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Ruben Bailey (born September 27, 1969, Atlanta, Georgia), professionally known by his stage name Big Rube, is an American spoken word artist, rapper and hip hop producer. He is a first-generation member of the Dungeon Family and of Society of Soul.  He is known for his spoken word intros and interludes on many albums by fellow members and affiliates of the Dungeon Family, including Outkast, Goodie Mob, Killer Mike, Future, Witchdoctor and Bubba Sparxxx. He has also contributed his spoken word poetry to Russell Simmons' Def Poetry Jam and the motion picture ATL . He appears on the Outkast songs "13th Floor/Growing Old" and "Liberation" as well as the CeeLo Green's song “Scrap Metal”.
In 1996, he appeared on the Red Hot Organization's compilation CD, America Is Dying Slowly , alongside Biz Markie, Coolio and Fat Joe, among many other prominent hip hop artists. The CD, meant to raise awareness of the AIDS epidemic among African American men, was heralded as "a masterpiece" by The Source magazine.
In later years, Big Rube has made a couple of appearances on recent albums by members of the Dungeon Family. He appeared on the song "General Patton" on Big Boi's 2010 solo debut Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty and on the intro track "The Future Is Now" on Future's debut Pluto . Rube also appeared on the 2013 reunion album from the Goodie Mob, Age Against the Machine .
On rare occasions, Rube appears on non-Dungeon Family related projects. He has appeared on Lina's 2005 album The Inner Beauty Movement , on Rapsody's 2012 debut The Idea of Beautiful , on Denzel Curry's double EP 32 Zel/Planet Shrooms , and on two songs (“Establishing Shot” and “‘Til The Lights Go Out”) from Toronto rapper The Mighty Rhino's 2018 album We Will No Longer Retreat Into Darkness (this latter song also featuring Witchdoctor), as well as on albums by Truth Hurts, CunninLynguists, Jarren Benton, and Memphis rap group Eightball & MJG. Big Rube was featured on The Internet's record Hive Mind, with the track "It Gets Better (With Time)". Most recently, Big Rube appeared on Spillage Village's 2020 album Spilligion on the tracks "Spill Vill" and "Hapi", and on Grip's 2021 album I Died for This!? on the track "Enem3?".
Aquemini is the third studio album by American hip hop duo Outkast. It was released on September 29, 1998, by LaFace Records. The title is a portmanteau of the two performers' Zodiac signs: Aquarius and Gemini, which is indicative of the album's recurring theme of the differing personalities of the two members. The group recorded the majority of the album in Bobby Brown's Bosstown Recording Studios and Doppler Studios, both in Atlanta, Georgia.
Goodie Mob is an American hip hop group based in Atlanta, Georgia.
Organized Noize is an American production team from Atlanta, Georgia composed of Rico Wade, Ray Murray and Sleepy Brown.
Patrick Leroy "Sleepy" Brown is an American singer-songwriter and record producer from Savannah, Georgia. He is one-third of the successful Atlanta-based production team of Organized Noize, which has created hits for acts such as Outkast, Goodie Mob and TLC. TLC's "Waterfalls", penned by Brown and Organized Noize's Rico Wade and Ray Murray, was a #1 hit single on Billboard's Hot 100 in the summer of 1995.
ATLiens is the second studio album by American hip hop duo Outkast. It was released on August 27, 1996, by Arista Records and LaFace Records. From 1995 to 1996, OutKast recorded ATLiens in sessions at several Atlanta studios—Bosstown Recording Studios, Doppler Recording Studios, PatchWerk Recording Studio, Purple Dragon Studios, and Studio LaCoCo—as well as Chung King Recording Studio and Sound On Sound Recording in New York City.
Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik is the debut album of American hip hop duo Outkast, released on April 26, 1994, by LaFace Records. Having befriended each other two years prior, rappers André 3000 and Big Boi pursued recording music as a duo and worked with production team Organized Noize, leading to a record contract with LaFace. With the team producing, Outkast recorded the album at the Dungeon, D.A.R.P. Studios, Purple Dragon, Bosstown, and Doppler Studios, all in Atlanta.
Mr. DJ is an American hip-hop producer and DJ from Atlanta. He and Outkast members Big Boi and André 3000 make up the record production company Earthtone III.
Cool Breeze born August 12, 1971 is an American rapper and member of the Dungeon Family. He released his debut solo album East Point's Greatest Hit in 1999. In 2001, he joined up with two rappers from a group called Sniper Unit and became known as Freddie Calhoun. He features on and is the origin to the title phrase of the 1996 Billboard 100 single "Dirty South" on Goodie Mob's debut album Soul Food. His 1998 single "Watch for the Hook" featuring Goodie Mob, Outkast, and Witchdoctor reached the Billboard 100 and #1 on the Billboard Rap charts.
