When crunk hit big a few years back, Atlanta was the central city representing all of the dirty south. But a lot of what Atlanta took to the mainstream had already been simmering throughout the south in the underground for years. Houston's DJ Screw and SUC have gotten a lot of well deserved credit lately. Not as much attention has been paid to Memphis bump, likely because it was so hard and violent. I won't claim to be an expert on this shit, but I have been listening pretty obsessively to everything I can get my hands on in the past month or two. Funny enough, the internet's best primer on Memphis bump comes from some weirdo on a pot-centric message board. But hands down, my favorite rapper representing Memphis bump is Tommy Wright III, who released a ton of tapes back in the day but never got picked up nationally when Three 6 Mafia blew up. Below is 1994's AMAZING AMAZING tape Runnin and Gunnin. Enjoy this one, because I definitely am, again and again.
Newsflash | On Da Creep | Still Pimpin | Share Dat Shit | 4 Corners pt. 2 | 10 Wanted Men | Runnin -N- Gunnin | Killa By Nature | Homicidal Ride | One Man Gang | Catch Up With Yo Kind | Me Aganst Da World | Shouts | Life In FCP | 187 In Progress | Going Undercover | If I Die
I'm also pretty blown away by this video too - Tommy leads a Cribs style tour of his house that is super surreal because he doesn't seem to own any furnishings at all. Also highly recommended is this "interview", where Tommy and his crew The Manson Family are pretty much just acting wasted.