The Dayton Family

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The Dayton Family
OriginFlint, Michigan
Years active1993—2002
LabelsPo' Broke (1995)
Relativity Records (1996-1999)
Gothom (2001)
Koch Records (2002-2003)
Fast Life Records (2005-2006)
UBU Records (2006-2008)
DDA Records (2009)
Hatchet House (2010-2011)
MembersBackstabba (1993–1995; 2008–present)
Bootleg (1993–1996; 1999–present)
Shoestring (1993–present)
Past membersGhetto E (1995–2002)
Jake The Flake (2006–2007)

The Dayton Family is an American hip hop group from Flint, Michigan, composed of Ira "Bootleg" Dorsey, Raheen "Shoestring" Peterson and Matt "Backstabba" Hinkle. Its name derives from Dayton Street, one of Flint's most crime-ridden streets.

Musical career[edit]

Early history (1993–2005)[edit]

In 1993, Ira Dorsey and Raheen Peterson met through their younger brothers.[1] The two began writing together, under the names Bootleg and Shoestring, and created their first song, "Dope Dayton Ave".[2] Rapper Matt Hinkle soon joined the duo under the name Backstabba.[1][2] The group began working with local producer Steve Pitts and formed The Dayton Family, named after Dayton Avenue, one of the most crime-ridden streets in their hometown of Flint, Michigan.[1][2] In between studio sessions, they performed at local clubs and quickly gain notoriety within Flint.[1]

The Dayton Family recorded a 12-inch single and soon signed with Atlanta independent record label Po' Broke in 1995.[1][2] That year, the group released their debut album What's on My Mind? and were featured on No Limits Down South Hustlers: Bouncin' and Swingin' compilation album, which got the trio recognition throughout Southern United States.[2] After the album's release, Hinkle was imprisoned and replaced by Bootleg's younger brother Erick, who performed under the name Ghetto-E.[2] Following a year of touring, the group left Po' Broke due to legal problems with the label's producer and signed with Russ Entertainment .[1][2][3]

In 1996, they released their second album F.B.I., standing for Fuck Being Indicted, under Russ Entertainment/Relativity Records. The Dayton Family was plagued with various legal problems, including Ira being incarcerated soon after release of F.B.I., which hindered the amount of work the group released.[1][2] In 1999, both Ira and Peterson released solo albums. Two years later, the group signed with Detroit rapper Esham's Gothom label and released solo albums.[2] The next year, they released Welcome to the Dopehouse under Koch Records.

Stabilization (2005-2010)[edit]

After a three-year hiatus, the group was trimmed down to Ira and Peterson and they released Family Feud through Fast Life Records.[2] The following year, The Dayton Family signed with U Be U Records and released Back on Dayton Ave. The duo added new member Jake the Flake later that same year and released Return to Dayton Ave. in October. Following Hinkle's release from prison, the group returned to their original lineup of Ira, Peterson, and Hinkle. In 2009, they released The Return: The Right to Remain Silent under DDA Records/Paypa Boi Entertainment LLC.

Hatchet House (2010-2011)[edit]

On July 14, 2010, The Dayton Family signed with Insane Clown Posse's subsidiary label Hatchet House.[1][3] The group released the EP Psycho on February 1, 2011, and a music video was released for the song "Cocaine" on 28 March.[4][5] Their seventh album, Charges of Indictment, was released on June 28. They most recently featured in the "Psychopathic Psypher" Part 1 & 2 (Bootleg in Part 1 and Shoestring in Part 2). The video for "The Psypher (Part 1 & 2)" was released on June 5, 2011.[5]

Style and influences[edit]

The Dayton Family is known for their gritty lyrics concerning ghetto survival, struggle and poverty. AllMusic reviewer Jason Birchmeier describes The Dayton Family's musical style as "potent hardcore rap".[2] He says that the group has "an idiosyncratic identity" and "a dark, grim mentality focused on modest survival rather than riches or fame".[2] The group lists Run-DMC, Michael Jackson, LL Cool J, N.W.A, Geto Boys, Tupac Shakur, Notorious B.I.G., X-Clan, Spice 1, Esham, Natas and Public Enemy as influences.[6][2]


Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions


US R&B[8]
What's on My Mind? 38
F.B.I. (Fuck Being Indicted)
  • Released: October 1, 1996
  • Label: Relativity
45 7
Welcome to the Dopehouse
  • Released: May 21, 2002
  • Label: Koch
107 20
Family Feud
  • Released: July 12, 2005
  • Label: Fast Life Records
Return to Dayton Ave
  • Released: October 31, 2006
  • Label: UBeU Records
The Return: The Right to Remain Silent
  • Released: 2009
  • Label: Paypa Boi Entertainment LLC/DDA Records
Charges of Indictment 75
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart.

