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Yalloppin' Hounds
Ghetto Swing Extreme!


New 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, there’s much more “swing” than “ghetto” on this album, so don’t let the title frighten you.

Each 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 Ain’t 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 that’s guaranteed to get your toes tapping.

I applaud The Hounds for finally getting this one out of the songbooks and into production, but I’m a little disappointed the disc doesn’t 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 I’m 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



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