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The Roots of Gangsta Rap

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


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.