Dirty States of America: The Untold Story Of Southern Hip-Hop (MIC Media/Image) Rating: NNNN Rating: NNNN
If you've ever watched a Li'l Jon video and wondered how the "yeah-uh" hollering hustler got to be the King of Crunk, with more gold records than teeth, the Dirty States Of America documentary DVD will give you the lowdown on the rise of Southern hiphop. But more than just the story of Atlanta's crunk scene, the gritty street-level study presents a bullshit-free oral history of important regional music developments in Miami, Houston, Memphis and New Orleans as told by the DJs, distributors, hardcore fans and artists themselves, like Scarface, Willie D, Magic Mike, David Banner, Big Gipp, Cee-Lo, 8Ball, L'il Flip, Devin the Dude, Sammy Sam and a drunk-ass Li'l Jon, who can't even remember his name. Unfortunately, key players like Master P, Cash Money millionaire Manny Fresh, OutKast and UNLV aren't interviewed. But Dirty States Of America still does an excellent job of uncovering the social and economic factors at work and ultimately provides a cultural context for those blinged-out booty-shakin' Ying Yang Twins clips.