DJ Scream Digs Through XXL’s Music Mailbag [Ready or Not]

Originally published in the October 2010 issue, which is on stands now.

These days, hip-hop seems like it’s losing touch with the streets, but that’s not a problem DJ Scream is contributing to. Since first doing his thing on the 1s and 2s as a kid in 1993, the ATL-based disc jockey has been the man behind the popular Heavy in the Streets mixtape series, 15 volumes at last count, of the latest block burners in rap. In just the last few months, the enthusiastic turntablist has teamed with Jae Millz (Dead Presidents), Pastor Troy (Crown Royal) and Young Jeezy (1000 Grams, Vol. 1) for buzz-worthy releases. Top that with gigs on Atlanta’s Hot 107.9 and Sirius/XM’s Hoodrich Radio, along with running the marketing/management company Hoodrich Entertainment, and Scream is a busy man. Still, he took some time to offer his thoughts on the latest submissions to XXL’s music department. To submit your music, email ReadyOrNot@harris-pub.com.

Gangland, “Tipsy”
(myspace.com/thisisgangland)
[Audio:http://www.xxlmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/01-tipsy-gangland-done.mp3]
DJ Scream: I try to give every song the benefit of the doubt, but it really didn’t stand out. I could hear some talent there from the vocalist, I can hear some talent there from the rapper, but the track as a whole just is not something that grabbed me and made me want to put it on repeat. Not a completely wack track, but maybe not the best attempts of putting their talents together.

D. Shellz, “Rock It (Like This)”
(myspace.com/perpleheartz)
[Audio:http://www.xxlmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/09-rock-itmp3.mp3]
DJ Scream:I kind of had the same feeling with this one—just not too original, to me. The beat was kind of lackluster. I know how I feel in the first 15 or 30 seconds when I hear a song. Your first impression is your last. Not to say they can’t come up with something else, but you gotta take the approach of doing something that’s gonna stand out.

King Sage, “Played Out”
(myspace.com/kingsagemusic)
[Audio:http://www.xxlmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/played-out.mp3]
DJ Scream: Cool, solid hip-hop track. Cool lyrics. I put it right in the middle: It’s not extraordinary; it’s not wack. It has a vibe to it. I don’t wanna label it backpacker or anything. It’s a track I could listen to, but it’s not a track that I have to hear.

Luc, “She Bad”
(100bizmusic.com)
[Audio:http://www.xxlmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/shes-bad-luc-house-4.mp3]
DJ Scream: This sounded like a typical strip-club kind of track, but it was boring. There’s too many she bads. This is an attempt to make something for the ladies that—I don’t know, maybe the ladies will love or like it. But I think there’s a different way you can approach a track like this.

H.B., “On the Move (Can’t Stop)”
(Reverbnation)


DJ Scream: I like the lyrical presence and the production on this song. It’s a sample that I’ve heard before, but it’s not a sample that’s just been overused, and I like it. I actually sat there and listened to the whole track, bar for bar. A lot of flavor with this track. —Adam Fleischer

  • Twizzy

    FIRST!!! Dem gangland kids go in..they got someother shit on the myspace that show they lyrical skill more..dem otha cats is just aight at best.

  • Grindin4real

    I fuck with that tipsy shit..R&B cat sound like R Kelly bit..but this shit is a hit if I eva heard one…the chicks gonna rock wit it hard.

  • DoeBoy1212

    Out of all these joints Tipsy is the hardest one hands down! Def a club banga!

  • Cutest1

    Me n my girls love this song! We aint no liteweights tho. LOL. Tipsyyyyyyy!

  • LilGunna

    Gangland’s Tipsy..its not even close this month.

  • omar

    ^lmao this cat bump h8is own shit wit like 5 names

  • 9bullethole4ent.

    HB b all the live on the turf wit his!

  • Jesus

    H.B. is where it’s at. He got that real shit.

  • Fatboi

    that H.B. EP is en fuego! i got it on http://www.manmixtapes.com “The Everlasting Grind EP”

  • Slurpee

    HB ALL DAY…the rest?? C’mon!

  • Slurpee

    HB ALL DAY…the rest?? C’mon!

  • H.B.

    To all of yall voting for my track…Thanks…Now go 2 http://www.manmixtapes.com and download the album…”The Everlasting Grind”! The whole shit crank!

  • http://myspace.com/tonymaysbk Tony

    check me out..

  • AwAx

    hb album is dope.track 12 iz crazy he shoulda submitted dat one instead. way better than cant stop

  • http://WWW.MIKE40.INFO MIKE40

    I VOTED FOR GANGLAND (TIPSY)GREAT TRACK YO SCREAM DON’T COUNT THEM OUT GANGLAND IS A VERY TALENTED GROUP YOU NEED TO CHECK OUT SOME OF THIER OTHER TRACK’S AS WELL. FIRE!! NOT YOUR TYPICAL RAP GROUP THEY HAVE RAW TALENT!

    • roccett

      u must b kin 2 em…dat song iz some garbage! scream iz right bout da shit it aint grabbin ya

  • CRYSTAL

    H.B ALL DAY BABY!!! THAT JOINT BE RIDIN!!!I LOVE IT!

  • http://WWW.WHOISJAYSUN.COM the critic

    tipsy is a hot track! that h.b beat is hot but dude is trash..lol

    • AMMO

      Ganglang is the one who is trash…Scream even said so

  • niddigriddi

    i think this brotha H.B. has the makings of the next true story teller…”cant stop” has a
    great beat and the lyrics are felt!! 1

  • http://reverbnation.com/coolimagekeepasofdafunk julian st. chris

    ok ok as a fellow dj and hip hop head imma say i agree with scream , i listen to the whole track. to me it is one of the songs i will jam to when i hear it but not really hit the rewind that much. dont get me wrong the song is nice but it dont grab me and jump in my head or heart to make it on my mood music playlist !!! much love QUIT WORK AND MAKE MUSIC !!! THATS MY MOTTO !!!

  • http://cobe.com Cobe

    im gonna go wit HB. the track is nice.goodbeat.goodlyrics.yeah HB 4 sho

  • http://WWW.MIKE40.INFO MIKE40

    I STILL SAY GANGLANG THEY HAVE WAY MORE LYRICAL TALENT THEN THEM OTHER CAT’S. STOP GETTING MAD!! LOL H.B IS OKAY TOO BUT I GO FOR BAR’S

  • skicobain

    how do you get your music on this. do you just send a link to the email

  • skicobain

    how do you get your music in this section.. do you just email a link of you music to the above adress?

  • http://www.babyfacemonster.blogspot.com babyfacemonster

    i like Luc she bad n typsy for da whip, but HB on dat gansta shit, so its kinda hard 2 choose.

  • http://facebook.com/ Honey Bandarra

    hi

  • http://facebook.com/ Rory Haerter

    hi