Main Attrakionz logged at least 50 releases between 2009-2012, if you count both group and solo projects. The number goes up to about 80 if you count collaborations and related Green Ova material. If you extend the date period to 2015, their upcoming 808s and Dark Grapes III album might just be somewhere around their 100th. That’s a whole shitload of music, and incredibly that’s actually not all of it. There were also innumerable loosies.
A lot of these random unattached tracks came out between late 2010 and 2012, arguably the peak period for the group in terms of both quality and popularity. Some were purposeful high-profile collaborations with other noteworthy rising rappers and producers of the era, the rest were likely just fortuitous byproducts of hyperactive creativity. A whole lot of them were really really good. Unfortunately, because the internet moves at such a rapid pace, many were quickly forgotten.
I’ve always thought it was a shame to just let all these gems fade away from memory. So with the anticipation of the new album in mind, I’ve decided to compile my favorite loosies from that time. Enjoy!
Cover by Jah Turner
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Since we got some new music from 3 Huntsville alums today, and we’re headed into the long weekend, seems like a good occasion to dust off this old gem put together by the esteemed Traps N’ Trunks crew. This is a great time capsule of the Hunstville scene at the time, tons of talented artists on here – G-Side and ST 2 Lettaz solo, Mr Marcellus, Jackie Chain, Kristmas, PT with his group Untamed, several members of the PRGz, etc etc… The sound leans toward trap but this was a multifaceted scene, so country rap tunes and space age excursions on 26″ rims crop up as well. As good a place to start as any if you’re not familiar with this city’s fertile rap history.
No idea what project this song will land on, but you can download it HERE.
New solo jawnt from ST, from his upcoming Good Day in the Ghetto: Season 1 EP which is set to drop later this month. There’s an interview about it and new G-Side stuff over at Mishka, who also premiered the video and will release the project. You should go read it.
Preview stream before the album officially drops tomorrow. If you need some convincing, read Meagan Garvey’s glowing review of the album over at Pitchfork.
Premiered via Stereogum.
I found this via First Name Ralph, a great eponymous blog which has a wealth of awesome 90s mixtapes up for streaming. I went to this particular tape first because I was specifically looking for something by Ron G (I was in the mood for some blends). Judging by the tracklist this tape was likely put together sometime in 98ish, or somewhere thereabout. A good range of rap from that period is represented, you get big crossover singles and Tunnel bangers and some indie but still street-oriented rapping ass rapping, all mixed and blended in Ron G’s trademark style.
Ralph himself provides some interesting details about what’s included on the tape in his original post HERE. For more on Ron G, you should definitely read Stan Ipcus’ very informative interview with the man over at Nah Right.
Who’s nice? – Camron
Bloody Money Part 2 – Noriega / Nas / Nature
Ooh la la (Ron G Remix) – Demond
Love the way (Charlie Thompson Mix) – Elements of Life
Unpunkinwitable – Sonya Blade
State to State – Noid / Common / Dug Infinite
Clubbin (remix) – Ice Cube / DMX
Jam on it – Cardan / Jermaine Dupri
Freestyle (BK Version) – Franchise
Turn it up (remix) (Night Rider Version) – Busta Rhymes
Nasty Boy – Notorious BIG / Puff Daddy
Hotel Motel – AKIL / Honey
Freestyle – Mr AG
Jive Allstars – Mic Vandels / Jane Bond / Casino / Arron Hall
Been around the world (remix) – Puff Daddy / Mase
Freestyle – Sonya Blade
Everybody wanna rat – The Lox
One Love – Cormega
Horse and Carriage – Camron / Mase
I want you back (remix) – Black Rob / Michael Jackson
Work – Gangstarr
A million and one questions (remix) – Jay-Z
What time is it – Sauce Money / Waize / Big Jaz
I like it like that – Tracy Lee (Hot)
Dolla Bills – Money Boss Playas
Money – Charlie Baltimore
What – Rah-Sun
A great psych record from a San Francisco quartet. Reminiscent of prime Sabbath in the best way, and nicely spiced up with attractive prog touches and esoteric asides into vaguely Eastern territories. More trippy and mystical than headbanging, but will still rattle the bong nicely. Better than most retro-rock stuff I come across, possibly because all the band members are females and they make flutes sound heavy and name songs things like ‘I Wish a Muthafucka Would’.
A track from Awful’s (or maybe it’s just KeithCharles’) Summer Singles series. Same great lowslung vaporous vibe here as on Ethereal’s excellent I Think I’m On Fire album.