Wood Work

Wood Work

by Da BackWudz


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Wood Work

Super-producer Dallas Austin was so knocked out by da Backwudz that he signed the duo and reactivated the Rowdy label. According to him, cousins Big Marc and Sho Nuff (yeah, like Bruce Leroy's nemesis in The Last Dragon) are the best group to come out of Atlanta since he moved to the city 20 years ago. That's the kind of remark one might expect from someone who has spent the majority of the last few years working with U.K. pop groups like Sugababes and Duran Duran -- does he really think the duo has more to offer than Goodie Mob or OutKast? Even without the full support and crazy claims from Austin, da Backwudz would have a lot to live up to. They're technically from the backwoods of Decatur, but they certainly fit within the context of fellow groups and MCs that have come from Atlanta proper. They don't pretend that they haven't been inspired by Goodie Mob and OutKast, and it certainly shows throughout Wood Work, their first album. Early single "I Don't Like the Look of It (Oompa)," produced by Milwaukee Black & the Execs, was a great and daring way to assert da Backwudz as a distinct group with a specific lineage; using a sample from the Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory soundtrack and a neo-Timbaland tribal beat, the track carries an off-kilter mix of humor and menace. Tracks like "You Gonna Luv Me" and "The World Could Be Yours" -- also produced by Black, a Midwesterner who does little to affect the duo's Southernness -- combine Southern machine bump with flipped soul samples worthy of Just Blaze or Kanye West, and the MCs are adept over slow-grinding funk and bracingly tense soul, utilizing their heavy drawls and lyrical versatility. There's a drastic drop in quality during the latter half of the disc, but this remains a strong start. To be even more just, the first half is tremendously tight. There's the potential for at least two stronger albums, especially if the duo continues to develop alongside Black. [A clean version of the album was also made available.]

Product Details

Release Date: 04/18/2006
Label: Umvd Labels
UPC: 0602498528105
catalogNumber: 000636902

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Da BackWudz   Primary Artist
Chris Norman   Guitar
Xavier Hargrove   Keyboards
Dave Robbins   Keyboards
Trina Meade   Background Vocals
Tony Reyes   Musician
Tomi Martin   Guitar,Drums
Marcus Thomas   Keyboards
Sleepy Brown   Background Vocals
Kendra Foster   Background Vocals
Jeff B.   Background Vocals
Jasper Cameron   Guitar
D.J. Ruckus   scratching
D.J. Tariq   scratching
Aleem Hood   Vocals
Huno Leathers   Bass,Guitar
Milwaukee Black   Keyboards
Steve Wilson   Guitar
Graham Marsh   Guitar

Technical Credits

Bob Marley   Composer
Marvin Gaye   Composer
Chris Norman   Producer
Sade Adu   Composer
Dallas Austin   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Thom Bell   Composer
Leslie Bricusse   Composer
DJ Toomp   Producer
Richard Drake   Composer
Cameron K-Oz Gipp   Composer
William "Poogie" Hart   Composer
Stuart Matthewman   Composer
Rick Sheppard   MIDI,Sound Design
Carlton Lynn   Engineer
Tomi Martin   drum programming
Danny Zook   Sample Clearance
Dave Gates   Executive Producer
Marcus Thomas   Composer
DJ   Producer,Engineer
Rico Wade   Composer
Pat Brown   Composer
Ray Murray   Composer
April Love   Marketing Consultant
Mark Stephens   Engineer
Micah Bennett   Engineer
Rhonda Baraka   Public Relations
David Sheats   Composer
Aleem Hood   Producer
Tamiko Hope   Public Relations
Brandon L. Leach   Art Direction
Milwaukee Black   Producer,Executive Producer
Allen A.K. Patmon   Poetry
Boysie Shorter   Arranger,Engineer,Pro-Tools
Jeff Bowden   Composer
Michael Render   Composer

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