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In 2005 came the debut album from Boyz N Da Hood. Composed of Young Jeezy, Jody Breeze, Big Duke and Gorilla Zoe, it was the breakthrough for a group of Atlanta-based rappers which would go on to lead successful solo careers (for the main part). The Trap-Rap act came through on Diddy's Bad Boy label and so gained international exposure whilst letting everyone know about West Coast-inspireed Gangsta Rap in the Dirty South.
3. "Dem Boyz"
After getting both an introduction and then an interlude, here we see that Diddy leads us right into the mix of things as we're offered a powerful tune and a joint that was chosen as the lead single for this album. The track goes hard and has the four of them blasting through with some intense Trap-Rap that you're bound to get excited over as it gives a strong impression of the rawness we should expect of them in the mix of this release.
Keeping things rolling nicely here, we see that we get a chance to get another single from the act and a piece that seems to represent both the crew and the direction of this album extremely well. The thing bumps hard and has them rhyming in a style which could be criticised for being a little generic, but I thought was nice as they manage to manipulate early '90s West Coast Rap into a Dirty South style over beats from Jazze Pha.
Drumma Boy is behind the production on this one and he does a great job at taking us towards the clubs. It's nice to see how we're suddenly shifted from things which may not appeal to some (with lots of violence) towards a feel-good tune where they just get loose with it and rhyme about the sorts of things that they get up to when they're spending their earnings from grinding in the traps of ATL.
This is a killer tune and an unexpected track on the album as you see that the crew show just how much N.W.A influence they have by getting Erick Sermon on the beats to the track coming to throw down a classic Eazy-E lines. From there, they try out Eazy's "Boyz-n-the-Hood" by coming out with rhymes over the same rhyming pattern and it makes for a killer tune that you're bound to get excited about if you're into the tunes from early Hip Hop out on the West Coast.
7. "Don't Put Your Hands On Me"
DJ Toomp (known mostly for his work with T.I.) is seen to come with the production on this one and he does a very nice job at blasting off some of the heavy, bassy beats that the Dirty South was mostly known for during the mid '00s. The tune goes hard and holds up the sort of quality that's been seen in all of the tracks from the album up to this point (and so promising as to where things could develop).
8. "B***hes & Bizness"
The four of them break things down to the only two things that they actually care about. We find that Miami's Rick Ross gets an uncreditted opening verse to the thing (as he wasn't yet known as a rapper) and from that point the rest of them get into the mix of things whilst Nitti takes over the beats and comes with the type of thing that was at the peak of its popularity during this time when all eyes were on the Southern Rap scene.
9. "Trap N***as"
Drumma Boy (out of Memphis, Tennessee) is back on the beats behind this composition and he does a predictably good job at backing things up. The rappers appear as though they are confident enough to carry this and get the most out of it whilst flowing out in a suitable way to support the hardcore themes that they present. This is a pretty general one for them and gives an understanding of exactly what 'The Trap' is about.
10. "Still Slizzard"
This is a club-suited track and one designed for a rather different purpose to most jams of this sort as we find that we get a recording that features some hypnotic beats in order to reflect the fact that the rappers rhyme whilst still drunk from the night before. It goes hard and shows that they're still willing to try out some things a little different to what's considered to be the norm for Hip Hop of this variety.
11. "No Talkin'"
This time around it's all about these blasting out a track that has them showing just how hardcore their music can get in times when they simply aren't messing around and just haven't got time to do anything but get the job done. I thought that it was good to see a fair variety of tracks on the album and in getting a track like this, we're able to see just this as they get deep and dark into that end of things.
12. "Happy Jamz"
The funky way in which Jazze Pha (whose father was a member of Bar-Keys) does the beats, is seen to seep its way out into the music and give off a completely different vibe to artists whose hard exterior's you wouldn't really expect to be too into anything too fly as the liquid-feeling funkiness that you get out of this one. It sits as a stand-out piece on the album and has them rapping about how they aren't able to get down with anything too happy when their lives have been so hard.
13. "If U A Thug"
You can tell from the title alone that this one is to be a rather dark one on the album. This is exactly what you get from it as you find that the chords that Keith Mack offers on the beats means that you're brought down by its intenseness and from there the rappers go off with some rough flows which focus their attention upon something just how cold their world is and what it consists of.
14. "Lay It Down"
Jasper's on the beats for this one and he decides that it's about time that we get more of the exciting tunes. This time around we get a track that would have had the ability to become a club banger if it had dropped in as a single as we see that it has all of what the post-Crunk Atlanta Rap scene was about with a more prominent Gangsta Rap side to things. It's a heavy one and grabs your attention in this part of the record as we make our way towards the closing moments of it.
15. "P***y M.F.s"
This is a memorable track on the release for its hook and I felt as though this was the part of the track that really made it what it was as it's this feature that determines whether or not you're likely to have a fondness for the track or not. The explicitness may put off some, but I felt that it really added to the thing and gave it a much harder edge that you'd expect of any Gangsta Rap track of this time.
16. "Keep It Hood 2Nite"
The album ends on this track and I thought that it was a very relevant place to leave things on as we find that they decide to appeal to a different audience to who the music was directed towards before. This time around they decide to take it to the girls and give them a little something to take away with them by offering a track that has them rhyme about what they'd like to get down to in the bedroom. It may not be for all, but I thought that it did the job.
Overall, this is an expectedly-strong album from the four of them and one that set up their careers nicely. There's a lot to take away from it as we get a very nice mix of tunes ranging from some hardcore Gangsta Rap to more commercial stuff with a harder edge and all of these seem to be able to come together to make a very solid album with no clear flaws to it whatsoever.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Album Intro
2 Boyz N da Hood (Interlude)
3 Dem Boyz
6 Gangstas - Boyz N da Hood, Eazy-E
7 Don't Put Your Hands On Me
8 Bit***s & Bizness
9 Trap Nig**z
10 Still Slizzard
11 No Talkin'
12 Happy Jamz
13 If U a Thug
14 Lay It Down
15 P***y M.F.'s
16 Keep It n' da Hood 2Nite