Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Boyz N Da Hood

Posted By on Wed, Jul 20, 2005 at 12:00 AM

If every member of Boyz N Da Hood could write as reflectively as group member Big Gee, this debut might survive its hype. Instead, it’s a collection of trunk-rattling beats featuring a cast of boastful Southern rap heavyweights.

On “Happy Jamz,” Gee raps, “My sister had cancer on the clit ... my uncle had cancer in the dick/My auntie had cancer in her ass/She ain’t even wanna shit.” It’s a funny-sobering lyric, and one of the album’s two seminal moments. The other, “Trap Niggaz,” is a slow, horn-laced ditty that attempts to show upstart Jody Breeze how to survive the drug game.

And there you have it, two substantive sides of 16. You want sound quality? It’s there. You’ve got beats hard enough to get clubs jumpin’, and yes, the rappers can spit. But it’s wedged in rap’s rut; more solution-less reports about street life.

Detroit is still recovering from the loss of two of its most promising hip-hop artists, Blade Icewood and Wipeout. Here, more than anywhere else, Boyz N Da Hood is bullshit and posturing. Throw P. Diddy in the mix, and believability hits bottom. Ain’t buyin’ it.

Khary Kimani Turner writes about music for Metro Times. E-mail


We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

More by Khary Kimani Turner

Most Popular

Read the Digital Print Issue

July 28, 2021

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In Detroit

© 2021 Detroit Metro Times - Contact Us

Website powered by Foundation