Even in Darkness

Even in Darkness

by Dungeon FamilyDungeon Family


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A collective of Southern rappers including members of Outkast and Goodie Mob, plus solo emcees from Backbone to Witchdoctor, the Dungeon Fam seems to have cribbed a page from the Wu-Tang Clan's business model. There's certainly strength in numbers, but that's where the comparison ends. Weaned on the crunked-up bounce of Dirty South hip-hop, the Dungeon Family have concocted an original electric-funk blend that hearkens back to George Clinton's Mothership funkateers. Their heavily hyped disc, Even in Darkness, features the Atlanta-based artists tag-teaming atop the synthesized beat stew with a barrage of rhymes largely addressing their rap preeminence ("6 Minutes") and otherworldy ethos ("Excalibur"). However, like Outkast's masterful Stankonia, the DF revamp rap clichés to make them sound so fresh and so clean. On the Kraftwerk-borrowed groove of "Trans DF Express," Outkast's Dre captivates with flirtatious lines such as: "Hippy to the hop like a digilog frog/Throw me the cat and I'll throw you the dog." Bubba Sparxxx drops by on "White Gutz," a big-up to the butter-soft leather interiors and whitewall tires of a flossy ride, set to a hypnotic beat. Lyrically, however, DF are just as comfortable at the deep end of the pool. Over the guitar-loop and a doo-wop chorus of "Rollin'," featuring Society of Soul, they ponder the need to "color outside the lines" in a myopic rap industry, and on the aptly titled "What Is Rap?" Witchdoctor and Big Rube wax poetic about the stagnant state of hip-hop. Funk for the booty and a bonus for the brain, the Dungeon Family are the coolest muther-funkers on planet hip-hop.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/20/2001
Label: Arista
UPC: 0078221469326
catalogNumber: 14693
Rank: 79214

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dungeon Family   Primary Artist
C-BO   Vocals
Brother James   Vocals
Preston Crump   Bass
Joi   Vocals
Debra Killings   Background Vocals
Bob Lewis   Trombone
Aaron Mills   Bass
Ray   Strings,Clavinet
Big Rube   Vocals
Mello K.   Vocals
Lee King   Trumpet
DJ Herb   scratching
Witchdoctor   Vocals
Cee Lo Green   Vocals
Lil' Will   Vocals
Jerry Freeman   Horn
Donnie Mathis   Guitar
David Whild   Guitar
Khujo   Vocals
Big Boi   Vocals,Background Vocals
Big Gipp   Vocals
Eric Alexander   Trombone
Mike Hardnett   Bass,Guitar
Marvin "Chanz" Parkman   Organ,Keyboards
Kris Shelton   Vocals
Bubba Sparxxx   Vocals
Slimm Calhoun   Vocals
Preecher   Vocals
Sleepy Brown   Strings,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Clavinet
Nivea   Vocals
Killer Mike   Vocals
Backbone   Vocals
André 3000   Vocals,Background Vocals
Kebbi Williams   Horn
Freddie Calhoun   Vocals
Mike Cebulski   Gong
Richard L. Owens   Horn
Mike Barry   Trumpet
Jason Freeman   Horn
Ramón   Vocals
T-Mo Goodie   Vocals

Technical Credits

John Frye   Engineer
Organized Noize   Programming,Producer,drum programming
L.A. Reid   Executive Producer
Kevin Crouse   Engineer
Blake Eiseman   Engineer
Sean Davis   Engineer
Eddie Horst   Horn Arrangements,Percussion Arrangement
Cutmaster Swift   Cut
Mikey Williams   Executive Producer
Kyledidthis   Art Direction
Ray Murray   Engineer
Earthtone III   Producer
Dungeon Family   Executive Producer
Malik Albert   Engineer
Vincent Alexander   Engineer
ET3   Arranger,Programming,Producer

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