There are few albums that really help show the perspective of a region, and Soul Food by Goodie Mob does just that for the Dirty South. The politically-charged album not only coined the phrase “Dirty South”(thanks to Cool Breeze), but also let us inside the minds of four Black men who “sit back and watch for the bullshit, because we know it’s coming“. The gold-selling album is a staple in southern music along with their Dungeon Family brothers’ Southernplayalistic… debut released just a year before. Both albums helped put Atlanta rap in the mainstream.
what you think you know about the dirty south?
Soul Food‘s three singles showed three different sides to Atlanta. “Dirty South” with Big Boi and Cool Breeze gave you insight to the trap-life. Songs like “Sesame Street” and “Goodie Bag” take you deeper into the “trap” and everything that surrounds the lifestyle. From selling dope to getting busted by the Red Dogs, Goodie Mob made sure that you knew the ups and downs of the drug scene in Atlanta.
who’s that peeking in my window?
Soul Food‘s first single, “Cell Therapy”, was a song about paranoia setting in. But was it really paranoia or was it what they saw going on in their communities in real time? Other songs like, “Live At the O.M.N.I.” and “Fighting”, touch on crooked politicians and a corrupt prison system that claimed the lives of too many of their friends and families.
Come and get some soul food
When you think of soul food, you think of family, and listening to their music you can tell that Goodie Mob is very family-oriented. “Soul Food”, the second single, talks about spending time with kin, staying away from all the fast food, and eating a healthier home-cooked meal. “Guess Who” has the Mob showing their utmost appreciation for the lady that gave birth to them. On the album’s closer, “The Day After”, Big Gipp speaks on the loss of his grandmother and how he deals with the pain.
Soul Food left no stone unturned. The M.O.B. asked the questions they wanted answers to and made the music they felt. Twenty years later it’s clear that history will always herald Soul Food as a southern classic, and the beginning of an Atlanta music scene that will be forever evolving.