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The Dayton Family

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The Dayton Family is a hardcore “Gangsta Rap” group from Flint, Michigan, USA, roughly an hour north of Detroit. Flint is home to some of the most depressed, dangerous ghetto neighborhoods 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.

The Dayton Family originally formed in the early 1990’s. The group consisted of Bootleg ( Ira Dorsey ), Shoestring ( Raheen Peterson ), and Backstabber ( Matt Hinkle ). They decided to name the group after one of Flint’s most infamous hustling streets, none other than Dayton Avenue. Immediately after the group’s formation they began writing rhymes together, resulting in their first song “Dope Dayton Ave”. They teamed up with local producer Steve Pitts and recorded their first full album “What’s On My Mind?”. It was released locally in 1993, and then again nationally on April 27, 1995.

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