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays with selected details
Title Details
Back on Dayton Ave.
  • Released: 2006
  • Label: UBeU Records

Solo albums[edit]

  • Bootleg
    • 1999: Death Before Dishonesty
    • 2001: Hated By Many, Loved By Few
    • 2005: The Product
    • 2009: I Declare War/ Paypa Boi Entertainment LLC
    • 2016: Problems EP
    • 2016: Street Related
    • 2018: The Transplant
    • 2019: 93ID
  • Ghetto E
    • 2001: Ghetto Theater
  • Shoestring
    • 1999: Representin' Till The World Ends
    • 2001: Cross Addicted
    • 2016: Fix My City
    • 2017: Black Friday
    • 2019: The Bake Up Boy
  • Jake the Flake
    • 1992: Out 2 Get Rich EP
    • 1996: Flint Thug Compilation
    • 1998: Out 2 Get Rich: The Album
    • 1998: & The Flint Thugs
    • 1998: Streets Is All I Know
    • 1999: Mr. Jakafella Volume 1
    • 2009: Uncut Raw
    • 2015: Legendary Mixtape (Hosted By Mike Epps)
    • 2015: Game Is Meant To Be Sold (The Soundtrack)
    • 2019: Gloves Off
    • 2020: God Forgive Me

Guest appearances[edit]