Soul Food is the debut album from American rap group Goodie Mob, released by LaFace Records. Its title track was a hit single and the album included the first use of the term 'dirty south', on the track of the same name. The Goodie Mob quartet includes Cee-Lo Green, Big Gipp, Khujo, and T-Mo. Guest vocalists on this album include André 3000 and Big Boi of Outkast, Cool Breeze, and Witchdoctor. In 1996, it was certified gold as sales stand at over 500,000 units in the U.S.
Even in Darkness is the only studio album by American rap supergroup the Dungeon Family. It was released on November 20, 2001 via Arista Records. Production was handled by Organized Noize and Earthtone III.
Cameron Gipp, better known by his stage name Big Gipp, is an American rapper from Atlanta. He is best known for his work as a founding member of Goodie Mob, which he has gone on to release six studio albums.
Mutant Mindframe is the debut solo studio album by American rapper from Big Gipp of Goodie Mob. It was released in 2003 under Koch Records. It features guest appearances from Gator Boy, André 3000, Big Rube, 8Ball, Khujo, Sleepy Brown, Slimm Calhoun, T-Mo and Witchdoctor. The album peaked at #161 on the Billboard 200 albums chart in the United States.
"Git Up, Git Out" is the third and final single from Outkast's debut album, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik. The song is a conscious Southern story-rap about the dangers of giving in to circumstances and not doing anything with one's life. The song features Cee-Lo and Big Gipp of Goodie Mob. This was the second song that any of Goodie Mob's members were heard in, the first being "Call Of Da Wild". "Git Up, Git Out" was produced by the Dungeon Family's own Organized Noize. The track is also featured in the 2006 film ATL, which also featured Big Boi. It was sampled in the 1998 hit "Can I Get A..." by Jay-Z feat. Ja Rule and Amil, during Amil's verse.
Concrete Law is the debut solo studio album by American rapper and the Dungeon Family member Backbone. It was released on June 19, 2001 via Universal Records. Production was handled by Organized Noize, Brandon Peters, Lucky Calhoun, Montez Harris, Cee-Lo, Earthtone III, Edex, Mark Twayne, Marvin "Chanz" Parkman and Rondal Rucker. It features guest appearances from Slic Patna, Blvd. International, Big Rube, C-Bone, Chamdon, Cool Breeze, Joi, Killer Mike, Sleepy Brown, Slimm Calhoun, Witchdoctor, YoungBloodZ, and all the four members of the Goodie Mob. The album peaked at number 128 on the Billboard 200 and number 28 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums in the United States. Its lead single, "5 Deuce 4 Tre", gained minor success on the Billboard charts reaching #93 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
Outkast was an American hip hop duo formed in 1992 in East Point, Georgia, consisting of Atlanta-based rappers André "3000" Benjamin and Antwan "Big Boi" Patton. Outkast is often regarded as one of the greatest and most influential hip hop acts of all time. The duo achieved both critical acclaim and commercial success from the mid-1990s to the early 2000s, helping to popularize Southern hip hop with their intricate lyricism, memorable melodies and positive messages, while experimenting with diverse genres such as funk, psychedelia, jazz, and techno.
"Cell Therapy" is the debut single by the Goodie Mob, released as the lead single from their debut album, Soul Food. Fellow Dungeon Family members Organized Noize produced the song.
Age Against the Machine is the fifth studio album by Atlanta-based Hip hop group Goodie Mob. The album was released on August 27, 2013, by The Right Records, Primary Wave and Atlantic Records. It is their first studio album in nine years. The album features guest appearances from T.I., Big Rube and Janelle Monáe, among others. The album was supported by one official single— "Special Education", along with the promotional single "Fight to Win". Age Against the Machine received generally positive reviews from music critics. The album debuted at number 30 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 13,000 copies in its first week of release.
Atlanta has a thriving music industry and is considered to be a capital of hip-hop including crunk, of R&B and its offshoot neo-soul, and of gospel music - in addition to a thriving indie-rock and live music scene. Classical, country and blues have historically been well represented. From the 1920s through 1950s the city was a major center for country music.
The Dungeon Family is a musical collective, based in Atlanta, Georgia that specializes in Southern hip hop with heavy funk and soul influences. The group derives its name from "The Dungeon", the name given to record producer Rico Wade's studio, located in the basement of his mother's house, where many of the early members of the collective did their first recordings. Rico Wade, Ray Murray, and Sleepy Brown constitute the production/songwriting team Organized Noize, who have produced hits for the main popular Dungeon Family groups Outkast and Goodie Mob.
"Black Ice" is a song by American hip hop group Goodie Mob from their second studio album Still Standing (1998), released as its second single on June 7, 1998. The song features American hip hop group Outkast and was produced by Mr. DJ.