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“Its Been A Long Time, I Shouldn’t Have Left You…”

Without some dope shit.

My bad on not posting in a good minute. I was out enjoying the holidays, relaxing, winding down for the year, avoiding my computer, getting fresh air grindin’.

As 2007 was drawing to a close I honestly couldn’t figure what I wanted to blog write about or if I wanted to do it at all. I’m not trying to rag on anybody, but, I really didn’t feel like cranking out any “year end” or “top” lists. Mainly because I knew I was going to leave alot of shit out, I can barely remember what came out earlier this year. I thought it would be cool to do a “top ten new artists to look for in 2008″ type list, but, then I came to my senses and figured that no one would give a damn about anything like that. Then, on New Years Eve, right when I was going to buckle down and just make a “top ten albums/artists you completely ignored” type list, I fucked around and saw some of BET’s Notorized: Top 100 Videos of 2007 show. Breifly watching that show proved two things: 1.) Quality-wise, there were no Top 100 Videos, they just showed 100 videos that happened to come out last year and 2.) End-of-year lists are corny at the end of the day, no matter how creative you think you are.

Then on top of that, I figured that no one was going to be in front of their computers checking for or writing blogs as the year drew to a close. Boy was I wrong.

But fugg it, I’m back at my computer now (the applause and middle fingers are mutual my friends).

If you’ve been peeping Black Ice for a while now, you’d know that for every criticism I make, I attempt to offer an alternative, a solution of sorts. So, that’s what I’m going to start the new year with…alternatives and solutions.

I came across a new group not to long ago. They go by the name Labratz. As usual, when I try to tell some (by no means all) of my music journalist collegues about new dope shit, they turn the other way in favor of whoever they consider to be the new it person, i.e. fresh major label signee who is guaranteed to pop up on TV and radio.

Anyways, I heard about the group from a friend. He told me that they were a new four-man group from Atlanta…DECATUR! specifically. Now, you must understand, whenever I hear that a group is from my side of town, I have to be intrigued and almost always feel the urge to support. In case you don’t know, rappers from Decatur are like the bastard children of the Atlanta rap scene. They never seem to get their props or shine, regardless of if the music is super dope or just aight, it always seems to kinda get overshadowed by the music coming from the Westside (T.I., the umpteen Bankhead rappers) or the Southside (Dungeon Family and damn near everyone else).

Eastiside cats either get outshined (Ghetto Mafia, Youngbloodz), set back (Gucci Mane, Baby D), not given a fuck about (the Eastide Boys), break up (Crime Mob) or simply never come out (Young Noah, [and lets hope not] B.O.B.)

The same can pretty much be said about Da Backwudz. They came out when Atlanta was busy snappin-n-trappin. They got compared to Outkast (which can be a gift and curse). The album got pushed back more than Dogg Food. They wound up releasing a single and video that kinda painted the wrong picture of them. They rapped just a little too good, for their own good and they had an album that featured George Clinton, Killer Mike and Sade. Niggas ought to know better than that! You’re only supposed to have whoever the hottest sanga or rappa is at the time on your shit.

Anyways, when I went to the Labratz myspace page, a couple of the voices sounded familiar. After a few listens, I realized that it was actually Da Backwudz with two new members and Sol Messiah (google him) as their in-house producer. I saw that their album was on sale on the net and decided to purchase it. I was not disappointed.

“Grow” feat. Stic.Man of Dead Prez


“Dirty Slum”

So far, everybody that I’ve put up on this album has gone ahead and bought it, which must mean that its pretty damn good, because as most of us know, alot of us don’t buy shit anymore.

I don’t want to bore you all with my personal thoughts on the album (shit is dope!). This wasn’t supposed to be a music review anyway. I’m just simply doing my part (and job) as a music writer to help expose the underexposed dope shit instead of just rag on what’s out or what’s force fed to me. That’s too too easy.

Oh yeah, for all of you YouTube junkies, Labratz just posted a new video for their single “Creation.” Check it out, I think you’ll appreciate it.

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  • thoreauly77

    sounds pretty dope. i feel confident that these songs fit much better in the context of a long-play. good look.


    Happy new year.hope 2 cop it.

