Summer Jamz '08 #11: Jeff Weiss
Summer Jamz '08 #11: G'Z Up, Prose Down
01. Parliament-“Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker)
02. N.W.A.-“Alwayz Into Somethin’”
03. Dr. Dre-“Nuthin’ But a G Thang”
04. Above the Law ft. 2Pac & Money B-“Call It What U Want”
05. The Dove Shack-“Summertime in the LBC”
06. Domino-“Getto Jam”
07. The Twinz-“Round N’ Round”
08. Snoop Doggy Dogg-“Gin and Juice”
09. 2Pac ft. Shock G & Money B-“I Get Around”
10. Mista Grimm ft. Nate Dogg & Warren G-“Indo Smoke”
11. Ice Cube ft. George Clinton-“Bop Gun”
12. The Lady of Rage-“Afro Puffs”
13. Sam Sneed ft. Dr. Dre-“U Better Recognize”
14. The D.O.C.-“The D.O.C. and The Doctor”
15. DJ Quik-“Jus Lyke Compton”
16. W.C. and the Maad Circle-“The One”
17. Tha Dogg Pound-“Let’s Play House”
18. Kurupt ft. Nate Dogg-“Girls All Pause”
19. Warren G ft. Nate Dogg & Snoop-“Game Don’t Wait”
20. Warren G & Nate Dogg-“Regulate”
21. Warren G & Nate Dogg-“Nobody Does It Better”
22. Parliament-“P-Funk (Wants to Get Funked Up)”
Radio raised me. Power 106 and 92.3, The Beat, filtering in fuzzy and faint from the battered and bruised transistor, blank cassette in at all times—just in case. “Gin and Juice” and Maxells as madelines and tea, inside my broom closet bedroom, tattered with tapes as trophies. The holy trinity: The Chronic. Regulate and Doggystyle; the latter, swiped from a shuttered Music Plus, purchased by me for a mere $7 from a kleptomaniac, entrepreneurial ex-friend. Last I heard, he’d moved to Northern Arizona to escape from drug dealers. In the process, he found God and eventually assumed a position in an evangelical Korean Ministry.
Contrasted with the cluttered condo clusterfuck of this last Bush year, that Los Angeles of 1992 seems almost unrecognizable. Back then, South Central, Compton and the land south of the Ten still smoldered, a burn-out husk from the Rodney King riots that had erupted a few moths prior, as though to prove Ice Cube’s point. The city had an almost martial tone to it, there were unspoken boundaries you didn’t cross and “the club” on every steering wheel. Crips, Bloods and Bullets waged internecine warfare* so the shrill sirens of Fox 11 News at 10 told us. Hell, even in the rich parts of town, neurotic school administrators banned Raiders and Kings garb for being gang affiliated, though the closest their students had come to ‘banging’ was the Whack-A-Mole at Chuck E. Cheese.
So maybe Mike Davis was right. Maybe Los Angeles was a city of quartz. But if so, it was about to turn platinum. Thing is, everything changed when The Chronic dropped. The Dre of N.W.A. that “didn’t smoke weed or cess,” was dead, his politics largely muted. Instead, he’d found the good drugs, a stack of Parliament samples and a lanky, ex-Long Beach Crip with a flow ostensibly ordained by God to soundtrack hot and hazy Sunday BBQ’s. The combination was unstoppable and by the time Snoop’s debut dropped the next fall, G-Funk had everyone on lock, from Baldwin Hills to Bel Air, from Compton to Calabasas. You want proof that Jayceon Taylor is full of shit? Because of no self-respecting Angeleno would’ve ever bragged about shop-lifting The Chronic in ’95. What was dude listening to before that? P.M. Dawn? Snap? Jesus Jones?
The story’s rote by now. The big money boom. Suge Knight, the mad villain, burning blunts and Cohibas, glowering at the world from a plush aerie inside a pitch black Wilshire Blvd. skyscraper, the same one shared by Larry Flynt and Hustler, on the corner of Beverly Hills’ restaurant row. Dre turned hip-hop’s Howard Hughes, hibernating deep in the West Valley, obsessed with the unattainable notion of perfection and whether Winstrol could make his biceps as big as his ego. Snoop became more brand than rapper. Warren G got busted for taking Nate Dogg’s advice to be “high like every day.” And as for poor Nathan Hale, that perpetually underrated R&B master, he was somehow felled by a stroke before the age of 40. God knows what happened to Sam Sneed? Drugs. Jail. The PGA Tour?
But for a few short years there, say that stretch from The Riots until 2Pac got shot, G-Funk owned the sound of our summers. Pure California ride music to cannon out of every car stereo, soundtrack every party, the ideal accessory to cheap weed, smuggled liquor and the baking black asphalt. I don’t know what kids listen to today. Weezy? Jeezy? The Game’s compelling but hollow nostalgia? We had it good. After all, who better to make sun-scorched jams than the kids from the real land of the endless summer? Like Nate Dogg and Warren G said, “Nobody Does It Better.”
Summer Jamz '08 #10: What Is by Mike Powell
"The summer mix—full of hot tunes advocating general irresponsibility—is basically a sham..."
Summer Jamz '08 #9: Compiled by Nate DeYoung & Todd Hutlock
"If we have a theme for this mix, it would be ‘nothing from the new milennium.’ Well, for Hutlock’s portion of the mix..."
Summer Jamz '08 #8: Privately Owned by Theon Weber
"I'm typing this from a studio apartment in Portland, Oregon, at the tail end of a hazy First of July..."
Summer Jamz '08 #7: Daydreamin' by Andrew Gaerig and John M. Cunningham
"For this mix we focused on the theme of "daydreams." Pour yourself a drink that requires an umbrella, kick off your flip-flops, and take a listen."
Summer Jamz '08 #6: It's Not the Heat by Jeff Siegel and Kevin J. Elliott
"This mix is a reflection of soupy, unrelenting humidity. A heat mirage. A little dancing, but not too much, because we must lie down and rehydrate."
Summer Jamz '08 #5: Compiled by Jayson Greene and Stewart Voegtlin
"Oh, geezus. Didn’t we all wanna give up the goose when the sweat ceased to dribble and ran?"
Summer Jamz '08 #3: Dear Summer... by Jonathan Bradley
"My mix is for the times everything is still and quiet and perfect ... I haven’t included any yacht rock or Eagles tunes, but that’s all I can guarantee."
Summer Jamz '08 #2: State of the Union, Jack by Mike Orme and Nick Southall
"Two former Stylus Magazine compatriots ... celebrate the summer by splitting halves of a mix CD, each trying to fill their side with songs the other writer would put on a summer mix."
Labels: Summer Jamz '08