Friday, October 17, 2014

Article #01: FrankieThaLuckyDog'z Best Underground Louisiana Rap From the Last 7 Years

FrankieThaLuckyDog’z Best Underground Louisiana Rap From the Last 7 Years

When it comes to Louisiana rap, FrankieThaLuckyDog is a modern-day savant. And we’re not just talking about being able to recite Cash Money and No Limit Records’ respective rosters. The 26-year-old Pennsylvania native has an unparalleled knowledge of Louisiana’s underground scene. Yung Yola, Nu$$ie, DJ B-Real, BluBlack: these are just a handful of the names in Frankie’s rolodex of reviews.

Seven years ago, a sequence of events led Frankie to discover 23-year-old Jimmy the DJ’s Gangsta Gumbo Vol. 1 mixtape. 1,417 reviews later, including one of Kevin Gates’ All Or Nuthin’ (The Mixtape) in September of 2008, FrankieThaLuckyDog is celebrating the 7-year anniversary of his “Louisiana Connection.”

We hit up Frankie up to find out his favorite records he’s reviewed. He came back to us with a list of his top 10, coupled with a few sentences about why the record stands the test of time. So, without further adieu, here are FrankieThaLuckyDog’z favorite underground Lousiana rap records.

#10: Yung Yola & D.$.G. 99 Wayz 2 Grind (2009)
Straight outta Gardere Lane in Baton Rouge, Yung Yola & D.$.G. brought their street tales to tha table with their 99 Wayz 2 Grind project. From Yola’s pill-poppin’ anthem “Keep Chewin'” to tha ghetto fabulous “What Am I Gone Do Today?,” it’s no surprise why Frankie got hooked onto Yola’s persona.

#09: K-Chill Fight Night (2011)
Opelousas native K-Chill has been in tha Louisiana rap scene since tha mid ’90s as a part of tha rap group Da Click. Droppin’ his Fight Night disc in late 2011, Frankie became hooked to a consecutive amount of club bangers. Songs such as “Conan,” “Who Wanna Fight,” “Call The Ambulance,” and “Put That Pistol On Ya” prove to tha listener that you can have energy for years to come.

#08: Nu$$ie Bad Azz (2006)
Reppin’ Baton Rouge, now-deceased rapper Nu$$ie dropped his debut, Bad Azz, in 2006. With features that include Baton Rouge natives Kevin Gates, Savage, Big Markee, Max Minelli, to name a few, tha production made you feel like you were deep down in Baton Rouge, even if you were not near there. Not to mention, Nu$$ie and tha crew’s street rhymes give you an insight on how you can love and take caution in tha streets of BR.

#07: Young Ready Junkie Medicine (Cocaine Edition) (2006)
Straight outta Zion City in Baton Rouge, rapper Young Ready, now known as Racked-Up Ready, hit tha underground streets in 2006 with his Junkie Medicine (Cocaine Edition) mixtape. Featuring quality production from DJ B-Real, Sims & Killa B, as well as features from rappers out his section, Ready gave tha streets a take on how gutta Baton Rouge people can be. Mix tha content with tha production and your replay button will always be on.

#06: Tha Camp Break It Off! (2007)
Released in tha fall of 2007, Baton Rouge supergroup Tha Camp, consisting of C-Loc, Reno Da Gutta, and Young Ready, released their Break It Off! disc. As each rapper took turns deliverin’ street rhymes and club bangers, production from heavyweights like B-Real, Mouse, and C-Loc made Frankie keep bumpin’ Break It Off! non-stop.

#05: DJ B-Real Pay Da Producer Vol. 1 (2013)
Tha year 2013 kicked off strong when Baton Rouge’s Trill Entertainment producer B-Real dropped his solo debut, Pay Da Producer Vol. 1. Producing and rapping every track with underground Gs like Big Wayne, Zeus, Infa Red, and Mouse, B-Real’s flow and club-friendly tracks were highly infectious to Frankie’s ears. Pay Da Producer Vol. 1‘s one of those CDs that will make you ask B-Real to forever rap and produce tracks—any time, any day.

#04: Jimmy the DJ Gangsta Gumbo Vol. 2: Ghetto Pass (Hosted by Nu$$ie) (2008)
Kenner DJ, Jimmy the DJ, dropped his second mixtape compilation, Gangsta Gumbo Vol. 2: Ghetto Pass, in tha summer of 2008. Hosted by Nu$$ie, tha mixtape features underground rappers from New Orleans and Baton Rouge coming together and bringing their A-game. As Frankie supported each rapper, he even got a shout out from Nu$$ie on tha outro.

#03: Beat Flippa Street Certified (2008)
During 2008, Baton Rouge producer Beat Flippa dropped his debut, Street Certified. Featuring pure production from mainly himself, as well as features from Kevin Gates, Savage, Nu$$ie, Young Ready, and more, Street Certified provided a buffet of Baton Rouge quality for Frankie. Street Certified‘s a great place to find plenty of rappers, street music, club bangers, and a sound to always keep on replay.

#02: Big Jay Presents Pyrex Radio Vol. 4: From Crumbs 2 Brickz (2006)
Baton Rouge DJ Big Jay came through in late 2006 with his 4th installment of his Pyrex Radio mixtape compilations. With features like C-Loc, Young Ready, Savage, Kevin Gates, Jigga House Records, 3Deep, and others, Frankie got addicted to this mixtape quicker than any drug. It also opened tha door for him to embrace Baton Rouge’s sound and style.

#01: BluBlack Code Blu (2008)
Gardere Lane representative BluBlack released his Code Blu album toward tha end of 2008. With nearly all of tha production and rappin’ done by Blu, Blu’s drug-induced lifestyle, pill-poppin’, street music caught on with Frankie in a major, addictive way. Tha CD also introduced him to peeps like Yung Yola, and he kept replaying tha CD constantly throughout 2009. Code Blu goes down as Frankie’s favorite Louisiana CD that he’s come across throughout his 7-year period of bein’ connected with tha Louisiana rap scene.

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