Landmark 2001 Album by Legendary Atlanta Hip-Hop Collective Reissued to Celebrate its 15th Anniversary & the Group's Long-Awaited Reunion at Atlanta's ONE Musicfest 2016!
Legacy Recordings celebrates Southern hip-hop's greatest supergroup, The Dungeon Family, with a special 15th anniversary vinyl pressing of the group's sole album, Even In Darkness. This 2LP set, pressed on 150-gram black vinyl for the first time since its original release, comes just in time for the group's long-awaited reunion at Atlanta's ONE Musicfest 2016. Named after the Atlanta basement studio in which members of the collective made their first recordings, The Dungeon Family featured the brightest stars of the booming local hip-hop scene.
Organized Noize is the nucleus of The Dungeon Family, supplying the beats and grooves for OutKast, Goodie Mob and other Atlanta-based artists. Rico Wade, Ray Murray and Sleepy Brown offered production and guidance to their artists, putting the "family" into The Dungeon Family and helping them raise the profile of the Southeast in hip-hop. Elsewhere, Organized Noize earned acclaim for producing the hits "Waterfalls" for TLC and "Don't Let Go (Love)" for En Vogue.
As the region's leading rap duo, OutKast (featuring Big Boi and Andre 3000) absoluteley personified Southern hip-hop in the 1990s and 2000s. Alongside OutKast, Goodie Mob (featuring Big Gipp, Khujo, T-Mo and CeeLo Green) represented Southern rap to the masses, even coining the phrase "Dirty South" to describe the region. Killer Mike got his start as part of The Dungeon Family, releasing a string of solo records throughout 2006 to 2012 before experiencing a seismic surge of notoriety with the hip-hop duo Run The Jewels, which he created with rapper/producer El-P. Even In Darkness also featured up and coming local talent including producer Mr. DJ and rappers Cool Breeze, Witchdoctor, Backbone, Big Rube and Slimm Calhoun.
Even In Darkness, released in 2001, fully realized Andre 3000's prophetic proclamation at the 1995 Source Awards: "The South got somethin' to say." With Atlanta as the epicenter, Southern hip-hop was at a flashpoint, with some of the most innovative and recognizable works of the rap genre firmly rooted in the region. With tracks like "6 Minutes (Dungeon Family It's On)" and "Trans DF Express," Even In Darkness stands as a testament to The Dungeon Family's singular commitment to helping make hip-hop history.