Da Backwoodz - Wood Work Album
With so much Southern Hip Hop flooding the market today, it would certainly be easy to brush off Dirty South acts as simply another drop in the bucket, but it would be unjust to do that here.
When one hears about Da Backwudz, a sense of Georgia flavor
emerges. The stereotypical rides, rims and chicks are topics on the album,
right? Well, yes. However, it isn't the only thing on their minds. With so much
Southern Hip Hop flooding the market today, it would certainly be easy to brush
off Dirty South acts as simply another drop in the bucket, but it would be
unjust to do that here.
Right from the jump the duo Sho-Nuff and Big Marc set it off, differentiating themselves from
the pack. The introduction, "Welcome
to Da Backwudz," sounds more like Outkast than Lil Jon.
The instrumental is soothing and upbeat as the emcees pledge to educate through
music. It's a nice mixture of various sounds as you can tell the Southern drawl
is present, the hood aspect is covered and the fun-loving tempo is thrilling.
Their diversity is explained with a line from the second verse of the album: "Church
music and oldies and R&B consoled me, but nothing sounded better than what
the Hip Hop told me."
The range continues to expand with the soulful and catchy "You're Gonna Luv Me" followed by the Killer
Mike assisted, bounce-filled "Getting
2 It." "I'll Do" is a
wonderful beat with an accompanying acoustic guitar and sped-up vocal sample.
It is followed by a very different but energizing electric guitar fueled "Lock and Load."
Their lyrical arsenal is also not one-sided. They can take you from romantic
mishaps ("The World Could Be Yours")
to nice storytelling "Feelin' Lonely."
Later, the duo dives into the advice from their mothers ("Momma Always Told Me"), and find time
to attack wack DJs on a nicely flipped Sade sample ("Same Song"). They get sentimental on
"What You Know Bout My Life" as
they discuss divorce and single parent households in the hood. To add to the
concoction, Nas and Slim Thug make appearances on the same track
("You Gonna Luv Me (Remix)")
and add their flavors to the pot.
The downfall of the album lies in clich