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"Back Up N Da Chevy" was released as the second album from Boyz N Da Hood in 2007. Consisting of a slightly different line-up to what was found on their first (with Young Jeezy replaced with Gorilla Zoe), it has Big Gee, Gorilla Zoe and Big Duke (in addition to who was named before) coming with more intense Trap Rap to show what a Bad Boy-signed, Atlanta-based Hip Hop crew with a West Coast feel to the Gangsta Rap they offer.
1. "Everybody Knows Me"
The album gets off to a solid start as we're taken into what was the lead single to the record and one which was able to grab the attention of many as they show exactly what they're about and what we should expect this time around. DJ Dana's beats are raw and reflect the rhyming approach of the rappers as they all get up on the thing wherever they fit in (as the verses are designated to specific artists)
2. "Bite Down"
Carl Mo takes over with the beats for this ne and it seemed as though he had just what was needed in order to come up with goods as he goes for a bass-heavy piece which draws people in and gives things a nice club feel that most are bound to get right into. The quality here is high and demands attention as they get right into some more raw material directed towards the streets that they know.
3. "Say What's On Your Mind"
The same producer as was found on the opener is seen to return for this one and it seems that he knows exactly what's required in order to suit the sort of thing that they're about and so it enables the rapper's to come up with raging flows which don't sound like any sort of a struggle and work perfectly in-line with the flow of the recording. It promises a lot and shows that the album is to take on a similar feel to their debut.
4. "Nothing Is Promised"
Yung Joc is recruited to work along the group to show what else the Bad Boy South imprint has to offer the world. I felt that they made for a nice teaming and one that you really have to pay attention to as they show that they have the abilities to compete with many other big names from this time (especially in the Dirty South) and so together are a force that can't be handled.
5. "We Ready"
This is another Yung Joc-featuring piece, and here his presence his felt much more as he takes control of the chorus and ensures that he's treated like a special guest (there to co-sign them and help them out in the game since his commercial reputation was much greater than theirs). It all comes together nicely here as Job melodies on the chorus are complimented by the heavy way that the other rappers attack the thing.
Here it seems as though we're given a valuable featured appearance from ice Cube here as the West Coast Rap veteran shows that he's able to take out a little time from his movie schedule to come out and throw down a cut which has him helping Boyz N Da Hood to boost the Gangsta Rap approach which they take as they come in with a style which is evidently influence by the thing that he and his former crew N.W.A brought to the game.
7. "Block Boyz"
A number of various rappers jump up on this track and make for a nice one. A notable inclusion on this one is Alfamega (someone kicked out of T.I.'s Grand Hustle after being found out as a former police informant). I saw this as a fly cut and a nice way to show that even contemporary Dirty South acts would be able to do posse cuts as long as it sounded as though it was nothing too corny as some throwback ones would sound today.
8. "We Ridin'"
With this track the Boyz N Da Hood get back to the sort of stuff where its just about the core quartet and no outside contributors have any vocal role in the recording. I thought that it was nice to see what these were rally about without any outside assistance as they prove that they haven't simply relied upon that and are really capable of coming up with solid Rap performances amongst themselves.
Drumma Boy is up on the beats here and it seesm that he's influence Rick Ross to come in and help them out for this one as the Miami rapper shows love by rapping with them and helping to come up with a tune which fits in perfectly with what's been heard throughout the rest of the release with a true street sound that will appeal directly towards the sorts of people that they want it to be heard by.
10. "Back Up N Da Chevy"
The titular track on the album has Big Duke of the act showing what's his capable of on the beats and it seems that he has the ability to come up with production which matches his rhyming ability as it may be quite simplistic, but it clearly gets the job done and is quite refreshing around about the time when it dropped. This is a heavy cut on the album and another one to look out for here.
11. "Table Dance"
This is another of the singles from the album and one that has them taking things in a bit of a different direction as they recruit T-Pain to come and sing on the cut for them and it seems that he really gets the job done for them as they do a freaky little club tune. This tune really comes together well and shows that the rapper's are able to do much more than the Gangsta rap stuff and so have more potential for the future.
12. "We Thuggin'"
This one features dark and ominous beats which subtly remind people of the Horrorcore sound which came out of the Dirty South before Crunk became widespread and the sort of thing that they were able to do was capable. I thought that it was nice that they would show respect for that sound, but they ensure that they don't go all-out with it and make sure that it fits in with what there's about here at this time.
13. "No Hater's Allowed"
The album comes to an end with a banger of a track and one which fits in with the sort of thing that you tend to expect of Dirty South Hip Hop from around this time. Here we get a funky sound through the beats, but one which takes on the cold beats which were extremely popular around the time and give things a danceable felt that could have got over in the clubs. It's something with a lot of appeal and closes things off effectively.
Just as with their debut, this is an extremely solid album from the four of them and one with no obvious flaws to it. It seems that without Jeezy they're just as capable of coming up with straight hits as Gorilla Zoe fills in the gap effectively to the point that it doesn't seem as though anything is missing.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Everybody Know Me
2 Bite Down
3 Say What's on Your Mind
4 Nothing Is Promised - Boyz N da Hood, Yung Joc
5 We Ready - Boyz N da Hood, Yung Joc
7 Block Boyz - Alfamega, Boyz N da Hood, Durty, T-Rock, , Yung Joc
8 We Ridin
10 Back Up N Da Chevy
11 Table Dance
12 We Thuggin'
13 No Haters Allowed