The affect internet and mass media has had on music is a double edged sword to me, so I ain’t mad at the amount of music being put out there… To be honest, I’d rather niggas like Waka, OJ da Juice, and Soulja Boy make it in rap than bein in my neighborhood robbin and sellin dope

  • Anonymous

    @Dub. Is it better that they just provide the soundtrack to the niggas in our neighborhood robbing and selling dope. I mean whack ass gangsta rap isnt the root to the violence in our community but it sure does perpetuate it. Secondly, if I’m gonna listen to some gangsta rap I’d much rather listen to Scarface, Geto Boyz, Mobb Deep (some guys that do have lyrical ability) than some dumb shit with the whole chorus being Waka Flaka Flame and gunshots

  • http://www.chimpout.com/ NIGGERS ARE UN-AMERICAN

    YOU NIGGERS SHOULD NOT POISON OTHER RACES (E.G. ONES WHO ARE NOT NIGGER) WITH YOUR SPERM. HOW DARE YOU LUST AFTER A WHITE WOMAN OR ANY OTHER NIGGER-FREE FEMALE. YOU ANIMALS SHOULD BE LOCKED UP FOR GOOD! HOW DARE OUR COUNTRY BE RUN BY AN IGNORANT HALF-NIGGER. HOW DARE BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA BE COMMANDER IN CHIEF. DISGUSTING. OUR COUNTRY IS GOING DOWN THE SHITTER WITH A NIGGER IN CHARGE. THIS IS WHY YOU NIGGERS SHOULD BE WORKING IN A PLANTATION SOMEWHERE IN THE DEEP SOUTH INSTEAD OF ANY OFFICE OR MUNICIPAL BUILDING. YOU NIGGERS SHOULD BE BANNED FROM THOSE PLACES.

    SINCERELY,
    A CONCERNED AMERICAN FROM DEEP IN THE HEARTLAND

  • swype-matic

    I haven’t steadily listened to the radio since 2005, when there was actually balance between good shit, out of the ordinary shit, and garbage ass shit. So my summer anthems are usually what stays in my rotation on my cpu, which would be “Spotlight” by Wiz Khalifa, “Leggo” by Plies, “1st 48″ by J-Dawg, and “Tonight” by Fabolous, and “I’m On It” by French Montana.