Big or small, bust or windfall, for many people the Gold Rush ultimately provided the experience of building a new life in a wild place that had a code of its own. The early stuff was a lot more vulgar but then so was Kid and Eminem. Let's not forget that Merle Haggard and the late Buck Owens were both from Bakersfield, California -- and those guys were responsible for some of the finest and most classic honky tonk of the '60s and '70s. The more listens you give this album the more you understand and digest the lyrics. I'd say later than sooner to keep the party a-rollin. Some listeners might find it strange that all these redneck-isms are coming from a California group rather than a Southern group, but actually, that isn't strange at all when one considers California's contributions to country music. Whiskey and Women manages to link redneck culture and hip-hop culture, combining the rebellious imagery of hip-hop with the hell-raising imagery of Southern rock and outlaw country -- and the Moonshine Bandits aren't shy about mentioning honky tonk icons like Hank Williams Sr.
But for those who hold Snoop Dogg, Molly Hatchet, and Waylon Jennings in equally high regard, this album offers a major dose of fun. What a great rebellious patoriatic nature this whole album evokes. . Where i'm at in my life these tunes take me back to my 30's again. The course of their career has seen ups and downs, hard partying and self-reflection.
Dre and House of Pain to Lynyrd Skynyrd and Molly Hatchet to Waylon Jennings. They even commented on it! Just like the rumrunners, bootleggers, smugglers, and outlaws of old — the Moonshine Bandits provide a supply of the goods for the demand, defying the mandates and trends of mainstream pop culture. Now with the debut of their own label, the group can fully exercise that code. So yes, it is appropriate for a West Coast group to embrace a good ol' boys image. They are meaningful, soulful and masterful while delivered in this unique genre of country rap. By the way it's a great party album also.
So you deserve a break, give it a serious listen. They have the pulse of the everyday middle class working guy and gal. I don't want to rewrite the whole thing here. Not for the feint of heart. We all work hard for the money don't we. The Gold Rush was far more dynamic in terms of the greater meaning and effect it had on all those who took part. But the way these California rappers find the parallels between hip-hop rebels and redneck rebels is certainly unorthodox.
A quart of shine, a smoke then it's time to kick back and relax. The Moonshine Bandits take the stereotype of the hell-raisin', whiskey-drinkin', truck-drivin', Daisy Dukes-lovin', rifle-ownin' good old boy and run with it, which isn't unusual in and of itself; Southern rock and outlaw country have been thriving on that stereotype for decades. Numerous white rappers have combined hip-hop and rock, but the way the Moonshine Bandits do it on Whiskey and Women is unusual: they bring country into the mix. The people that inspire our songs. While it has a rap feel to it, it also provides a sense of West Virgina hillbilly, backwoodsy, bluesy and also a little reggae feel to it. This reminds me of Grandmaster Flash back in the early days of rap new genre. I'm over 50 okay maybe 60 kinda like the first reviewer.
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