"613: Ashy To Classy" came out in 2000, and was the debut album from the Field Mob. The duo of from Albany, Georgia promote themselves as exactly what they are, and are not afraid to do things as 'Country Rappers', in a follow-up to others from the southern area who had some success around the time (such as UGK, OutKast and David Banner). This is pre-Crunk, so don't expect any of the energetic club tunes from this album, but Smoke and Shawn Jay do something rather original here by keeping things just as they are, and even rapping with the thickest country accents they can manage.
1. "Ashy To Classy" (Intro"
2. "Can't Stop Us"
The first musical tune on the album drops you right into what they are about as you have them doing a track with some deep synth to represent the south as they perform one which has them speak on the country lifestyle, and how it has allowed them to see why most rappers are wrong for being so materialistic, especially when people really aren't eating.
3. "Project Dreamz"
This was the one, and only, single from the album and as you can imagine the lack of promotion meant it sold poorly. I wouldn't say that this is the best on the album, and it is perhaps a bad choice for a single when it doesn't exactly show what is so exciting about them. This is a conscious one, and to kick off your carrier, you need something which is really going to make an impact. With it a southern group, a club one would be preferable.
4. "Dead In Your Chevy"
The production in this one is really hypnotic and really pulls you in with its darkness, and I found that it meant that you are forced to look towards the lyrics, especially the hook, for support as the creepy beats attract you, but it causes uncomfortably. It is a strange sensation, but they seem to have captured the mood perfectly.
5. "Da' Durty"
The pair really take it to "Da Durty" on this one as you have them on top of some bassy production to show exactly what this area of the Us is about. For this reason it is a banger as it sounds of pure, and is before the dominance of the 'third coast' on the Hip Hop scene. This is a rough one from them, and you have to understand the setting to feel it.
6. "My Main Roni"
The funky beats from Jazzy Pha come through on this one and it makes the tune one to really get into as they show that they not only work with the unique work, but also something which the listeners are a lot more familiar with as they flow on top of some hypnotic beats, and do so well with lots of energy and hype to engage with the listener.
7. "Cheatin' On Me"
On this one you have them doing a funny tune, which has them speak uponj how relationships can really go bad as they get from a position where they are happy, to one where they are both cheating on each other, and it all gets out of control and to a stage where they realise that there is no need in fronting any more.
8. "Waiting" (Lude)
9. "Channel 613" (Part1)
You have them speaking on exactly how different they are to all others out there as they do one which has them performing a tune which gets them acting out what occurs as they change the television station over from police chases to Scooby Doo. It is well-written and unexpected so it gives you a rather big boost as they display the degree of uniqueness they have.
For this one you have them going for a tune where they resort to typical rap which you typically expect as they do one where they speak on what girls they like, and this side of them isn't something I like from them at all, and it just shows that they are incapable to carrying the originality all the way through. The experimental phase the Dirty South was gogin through at the time comes through here, so it doesn't sound perfected yet.
Much of their music tends to be like this, and I feel as though this is what makes them so different from others iun the game as when they speak on being n an impoverish position as a child, and even up to the point where they got a record deal;, you believe them as they have so many little detail in their rhymes ro make it come across as true. It has them look for support from another who is in a similar situation, and it makes it an uplifting joint.
12. "Shake Sumpthin'"
On this one, you have them trying to do something a little different as the energy levels are brought up, and it gives the pair a little chance to let loose, and do a tune which doesn't have to focus upon them trying to make something out of nothing as country boys in a game which is driven almost solely by urban acts.
13. "Hey Shawty"
Ending the album off you have a track which has them do a low-tempo tune to finalise the thing and close it as they run out of energy and have to just let go. I felt that this acted as an excuse to perform a track which is of a low quality in comparison to the rest. It is clearly a disappointing end to a fair album from the Field Mob.
This is a decent album, and certainly is effective at doing what they aimed to do by displaying just what this country variation of Southern Rap is about. There isn't much going on though so I expect that most will be bored by the poor production, but the lyrics show potential for the future (as they lived up to). I would only recommend this for someone looking for something diffenrent, and it shows great contrast to their "Georgia" and "So What" days.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Ashy to Classy (Intro)
2 Can't Stop Us
3 Project Dreamz
4 Dead in Your Chevy
5 Da' Durty
6 My Main Roni - Field Mob,
7 Cheatin' on We
8 Waiting [Spoken Interlude]
9 Channel 613, Pt. 1
10 Dimez [Jazzy B's]
11 Crutch - Field Mob,
12 Shake Sumpthin' - Field Mob, Papa Reu
13 Hey Shawty - Field Mob, Suthern Klick