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Entry from August 16, 2008
Dirty South

"Dirty South” is a term that was coined by Georgia rapper Cool Breeze; the Atlanta group Goodie Mob featured the title “Dirty South” on its album Soul Food (1995).

The exact borders of the “Dirty South” are usually considered to be the states of the Confederacy. “Dirty South” has been a popular term among rappers in Houston, Texas, where the term “Dirty Third (Coast)” is also used.


Wikipedia: Cool Breeze
Cool Breeze is a 1st generation Dungeon Family artist, and creator of the hip hop term, and subsequent song “Dirty South”. The song is featured on Goodie Mob’s 1995 debut lp “Soul Food”, and the term has become the “unofficial” name for describing the hip hop nation’s southern region. Cool Breeze has appeared on many Dungeon Family albums, and has appeared on songs with other artists such as Kurupt, Rick Ross, Lee Majors, Nivea & Eightball. In 2001, he joined up with two rappers from a group called Sniper Unit and became known as Freddie Calhoun. The name “Calhouns” derives from the street in the East Washingotn Neighborhood of East Point, GA, Calhoun Avenue. Calhound Avenue runs through Martel Homes and to surrounding outside streets. Cool Breeze makes references to Calhoun Avenue, Martel Homes, O.J. Hurd Homes, Cleveland Avenue, Washington Road, Stone Road, and other known East Point, GA locations throughout his rhymes.

Wikipedia: Goodie Mob
Goodie Mob, based in Atlanta, Georgia, is widely considered one of the founding hip hop acts of the Dirty South movement. Members Cee-Lo (Thomas Callaway), Khujo (Willie Knighton, Jr.), T-Mo Goodie (Robert Barnett), and Big Gipp (Cameron Gipp) make up the group, which has been functioning since 1995.

The act’s name acts as a double backcronym. As explained on the track “Fighting” on Soul Food, Goodie Mob means “the GOOD DIE Mostly Over Bullshit”.

Its members were all born in Atlanta, and the group is based there with the rest of the Dungeon Family, a collective which includes OutKast and P.A. (Parental Advisory). Goodie was first heard featured on several songs from OutKast’s first album Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik.

Cee-Lo was the most visible member of the group prior to his departure in 2000 (among other projects, he is now recording in collaboration with DJ Danger Mouse as Gnarls Barkley), while Big Gipp has made several rounds on other Dungeon Family members’ albums, and T-Mo and Khujo form a duo within the group called The Lumberjacks. 

YouTube
Goodie Mob “Dirty South”
From: BVMUndergroundHipHop
Added: November 30, 2007
Along with OutKast, with whom they were closely associated, Goodie Mob was among the first Southern rap acts to attain nationwide recognition, particularly with their classic debut, Soul Food (1995). The group unraveled after only its third album, World Party (1999), when Cee-Lo broke away for a solo career, and overall their recognition was much more critical than commercial. All the same, Goodie Mob’s reputation as a pioneering Southern rap act remains firmly in place, and that reputation was considerably bolstered once Cee-Lo, as the frontman of Gnarls Barkley, broke into mainstream consciousness with the smash hit “Crazy” in 2006.

Urban Dictionary
dirty south
The following states: Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North and South Carolina. Made popular some 10 years ago.
I’m not from the Dirty South, but I live there.
by Maurice Jul 2, 2003

Dirty South
n. Term of endearment for the area of the United States that includes much of the former Confederacy; includes southern Virginia, the Carolinas, Georgia, northern Florida, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, and eastern Texas.
This is how we roll in the Dirty South!
by cp Nov 30, 2004

Dirty South
Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Alabama, and Mississippi.
Miami, Florida is the only city in the dirty south to be named “The Bottom”. The dirty south is also known as the 3rd coast
i’m from the dirty south
by dizdicc Oct 8, 2005

dirty south
1) Dirty South is rap that popped up the latter half of the 1990’s. It’s inspirations drew from Dr. Dre’s ‘Chronic’ album and 2 Live Crew’s nast traditions in equivalent measure, arriving at a stond, violent, sex-obsessed and (naturally) cuss-oriented brand of modern hip-hop. It was named after a song by Goodie Mobb. They and OutKast are said to be the best that this style of rap music has to offer, but their lyrics are better than such contemporaries like the ‘No Limit Posse’. Dirty South descended from Souther rap.
2) It can also refer to the southern region which is: Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi. Florida is NOT a part of ‘the south’ when it concerns cultures, only geographically.
You can only get sweet tea in restaurants when in the dirty south.
by Rollin6s Jul 20, 2004

Urban Dictionary
DIRTY SOUTH!
A phrase made famous by Coolbreeze of the Dungeon Family. Became even more recognized, when the GOODIEMOB made a song out of it. The Dirty South meaning that everything isn’t as cool as it seems in the South. Its dirty, there’s a lot of struggling and bad things going on down here.
“What you Niggas know about about the DIRTY SOUTH”!
I’m coming straight out that DIRTY SOUTH!
I’m heading to the DIRTY SOUTH!

by rashard Dec 28, 2007

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From: (Vlad Lyubovny)
Date: 1995/11/10
Subject: Re: goodie mob (sleeper release, yall!!!)

I was pretty dissappointed with Soul Food… I even had to take it back. I was looking forward to this album the most, considering that I feel that Organized Noize are my favorite producers… but after listening to it I felt it wasn’t at all solid.  Cee-Lo is an excellent rapper, Gipp is ok, but Kudjo is HORRIBLE, as with the other kid.  I’m still wondering why they let those two into the group, because all the early Goodie Mob interviews I read just had Cee-Lo and Big Gipp… anyway, the best tracks on the album, aside from Cell Therapy, had guest rappers - Dirty South, The Coming, etc… I really tried to give it a chance, but no go…

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