VA Dirty South: Raw & Uncut OST
(2000, Bottom Up) @ that high T&G res
I'm not uploading this record to shine light on some great, overlooked Southern rap music or to share with (largely) strangers the contents of a disc I find myself going back to again and again and again. I can't really say I've spent much time with it and subconsciously this post might really be just an excuse to revisit.
Surfacewise, I'm posting this shit to, for the first time, acknowledge some extra-musical media about the things this blog is about. This is digibootlegging as an advertisement for or endorsement of the best film I've seen about down south rap culture, The Dirty South: Raw & Uncut - Tales of Sex, Music & Money.
Dirty States has some great interview footage, too, but falls behind this film for taking on the neatly compartmentalized format of an MTV special designed to fire buzz words at consumer targets. Raw & Uncut is more like TruTV, starting off as some reality show about spring break freaks only to (somewhat incoherently) disintegrate into a detailed document about the feel and the history of Southern rap. All in all, its loose format captures perfectly (and without apology) the nuances of culture that color this music: Subwoofer as Sexual Technology, Pussy-Popping & the Male Gaze, Rap Music & the Bootyshake Rubric, Notions of Dirt & Purity in Southern Sex Clubs and Law Enforcement Offices, In Defense of Being Butt-Naked In the Middle of the Street, Luke Magic and Pirate Radio Charm and a thousand other American Culture dissertations that would bore anyone and accomplish nothing.
I make everyone watch this movie and lose respect for anyone that asks for it to be turned off.