The minimal beats on the Goodie MOb's 1995 debut, "Soul Food," supported thought-provoking lyrics inflected with premillennial dread, black love and spirituality. But the naughty girl party raps of Li'l Kim and Foxy Brown, as well as Mafioso posturing of male counterparts too many to name ruled the airwaves then, overshadowing this Atlanta-based quartet's uplifting messages.
"Still Standing" marks its revisited attempts at brothers' keeper hip-hop. Now the group's countrified drawls are backed by a more lush soundscape. Live guitars, mandolins and congas flesh out the syncopated drums that pulsated through its debut.