Ep. 09 — It Ain't Easy

 
It’s just status.
— Buddy

In pockets of America, like those in Oakland and throughout the East Bay of Northern California, the status quo of driving a vehicle is proudly rejected. Take a look at some of the rides out here and you’ll immediately get the sense that a car is more than just a car.

Who are these people and what caused them to decorate Detroit-produced relics with candy-like paint, oversized rims and a sound-system that can probably be heard from Space?

 

Show Notes:

  1. [00:45] “Keep It on the Real” by 3X Krazy

  2. [01:05] The 1985 Chevrolet Caprice Classic

  3. [02:40] ”_Jamlet” by Coolzey

  4. [04:30] ”Cirrus Transit” by Blue Dot Sessions

  5. [04:40] A 1960s era Cougar and Mustang

  6. [04:55] And scrapers

  7. [05:00] A donk, box and bubble

  8. [05:55] Raphael Orlove (@RaphaelOrlove)

    1. Here’s a Jalopnik article he wrote about the culture

  9. [06:50] Slabs on swangas (The Houston Chronicle, 2013)

  10. [08:20] A little backstory on Burley’s  (Oakland North, 2008)

  11. [08:40] The Ford Falcon and its relevance to Oakland (SF Gate, 2005)

  12. [09:30] “Cirrus” by Blue Dot Sessions

  13. [11:00] The Cadillac Fleetwood and Eldorado

  14. [14:40] “Pusherman” by Curtis Mayfield

  15. [15:00] The trailer to Superfly

  16. [15:35] The problem with Fat Freddy

  17. [16:30] Trailers to Sweet Sweetback’s Badass Song and Shaft

  18. [16:35] Highly recommended documentary on the subject of Blaxpoitation

  19. [16:40] “White Filament” by Blue Dot Sessions  

  20. [17:00] “Wanna Be a Baller” by Lil’ Troy

  21. [17:35] “Rapper’s Delight” by The Sugarhill Gang

  22. [17:40] “Let Me Ride” by Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Dogg

  23. [18:50] “Tell Me When to Go” by E-40

    1. On the “Hyphy movement” (Center for Investigative Reporting, 2013)

  24. [19:20] “I Do the Dummy Retarded” by E-40

  25. [20:07] “Fast Like a Nascar” by Kafani feat. Keak the Sneak

  26. [20:08] “Muscle Cars” by E-40

  27. [20:20] “Ghost Ride the Whip” by Mistah F.A.B.

  28. [21:36] Beeda Weeda (@RealBeedaWeeda)

  29. [22:10] “Turfs Up” by Beeda Weeda

  30. [24:45] “Temporal Slip” by Blue Dot Sessions

  31. [26:21] “Distill” by Blue Dot Sessions

  32. [30:05] Sideshow on the Golden Gate Bridge (KRON, 2014)

    1. Deeper reading on the culture (KQED, 2015)

  33. [32:10] Ruben Flores of A1 Springs

  34. [33:00] “Threads and Veils” by Blue Dot Sessions

  35. [34:55] Vogues

  36. [36:20] The East Bay Chevs

  37. [37:30] “Stale Case” by Blue Dot Sessions