Old Raps Episode 2: Atlanta’s Dungeon Family Collective

You’ve definitely heard at least 50 Dungeon Family songs in your lifetime. Maybe they were mostly OutKast tracks, a few Cee-lo songs, and ‘Waterfalls‘ by TLC.

Dungeon Family are the absolutely legendary collective from Atlanta whose core members include OutKast’s Andre 3000 and Big Boi; Cee-Lo from Goodie Mob and Gnarls Barkley; Big Gipp; Khujo and T-Mo; Killer Mike from Run The Jewels; Cool Breeze; Backbone; and the production/songwriting team of Rico Wade, Ray Murray and Sleepy Brown, better known as Organized Noize.

I could put a two hour show together for every one of these artists, and maybe one day I will, but for now, here’s a celebration of one of coolest collectives in rap. I’ve tried to keep it both broad and obscure, finding weird cuts and unreleased jams from the ridiculously overstocked back catalogue.

There’s a surprisingly large number of songs in this episode that are definitely not raps, but they are old, like the selection of songs from the boy band Bobby Valentino was in when he was 16, or every one of the soulful sex jams by the devastatingly underrated Sleepy Brown.

This episode assumes that you’re already familiar with all of OutKast’s albums, Goodie Mob’s back catalogue and the Organized Noize Netflix documentary from 2016 – but you can definitely go back and experience those after listening. (Spoiler alert: They’re incredible.)

I listened to most of these records for the first time through cheap computer speakers attached to an iPod while flipping burgers five years back. Feel free to recreate those ideal listening provisions before tuning in. – DJ Levins

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Tracklist:

Witchdoctor – D.F.
Lil’ Will – Looking for Nikki (featuring Cool Breeze)
Parental Advisory – Maniac
Cool Breeze – Hit Man (featuring Witchdoctor and Backbone)
Society of Soul – Peaches N Erb (featuring Big Rube)
Sleepy’s Theme – Simply Beautiful
UGK – Bump and Grill (featuring N.O. Joe)
Lil’ Will – Low, Low (featuring Cool Breeze and Pimp C)
Goodie Mob – I.C.U. (featuring Sleepy Brown)
Slimm Calhoun – It’s OK (featuring Andre 3000)
Youngbloodz – 85 (featuring Big Boi)
Lil’ Will – Yesterdays
Mista – If My Baby
Sleepy Brown – Till (Your Legs Start Shaking)
Bubba Sparxxx – Like It Or Not (featuring Sleepy Brown)
Parental Advisory – Down Flat (featuring T.I.P.)
Dungeon Family – White Gutz
Cool Breeze – Weeastpointin’ (featuring Sleepy Brown)
Sleepy Brown – I Can’t Wait (featuring Outkast)
Dungeon Family – Follow the Light

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