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Bootleg (Born Ira Dorsey)
Shoestring (Born Raheen Peterson)
Backstabber (Born Matthew Hinkle)

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Ghetto E
Jake The Flake

Albums
The Dayton Family - Family Feud
The Dayton Family - Psycho
The Dayton Family - Charges Of Indictment

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Bio From AllMusic.Com
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, MI, 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. - Jason Birchmeier

Shoestring's Bio From AllMusic.Com
After helping form the Dayton Family with Bootleg, Shoestring played a primary role in the group's quick success within the Midwestern hardcore rap underground. Unfortunately, the group's quick success came to an end following their second album, F.B.I., when the group encountered numerous problems with the law. Despite these obstacles, Shoestring went on to sign with Tommy Boy and released his solo debut, Representin' Till the World Ends, in 1999. Yet when the album didn't meet Tommy Boy's expectations, the Flint, MI, rapper soon found himself without a label deal. In early 2001, he signed with Detroit rapper Esham's Overcore label and released his second album, Cross Addicted, an album that found him returning to his street-level roots. - Jason Birchmeier

Bootleg's Bio From AllMusic.Com
Dayton Family founder Bootleg not only made a name for himself in the Midwest hardcore rap underground as a member of the infamous Flint, MI, group but also as a solo artist. While many MCs rap about crime and the gangsta lifestyle, few can actually back up their talk. No stranger to crime or prison, Bootleg is one of the few hardcore rappers who speaks directly from experience. It's this sincerity and experience that sets him apart from his wannabe peers, making him one of the Midwest's most notorious hardcore rappers.

After joining forces with fellow Flint MCs Shoestring and Matt Hinkle, Bootleg tagged the trio the Dayton Family in commemoration of the shady, crime-ridden street they called home. By 1995 the trio had released their first album, What's on My Mind?, followed a year later by the gold-selling F.B.I. While both albums generated a substantial amount of attention and hype in the underground hardcore rap scene, the law unfortunately intervened, and the group members soon found themselves behind bars for various crimes. Of course, prison wasn't a new experience for Bootleg. In fact, he'd spent the greater part of the '90s behind bars, accumulating priceless experiences that fueled his criminal-minded rhymes.

Once Bootleg finally got out of prison, he used every free moment to work on his solo debut, 1999's Death Before Dishonesty. Unfortunately, partly because of the three-year interval since F.B.I., Bootleg's debut didn't sell as well as hoped for, and Relativity Records quickly parted ways with the troubled rapper. In 2001, Bootleg returned to the rap game, though, joining forces with the Detroit-based Overcore label (Esham, Natas). He released his second album, Hated By Many, Loved By Few, that year as did the other Dayton Family members. - Jason Birchmeier

Ghetto E's Bio From AllMusic.Com
When Dayton Family rapper Matthew Hinkle was indicted, Ghetto E stepped into his place for the recording of the infamous Flint, MI, rap group's second album, F.B.I. Unfortunately, despite that album's success in the hardcore rap underground and Ghetto E's newfound status alongside his older brother, Bootleg, as a member of the widely respected group, other run-ins with the law prevented the Dayton Family from recording a follow-up album. After finally putting his legal problems behind him, Ghetto E followed in the footsteps of other Dayton Family members Bootleg and Shoestring by recording his debut solo album, Ghetto Theater. He released the album on Detroit rapper Esham's Overcore label in early 2001. - Jason Birchmeier

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