Almost Thrownback: Wally Sparks' Southern Conference 4 Hosted by Yo Gotti (2006)
Due to a minor cataclysm in my technology life (hard drive crashing and a dead iPod) I’ve resorted to listening to plain ol’ audio CDs in my ride. It’s very much a "96 Nissan Altima Music" situation. Luckily, I had a thing for burning a CDs for almost anything I downloaded in my younger youth. Random choice from an old CD case was one labeled “Southern Conference 4”.
When I put in Southern Conference 4, I hoped to be reminded of what Southern rap music sounded like before it virtually all sounded the same. None of that BS happened, but I did get to vibe to some jams from that era such as
Eventually I realized that there was enough Yo Gotti on the mixtape that he must have been featured. It was a pleasant surprise because I figured out Yo Gotti has some versatility.
"Not Like Me"
Gotti actually sounds better on a generic beat that Lloyd Banks should have ripped for a DJ Whoo Kid mixtape. He’s angry & rough, like a bid upstate. It’s just coincidence that aggressive & violent are pretty similar, so the crunk beats we normally hear him on suffice. But he’s still 100% Memphis, and easily sounds nasty on
"Shawty Violatin’ (Whup That Hoe)",
which naturally had me like
Gucci made an appearance. He sounded the exact same five years ago as he does now.
"Work Ya Wrist"
Seriously. If this was Digitally Dripped last week no one would have thought twice at it being VERY HOOTTTT & brand new. I guess it might just be more of an indication that Shawty Redd might be selling rappers beats he made half a decade ago.
The next to last song, probably put on through some form of mixtape payola, is this B.o.B track:
In conclusion, B.o.B was boring me with annoying compositions since 2006.
This laser gunfight soundscape is magnificent. Good luck not getting the feeling like you’re flying in the air, and it’s not because there’s a dude named Lofty rapping over it. His style seems to be mellow-Based, maybe even derivative of many others, but the flow is effortless. Any more energy would leave the beat not only fighting itself, but the vocals as well.
Shroomtard features an enjoyable mix of trippy, without the constant reminders that we are high (a la Kid Cudi),
and romantic, without all that gushy emo feelings stuff (a la Drake).
Lofty often goes by “Lofty 305” and shouts out his crew Metro Zu, who seem to be an eccentric bunch. Naming themselves after one of the zoos in Miami lends credibility to their wild nature. I’m not sure if they are hyphy crunk or laid back $hort Dawgs. Either way, they’ve grinded with Gunplay of “Rollin” fame, so they got street cred, right?
It’s good to hear Ice Berg on this type of beat that seems to cyclically build and build. Although “Snap” is growing on me, initially it left much to be desired. Normally he feeds off unorthodox drum roll patterns to intimidate you with punchlines. At least there is a semblance of his normal form in this song.
Honestly, I didn’t think I’d hear from FloKid again after watching a couple of his highlyerotic freestyle* remixes videos. His flow & lyrical content is too clean cut for the underground scene (read: strip clubs), but I’m pleasantly surprised to hear him developing into a competent rapper.
Berg’s Mr. L.I.V.E. 2.5 mixtape should be out sometime this week.
How Thoughtful 2 is supposed to come out sometime in the future. For now, let QuESt’s flow mess with your sense of rhythm. "Something to Prove" seems to primarily serve as a reminder of how large QuESt’s rap toolbox is.
This list only includes artists based/from Miami (and not only because they were cherry picked by Rick Ross from their original locales) who had some sort of fire this year. They are in no useful order. Download all of the songs and listen later, but read what I typed ‘cause do I say things every now and then.
SGP impressed and scared a lot of people through his haunting beats demonic voice. But his entire throwback style, a tribute to earlier occult inspired rap, rides. Captain Planet is off of Blackland Radio 66.6 (1991) if you want to listen to the worship of early Southern hip-hop.
02 | QuEST - “The Sight" (Feat. Omen)
What more could you ask for from QuEST other than soothing and introspective?
03 | Short Kid - "I’m A Vulcha" (Feat. Chetta Da Kid)
This is purely Miami street track, with the abnormal beat pattern and accompanying haunting synths. The Vulcha movement has inspired some really angry Hatian kids in North Miami. (Video)
Considering how Ice Berg has controlled the street and stripclub scenes for the past few years, 2011 has been slow. Although Ice Berg does snap on the track, Jimmy Dade’s crooning more or less makes “I’m Gon’ Slide” with the “whoas” and “yeas” that are normally reserved for when you forget lyrics to songs.
05 | Black Boy - “Coconut Grove (C.G.)” (feat. Smelley & Bump Dawg)
IDK any other song dedicated to The Grove. I also have no idea who Black Boy, Smelley & Bump Dawg are. I think Smelley cut my hair a few years ago. (Watch the video.)
06 | J NiCS - "Big Tymer"
J NiCS’s main intrigue is his voice. But let’s admit, he’s a competent and capable Gorilla Zoe. Oh, and this beat is just silly. QuEST and J NiCS represent lyricism (whatever that means) out of Miami. Southern Niggas Ain’t Slow comes out sometime this summer.
07 | Lunchmoney - “Dinner Table”
Lunchmoney came up through the underground dance & jook scene and has recently released tracks from another hemisphere of style away from that. As much as I enjoy songs that I could jook to, give me more of this & “Loser" to listen to, please.
08 | SpaceGhostPurrp - "My Enemie"
SGP releases a lot of music. He manages to get on this list twice.
09 | Smook Da Mad Man - "Coastin" (Feat. Jit Da Raw)
This song is on here mainly for the bassline. I like to drive and dance with my woofers.
When you listen to a lot of music from the 305 you appreciate a song like “Bad Habits” that doesn’t sound exactly like the PREVIOUS 15 JOOK & VIBE SONGS. Also, whatever that rap-sing thing that Reggie Cash Flow does is a nice addition to Jimmy Dade and Desloc.