Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club. Because No News is Bad News.

Ghetto Mind State 

Dogs From Tha Land (Strong Arm Entertainment)

Dogs From Tha Land is the musical equivalent of a Stallone movie: jam-packed with so much sex, violence, and liquor that you'd be ashamed to admit that you like it.

But you will. New subject matter? Nope. Positive messages? Nada. Radio friendly? Yeah, right. Dogs is the CD that little suburban girls hide in the jewel box underneath their Britney Spears disc, to keep Mom and Dad from knowing the truth -- which is that, sometimes, mindless entertainment just works.

With such proven MCs as Tom Gotti, 71 North, Dominator, and Suave Gotti, this crew definitely represents. Local heads will bang the cut "Represent C-Town" until their ears bleed -- though merely repeating some of the vulgar lyrics in public might provoke a pepper-spray attack. Unfortunately, this joint is so single-mindedly focused on Cleveland, the sentimental references will have little meaning elsewhere. Remove these, and what's left are the beats, which are strong enough to transcend the borders that the lyrics can't.

The solid production work is handled primarily by Battle Axe, whose West Coast-influenced style is prominent on the majority of Dogs' 17 cuts. Indeed, "Stay on Yo Hustle," produced by Jazzmarc of UHB fame, is the only track not touched by Axe. Both danceable and bangin,' Dogs is technically sound and musically elaborate without being repetitive. The transitions from mellow rider cut to street anthem are smooth, helping the album sound like a big-budget release.

Ultimately, you'll need a strong stomach to digest this blood-soaked collection. And that's OK. This disc is meant to exercise your ass, not your mind.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at news@clevescene.com.

Cleveland Scene works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Cleveland and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Cleveland's true free press free.

More by K. Bray

Read the Digital Print Issue

September 23, 2020

View more issues

Most Popular

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Calendar

Staff Pick Events

  • Open Turntable Tuesday @ The Winchester

    • Tuesdays