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“Welcome to the land where it just don’t stop. Trunks pop, tops drop, and the front-end hop.” I like to imagine summer is a lot like the world Houston rapper Fat Pat [RIP] describes on “Tops Pop,” where the music is funky, the cars have impractical modifications and the barbeques are forever blazing.

London’s non-existent beach culture and grimy urban backdrop can put a damper on any sun loving spirit, but listening to the tracks assembled below helps ease the chill. The loose criterion for these tunes is good vibes, the odd cheesy synth and choruses that inspire singing when friends are out of hearing range.

I’ve recently begun digging through classic Southern rap and while most pioneers from the East/West Coast have reached international acclaim, there’s a plethora of talent below the Dixie that hasn’t reached foreign ears. For this reason I’ve included Big Mike, Z-Ro and Dead End Alliance as well as B. Bravo for being one of my new favourite funk producers, The Dream for releasing his best material in a long time and Pimp C for being Pimp C. So lean back, sip your favourite brown liquor, push play and lend a thought to those of us not surrounded by summer dresses.


1) B.T. Express- Give up the Funk (Let’s Dance)

2) Juicy – Sugar Free

3) B. Bravo – Energy

4) Fat Pat – Tops Drop

5) Big Mike ft Pimp C– Havin’ Thangs

6) Slim Thug ft Z-RO– Summertime

7) Big Krit ft Devin The Dude – Moon and Stars

8) Undergravity – Goin’ Live

9) Ghostface Killah ft John Legend – Let’s Stop Playing

10) Chuck Inglish ft Vic Mensa and Killa Kyleon – James Harden

11) Slick Rick ft Outkast – Street Talkin’

12) Dead End Alliance ft Lil Keke – Sun hit the fade

13) The Dream – Outkast

14) Don Brown – Don’t Lose Your Love

15) Kool & The Gang – Heaven at once

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