Wednesday, March 09, 2005



OG RON C - FUCK ACTION 40
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he's cranking these out now. four discs! disc one, the new stuff, disc two, the fuck action classics, disc three and four, the oldschool stuff. watts might have started the slowed r&b compilations (ehhh but like the song says screw did it first-- he had r&b tracks all over his tapes, almost as much glossy brandnew r&b as west coast gangsta rappers) but you can tell ron c really feels it. he lets his syrupy voice flow over everything, even making the warnings to bootleggers sound sorta sexy ("if it doesn't have the seal on it, baby ... you ... got ... ... fu ... ck ... ed ... take it back and get the ... real ... deal").
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you know the basic appeal. everything sounding sadder and sweatier. sweet pure clean female voices turned into fat passionate dirty sobbing. mens voices turned phlegmy and syrupy, and even further into tortured brays or churchbell donging, stretched and sliced and fucked up by og ron c's hands on the record.
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this is slow, slow, not some bullshit wattspeed 5% slowed, rocking with the same dj screw tapehiss claustrophobia, getting lost in the nauseating bleariness. ron c fucks with the record, puts his machines and hands against it. he sandpapers the shine off milliondollar production, dusts static over it, draws voices out into airy whisperroars, takes a handful of drums from the left and rolls them into oncoming sound from the other record on the deck, throwing things into opposition, disharmony, chopping up the vocals into abstraction, drawing up halfsentences and slices of words. almost nothing is allowed to play out without being cut up hard, except for the respectful treatments of the real oldschool tracks: "i gotta let this one here ride on out for all the real representers all over the world."
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the newschool stuff, obvious choices: lil jon usher luda with all momentum blown away by chop--chop--chop--chopping, sex in the kitchen, john legend unchopped and just letting the machines distorting his voice, lots of fantasia, omarion. and the second disc, the classics, jodeci, brian mcknight, keith sweat, christina aguilera. and two discs of the oldschool stuff he loves, the chi-lites, the commodores, lionel richie, mtume, bobby womack, bb king, letting ray charles play out as the closer with those beautiful horns (precedent set by screw chopping up all those old soul tracks and still unknown gritted pawnshop blues records-- even miles davis on) ("don't be blowin up my hotline talkin bout 'my seeee deeeee sound cra--zy!!'-- it's a oldschool cd, playa. it's supposed to be like this. it was before technology!")
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(sosouth.com, has #40 and a good portion of the rest of the series.)


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