Devins Dude Packed With Raunchy Hip Hop Humor
Devin is growing tired of what he calls 'The Pussy Question.'
Unwinding at his home in Houston on Monday, the 29-year-old rapper explained that he had spent the day fielding questions from journalists about The Dude , his sexually explicit album that is due in stores next Tuesday.
'I was just talking about pussy, weed and drinking,' he said, as if he couldn't understand all of the fuss. 'I'm just tripping on the album, just having a party. There's nothing wrong with the pussy!'
As an artist on the notorious gangsta-rap label Rap-A-Lot, Devin's rhymes about the female genitalia, about doing the nasty and about achieving intoxicated states of mind are quite different from the more violent fare recorded by his labelmates the Geto Boys and Scarface.
Asked once again why it seems that he has sex on the brain throughout The Dude , Devin (a.k.a. Devin Copeland) chuckled. 'Good pussy is kind-of cool,' he said. 'And I was just having fun.'
Devin's 'fun' stretches throughout The Dude 's 17 tracks. Such songs as 'Can't Change Me' and 'Do What You Wanna Do' clearly boast about life for the rapper as being one long party. The whole affair kicks off with the title track (RealAudio excerpt), a song about a man who's 'known for smokin'/fuckin'/gettin' drunk,' who 'ran through about 20 bitches and hoes/ and he probably fucked your aunt.'
The slow-groove and jazz horns that punctuate 'The Dude' are directly inspired by the 1981 Quincy Jones song of the same name. For Devin, the chance to update the song for the '90s was a dream come true, he said. 'That's one of my favorite songs,' the rapper asserted, 'and when it came time to make this album, I was like, 'That's the one I've been looking for.' '
Another track that embraces the pursuit of a good time is 'Don't Wait' (RealAudio excerpt), a song about a hotel-room party. It features appearances by Spice and DMG as well as lyrical nods to Xscape's 'Just Kickin' It' and the Sugarhill Gang's early rap composition 'Rapper's Delight.'
According to 24-year-old DMG (who declined to give his real name), Devin approached him to be on the album once the beats and keyboards were already laid down for the tune. 'I just wrote my part right there on the spot,' DMG said on Tuesday from the Rap-A-Lot Records offices in Houston. 'We did it in one session 'cos me and Devin are cool like that.'
Characterizing the song as one for 'niggas trying to get with the broads,' DMG said the song's depiction of an orgy is meant to entertain as much as titillate. 'Me and Dev, we just clowning,' DMG said of the song. 'We're just having fun on the record.'
Recorded in Houston over the past seven months, The Dude is Devin's first solo album, but it's certainly not his first time rapping. 'I started freestyling back in '84 or '85, but I didn't get serious about it until '92,' he said.
By 1994, he had joined up with the Odd Squad, who released Fadanuf-Fa-Erybody , and appeared on the Geto Boys' 'Bring It On.' When 1996 rolled around, he hooked up with the Facemob and released Otherside of the Law . That led to an appearance on Scarface's My Homies earlier this year, where Devin added his talents to such tracks as 'Fuck Faces' (RealAudio excerpt) and 'Boo Boo'n.'
Devin prefers not to think of himself as a veteran of the rap game, sliding past a question about how he has grown as an artist since his days with the Odd Squad. 'You grow just a little bit, but I'm just having fun with it,' he said.
Devin suggested that his growth wouldn't be detectable to his fans, adding that his business savvy has changed more than his rapping style. 'The deepest I can get is a song like 'Write and Wrong,' where I talk a little about the [music] industry,' he explained. 'But for the most part, I just wanted to make an album that everyone could enjoy.'
Everyone? With such odes to weed-smoking as 'Sticky Green' and the sexually explicit 'Southern Girl,' The Dude is not likely to be high on most parents' hit parade. Devin even addresses some of these concerns on 'Mo 4 Me,' a song, ironically, in which he actually encourages parents to tell their children to say no to drugs, sex and alcohol.
But, in fitting with the rest of the album, his intentions are not necessarily good.
'People are always asking me why I rhyme so much about the weed,' Devin said of the song, 'and I always say 'It's not up to me to raise your kids.' I made that song to tell parents to tell their kids to just say no. That way there will be more for me.'