  • Fat Jays

    Yo..that first song gave me that tingle in the back of my head..thumbs up from me..glad to see the Backwudz havent disappeared

  • j.calderon

    Alright I’ll give it a listen.

  • BIG O

    i loved the backwoodz when they first came out.i even cppoed the cd.they should have came out with a dumb trap nigga song with young jeezy or lil wayne to pop.sad:(

  • drsam008

    props for this

    been looking out for more backwudz since wood work. that album was underrated. just bought the labratz album off of the strength of these three songs and their previous work

  • Ty

    I’m on it…

  • Lazy

    I’m feelin this music too. I’ll probably cop that album.

  • decatur king

    hey its about time folk! some real hip hop for the south! the songs sound official. im gonna go cop it!

  • The Mayor

    Yo good shit, thats what good journalist/bloggers are supposed to do. Happy new year, and keep “grinding.”


    Dude keep doing post like this with these underground type cats. This shit is hot.

  • connor

    i agree. roses is hot.

  • marlon

    i was curious to see what you thought was the next thing was because you are definitely the sharpest blogger on here but i don’t get it. this might just be the boringest rap i have ever heard. 08 is all about kidz in the hall, cool kids, spank rock, and kid sister. mark those words.

  • marlon

    my bad also bishop lamont, black milk and Kardi

  • Tito Santana

    Im diggin it cuz..str8 from tha deck foreal…this is the type of shit that needs to be broadcasted and ova the radio especially roses… niggaz get tired of rappers talkin about THERE millions,diamonds,and shit…im From Decatur Glenwood all dat…Marlon fo you talk all that shit check da video on youtube a see what niggaz iz about before u put em against dem other folk u named..them other two cats out tha group Da Backwudz and they shit was hot..Gotta snatch tha album..Whats boring is hearing another nigga talk about what he got and throwing money in da air trickin on a broad..thats tha lamest shit ever kinfolk..that video creation they got some real shit..Mark those words homie…

  • rkm

    Roses is great, the other two are pretty weak for me, and I think Roses is holding up mainly because of good production, not rapping. But thanks for putting something I’d never heard of up, seems like most people are really feeling it.

  • TSF

    Word! I always wondered what happened to da backwudz, loved Wood Work and copped it when it came out. I’ll definitely cop this one too, thanks MGG!

  • Anonymous

    Finally some real music from the south!

  • blacker cracker

    that shit was tight, you can tell they listen to outkast, but they definitely not tryin to copy them, they doin their own thang

  • Around and Around

    Great drop, nice to see a writer on this site schooling us on some slept on shit.

  • Most Ignored

    All 3 tracks sounded nice. Sad when GREAT Hip Hop gets overshadowed by this watered down garbage mess.

  • these posters are idiots

    Dirty Slum is hardbody.

    I can’t lie, I bought the Backwudz first album and was pretty disappointed.

    These 3 joints were tough though, I’ll definitely grab this and show support. These guys can spit.

  • Smoove

    yo, good lookin’ for the heads up…we need to hear about these new artists out here on the grind.

    *going to check the album*

  • Tito Santana

    man they got even harder songs on tha album…these three cuts are cool but tha shit on tha album is classic…preciate da music folk..yall boys keep doin it..

  • marlon

    hey tito santana (love the name)IO’m not a fan of throw money in the air music. I have always been a pharcyde nas common roots bbc hell even goodie mob lyrical fan i’m just saying these guys flows boring, beats boring and lyrics not new. word structure non existent. didn’t mean to hurt your feelings kinfolk.

  • Sinistah aka Figga 8

    yo MGG, i dont know how long you been bloggin for the South or if you ever covered him, but what do you think of the kid Jay Electronica?

  • africa

    hey figga, do u know that the same guy who produces the LABRATZ(SOL MESSIAH) produces and help that kid jay electronica get started? same family.

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  • lil dizzy

    god damn who do dat producing fo des catz its crazy

  • LamboLuey

    Thnx for the Compliment u made my night for real ok Diamond plus is da Labratz but sho t jst hasn’t been recording Backwudz we still goin hard af so don’t sleep we need all da press we can get we also added my brother shivy a 106 and park hall of famer trust its not over… not in the least beast bit zone6 hiphop aint dead psa tell Nas 2011 @LamboLuey twitter