Judging by the numbers of releases from down South at the time of this album's release in late 2001, you'd think that there isn't a rapper in Atlanta who doesn't have a record deal. Que Bo Gold is the latest in a long line of ATL rappers to release a new album in 2001 and Red Clay lies somewhere in the middle of the pack behind Outkast and Pastor Troy but ahead of crews like T.I. and 404 Soldierz. What gives Que Bo Gold a slight edge is the production on Red Clay. While he still provides plenty of Southern bounce, he also mixes in a little old-time Southern soul as well as some blues and folk. He even goes so far as to sample George Thorogood's "Bad to the Bone" on "Lil Buddy." While Que Bo Gold takes no major missteps on Red Clay, he also fails to hit any major home runs. The result is an average album, one that will appeal to devout fans who can't get enough Southern hip-hop, but to hardly anyone else.
AllMusic Review by Jon Azpiri
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