Filed under: Releases of the Week | Tags: Dirty South, DJ Khaled, hip-hop, John Legend, Nas, rap, Rick Ross, The Runners, Young Jeezy
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WE GIVE IT: 11/20 Watts
Who exactly is DJ Khaled? It’s a question that perceptive music fans have wrestled with since his mainstream debut back in 2006. Khaled is not a DJ in the traditional sense of the word, he is not a producer and he is definitely not a rapper. His role on his fourth effort, Victory, is essentially the same as it has been for his previous albums. He simply screams and shouts over the various tracks. For the casual listener not familiar with hip-hop, Victory will surely not rest nicely on the ears– with music made for car subwoofers, rather than cocktail parties.
Khaled sticks to the same formula he has since 2006, compiling a diverse group of rappers over a multitude of instrumentals. The Runners, who have been working with Khaled for quite some time, handle most of the tracks, including lead single “Fed Up.” Their production technique defines the sound of Victory with stuttering southern drums and sharp synthesizers. “Fed Up” features relatively weak verses from Young Jeezy and Rick Ross, and some lines from Drake that fail to really fit the style of the song. Usher’s street-preaching chorus is also a bit laughable considering the relative comfort level of his career. Continue reading
Filed under: City Sounds | Tags: Atlanta, Black Lips, City Sounds, Crunk, Dirty South, Gladys Knight, Goodie Mob, Lil Jon, Ludacris, Outkast, Pastor Troy, Snap, T.I., WERW
Coming off of Thanksgiving weekend, City Sounds and WERW travel to Hotlanta for some southern hospitality.
Atlanta, GA was and still is a hot spot in rap and hip hop music, stealing the spotlight in the late 90’s from other cities like New York City and Los Angeles. Artists like OutKast and Goodie Mob were key players in the Dirty South movement, and they pretty much ignited the fire that would turn into a cultural phenomenon. T.I. and Ludacris followed the path laid before them, while some artists even paved their own routes. Hip Hop genres such as Snap and Crunk got their starts in Atlanta with rappers like Lil’ Jon and Pastor Troy.
As always, City Sounds will check out some of the other artists who call Atlanta home as well. From Gladys Knight & the Pips to Black Lips, there is all kinds of music in the city too busy to hate. Tune in Monday night from 11pm-1am on WERW.