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Dirty South Classics - Goodie Mob

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Genre: Hip-Hop & Rap - Southern / Artist: Goodie Mob / Explicit Lyrics / Audio CD released 2003-12-16 at La Face

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      13.11.2008 17:26
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      Gooide Mob's greatest hits

      ===The Album===

      "Dirty South Classics" is a compilation album by the Atlanta Hip Hop group Goodie Mob, it came out in 2003 and has material from all their album up to that point, "Soul Food", "Still Standing", "World Party" (released in 1995, 1998, and 2000 respectively).

      ===The Artists===

      Goodie Mob are a quartet of Atlanta MCs, Cee-Lo, Big Gipp, Khujo and T-Mo (the first of which is currently a member of Gnarles Barkely). They are part of the early 'Dirty South', which currently dominates the Hip Hop scene, and has them perform a different style to the modern form as they do it all in a more conscious form where the lyrics are very meaningful and comment on the faults in society, as other ninties Southern Rap groups like the Geto Boys did.

      1."They Don't Dance No Mo'"

      Album From: "Still Standing"
      Year: 1998

      Here The Mob talk on how things have changed in the world as people used to dance, and the joy which this brought meant that as a whole, things were based around less violent ways of settling things, compared ti how guns end things today.

      **Three Stars**

      2. "Cell Therapy"

      Album From: "Soul Food"
      Year: 1995

      This is one of the most well-known tracks by Goodie Mob, but it doesn't really do much for me, so I wouldn't thave had it on here, however this single did get them some attenion with is darkness, and origiality, so some may like the change.

      **Two Stars**

      3. "Dirty South" (feat. Big Boi)

      Album From: "Soul Food"
      Year: 1995

      Here is one of my favourite tracks by the group as it has them coin the term "Dirty South", in reference to all the southern US states, and what it is like there. On it, you get the mob team up with OutKast's Big Boi to tlak about what type of things are seen here, and how it differs from other places in the country. .

      **Four Stars**

      4. "Black Ice" (feat. OutKast)

      Album From: "Still Standing"
      Year: 1998

      This one has heavy beats at the start, but it starts to deterioate after a while, and th lyrics seem to make you lose this strong foundation. I wasn't keen on this one as I couldn't really say that I was able to keep up with the lyrics, as they didn't seem to stay consitent and enable me to estbalish a particular theme.

      **Two Stars**

      5. "Soul Food"

      Album From: "Soul Food"
      Year: 1995

      This is my favourite track by the Goodie Mob and it has them rpa in a fun way about "Soul Food". he best spect of this trakc, aside from the smooth composition, with a souufl hook, is the inptut of Cee-Lo as the way he raps sounds as if he's really having fun when speaking on this topic.

      **Five Stars**

      6. "Get Rich To This" (feat. Big Boi and Backbone)

      Album From: "World Party"
      Year: 2000

      This was one of the tracks I knew Goodie Mob for as it has them workign with half of OutKasty and Backbone, anothre member of the southern rap collective, The Dungeon Family. This is a club tune, and has them moving into te soudns which are prominant in this location today.

      **Four Stars**

      7. "What It Ain't" (feat. TLC)

      Album From: "World Party"
      Year: 2000

      You get a collaboration with he R&B trio, TLC here, and it as quite a sucessful one as they work off the phrase "Waht It Is", and flip it for humourous effect, as they rap about how peopel just aren't "Ghetto Enough" in comparison to their peers. This is a high-enrgy one and sticks out within the album.

      8. "Parking Lot" (Lude)

      9. "Beautiful Skin"

      Album From: "Still Standing"
      Year: 1998

      Coming off thier seocnd album, this is a slow one and has Cee-Lo showing some repspect for the girls as he talsk about their "Beautiful SKin", and all that is within it. You have him do some off-beat raps, and it forces you to really focus-in on the words, but it prevented me from engaging with it.

      **Two Stars**

      10. "Still Standing"

      Album From: "Still Standing"
      Year: 1998

      As the title track to follow-on to the debut "Soul Food", this one has them talk about their unstable position in society as they refer to all the things whic go on in the general day in the life of a southern black man. It is a haunting one, and has them work off the Gangsta ideals in a way which makes it soudn even more shocking than it is.

      **Two Stars**

      11. "Fly Away"

      Album From: "Still Standing"
      Year: 1998

      Thsi one has some funky production, and it matches the fact that they were part of a few southern acts attemptign to take what they could from the other two hotspots of Hip hop at the time (New York and LA), to create a unquie sound, and alothough the beats were fresh, the lyrics didn't support it that well.

      **Two Stars**

      12. "Goodie Bag"

      Album From: "Soul Food"
      Year: 1995

      Here's one of the tunes you have to look out for as you may not get into it the firs time, but upon hearing it and taking the time to follow the lyrics closely, I'm sure you will pick up on a lot of strong things in the lyrical tale.t of the MCs which Goodie Mob bring.

      **Four Stars**

      13. "I.C.U."

      Album From: "World Party"
      Year: 2000

      COming off the latest album up to that point, it suited the fact that it souded very modern in comapriosn to the 995, and 1998 relase for obvious resasons, but also becassue they left out the darker material, and go for some generaa feel-good rap, and this care-free one is a good example of just this.

      **Four Stars**

      14. "The Experience"

      Album From: "Still Standing
      Year: 1998

      Here is one of the examples of tracks which you may have difficulty getting into on the first listen as the way that it is done has Cee-Lo rapping in an off-beat manner as if was spoken word poetry. However, if you get past this and see it more as poetry than music, then you have to be impressed by how he is able to tlak about the "N****a Experience".

      **Four Stars**

      15. "Free" (Outro)

      ===What's Missing===

      I can't say that I know any more tracks by the group, as I haven't gone through any of their proper albums, so I woudln't stick any other tracks in it. However, it would have been nice to include a Dungeon Family joint such as "Trans DF Express" in there.

      ===Conclusion===

      This album must be slept on, as with every Goodie Mob release as a lots of the lyrics won't hit you unless you hear them a few times through, and once you do, I'm sure you will be impressed. The experimental nature of the production may also be something which you may not initially "get", but with time can be understood to fit in perfectly with their style. This is alternative Rap so it is quite limited in its appeal, but if early Southern Hip Hop is your thing, this is perfect.

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    • Product Details

      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 They Don't Dance No Mo'
      2 Cell Therapy
      3 Dirty South - Big Boi, Goodie Mob
      4 Black Ice - Goodie Mob, OutKast
      5 Soul Food
      6 Get Rich to This - Backbone, Big Boi, Goodie Mob
      7 What It Ain't (Gheto Enuff) - Goodie Mob, TLC
      8 Parking Love [Break]
      9 Beautiful Skin
      10 Still Standing
      11 Fly Away
      12 Goodie Bag
      13 I.C.U.
      14 Experience
      15 Free