A quick word about “making out”–It’s complicated. You don’t want the song to do too much of the work, because then its like, “what are we doing, the song is already doing the work.” This is why only really cheesy older people make out to “Sexual Healing.”
Dj Spanish Fly didn’t invent gangster rap, but when you go back to the early 80’s and double-check who was pumping 808’s MAD GRIMeY and whose flow was MAD SLoW, he’s at the top of the list. Most well-known for his association with Three 6 Mafia, Spanish Fly’s style has remained the same over time, unstifled by changing fads. His rhymes are creepy, smooth, stoned slow and sly. Spanish Fly still has a slot on Memphis’s Hot 107.1 , recently released a new mixtape and has started touring in various cities across the country.
RBMA:Yeah it seems like that kind of Memphis energy has spread a lot over the past two decades.
SPANISH FLY:Yeah, all over the world, and that’s what I be proud about. I’ll be sitting back laughing every time I hear Drumma [Boy] do something with Drake or [DJ] Paul [of Three 6 Mafia] do something or [Yo] Gotti do something, because it’s just an accomplishment, man. (RBMA)
Wanna win a pair of tickets to see DJ Spanish Fly open for Danny Brown? Olivia S.’s show “We are Floating in Space” will give away a pair at Thursday at 5 AM. Here is what Olivia says about Dj Spanish Fly:
“DJ Spanish Fly reminds me of one of the first friends I made in high school…we would always listen to music together; we both liked music from the south, though I was more into Southern rock/blues while he liked Southern hip hop. There were artists I knew like Lil Jon and Organized Noize, but I remember him also playing stuff I hadn’t heard before at the time like DJ Spanish Fly…for whatever especially loved the obscure track “Alright” off the A.B.C.D.E. album, and I couldn’t help but think back to that and smile when I heard about the show this Friday. I’ve since explored more by DJ Spanish fly and can appreciate the simplicity and directness of his music/have much respect for the influence that he had on a lot of the hip hop coming out of Memphis during the 80s-90s. ”
Not a clear win by any means, but The Durutti Column‘s original version is flawless. The intro seems to drag on forever, but it totally works. Sort of goes by the idea of just enough, no more + no less; sparse strings, sparse vocals + the overall being deserted on your honeymoon in a cabana vibe. Compare this to Espers‘s take — the wind pipe or whatever… very nice. Psychedelic, airy, but a bit too “emotional”. I prefer the original — super melancholic but not too burnt about it. That said, the wooden chimes at the end are pretty cool too.
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