Discussion touches on the rise of the Dirty South, the meaning of Soul Food and the place of the Dungeon Family in the canon of Souther Hip Hop.
I see “Dirty South” as being a blueprint for so much music that’s come out of Atlanta and the south since.
Everything that came after Dungeon Family [felt their influence], whether or not it’s directly second generation Dungeon Family like Jim Crow or Youngbloodz. I mean hip hop from that point on, regardless of being from Atlanta. You could go to the west coast, the east coast, the midwest and see bits and pieces of influence from the lyrics as well as the music. I remember this record coming out and I was like “okay, here we go… they’re not gonna like this.” But the reality of the situation as I got older and got around and started meeting people was that people that thought that the south didn’t [make] contributions worth of hip hop were the minority. When I really got up to the east coast and really started meeting dudes and talking to dudes, people actually had love, they knew the music, they embraced us as artists. I was like, you know what? It’s just a handful of cats that got nothing better to do that’s talking like this. Everybody for the most part was feeling it.
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