The Boyz N Da Hood's debut album is as raw as the classic John Singleton film. Consisting of Young Jeezy, Jody Breeze, Duke and Big Gee, the group proves the A-Town isn't all about getting crunk these days. While other artists signed to Bad Boy Records have watered down their style in order to sell records, the Boyz N Da Hood keeps it straight gutter on their debut. In fact, this is probably one of the hardest southern albums you will hear all year. And even though the group lacks any talent in the lyrical department, their aggressive and uncompromising style makes for a street album worth hearing.
While the overload of hustlin' and coke tales on the album grows tiresome, it’s the production that really allows the group to succeed. Jazze Pha offers two uncharacteristic efforts and abandons his gimmicky cookie cut beats popularized by artists such as Ciara and Nelly. "Pussy M.F.'s" finds Jazze lacing the track with a hypnotizing whistle, while the Boyz discuss their distaste for those lacking any heart. The vicious and heart pumping "Felonies" sticks somewhat closer to the Jazze Phae mold with its synthesizer feel, but the track still hits hard. The lead single "Dem Boyz" is the album's best cut, as producer Nitti sprinkles some light keys over a bounding bassline. While, the legendary Erick Sermon even shows up behind the boards for "Gangstas", which also features a verse from the late great Eazy E. The only time the album starts to loose some steam is when the production and hooks don't hold their end. "Bitches & Bizness" is a predictable southern keyboard effort by Nitti, while "Still Sizzard" suffers from a case of the lame hooks disease. In addition, "Keep It N' Da Hood 2nite" is the only commercial attempt with a bland R&B hook.
Even for Hip Hop heads not infatuated with the south, Boyz N Da Hood offer an impressive debut album that everyone can feel. The group still needs to broaden their horizons beyond their everyday hustles, but nevertheless, if you're looking for uncompromising street music than look no further than Boyz N Da Hood.