Friday, April 7, 2000
Houston, Texas
Volume 65, Issue 128

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Local rap group describes how Southern Players play

Destine II Shine

Southern Players
Heimalayah Records
Release Date: In Stores Now


By Keenan Singleton
Daily Cougar Staff

It's official, the South has risen again.

From the early days of the Geto Boys to the contemporaries (Cash Money, No Limit and UGK), Bible Belt rappers have quickly ascended to the top of radio and television with massive amounts of airplay.

While it isn't guaranteed the same success as its predecessors, local rap group Southern Players already has a bona-fide smash hit and a willing and eager fan base itching to listen.

Its debut album, Destine II Shine, is a 12-track album with three interludes featuring the talents of Maugsburg, Ronn-G and Ward. The Houston area trio's first release, "Pimpin'" has dominated the airwaves (97.9 The BOXX) for the past few months.

You know the hook: "Get your mind right player/'cuz I'm pimping your girl/and if you ever disrespect me/put that thing in your world," with a sample of Bill Wither's "Use Me Up" in the background.

The group sound and style is akin to another Southside rap group, Eightball and MJG.

That can be attributed to producer and member, Ronn-G. He produced all twelve tracks and he did a stellar job finding beats and music that fit ideally with the group.

Half of the tracks on the album deserve some attention.

The second track, "Hoes all over the World," features an eerie organ synth and electric drum beat; while "Syk-N-Tyd" is a mid-tempo about the ills of life and what the group members would do to change the things of which they are sick and tired.

The last three tracks really show the potential and promise of the group.

Other than "Pimpin'," the bounce-worthy "Shinin' Up My Grill" fills out the above-average album.

The final track, "Shakin' and Bouncin'(Supa Ho)," will be making its way to a club near you soon because of its freakable beat and suggestive subject matter.

The weak points on the album are the interludes, which are about absolutely nothing, and the too long, drawn-out song "Never Fall Lame."

The only reason this album didn't receive a higher grade than it did was because of the tired subject matter contained in the CD.

I can only take so much talk about how much money you have, or how nice your car is, or how many women you have.

Not that I don't enjoy a "player" song every once in a while, but when the entire album focuses on three topics, it quickly gets redundant.

If this album isn't enough to quench your thirst for the group, Southern Players will make an in-store appearance from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 8 at Record Town in Sharpstown Mall.

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