Webbie, Ying Yang Twins, Boyz N Da Hood, and Chillin Villain Empire

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Phases & Stages

Webbie

Savage Life (Asylum)

Ying Yang Twins

United State of Atlanta (TVT)

Boyz N Da Hood (Bad Boy)

Chillin Villain Empire

Villainism (Covert)

Infesting airwaves with a misogyny so deep-rooted that it could make Luther Campbell cringe, Webbie's "Give Me That" incorporates a beckoning sound and a nasty Bun B verse as it works its way toward classic summer-jam status. Webbie's solo debut, Savage Life, situates the Baton Rouge native and Trill Entertainment asset among a menagerie of red lights including the catchy "Bad Bitch" and a tongue-in-cheek collaboration with Mannie Fresh, "Come Here Bitch." Even seedier, strip-club patrons Ying Yang Twins serenade women with some of the most obscene lyrics to ever be edited out of such a widespread hit as "Wait (The Whisper Song)." While Mr. Collipark's minimalist production hits below the belt, D-Roc and Kaine thrust pelvic alternations about their latest album, United State of Atlanta. Look for "Badd" featuring Mike Jones and "Long Time" featuring Anthony Hamilton to soon be played repeatedly on a radio near you. Buying his way into the current Southern rap explosion, P. Diddy saddles himself up to some thoroughbreds in the form of Atlanta's Boyz N Da Hood. As MCs Young Jeezy, Jody Breeze, Duke, and Big Gee swap hard-hitting gangsta tales, a production crew of Jazze Pha, DJ Toomp, Nitti, and Drummaboy feed cartridges of ammunition to their frontline soldiers. Eerily reminiscent of 1999's Guerilla Warfare album by Cash Money's Hot Boys, Boyz N Da Hood sparkles like silver bullets in the sun as it launches killer tracks including "Felonies" and "Don't Put Your Hands on Me." Meanwhile in Los Angeles, Project Blowed affiliates Chillin Villain Empire focus their creative energies on the idea that Ngafsh, Riddlore, and Wreccless are "sick of getting pulled over by the cops for nothing at all." As Villainism fuses firsthand street consciousness to varying strains of 21st-century g-rap and bounce, songs such as "Last Nga Standin" leave no doubt as to who the real criminals are within American society.

(Webbie) **.5

(Ying Yang Twins) **

(Boyz N Da Hood) ***

(Chillin Villain Empire) ***

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