Boyz N Da Hood Hit the Block 12 Years Ago
The short-lived run of "the southern N.W.A"
On June 21, 2005, Atlanta rap group Boyz N Da Hood released their self-titled debut album. It was the second full-length released through P. Diddy’s Bad Boy South offshoot.
Made up of Young Jeezy, Jody Breeze, Big Duke and Big Gee, the group of MCs was put together by Russell “Block” Spencer. The album hit No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart and went to No. 1 on the Rap Albums chart. A trap favorite, the collection’s success was propelled by the singles “Dem Boyz” and “Felonies.”
The group was often marketed as the southern or the new N.W.A. The Erick Sermon-produced “Gangstas” even utilized extensive vocals from Eazy-E’s 1996 album cut “Gangsta Beat 4 Tha Street.”
The album features several contributors who would become major forces in southern hip hop that decade. The song “Bitches and Bizness” starts with an uncredited leadoff verse from Rick Ross a year before his Def Jam debut. Drumma Boy, Jazze Pha and DJ Toomp all have production credits on the album.
Already enjoying success from his own mixtapes, Jeezy left the group and put out his solo Def Jam debut, Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101, in July of 2005, just a month after the Boyz N Da Hood debut.
Jeezy was replaced with Gorilla Zoe, but the group’s run was short lived, only releasing one other album, 2007’s less successful Back Up n Da Chevy. It peaked at No. 51 on the Billboard 200.
In 2015, Young Jeezy reunited Boyz N Da Hood to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his debut album.
Watch the Daily Operation video above and stream their entire debut below.