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Atlanta hip-hoppers Minamina Goodsong are definitely sillier than your average crew. But that doesn't mean Pgnut Prehistoric (Brandon Odum), Adahma AD (Evan Wix), and DJ T'Challa, aka the Teacher (Cedric Dodd) aren't serious about what they do. Pals since middle school, the trio cut their hip-hop teeth on classic releases of the late '80s and early '90s from De La Soul, the Beastie Boys, and New York's Native Tongues collective. Before Minamina, Pgnut himself contributed his skills to Kaleidoscope, which featured notable Atlanta underground star My Cousin Troy. AD built a reputation in Atlanta, with appearances on pH Balance crew member Captain Mudfish Starbolt's "Most Don't Know" as well as the Perforated EP from Psyche Origami. Emerging in 2001 with their own vehicle in Time for Breakfast (Royal Fuzz), Minamina Goodsong displayed a penchant for pop culture-heavy rhymes shot through with towel-slapping humor about girls, sex, TV, and bodily functions. But despite their gift of goof on the mike, Pgnut and AD displayed true ability with their interwoven style, and T'Challa's beats were at once quirky and tight on the bottom end. The album featured collaborations from numerous members of the Kaleidoscope crew, as well as denizens of the local Plainzwalkers collective. Minamina followed up with their sophomore effort, 2003's Snatch Grab I Love You. The album expanded on some of the ideas put forth on their debut, but didn't lose the refreshing humor or unpredictable rhymes and samples that defined the group. In support of their material, Minamina Goodsong appeared with such acts as Dres tha Beatnik, Black Eyed Peas, Blackalicious, I Am the World Trade Center, and Antipop Consortium throughout 2002 and 2003. ~ Johnny Loftus