Friday, August 8, 2014

Fight Music: On All Black Congress's "Crime Mob" and Nostalgia [watch]

Disclaimer: I'm not an advocate for violence--only when provoked.

"Play this song when you stomp a nigga..."

I miss the days when fights would break out because the DJ played that song.

Depending on your age, you remember those days too: the DJ would play a specific song that he knew would cause a fight--the aforementioned that song, (some) women would clear the floor, people would turn up, and before you know it, a fight would break out. To quote a famed comedian, that train was never late.

Of course, it wasn't the safest thing to be involved in, but it was the sheer adrenaline rush and the knowledge that once the song came on, you had full license to wild out that held a certain allure. It would never go beyond that,though. There would be no shooting or anything of the kind.

You probably remember the groups that made those songs too: Three Six Mafia, Master P and the No Limit Soldiers, Project Pat, Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony, D12, M.O.P; the list goes on and on. Despite the fact that few current artists truly make music for that sole purpose, it just so happens that "Crime Mob"--so named after the Atlanta collective who made one of those songs--by All Black Congress fits directly into that lineage.

If you've ever been to a party in Atlanta, then you know that few songs can get the crowd hyper than a Crime Mob song, and if "Crime Mob" by All Black Congress is any indicator, it may have some competition.

Though the ABC crew directly borrows the flow, subject matter, and energy of those groups, the video stays firmly rooted in their hometown of Atlanta, as one member rides through the hood ON the hood of a hearse, and another delivers his verse on what seems to be a rooftop. Lyrically, T. Mason and Phonic are obvious students of their craft, as they both drop skilled verses over Squills Beats' chilling and menacing rendition of the X-Files theme song (which is already chilling and menacing).

Yea, I know the days of fight music being solely for fighting have since passed, but for 3 minutes and 54 seconds, I can relive those days again.

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