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"Even in Darkness" is the first and only album from the Atlanta super-group, Dungeon Family, which has all of te biggest names in the A-Town Hip Hop game together for a massive collaboratory piece. In the group you have OutKast, Goodie Mob, Sleepy Brown, Killer Mike and Bubba Sparxxx amonst others bringing the sounds of the 'Dirty South' in 2001.
1. "Presenting Dungeon Family" (Intro)
2. "Crooked Booty" (feat. Cee-Lo, Andre 3000, Sleepy Brown, and Khujo Goodie)
Most of this one is controlled by Andre 3K, and he manages to make this into a humerous tune (which can't be avoided with a title like "Crooked Booty"), and makes things work by explaining what is meant by the term,a nd getting everyone to do this too.
3. "Follow The Light (feat. Sleepy Brown, Cee-Lo, Big Gipp, Big Boi, and Shuga Luv)
This sounds like a nice little driving song as it has a very nice arrangement of singers, working closely with the rappers, to come up with a nice little two-stepping tune. It is a laid-back one with a gentle pace.
4. "Trans DF Express" (feat. Cee-Lo, Andre 3000, Big Gipp, Backbone, and Big Boi)
This is the massive single off the album which brought me right into the sound of the Dungeon Family. It is a banger, and has Cee-Lo do some of the best actual raps that I've ever heard from him, as well as get Andre spit some fine bars as always. The group take us on a journey as many of the best talents of the group are put together on this one.
5. "On & On & On" (feat. Big Gipp, Big Boi, T-Mo, Witchdoctor, and Khujo Goodie)
Although not the best, this one is memorable, and has much of Goodie Mob work with OutKast's Big Boi for a straight Dirty South Hip Hop cut. It is a gritty one, whichc has them take influence from the early days of the genre.
6. "Emergency" (feat. Big Gipp, Mello, and Backbone)
You get a rather pacey one, with lots of urgency as the group go straight into the raps after a siren sounding. It makes a change from the short interludes before or after all of the tracks on the album. For me, thi one was a little to rushed and didn't work as expected.
7. "Forever Pimpin'" (feat. Cool Breeze)
Cool Breeze gets a track t himself on this one, and I thought that he did well to come up with a fairly stron one without the help of others. With so many available, its strange to do this, but he manages to sustain the theme well-despite haveing little experience of it earlier.
8. "6 Minutes" (feat. Big Boi, Witchdoctor, Big Gipp, Backbone, Khujo Goodie, T-Mo, Cee-Lo, Cool Breeze, and Big Rube)
Aside from the big single off this album, I saw this as the best offering from the group as it has them perform amazingly well to some funky beats. You just can't mess with any of this as al the best rappers do what they do on this to a very high standard. Andre 3000's unexpected opner wakes you up to this energetic tune, and it doesn't slow at any point following this.
9. "White Gutz" (feat. Sleepy Brown, Big Boi, Big Gipp, Bubba Sparxxx, Cee-Lo)
You get a fast-paced one by the group, in which they really work to make the original production work for them. At times it seems as though Big Boi loses, it but others, such as Bubba Sparxxx have more control over it with a different approach.
10. "Rollin'" (feat. Sleepy Brown, Andre 3000, Cee-Lo, Big Rube, and Society of Soul)
In a smooth track to get the pace flowing nicely, all of the singers in The Dungeon Faimly come together for a gentle. It is amongst the best tracks on the album, and has them somehow come out with a Hip Hop tune with is wide spectrum of R&B and Soul singers.
11. "They Comin'" (feat. T-Mo, and Khujo Goodie)
The two gangsta rappers of Goodie Mob come together for some work which seems to be in line with this style of doing things. It is a hard One where they get into the mood of southern rap at the time. It all reflects how society was at the time, and how culture effected this form of expression.
12. "Excalibur" (feat. Big Gipp, Big Rube, Khujo Goodie, and Cee-Lo)
For me, this was the weakest track off the album. It is basically a Goodie Mob tune, but with T-Mo replaced with Big Rube. As I don't often enjoy tunes by them, it was no suprise that this medieval-themeed one did little for me. I can't really see any room for enjoyment hear, other than a few big lines.
13. "What Iz Rap?" (feat. Witchdoctor, and Big Rube)
Based on a series of repetitive questioning, we get to the bottom of what Rap actually is. The whole concept of this is taken into great detail by all the Dungeon Family members involved. It is an interesting, thought-provoking tune by them
14. "Curtains" (feat. ChamDon, Blvd. International, Slimm Calhoun, Killer Mike, C-Bone, Supa Nate, and Lil' Brotha)
To end it all off, we are given a teaser for future matieral as the 1st generation of the DF make way for a newer set of MCs, which all have good things to offer to the listeners. I found it to be a very strong way to end off the album, without slowing things down and drag down listeners with a weak pace.
I would advise that any fans of the funky southern Hip Hop of the ninties and ealry 2000s to get this, as this is the general feel of this album. I thought it was a great piece to show off all the talent of Atlatna at the time, and worked as strong foundations for future projects, such as Purple Ribbon.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Presenting Dungeon Family
2 Crooked Booty
3 Follow The Light
4 Trans DF Express
5 On And On And On
7 Forever Pimpin' (Never Slipin')
8 6 Minutes (Dungeon Family It's On)
9 White Gutz - Dungeon Family & Bubba Sparxxx
10 Rollin' - Dungeon Family & Society Of Soul
11 They Comin'
13 What Iz Rap
14 Curtains (DF 2nd Generation)