The Rap-Up: What’s In The Tape Deck? Edition
By: Jay Papandreas
I like to pride myself on listening to pretty much everything that I can get my hands on, but my car is a different place than my headphones. In my car, there’s seriously about two things I can tolerate: Rap and punk. If it’s not in either of those genres, I’ve somewhat deleted it from having any space in my car.
My armrest/console fits three tapes perfectly. On those tapes: A punk mix a friend from Chicago sent me, Dikembe’s (Gainesville punk/emo) Every Time You See Me I Look Like I Hit The Lotto Twice, and The Underground Railroad To Candyland’s Know Your Sins. Any of those three are in my tapedeck at any given time.
However, there are a few rap albums that are sitting in my driver’s side door pocket. Albums that I’ve had for a while that just haven’t made it out of the car and on to my hard drive. These are my picks for some of the best driving albums that hip-hop’s got to offer.
Cam’ron and Vado- Guns ‘N’ Butter
This is the best highway rap album I know of. It’s solid from front to back and very easy to listen to. AraabMuzik’s beats are throbbing and intense but definitely interesting to listen to. Cam and Vado’s punch lines throughout the album keep you wanting to stick around for the full thing.
Goodie Mob- Still Standing
Completely underrated and classic southern hip-hop album. OutKast guests on “Black Ice” and songs like “The Damn” and “Fly Away” bring that gritty yet sweet southern sting to your speakers. Perfect for that quick run to the grocery store or to get tacos.
GZA- Liquid Swords
I listen to this nearly every time I drive to my show at WIUX. If you’re not familiar with this classic Wu release, I can’t recommend it enough. It gets me hyped and makes me ready to hop in the booth for a couple hours of DJ’ing.
Last but not least: My secret weapon mix.
If I’m seriously about to go do something major, I’ve got a hidden mix CD in my car full of Future and 2 Chainz, along with a couple UGK tracks. It’s that chilled/southern knock that sells me so hard on all of these dudes. UGK’s my second-favorite rap group behind OutKast. Future and 2 Chainz are the truth. This is the perfect mix for anything. It just knocks.
Next week is Little 5. And you already know that by now. That being said, I’m coming back with the best party tunes you can play. Maybe even give you a mix to download and bump. Who knows?
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