Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Confirmation of Dr. Dre and Snoop Dog watering down rap

Coming from Eazy-E. When I originally wrote about this I didn't realize that Dr. Dre was a former member of NWA with Eazy-E.
Dre and Snoop Dog took the tooth out of hard edged rap, made it less violent and less criminal, focussed on the drug use (marijuana and alcohol) that most appealed to white people, dropped references to the less pleasant aspects of life in general, and packaged it in a "gangster" veneer, made bank doing it. Became millionaires several times over. Eazy-E turns out to have made a whole album, It's On(Dr Dre) 187um killa, about the issue.

The album is really funny; it's a takedown an a parody of Snoop Dog's music. Making fun of the arabesque keyboards, making fun of the praise of marijuana, gin and juice, Snoop Dog in general as a person claiming to be a gangster. Sample lyric "Bow wow wow yippie yo yippie ya, suck on my nuts n***** suck on my nuts, n*****", "Gettin' high as a motherfucker, high as a motherfucker, high as a mother fucker, gettin' high as a motherfucker, high as a motherfucker, high as a motherfucker."

Frat boys wouldn't like the regular rap that directly preceded it. Here's a song "Nobody Move" by, probably written by Ice Cube, but performed by Eazy-E on "Eazy Duz It". Not an endorsement of the lyrics but just an example. Let's see what's here: killing, beating up people, attempted rape. He also makes at least three references to hitting women on "Eazy Duz It". It's not pretty, but it's more honest about crime and gangsterdom than what's been packaged since the early '90s.

"Allright...
Empty your pockets, but do it slow
Take everything you got and lay it on the fuckin floor
Don't make me have to set an example today
and blow one of you crazy motherfuckers away
I'm in a bank, and it's a little bit funny
takin all you stupid motherfuckers' money
Peepin at a bitch cause my dick's on hard
Laughin at the dumb ass security guard
who's tied up for the moment, not sayin' a word
I should have known it before, the motherfucker's a nerd
But back to the bitches I'm peepin
and then untie the hoe, so I can start creepin
Took her to the backroom, about to jack
Cold trailed the bitch, with a gun in the back
I said: "Lay down, and unbutton your bra!"
There was the biggest titties that a nigga ever saw
I said: "Damn", then the air got thinner
Only thought in my mind, was goin' up in her
The suspense was makin' me sick
She took her panties down and the bitch had a dick!
I said: "Damn", dropped the gat from my hand
[What I thought was a bitch, was nothing but a man]
Put the gat to his legs, all the way up his skirt
because this is one faggot that I had to hurt, so

[Chorus]

[I said get down. I want you all face-down on the floor
Anybody moves and I shoot]

Stackin up the money and there's more to collect
cause I don't give a fuck, I take traveler's checks
Yo, Ren, peep out the window, and tell me what you see
[Three motherfuckin police starin at me; what to do now?]
Hurry up and get on
Allright, tell me, who is the motherfuckin alarm?
I'm a give ya a chance, and count to three
or else five of ya bitches are comin with me
[Police: Allright, Allright, come out niggaz, or we're coming in
This is the only chance to turn yourself in]
Fuck you! We got hostages, and plenty of loot
and don't give a damn and not afraid to shoot
We're sendin out the hostages, all except five
and if you don't meet our demands, they won't stay alive
We want a copter, so we can get away clean
and take some pussy along, if you know what I mean
One hostage got brave, and got off the floor
but I smoked his ass before he got to the door
[Police: They shot a hostage, they shot a hostage!]
[MC Ren: You stupid motherfucker tryin' to run
now you're dead as fuck tryin' to race a gun]
[Police: Allright, this is the last chance to get off your ass
or else the tear gas is about to blast]
I ran to the back and Ren followed behind
to a hell of a spot that was hard to find
The bank was fucked up, the shit was smokin
with screamin hostages, runnin and chokin
Gettin away, but I was suddenly stopped
at point blank range, by a motherfuckin cop
And I hope they don't think that a lesson was taught
cause a nigga like the E was finally caught
My gat wouldn't fire, the shit wouldn't work
So, y'all know what time it is "

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