Originally created 06/17/04

'Crunk Classics' lets club anthems stir adrenaline

Get crunk.

When uttered by a DJ or a Dirty South rapper, hip-hop lovers know, it's time to get buck wild, crazy, all out hyped and amped.

Crunk Classics, on TVT Records, is set for release Tuesday with songs from various rappers below the Mason-Dixon line who evoke some of these emotions.

The no-brainer here is Bia Bia 2, the undeniable crunk hit by Lil Jon and the Eastside Boyz, featuring Chyna Whyte and Too Short.

With heady bass lines and instigating lyrics that shun softies and command listeners to get up, man up and be tough, the song continues to evoke in-your-face jumping and sporadic body-jerking by crunk folk in the club.

Surprisingly, the song is the only one featured from Lil Jon, the self-proclaimed king of crunk and the reason Atlanta has become the crunk capital of the music world. Perhaps this was TVT's way of ensuring that no artist was featured more than once.

Still, six of the 14 tracks are from Atlanta artists, including Pastor Troy's shove-provoking No Mo Play in GA, and Youngbloodz's fun, hook-catchy U-Way.

Club anthems include JT Money's Who Dat, Trick Daddy's Shut Up, Three 6 Mafia's Tear Da Club Up and Petey Pablo's Raise Up. A plus is the hard-to-find underground remix Pocket Full of Stones, by UGK.

Noncrunk Drama and Sammy Sam should have been shelved and replaced by a deserving but overlooked 8 Ball and MJG.

The CD is a good collection of songs for people who like down South rap and already have gotten crunk, or at least bobbed their heads to it in the club or in their cars.

Crunk Classics also serves as a commendable workout CD: the rowdy, defiant lyrics, chanty hooks and driving beats can replace decreasing energy with a double shot of adrenaline that exerts an angry, yet confident, determination to push you to complete that extra mile.

Reach C. Samantha McKevie at (706) 823-3552 or samantha.mckevie@augustachronicle.com.


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