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The Dayton Family

Though the Dayton Family never extended their reach to either the West or East Coast, the little-known rap group developed a substantial cult following in the Midwest during the mid-'90s with their potent hardcore rap. Their unlikely home base of Flint, Michigan, immediately gave them an idiosyncratic identity; a relatively uneventful, far from glitzy, industrial city an hour outside of Detroit, Flint hosts some of the most depressed ghettos in America. It was from these hopeless streets that the Dayton Family arose, naming themselves after one of the city's most infamous hustling streets, Dayton Avenue. Like Detroit's Esham and Memphis' Three 6 Mafia, the Dayton Family sincerely emulated their Midwestern mentality: a dark, grim mentality focused on modest survival rather than riches or fame. Unfortunately, the group's members all endured problems with the law throughout the late '90s; their numerous indictments prevented them from ever capitalizing on their modest success. As a result, years passed with only the occasional solo album to retain any interest in the cult group.

Back in the early '90s, Shoestring and Bootleg met via their younger brothers (one of them being future group member Ghetto E), and immediately began writing rhymes together, resulting in their first song, "Dope Dayton Ave." It wasn't long before another aspiring rapper named Matt Hinkle joined the duo and then, after teaming up with a local producer named Steve Pitts, the Dayton Family officially became a group. Together they recorded a 12" and got signed by the small Atlanta indie label Po Broke, who then released the group's debut album, What's on My Mind?, in 1995. In addition to this debut album, the Dayton Family also managed to score a slot on No Limit's Down South Hustlers compilation, where they opened the double album with their "Stick N Move" track, a magnificent break, the Dayton Family now had recognition not only in Flint but also throughout the South.

After substantial touring and word of mouth promotion, the Dayton Family returned to the studio to record their follow-up album, F.B.I. As a testament to their quick ascension to the position of being one of the underground's most up-and-coming hardcore rap groups, F.B.I. ended up going gold and even managed to inch into the R&B Top Ten chart at one point in late 1996. Unfortunately, just as the Dayton Family were on their way to mass recognition in the hardcore rap underground, the law intervened. Between What's on My Mind? and F.B.I., group member Matt Hinkle had gone to jail, being replaced by Bootleg's younger brother, Ghetto E. But if that wasn't enough, Bootleg ended up being indicted after the release of F.B.I., soon followed by other group members over the course of the successive years. Throughout the late '90s, while the Dayton Family dealt with their legal problems, both Bootleg and Shoestring managed to record and release solo albums in 1999. Unfortunately, neither of the albums managed to sell many copies outside of the Flint area and suddenly the group was bordering on the brink of calling it quits. Yet in 2001, Ghetto E, Shoestring, and Bootleg all signed to Detroit rapper Esham's Overcore label, a testament of the group's continuing persistence in the face of constant adversity. A long layoff followed those solo efforts and a 2002 group album, Welcome to the Dopehouse, before the group finally returned as a duo in summer 2005 with Family Feud. Back on Dayton Ave. followed in 2006 along with the remix effort Return to Dayton Ave. In 2010, the band signed with the Psychopathic Records imprint Hatchet House with their Charges of Indictment album landing on the label a year later. ~ Jason Birchmeier, Rovi
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Shout out to"Memphis trips" tim dawgg! :-)
Still bump Dayton Family FBI CD to this day, 916 Sacramento on Minez
Grew up on the Dayton fam... dope Dayton Ave was my s**t ... got my tape in the nati... f**k with this old skool flint s**t ...
True Flintstones I am one too
{{{74}}}
No way they signed to psychopathic for their last album how did I not know this before
one of my favorite bands! I'm from flint, but I've been traveling the country nd better believe I've been puttin fools on to this real s**t. keep it gangsta!!
THE GREATEST WEED SMOKING SONG EVER
East side all day.....ESCK . . . . . . A R b l o c k crabz....... . 3 1 2 b**ch
How can you not name the late great Mc Breed also from Flint? TDF been snapping on your favorite rapper for years they just need a better label to back them and from there they'll receive nationwide recognition
One of the most underrated groups ever. I live in Michigan now but I first heard
them when I lived in Pittsburgh. Real with this still one of my favorite songs
Dayton family made it to the east coast in the 90's I grew up listening to them
I'm new too this and so far I f**king like these boy's
F**k who ever don't like these guys I was raised on s**t like this Collinston, b**ch
The 810 will always b the s**t ghetto cuz 858
TDF, Jake the Flake & Top Authority is the definition of Real Rap from FLINT, MI. LOVE IT OR HATE ON IT, THESE BOYS PUT IT DOWN.
u cant say anything bad about them until you listen to an old album s few times. they are underrated just like RBL and New York's Lost Boys, The three happen to be my all time favorite. I'm from Oregon and didn't learn about them until my friend moved to Michigan and brought a cassette or cd back then. these guys are hard fu---ng core to the max. Trust me in the 90s I had 400 reap cds every e-40 every spic these are not like the studio rappers we have now days. I have given up on rap completely.
Coke is the s**t
That 810
Street s**t
Jane ave. Kid East side pride ( Death Valley ) Amour C's of F.LI.N.T TOWN
They are from Flint, not Ohio Bruh, n Y'all Can't Rap Like That n Ohio! THEM CATS WERE REAL!!
BIG UPS TO FLINT TOWN, THE TOWN OF BEDROCK,, BORN N RAISED!!! DUECES!!
flint town mother f**kers! the dayton fam kills all the main stream b**ches.. meet them in person. straight OG's
Dayton til I die. Luv'd them since day 1. FLINT TOWN FLINT TOWN FIFIFIFLINT TOWN
Flint might be a rough gangsta town but if you keep your head up & out your a** you can do anything you put your mind too.
I got the opportunity to see these guys getting their s**t together in the schools of choice lunch room. That's a moment that lives on forever. Ira came along way. I will listen to flint town to the day I die.
810 is king! Murder city
Dayton family is the first after 2pac
RT...BEEN F**KING WITH THEM SINCE TOP AUTHORITY... I HAD TO POP EM.....
Flint n**gaz don't play long live tha 810
Dayton Ave are some real mothaf**kas! Not like some of these phony a** so called rappers! Long live Dayton Ave!
WHOOP!!WHOOP ! !
jason.barber 1 9 6 9
and were is this magical place?lmfao
love the dayton family...... . G e n o D
ivebeen following yall work an im still hip keep it comein love yall
yeahyallreal l y dont know nothing but my niggs
where the f**k is Top Authority??? ? ? ? ? ?
best slept on group of all time!and they been slept on a longtime
where the f**k is fbi and cocaine whoop whoop
dayton family is the s**t b**ch.. 5ward b**ch nickel city hoe
@ kknight b**ch quit hating hoe erry body aint got 2 rap nd flo like where u from nd if u thnk dey sound like pac u dumb def nd mute hoe.
bad a** new addition to psychopathic records..... dayton family= lyrical geniuses
jarnold1019
Where is "FBI" and "Whats on my Mind"
The Biographer is wrong. The Dayton Family definitely made it to the West Coast during the 90's.
Git it boyz! Imma Flinttown hustla til the day I die!Keep stickin and movin.
basimabdul
hitting hard
FALSE! Not Psychopathic Records. Hatchet House - the subsidiary.
Everbody everbody sellin coke, boy!
My city is one of the most dangerous place in the US. But we some thorough mfkaz anybody can get it.
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