As Eminem's protege, the Alabama-raised Yelawolf is the latest rapper to tap into a niche you could politely call white trash rap. His debut album on Shady Records, Radioactive, openly embraces his less-than-classy roots, with brags about his body being totally tatted up, rocking “dirty ass jeans,” and stockpiling run-down cars in his front yard. (Em joins in the fun by dropping a guest verse on “Throw It Up” that pays tribute to those fine high-class emporiums K-Mart and Payless.) So to get you revved up for Yela's show at The Observatory this Friday, here's the ultimate white trash rap playlist.
5. Bubba Sparxxx, “Ugly”
“Let's be honest — none of us will ever date a model.” So admitted portly Georgia-based rapper Bubba Sparxxx on his Timbaland-produced break-through song. Embracing his less than stellar looks and uncouth taste, the video features mud-wrestling with pigs, a topless man balancing rats on his shoulders, and a middle-aged woman shaving her mustache off. “Take a picture of me,” demands Bubba at one point. In the interests of good old-fashioned taste, we'll pass, thanks.
4. Yelawolf, “The Hardest Love Song In The World”
Yelawolf wears his down south, trailer park pedigree proudly. His tender-but-trashy ode to his fantasy girl sees him seducing her by talking about the likes of Axl Rose, Jason from Friday The 13th, and Ozzy Osbourne ripping the head off a bat. Adding to the classiness, Yela then promises a first date that involves shooting random dogs and cats while riding around in a beat-up car. Don't expect him to pick up the check.
3. The Beastie Boys, “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)”
The video to the Beasties' parenthesis-lumbered anthem might seem like tame stuff these days, what with Ad Rock, Mike D and M.C.A. terrorizing a house party largely by spitting beer at people and throwing custard pies around. But back the '80s the trio struck an iconic stand for white trash pride — a stance aided by the liberal wearing of stone-washed denim and black leather jackets.
2. V-Nasty, “A Day With V-Nasty”
So white trash she's probably, you know, fine to use racist terms when it comes down to it, Kreayshawn's more shit-talking accomplice lit up the Internet last year with her foul-mouthed rants and raves. In lieu of posting up one of Ms. Nasty's songs — because, you know, why would you actually want to go there? — maximum cringe kicks can be found in the Internet footage of her casually slouching around Oakland for an afternoon. Call her a modern white trash princess.
1. Eminem, “White Trash Party”
Rap's greatest ever trailer-park graduate, Eminem embraced his ashy roots by coining the ultimate white trash party anthem. It opens with Em jumping into a pinto that features such salubrious features as a garbage bag over one of the windows and flames spray-painted on the doors and then hitting up a club full of women sporting “tramp stamp” tattoos. Other trappings of the lifestyle: sneaking Bacardi into the club in your underwear, doing donuts in a hospital parking lot and, er, the proud boast of not needing “a tank-top to be a wife beater.” Classy!
Yelawolf performs Friday, Jan 6, 8 p.m. at the Observatory, 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana. (714) 957-0600, $17.