The Dayton Family

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The Dayton Family
Daytonfamily.jpg
Background information
OriginFlint, Michigan
GenresGangsta Rap
Years active1993—present
LabelsPo Broke (1995)
Relativity Records (1996-1999)
Gothom (2001)
Koch Records (2002-2003)
Fast Life Records (2005-2006)
UBU Records (2006-2008)
DDA Records (2009)
Hatchet House (2010-2011)
WebsiteTheDaytonFamily
MembersBootleg
Shoestring
Backstabba
Past membersGhetto E
Jake the Flake
 
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The Dayton Family
Daytonfamily.jpg
Background information
OriginFlint, Michigan
GenresGangsta Rap
Years active1993—present
LabelsPo Broke (1995)
Relativity Records (1996-1999)
Gothom (2001)
Koch Records (2002-2003)
Fast Life Records (2005-2006)
UBU Records (2006-2008)
DDA Records (2009)
Hatchet House (2010-2011)
WebsiteTheDaytonFamily
MembersBootleg
Shoestring
Backstabba
Past membersGhetto E
Jake the Flake

The Dayton Family is an American Gangsta Rap group from Flint, Michigan. The group is composed of Ira Dorsey, Raheen Peterson, and Matt Hinkle, who perform under the respective personas of Bootleg, Shoestring, and Backstabba. The name Dayton Family derives from Dayton Street, one of the most crime-ridden streets in their hometown.

Musical career[edit]

Early history (1993–2005)[edit]

In 1993, Ira Dorsey and Raheen Peterson met through their younger brothers.[1] The two began writing together, under the names Bootleg and Shoestring, and created their first song, "Dope Dayton Ave."[2] Rapper Matt Hinkle soon joined the duo under the name Backstabba.[1][2] The group began working with local producer Steve Pitts and formed The Dayton Family, named after Dayton Avenue, one of the most crime-ridden streets in their hometown of Flint, Michigan.[1][2] In between studio sessions, they performed at local clubs and quickly gain notoriety within Flint.[1]

The Dayton Family recorded a 12-inch single and soon signed with Atlanta independent record label Po Broke in 1995.[1][2] That year, the group released their debut album What's on My Mind? and were featured on No Limits Down South Hustlers: Bouncin' and Swingin' compilation album, which got the trio recognition throughout Southern United States.[2] After the album's release, Hinkle was imprisoned and replaced by Dorse's younger brother Eric, who performed under the name Ghetto E.[2] Following a year of touring, the group left Po Broke due to legal problems with the label's producer.[1][2][3]

In 1996, they released their second album F.B.I., standing for Fuck Being Indicted, under Relativity Records. The album was later certified gold.[2] The Dayton Family was plagued with various legal problems, including Ira being incarcerated soon after release of F.B.I., which hindered the amount of work the group released.[1][2] In 1999, both Ira and Peterson released solo albums. Two years later, the group signed with Detroit rapper Esham's Gothom label and released solo albums.[2] The next year, they released Welcome to the Dopehouse under Koch Records.

Stabilization (2005-2010)[edit]

After a three-year hiatus, the group was trimmed down to Ira and Peterson and they released Family Feud through Fast Life Records.[2] The following year, The Dayton Family signed with U Be U Records and released Back on Dayton Ave. The duo added new member Jake the Flake later that same year and released Return to Dayton Ave. in October. Following Hinkle's release from prison, the group returned to their original lineup of Ira, Peterson, and Hinkle. In 2009, they released The Return: The Right To Remain Silent under DDA Records.

Hatchet House (2010-2011)[edit]

On July 14, 2010, The Dayton Family signed with Insane Clown Posse's subsidiary label Hatchet House.[1][3] The group released the EP Psycho on February 1, 2011, and a music video was released for the song "Cocaine" on 28 March.[4][5] Their eighth album, Charges of Indictment, was released on June 28. They most recently featured in the Psychopathic Psypher Part 1 & 2 (Bootleg in Part 1 and Shoestring in Part 2). The video for The Psypher (Part 1 & 2) was released on June 5, 2011.[5]

Style and influences[edit]

The Dayton Family is known for their gritty lyrics concerning ghetto survival, struggle, and poverty. Allmusic reviewer Jason Birchmeier describes The Dayton Family's musical style as "potent hardcore rap."[2] He says that the group has "an idiosyncratic identity" and "a dark, grim mentality focused on modest survival rather than riches or fame."[2] The group lists Run DMC, Michael Jackson, LL Cool J, N.W.A, Geto Boys, Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G., X-Clan, Spice 1, and Public Enemy as influences.[6]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Solo albums[edit]

Guest appearances[edit]

