16 Songs, 1 Hour 17 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Mainstays and arguably architects of the now unmistakable Memphis Hip-Hop sound, 8Ball and MJG have been releasing razor sharp street oriented Hip-Hop for the better part of two decades. Like their contemporaries Three Six Mafia, 8Ball and MJG are both enviably consistent and intimidatingly prolific, making it difficult for neophytes to get an accurate picture of the group’s rich and complex history. The release of the aptly titled We Are The South does much to remedy that problem, assembling the best of the group’s pre Bad Boy work on a sleek sixteen-track compilation. Though their very earliest, bounce based work is missing, We Are The South does an admirable job at compiling the best tracks from seminal albums like Comin’ Out Hard, and On Top of The World. Though some of this material may be unfamiliar to New York-centric listeners, tracks like the brooding “Friend or Foe” and the Organized Noise-produced masterpiece “Don’t Flex” set the southern Hip-Hop community ablaze upon their initial release, and have lost none of their considerable power with the passage of time.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Mainstays and arguably architects of the now unmistakable Memphis Hip-Hop sound, 8Ball and MJG have been releasing razor sharp street oriented Hip-Hop for the better part of two decades. Like their contemporaries Three Six Mafia, 8Ball and MJG are both enviably consistent and intimidatingly prolific, making it difficult for neophytes to get an accurate picture of the group’s rich and complex history. The release of the aptly titled We Are The South does much to remedy that problem, assembling the best of the group’s pre Bad Boy work on a sleek sixteen-track compilation. Though their very earliest, bounce based work is missing, We Are The South does an admirable job at compiling the best tracks from seminal albums like Comin’ Out Hard, and On Top of The World. Though some of this material may be unfamiliar to New York-centric listeners, tracks like the brooding “Friend or Foe” and the Organized Noise-produced masterpiece “Don’t Flex” set the southern Hip-Hop community ablaze upon their initial release, and have lost none of their considerable power with the passage of time.

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