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Against Da Grain
     

Against Da Grain

by YoungBloodZ
 

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With their quicksilver-tongued drawlspeak and backwoods electro-grooves, the raucous, party-jump rap of the Youngbloodz emerges as Atlanta's latest serving of grits and hog 'maws hip-hop. Sonically similar to dirty South compatriots, Outkast and Goodie MOb, Sean Paul and J-Bo provide staccato flows that flit from

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With their quicksilver-tongued drawlspeak and backwoods electro-grooves, the raucous, party-jump rap of the Youngbloodz emerges as Atlanta's latest serving of grits and hog 'maws hip-hop. Sonically similar to dirty South compatriots, Outkast and Goodie MOb, Sean Paul and J-Bo provide staccato flows that flit from feel-good jams like "Shakem' Off" to the derriere details of "Booty Club Playa" and street life cinematics ("Pop, Pop, Pop"), on this debut album. On their hit anthem, "U Way (How We Do It)," the Youngbloodz whip up harpsichord plucks, stuttering cymbals, extra-terrestial sound-blips, and haunting DJ scratches that evoke a backwoods moonshine hoedown and a riotously, kickin' urban jam. On "85" (featuring Outkast's Big Boi), bluesy, pedal steel guitar riffs and a hook-happy chorus that would make Cameo's Larry Blackmon proud, propel a rolling groove. And on the stellar, sticky funk of "Hot Heat" the duo boast hardcore rhymes, testifying to the spirit of their southern roots and solidifying bounce music's stranglehold on dance floors from Brooklyn to Bakersfield.

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All Music Guide - Roxanne Blanford
Against da Grain is a collection of dance club-ready anthems packed with familiar ghetto boasts and party grooves. The Atlanta, GA-based duo YoungBloodZ employs guitar-driven tracks layered with pulsing bass rhythms and laid-back beats to complement their easily plied Southern-drawl rap attacks. The production crew on this release includes worthy contributions from the Attic and the Dungeon Family, conglomerates of local rappers and producers providing beats and backing rhymes. While this makes for a homegrown project certain to please fans of the Southern bounce sound, it also creates an abundance of sound-alike tracks, making this debut relatively indistinguishable from other recordings out of the same region.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/01/2009
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886974970422
catalogNumber:
749704
Rank:
63957

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Tracks

  1. Youngbloodz (Intro)/6p's (Interlude)
  2. Shakem' Off
  3. Pop, Pop, Pop/Cuttin' Tonight (Interlude)
  4. 85/Billy Dee (Interlude)
  5. U-Way (How We Do It)
  6. Hot Heat
  7. 6 to 14 in 12
  8. Down Heya (In the South)
  9. Thangs Movin' Slow
  10. It's the Money/Fake Id (Interlude)
  11. Booty Club Playa
  12. 87 Fleetwood
  13. Get It How We Get It/Splack (Interlude)
  14. Just a Dream
  15. U-Way (How We Do It)

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