YearSongArtist(s)Album
1996"Ballers"First Degree feat. BootlegPaper Stacks
1997"Are You Ready For Us"Three 6 Mafia feat. The Dayton FamilyChapter 2: World Domination
"U Can't Fuck With Us"The Fharmacy feat. BootlegGoodie
1998"Bout The South"Prophet Posse feat. The Dayton FamilyBody Parts
"P.M.S. (Potential Murder Suspects)"The Hard Boyz feat. Ghetto E & Jake The FlakeP.M.S. (Potential Murder Suspects)
"Outsiders"Ghetto Azz Niggaz feat. Jake the Flake & ShoestringFaithful To The Streets
"What Worse"Black Hippiz feat. The Dayton FamilyDead Rezidentz
"Snitch Killa"Destineal feat. ShoestringBorn To Hustle
"Can't Catch Me"Ka'Nut feat. Bootleg & Ghetto ELook At Em Now
"Don't Sleep"Quarter Mob feat. Shoestring & Ghetto EUnderworld Ties
"Who Be Hate'n"Quarter Mob feat. Shoestring & Ghetto E
1999"If Niggaz New"F.O.D. feat. BootlegMidwest Poison
2000"Here Comes The Mack"Mack The Jacka feat. Bootleg & LayroyceThe True Story
"No Future"MC Breed feat. BootlegThe Thugz Volume 1
"Da Bird-Man"Skanbino Mob feat. ShoestringPlayin' Fa Keeps
"Untouchable"M.A.F.I.A. feat. BootlegMisery Loves Company
2001"How Many Niggas You Know"MC Breed feat. BootlegThe Fharmacist
"Brain Surgery"Esham feat. ShoestringTongues
"Fuck A Lover"Esham feat. The Dayton Family
"Holla At Ya Boy"Moochie Mack feat. Jake The FlakeBroke Pimpin'
2002"Resume Of A Gangsta"1st Battalion feat. The Dayton FamilyGutta Gutta
"Gangsta Walk"Project Born feat. BootlegThe Rent Is Due
2003"We Don't Need That"Project Born feat. BootlegGhetto Celebs
"Take Ya Clothes Off"Xacution Style feat. ShoestringCivilized Evil
2004"Dope Game"T-Dub & Pee feat. ShoestringCamouflage
"Body Bag"Project: Deadman feat. The Dayton FamilySelf Inflicted
"Aint Shit"Project: Deadman feat. Bootleg & MC Breed
"How We Roll"Billy Smokes feat. BootlegFilthy Flint Money
"On The Run"Corleone Family feat. BootlegNo-Gutz No-Glory
2005"Calico"Kurupt feat. The Dayton FamilyAgainst Tha Grain
"Holla When U See Me"Tito 6 feat. BootlegKing Of The Great Lakes
"I Ain't The One"Biz feat. Shoestring & Billy SmokesBizness As Usual
"My Life"E1C feat. Bootleg & Onez GangstaIt Ain't The $ It's Me
2006"Twenty Six"Pastor Troy feat. BootlegBy Choice Or By Force
"On My Block"C-Murder feat. BootlegThe TRU Story... Continued
"Duck Down"Billy Smokes feat. Bootleg (Track was removed at artist's request)Flint Hip Hop Volume 1
"Anything You Ask For"The Game feat. BootlegG.A.M.E.
"The Naughty North"Smoke Johnson feat. ShoestringAnalyze That
2007"Bout The South (Dragged)"Triple Six Mafia feat.The Dayton FamilyProphets Greatest Hits (Disc 2)
"Sex, Drugs, Money & Murder"Twiztid feat. The Dayton FamilyIndependents Day
"Shoot 1st"Menacide feat. The Dayton FamilyStreet Symphony
"The G Code (Intro)"Menacide feat. BootlegThe Prequel (Mixtape)
"The G Code (Mixtape Mix)"Menacide feat. The Dayton Family
2008"Summer Time"BootlegGee Pierce Presents: Well Connected (Compilation)
"Are You Fucking? (Skit)"Bootleg & Madam Dane
"Back Stabbers"Jake The Flake & MC Breed
"Big Butt & Ah Smile"Shoestring
"On My Block"Shoestring & Katastrofee
"Leg-Weed Skit"Bootleg
"Leg-Gee Skit"Gee Pierce & Bootleg
2009"Shoot 1st (bOb E. NiTe Remix)"Menacide feat. The Dayton FamilyFrom The Ground Down Mixtape
2010"Damn Bitch"Blaze Ya Dead Homie feat. The Dayton FamilyGang Rags
"Damn Bitch (Remix)"Blaze Ya Dead Homie feat. Kottonmouth Kings & BootlegMike E. Clark's Psychopathic Murder Mix Volume 2
2011"I Just Might"T-Rock feat. The Dayton FamilyI Grind, I Hustle

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Back on Dayton Ave: The Dayton Family Interview". Psychopathic Records. Retrieved January 25, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Jason Birchmeier. "The Dayton Family - Biography". Rovi Corporation. Retrieved January 25, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Biography". Psychopathic Records. Retrieved January 25, 2011. 
  4. ^ "The Dayton Family are Doin' the Damn Thang". Hatchet Herald (Psychopathic Records) 13 (19). January 21, 2011. Retrieved January 25, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "June 21st, 2011 Charges of Indictment Release". Hatchet Herald (Psychopathic Records) 13 (23). March 18, 2011. Retrieved March 20, 2011. 
  6. ^ "The Dayton Family's Inspiration". Psychopathic Records. Retrieved January 25, 2011. 

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