New York rap trio comprising JB (b. Brooklyn, New York, USA), KD (b. Jamaica, West Indies) and E Depp (b. New Jersey, USA). Specialising in smooth, easily palatable (at least musically) goods, Dirt Nation’s debut 45, ‘Khadijah’, became a summer 1993 hit throughout urban America. Quoting Curtis Mayfield, Jimmy McGriff and Marvin Gaye, and alluding to the golden age of soul in its mellow rhythms too, ‘Khadijah’ was a tribute to the womenfolk often degraded as ‘bitches’ and ‘ho’s’ in gangsta rhymes. The group met at school in Maryland, relocating to Manhattan in search of a record contract. There they recorded their debut single, plus a track with rapper Biggie Smalls (Mary J. Blige). Their debut album’s title was lifted from the movie of the same name, while a collaboration with Guru of Gang Starr was also mooted.
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