Ghetto Swing Extreme!
Yorkers have been grooving to the jazz-flavored sounds of The
Yalloppin Hounds for close to two years now, but the band
only recently made its brand of hip-hop seasoned swing accessible
to the masses on its long-awaited debut, Ghetto Swing Extreme.
Although the Hounds are determined to bring this genre of music
a little closer to the Harlem roots from which it originally sprang,
theres much more swing than ghetto
on this album, so dont let the title frighten you.
member of the Hounds boasts a rich jazz background, which has
led the band to create a unique selection of swinging dance originals.
Standouts include Hot Dog, a favorite jam tune among
the NYC locals; the rollicking Oops, My Bad!, which
describes an illicit encounter with a best friends girl;
and You Aint Sh**, a jaw-dropping vocal number
seasoned with The Hounds signature style of rapping over
swing beats. The instrumental cuts Ghetto Swing and
King of The Mall will also grab your attention, but
the real hit is Daddy Make You Feel Good, a duet between
Lord Sledge on trumpet and vocalist Queen Esther thats guaranteed
to get your toes tapping.
applaud The Hounds for finally getting this one out of the songbooks
and into production, but Im a little disappointed the disc
doesnt capture more of the energy they radiate live. For
such a talented band with so much innovation and vision, this
is a strong start out of the gates, but Im still curious
to see what The Hounds have in store for a follow-up. In
the meantime, if the idea of Ellington meets Wu-Tang gets your
juices flowing, check out Ghetto Swing Extreme.
Chad "DJ Chops" Kincaid