Block Ent.’s Boyz N Da Hood has been a group instrumental in the careers of Young Jeezy, Gorilla Zoe and Jody Breeze. Like A Tribe Called Quest and The Outlawz, the group has been known for their album-to-album personnel changes. After 2005’s self-titled album released through Bad Boy Records, Young Jeezy left the group to pursue a solo career. 2007’s Back Up n Da Chevy followed, with Gorilla Zoe replacing Jeezy.
Over three years since the group’s last release, and Block Ent now partnering with E1 Entertainment instead of Bad Boy, it has been reported that the entire Boyz N Da Hood group has been replaced. OnSmash.com reports that Block Ent. has created Boyz N Da Hood 2.0, a trio consisting of Sacramento, California veteran C-Bo, Houston, Texas’ Lil Keke and New Jersey rapper Allstar Da Great.
There is no word on when the full-length will materialize. However, late last month, C-Bo mentioned some upcoming “shocking news” when speaking to HipHopDX. The rapper, who just released Thug Money with Thug Lordz partner Yukmouth, has worked with the likes of 2Pac, Young Buck and Keak da Sneak. One of the last original members of the Screwed Up Click, Lil Keke is widely considered a Screw music pioneer, with his regional hit “Pimpin’ Da Pen,” which appeared on numerous DJ Screw tapes. More recently, Keke signed with Swishahouse Records, where he released 2008’s Loved By Few, Hated By Many.
There is no word what will happen to Big Gee, Jody Breeze and Duke. Gorilla Zoe remains a Block artist as he plans to release October 26’s King Kong.
HipHopDX will keep you updated.