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I feel awful about it, for some reason (maybe because Katrina proved one of them a saint?), but I never quite made it through this year’s Ying Yang Twins and David Banner albums. Or if I did (and I definitely tried, too many times), I wasn’t enjoying them enough to pay much attention. They just seemed dreary or something. Still, as Pete Townshend says: Love long crunk, be it dead or alive. Or Southern rap, at least.


ROSANNE CASH
King’s Record Shop
(Columbia/Legacy ’80s country-rock reissue)

Stream “Rosie Strike Back

Stream “The Way We Make a Broken Heart” (Windows Media)

ROSANNE CASH
Seven Year Ache
(Columbia/Legacy ’80s country-rock reissue)

Stream “Rainin’

Stream “Seven Year Ache” (Windows Media)

SAM COOKE
One Night Stand! Live at the Harlem Square Club
(RCA/Legacy live ’60s soul reissue)

Stream “Soul Twist/Introduction
Stream “Chain Gang” (Windows Media)

D4L
Down 4 Life
(DeeMoney Entertainment/Asylum minimalist Southern electro-rap album)

Stream “Bankhead

Stream “Laffy Taffy” (Windows Media)

THE FEDERATION
“Only Wear My White Tees Once”
(Southwest Federation hyphy
hip-hop single)

FIELD MOB
“Friday Night”
(Interscope Southern hip-hop single)

Stream “Friday Night” (Windows Media Player)

R. KELLY
Trapped in the Closet, Chapters 1-12
(Jive/Zomba mentally deranged
perv-soul “hip-hopera” DVD)

BILL KIRCHEN
King of Dieselbilly
(Hightone ’90s-’00s truckerbilly reissue)

Stream “Dim Lights, Thick Smoke

Stream “Womb to the Tomb” (Windows Media Player)

BRIE LARSEN
Finally Out of P.E.
(Casablanca dance-rocked teen-pop
album)

Stream “Falling into History

Stream “Finally Out of P.E.” (Windows Media)

MYNT
Still Not Sorry
(Ultra dancepop album)

Stream “How Did You Know?

Stream “Playa Haters” (Windows Media)

PITBULL
Money Is Still a Major Issue
(TVT missing-link-between-crunk-and-reggaetón-and-dancehall remix album)

Stream “Rah Rah

Stream “Culo” (Windows Media)

Crunk Hits
(TVT ’00s crunk reissue compilation)

Stream “Yeah

Stream “Salt Shaker” (Windows Media)