Just in time for the release of the group's hip-rock mixtape $Free.99, Vonnegutt frontman Kyle Lucas was nice enough to put together a playlist of tracks from ATL's rap royal family that were most influential to him while growing up in East Cobb, presumably in an effort to make Marietta seem less...corny. Turn those speakers up and jam out to:
Cool Breeze, "Watch For The Hook"
The ATL equivalent of Wu-Tang Clan's "Triumph", this track samples Merry Clayton's "Southern Man" and features the entire DF family joining East Point MC Cool Breeze, who reminds you that he's "the coolest cutter at camp", which should stand until Boy Scouts find out about Slap Chops.
OutKast, "Gasoline Dreams"
Over a bouncy tempo and funk guitar riff, Big Boi threatens to sic L.A. Reid's goons on a harassing cop, while Dre delivers a searing hook screaming "I hear that Mother Nature's now on birth control" -- a statement that could only come from a person's diaphragm.
Slimm Calhoun, "It's OK"
On this spacey, head-noddy single Slimm Cutta tells ladies it's fine to sweat him, gets a helium-voiced verse from Andre 3k, and describes smoking blunts at Club 112 with a couple of Clydesdales, so you know it was some primo Bud.
Killer Mike, "Akshun (Yeah!)"
Killa Kill from Adamsville's head-knocking Monster cut has a quick Dre intro, a Big Boi hook, and has KM bragging about "snappin' and trappin' and rappin' and frappin' all night" which any hustler knows is how to go from petty money to making those Starbucks.
Kilo Ali, "Love In Ya Mouth"
ATL legend Kilo was briefly signed to ONP when he released this awesomely lewd sing-along about oral pleasures, with General Patton stopping by to say he's "looking for love off in your jaw cavity". Well hopefully not yours.
Cee Lo Green, "Big Ole Words"
Cee Lo reinforces his lyrical prowess to those second-guessing Southern rappers on this slow-burning pan-fluted solo cut off his debut album Cee Lo Green And His Perfect Imperfections, proving that ATL MCs ain't no flaw.
OutKast, "Da Art Of Storytellin' (Part 2)"
An apocalyptic tale with heavily distorted vocals, the Southernplayalistic duo ominously crows about rushing to the studio just to make one last recording at the end of the world...ahhh, so that's why they call it the Rapture.
Goodie Mob, "Cell Therapy"
On this anthem of paranoia, Goodie waxed chaotic about the New World Order, with Khujo famously mentioning an alleged government conspiracy called "Operation Heartbreak Hotel", also a children's game where you use a set of tweezers to remove peanut butter, banana, and bacon sandwiches from Elvis's arterial tract.