Quickly, for those who don’t know, ZZ Top is a rock n roll band from Houston, Texas. They formed in 1969. The group consists of Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard. Their sound is deeply rooted in rhythm and blues. ZZ has released 15 studio albums and has sold over 50 million albums worldwide. In 2004 the band was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Their new album, La Futura embodies the single Gotsta Get Paid, a reworking of the classic Houston rap song 25 Lighters, by DJ DMD featuring Fat Pat and Lil Keke. (more…)
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Along the same lines as a prior post I did on T. Rich “switching genre lanes,” comes another and this one is swangin’ wide! ZZ Top covered DJ DMD’s (featuring Fat Pat and Lil Keke) 25 Lighters for their upcoming album La Futura and for a Jeremiah Weed advertisement.
Last year I did a post (click to read) on the meaning and myths behind the song. This year all the blog noise on ZZ Top’s cover awoke more conjecture and possible truth on the history and meaning of 25 Lighters. In an enlightening interview by Rocks Off of the Houston Press, DJ Screw’s protégé Lil Randy had this to say: (more…)
Lil’ Keke, of the S.U.C., is to the Houston rap movement, what a catalyst is to a chemical reaction. Lil’ Keke is selectively added to various projects. He helps those projects explode and then he disappears. For example, in 1997 DJ DMD dropped 25 Lighters (click to read the piece I wrote on it) with Lil’ Keke and the late Fat Pat. This song started the momentum for the Houston rap movement and is still one of the top Houston rap songs of all time. In 1998, he helped Houston turn that local momentum into national attention; he dropped the album, The Commission on Jam Down Records/Breakaway Entertainment. After that release, like a catalyst, he went away. He was briefly signed to In The Paint/Koch and a few other labels. Although he had success with all of his labels, he was absent from the spotlight until 2005-2006, when he signed with Swishahouse/TF Records. Soon after that, the Houston rap molecules began accelerating again. He dropped Chunk up the Deuce (2006)with Paul Wall and Bun B, Break’em Off (2007)with Paul Wall, and I’m a G ft. Birdman (2008)—each with well over a million views.
Additionally, in this great documentary called DJ SCREW: THE UNTOLD STORY, Lil’ Keke described the catalytic effects of his friendship with Fat Pat—“And I loved Pat man, he was an inspiration, kept me going, he kept me on my toes about rapping and I kept him on his toes.” H.A.W.K. described the same—Keke missed Pat because Pat brought the best out of him, Keke brought the best out of me [H.A.W.K.], he brought the best out of Pokey…”
The song 25 Lighters by DJ DMD featuring Lil Keke and Fat Pat dropped in 1997. I never understood what 25 lighters meant, the hook, “25 lighters on my dressir/yessir/ I got’s to get paid,” had so much weight, as a 13 year old I just accepted it as true without knowing its significance. I think everyone at the time took the hook the same way, which is why after asking around 14 years later, still nobody knows the significance of 25 lighters.
I am not going to mention any names because I do not want to put anyone on blast, but I asked some Texas rappers, hip hop heads, and block bleeders. I received answers like, “shit, I don’t know, I was too young when that song came out,” “shit, it don’t matter what 25 lighters means, cuz them playas was just trying to get paid,” my buddy from the south side of H-town even said, “maaahn, them dudes didn’t even know what 25 lighters meant, they just be saying shit sometimes.” (more…)