When you think of Southern rock, you think Lynyrd Skynyrd. When you think Southern blues, you think of Robert Johnson. When you think of Southern rap, you should think of Goodie MOb (yes, that "O" is supposed to be capitalized). Unfortunately, all too many people think about Juvenile and Master P. These guys are makin' money, but their lyrics have no substance. Sure "Back that a** up" is a clever catch phrase, but staying power? Nah. Them boys are gonna fall off any day now. The Goodie MOb proved to everyone that they were here to stay with their debut album, "Soul Food." This was the pinnacle of Organized Noize production with maybe the exception of Outkast's "ATLiens" album. The musicality evoked warm summer evenings, street corners and Sunday afternoon barbecues all at the same time, while Cee-Lo, Gipp, T-Mo and Khujo held down the lyrics with an iron fist, speaking eloquently and at some length (the songs on this mofo are loooong! I loved it!) about day-to-day life and just stayin' alive in general. What I enjoyed so much was the inclusion of spirituality in their lyrics, but not so much that it weighed down the record. Just enough to give a clear message that Goodie wasn't all about bangin' and slangin'. This is a fantastic record, and anyone who considers themselves true hip-hop fans should have it in their collection.