Backbone

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While Backbone is a member of the Dungeon Family crew that also includes Southern rap heavyweights such as Outkast and Goodie Mob, the Altlanta rapper take a decidedly different approach to hip-hop. While those groups have a broader perspective, Backbone's music is drenched with images of street life and drug dealing. Tracks like the lead single, "5-Deuce-4 Tre," and "Under Streetlights" offer blow-by-blow accounts of life as a drug dealer. Musically, Backbone offers some typical Southern bounce although he does throw in a pleasant surprise with "Like This" which has an old-school Run-DMC feel to it. Although the ten-year vet has plenty of lyrical prowess, he wastes most of it on tired, old ghetto clich├ęs. Instead of relying on the same tired imagery and taking the easy way out, it seems Backbone should probably try and grow one.

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