Regional raps from North Carolina! Showdown and the Fire Department
have a radio show on 102 Jamz, one of the two big rap stations in the Triad. 'Sausage' owes R. Kelly some publishing; first for the gross-out drip sound effect from 'Trapped in the Closet,' and second for borrowing corny sex-food rhymes from 'In the Kitchen.' (Closets and Kitchens: There are many rooms in the House of Kells). Showdown gets credit for taking his appetite for sex/food a step further and shouting out all the big girls "132 pounds and up!"
The Showdown myspace offers some terrible flavor of the month remixes, one steel drums and 'reggae-tinged,' and the other with generic crunk rock guitar loops and a fake Lil Jon. I can't see the rockstar movement going much further. It's too much about the signified and not enough about the sound, as evidenced here and discussed at posse on blogway
. I've been thinking about this, and I'll post more later.