• S
    • M
    • L
    • XL
    • XXL
      • XXL
      • XL
      • L
      • M
      • S

Boyz N Da Hood
Back Up N Da Chevy

boyzndahood.jpgWhen Bad Boy South president Russell “Block” Spencer introduced Boyz N Da Hood in 2005, the group was meant to be a collective movement setting up each member’s solo career. Selling only 380,000 units, the quartet’s self-titled debut didn’t quite live up to expectations, and Young Jeezy wound up being the only trapper to capture the heart of the streets. Now, Snowman-less, Duke, Big Gee and Jody Breeze enlist newcomer Gorilla Zoe as a replacement for their re-up effort, Back Up N Da Chevy.

Filling Jeezy’s Air Forces isn’t easy, but Zoe jumps right in without missing a beat. On the Dee Jay Dana–produced “Everybody Know Me,” he goes line for line with the crew, with no qualms. Their continued chemistry is displayed once again on “Hood Laws,” where each member alternates kicking cautionary tales about the code of the streets. But for all their talk of huggin’ the block, the refreshingly honest “Bite Down” finds the cocaine cowboys actually admitting to gettin’ high on their own supply.

Unfortunately, the Boyz’ creative streak stalls about midway through the disc. On the Rick Ross–featured “Paper,” Drumma Boy’s 808-filled score gets squandered, with Zoe aimlessly spewing, “Coca/Cola/I ain’t talkin’ soda/Add a little water/Add a little soda/Yeah, it’s lockin’ up/’Cause the water’s gettin’ colda.” Then there’s the Yung Joc–assisted “Nothing Is Promised” and the chest-beating “Say What’s on Your Mind,” both of which suffer from synth-heavy melodies that do little to accentuate the trap stars’ brazen bravado.

The crew does manage to switch things up sonically when they enlist hook man of the moment T-Pain for the smooth strip-club ode “Table Dance.” But it’s the aggressive “Block Boyz” and the festive title track that rekindle the magic of “Dem Boyz.” Although not as strong without Jeezy, Boyz N Da Hood still manage to put in that work. —PAUL CANTOR

L.gif
  • Cortez Ali

    With or without jeezy they’re trash like the rest of the south

    • Chilla

      boy u must be trash yo damn self cuz we da shit down here nigga

  • jay

    i really hate gorilla zoe. he’s voice is annoying and he spits mind numbingly bad lines.

  • C

    jody breeze is the only one in that group worth listening to0

  • sean_izzle

    Gorilla Zoe is real trash, but even when this album has the wackest lyrics(ATL lyrics) it has real dope beats and the song Block boys is fuckin dope(the beat)

    • Chilla

      nigga every thing from da south is dope and yo ass is wack boy

  • ehhhh

    fuckin cokehaeds

    breaking biggies 4th commendment

  • Trill

    Mane yall r crazy boyz n da hood is that crack…real southern niggaz doin they thang

  • B-RON

    WORD UP TRILL DIS ALBUM IS FIYAAA!!! I HAVE TO SAY THEY GOT BETTER SINCE JEEZY LEFT, EVEN DOE I JEEZY IZ DA SHIT.. “WE RIDIN” IZ CRAZY SIICK!! DIS SHIT DESERVES AN XL IF NOT XXL… HOW CAN U GIVE IT L?? IM TELLIN YALL THIS ALBUM GOES HARD! IT MIGHT NOT HAVE SOLD A LOT YET, BUT ITZ STILL A CLASSIC AND DESERVES PLATINUM SALES.. STAY UP

    JODY BREEZE
    GORILLA ZOE
    DUKE
    BIG GEE

    GET IT!!