ZZ Top "I Gotsta Get Paid" Houston Rap

Houston Rap Connects on ZZ Top’s “I Gotsta Get Paid”

ZZ Top "25 Lighters"

America, you look good at 236 years old. You’re celebrating like it’s 1999 on this extended celebration of your independence. We know you like to live it up with your BBQs, open fire hydrants, and block-busting fireworks during this time of year. At 236, age ain’t nothin’ but a number ma. One of your greatest products has been your sons, ZZ Top rocking for forty-some-odd-years, knowing no expiration date on scoring many of 4th of Julys. This year, their album Texicali stoked the flames of patriotism across the nation. You know where they also got that burning sensation from? None other than their home of Texas, where the stars at night are big and bright. These superstars of Texas rock and roll, and blues made a big impact last month when their four track EP Texicali dropped, featuring the standout track, “I Gotsta Get Paid.” Mass Appeal recently revisited “25 Lighters,” the song ZZ Top covered for “I Gotsta Get Paid.” Those bold lyrics uttered from the wizard beards of rock music were originally rapped by DJ DMD, Lil Keke and Fat Pat, and later honored by Das Racist on the “Luv It Mayne” remix (featuring Fat Tony and Bo P, produced by Tom Cruz). Tony and Tom checked in with MA to talk about the significance of the H-Town classic, before they became stars in their own right. Salute!

DJ DMD FEAT. LIL KEKE AND FAT PAT “25 LIGHTERS”

Fat Tony: I fuck with ZZ Top forever. That’s some real H-Town rock ‘n’ roll legends right there, my nigga. I just did a lil DJ thing at a hardcore/metal show in Richmond, VA and jammed their cover loud as fuck. Growing up, “25 Lighters” was the biggest song of all-time, in my mind. Lil Keke and Fat Pat’s verses were ingrained deeply into the brains of every young black kid living on the southside of Houston, especially in my neighborhood 3rd Ward which was the home to many stars like Big Moe. I literally heard “25 Lighters” every day, either on the radio or out the mouth of a fellow classmate. So you know I was bout it, bout it when Tom Cruz sampled it for “Luv It Mayne.”

Hearing Murs say “R.I.P. Fat Pat” before his verse really took me by surprise. Sometimes I forget how Big Screw and all that ’90s Houston rap really was. Being a kid, it was just the locals making incredible music for the locals. But now that I’m a man, I see it spread to underground hip hop fans everywhere! What was once just my beloved regional sound is now a big influence for anybody taking the time to stencil TRILL on their clothes or slow down a song in audacity for their Tumblr. Crazy shit. I still remember my mama picking me up from school and informing me of Fat Pat’s death while waiting in the drive-thru at Whataburger. He was really the star of the scene in his last year of life. Everyone thought he’d break out of Texas but now his soul is forever resting here with us. Much respect to Port Arthur’s DJ DMD, the same great town that birthed UGK. Shout out to Das Racist who got on the “Luv It Mayne” remix and helped Fat Pat’s voice reach many more people.

DAS RACIST FEAT. FAT TONY & BO P (PROD. TOM CRUZ) “LUV IT MAYNE” REMIX

Tom Cruz: My mother’s family is from Houston—pretty much all in the 3rd Ward. Being that I didn’t grow up with her, I’d visit a lot: the summers, and holidays, over the years— most importantly the years where Texan rap culture was at its zenith—the mid-to-late ’90s. At 14/15-ish, my older cousins used to sneak me into this ratchet ass club called T-Town using one of their expired licenses, and 10 extra bucks. In T-Town you could see the physical manifestation of Trill (LOL). There were boppers exposing they titties dancing on speakers, doing the Southside, the Bunny Hop, and my personal favorite, Monkey on a Stick. The height of the evening was actually in the parking lot, where my cousins would try to grab girls arms as they passed (I had more game, talking patios to them with that Black and Mild in my ear…LOL). In that parking lot is where I first heard “25 Lighters” distorting loudly from a slab, the screwed version. The phrase “luv it mane” for me kinda expressed the whole scene. Years later I’m trying to give Tony a back drop that encompassed all the adventures: from when I threw that epic BBQ in Pearland with my cousin Laylah, to when I was trying to get K.C.’s little cousin to jump off but everybody knew I was also talking to Andrea, and my fake cousin Beau Ana… Aaww cot damn… All in one phrase I could sample, “luv it mane” was it. BTW, before Lil Flip hit the national scene, believe it or not, his tapes was throwed as shit, ‘member that! Hahahaha. “Spill my drink on my clothes… I can do dat.”

ZZ TOP “I GOTSTA GET PAID”

Related Articles

Music
Music

Introducing the Young One Records Roster

Music
Music

Mass Appeal Massive and Tom Cruz of Double Dragon on Radio Lily

Music
Music

Mass Appeal Massive and DJ Preservation on Radio Lily

Music
Music

8-Bit “Double Dragon” Video by Fat Tony & Tom Cruz

Events
Events

Brooklyn Stands Up for BK Hip-Hop Festival & Founder Wes Jackson

Music
Music

Download 10ille’s Exclusive “Snake Eyes” Remix

Ad

Latest News

what-happened-to-the-remix Features

What Ever Happened To The Mega Remix?

19 joints from the days when you HAD to do a remix
XXXTentacion News

XXXTentacion Takes Pink Rubber Dick Like A Champ

A true performance artist
mir fontane, camden, portrait, woods Music

PREMIERE: Mir Fontane Reveals ‘Camden’ to the World

"It's a mixture of personal stories and some untold stories of my peers, dead and alive."
Philando Castile News

This Little Girl In The Cop Car After Philando Castile Murder Is Heart Breaking

"I don't want you to get shooted"
missy elliot dropped da real world 18 years ago today Music

Missy Elliott Embraced a Darker Vision on ‘Da Real World’

An underappreciated, but very necessary, album from Virginia's own
juiceboxxx-go-to-the-club-alone Music

PREMIERE: Juiceboxxx “Go To The Club Alone”

Pathetic loser anthem
cop-kicks-face News

Should We, Too, Get A 24-Hour Suspension For Kicking Cops In The Face?

Please do not curb-stomp police officers
drake dropping new song, "signs," tomorrow Style

Drake Reveals “Signs,” A New Song “Inspired” by Louis Vuitton

Is there a new Louis Vuitton Don?
wes jackson, brooklyn hip hop festival, brooklyn bodega Hey, You're Cool

Hey, You’re Cool! Wes Jackson of Brooklyn Bodega

The XXL Freshmen look like weirdos, but Jungle Brothers and Q-Tip were weirdos too
Balenciaga Expensive Shopping Bag Style

People Actually Bought This $1100 Leather Balenciaga Shopping Bag

More useless shit
kevin durant dave east studio News

Dave East and Kevin Durant Reunite in the Studio

Which ‘Watch the Throne’ beat will they attack this time?
Black Lives Matter News

Stanford University Does Study, Makes Cute Video, Concludes Cops Are Racist

You get a diploma for that?
khary the listening room Music

New Music From Khary, Marshtini and Oshi

The Listening Room (June 21, 2017)
transformers-the-last-knight Film

10 Easter Eggs To Look Out For In ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’

The movie may be a mess, but this stuff is fun
trey-songz-lyrics-court News

Footage of Trey Songz Saying “F____ the Police” Allowed as Evidence at Trial

Should a Snapchat compilation be admissible in court?
sp one, greg lamarche, graffiti, collage, drawing Art

The Bench: SP One

The writer and artist found joy in art again by looking to the old school