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The Roots of Gangsta Rap

Artist Song Buy
Diamanda Galas  I Put A Spell On You (Screamin' Jay Hawkins)  buy on itunes
Buck Satan & The 666 Shooters  A Friend Of The Devil (Greatful Dead)  buy on itunes
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds  Wanted Man (Bob Dylan & Johnny Cash)  buy on itunes
16 Horsepower  Bad Moon Risin' (C.C.R.)  buy on itunes
Lydia Lunch & Nels Cline  Heartattack & Vine (Tom Waits)  buy on itunes
Nick Cave  Knoxville Girl (Tradational)  buy on itunes
Metallica   Last Caress - Acoustic (The Misfits)  buy on itunes
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds  Mack The Knife (Louis Armstrong)  buy on itunes
Mike Ness  Folsom Prison Blues (Johnny Cash)  buy on itunes
Johnny Cash   The Mercy Seat (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds)  buy on itunes
Foetus & Lydia Lunch  Don't Fear The Reaper (B.O.C.)  buy on itunes
BloodAxis  The Hangman & The Papist (traditional)  buy on itunes
Cowboy Junkies  Me & The Devil Blues (Robert Johnson)  buy on itunes
Pixies  (In Heaven...) The Lady In The Radiator (David Lynch & Angelo Badalamente)  buy on itunes


The title covers from an interview with Ice T, where he stated that Johnny Cash was the original gangsta. Songs like "Cocaine Blues" and "Folsom Prison" were full of the anger and misanthropy that modern rappers (and punkers) love as imagery. Most of these songs are based on the tradational murder ballad and the quest to redeem a tarnished soul, the rest are just hard luck stories or bad ass stories! I also tried to keep the music semi-acoustic (Pixies & Foetus are not, but don't interupt things too badly). I put the original artist in parentheses after the title (i am not 100% on some, so I listed who I've heard the earliest recording by - feel free to correct me. Apologies for the over-use of Nick Cave, he's just so versitile and loves to do covers. Buck Satan... is an Al Jourgensen fronted band, basicly Ministry with acoustic guitars and a banjo!
-- cheers!


Date: 7/1/2002
i don't think there's any need to apologize for over-using Nick Cave. This is *excellent*, and pretty badass to boot.
Date: 7/3/2002
Outstanding mix covering a great idea...! Bravo Reverend! (As for Nick Cave....Euchrid would suggest reading Numbers 22: 23-31)
Date: 5/7/2003
Excellent idea. I'll have to check out that cover of Knoxville Girl. Edgar Winter covering Coasters "Cell Block #9" would fit here great. By the way, I would not credit Armstrong with the original of "Mack the Knife" that song is just a translation of "Mecke Messer" from Threepenny Opera by Kurt Weill, originally sung in German by Lotte Lenya.

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