Year Song Artist(s) Album
1996 "Ballers" First Degree feat. Bootleg Paper Stacks
1997 "Are You Ready For Us" Three 6 Mafia feat. The Dayton Family Chapter 2: World Domination
"U Can't Fuck With Us" The Fharmacy feat. Bootleg Goodie
1998 "Bout The South" Prophet Posse feat. The Dayton Family Body Parts
"P.M.S. (Potential Murder Suspects)" The Hard Boyz feat. Ghetto E & Jake The Flake P.M.S. (Potential Murder Suspects)
"Outsiders" Ghetto Azz Niggaz feat. Jake the Flake & Shoestring Faithful To The Streets
"What Worse" Black Hippiz feat. The Dayton Family Dead Rezidentz
"Snitch Killa" Destineal feat. Shoestring Born To Hustle
"Can't Catch Me" Ka'Nut feat. Bootleg & Ghetto E Look At Em Now
"Don't Sleep" Quarter Mob feat. Shoestring & Ghetto E Underworld Ties
"Who Be Hate'n" Quarter Mob feat. Shoestring & Ghetto E
1999 "If Niggaz New" F.O.D. feat. Bootleg Midwest Poison
2000 "Here Comes The Mack" Mack The Jacka feat. Bootleg & Layroyce The True Story
"No Future" MC Breed feat. Bootleg The Thugz Volume 1
"Da Bird-Man" Skanbino Mob feat. Shoestring Playin' Fa Keeps
"Untouchable" M.A.F.I.A. feat. Bootleg Misery Loves Company
2001 "How Many Niggas You Know" MC Breed feat. Bootleg The Fharmacist
"Brain Surgery" Esham feat. Shoestring Tongues
"Fuck A Lover" Esham feat. The Dayton Family
"Holla At Ya Boy" Moochie Mack feat. Jake The Flake Broke Pimpin'
2002 "Resume Of A Gangsta" 1st Battalion feat. The Dayton Family Gutta Gutta
"Gangsta Walk" Project Born feat. Bootleg The Rent Is Due
2003 "We Don't Need That" Project Born feat. Bootleg Ghetto Celebs
"Take Ya Clothes Off" Xacution Style feat. Shoestring Civilized Evil
2004 "Dope Game" T-Dub & Pee feat. Shoestring Camouflage
"Body Bag" Project: Deadman feat. The Dayton Family Self Inflicted
"Aint Shit" Project: Deadman feat. Bootleg & MC Breed
"How We Roll" Billy Smokes feat. Bootleg Filthy Flint Money
"On The Run" Corleone Family feat. Bootleg No-Gutz No-Glory
2005 "Calico" Kurupt feat. The Dayton Family Against Tha Grain
"Holla When U See Me" Tito 6 feat. Bootleg King Of The Great Lakes
"I Ain't The One" Biz feat. Shoestring & Billy Smokes Bizness As Usual
"My Life" E1C feat. Bootleg & Onez Gangsta It Ain't The $ It's Me
2006 "Twenty Six" Pastor Troy feat. Bootleg By Choice Or By Force
"On My Block" C-Murder feat. Bootleg The TRU Story... Continued
"Duck Down" Billy Smokes feat. Bootleg (Track was removed at artist's request) Flint Hip Hop Volume 1
"Anything You Ask For" The Game feat. Bootleg G.A.M.E.
"Nothing's Promised" The Game feat. Bootleg
"It Is What It Is" The Game feat. Shoestring
"The Naughty North" Smoke Johnson feat. Shoestring Analyze That
2007 "Bout The South (Dragged)" Three 6 Mafia feat. The Dayton Family Prophets Greatest Hits (Disc 2)
"Sex, Drugs, Money & Murder" Twiztid feat. The Dayton Family Independents Day
"Shoot 1st" Menacide feat. The Dayton Family Street Symphony
"The G Code (Intro)" Menacide feat. Bootleg The Prequel (Mixtape)
"The G Code (Mixtape Mix)" Menacide feat. The Dayton Family
2008 "Summer Time" Bootleg Gee Pierce Presents: Well Connected (Compilation)
"Are You Fucking? (Skit)" Bootleg & Madam Dane
"Back Stabbers" Jake The Flake & MC Breed
"Big Butt & Ah Smile" Shoestring
"On My Block" Shoestring & Katastrofee
"Leg-Weed Skit" Bootleg
"Leg-Gee Skit" Gee Pierce & Bootleg
2009 "Shoot 1st (bOb E. NiTe Remix)" Menacide feat. The Dayton Family From The Ground Down Mixtape
2010 "Damn Bitch" Blaze Ya Dead Homie feat. The Dayton Family Gang Rags
"Damn Bitch (Remix)" Blaze Ya Dead Homie feat. Kottonmouth Kings Mike E. Clark's Psychopathic Murder Mix Volume 2
2011 "I Just Might" T-Rock feat. The Dayton Family I Grind, I Hustle
"I Think It's Time" Delusional feat. Bootleg I Think It's Time (single)
Psychopathic Psypher 1 Violent J, Anybody Killa, Jamie Madrox & Bootleg
Psychopathic Psypher 2 Shaggy 2 Dope, Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Monoxide Child, Boondox & Shoestring
2012 "I Got Dat Hard" Mason Napalm Wade feat. The Dayton Family Tha 9th Edition: Fast Money


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Back on Dayton Ave: The Dayton Family Interview". Psychopathic Records. Retrieved January 25, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Birchmeier, Jason. "The Dayton Family | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved September 30, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Biography". Psychopathic Records. Retrieved January 25, 2011.
  4. ^ "The Dayton Family are Doin' the Damn Thang". Hatchet Herald. Psychopathic Records. 13 (19). January 21, 2011. Retrieved January 25, 2011.
  5. ^ a b "June 21st, 2011 Charges of Indictment Release". Hatchet Herald. Psychopathic Records. 13 (23). March 18, 2011. Archived from the original on March 22, 2011. Retrieved March 20, 2011.
  6. ^ "The Dayton Family's Inspiration". Psychopathic Records. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved January 25, 2011.
  7. ^ "The Dayton Family Chart History". Billboard 200. Archived from the original on October 1, 2018. Retrieved September 30, 2018.
  8. ^ "The Dayton Family Chart History". Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Archived from the original on October 1, 2018. Retrieved September 30, 2018.

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