Bootleg

Bootleg

Biography

Dayton Family founder Bootleg not only made a name for himself in the Midwest hardcore rap underground as a member of the infamous Flint, MI, group but also as a solo artist. While many MCs rap about crime and the gangsta lifestyle, few can actually back up their talk. No stranger to crime or prison, Bootleg is one of the few hardcore rappers who speaks directly from experience. It's this sincerity and experience that sets him apart from his wannabe peers, making him one of the Midwest's most notorious hardcore rappers.

After joining forces with fellow Flint MCs Shoestring and Matt Hinkle, Bootleg tagged the trio the Dayton Family in commemoration of the shady, crime-ridden street they called home. By 1995 the trio had released their first album, What's on My Mind?, followed a year later by the gold-selling F.B.I. While both albums generated a substantial amount of attention and hype in the underground hardcore rap scene, the law unfortunately intervened, and the group members soon found themselves behind bars for various crimes. Of course, prison wasn't a new experience for Bootleg. In fact, he'd spent the greater part of the '90s behind bars, accumulating priceless experiences that fueled his criminal-minded rhymes.

Once Bootleg finally got out of prison, he used every free moment to work on his solo debut, 1999's Death Before Dishonesty. Unfortunately, partly because of the three-year interval since F.B.I., Bootleg's debut didn't sell as well as hoped for, and Relativity Records quickly parted ways with the troubled rapper. In 2001, Bootleg returned to the rap game, though, joining forces with the Detroit-based Overcore label (Esham, Natas). He released his second album, Hated By Many, Loved By Few, that year as did the other Dayton Family members.

Discography

Bootleg - Death Before Dishonesty

Bootleg - Death Before Dishonesty

Relativity1999
Bootleg - Hated By Many Loved By Few

Bootleg - Hated By Many Loved By Few

Overcore, TVT Records2001
Bootleg - The Product

Bootleg - The Product

Fharmacy Records, Independent Music Network2006
Bootleg - I Declare War

Bootleg - I Declare War

Paypa Boi Entertainment2011

Guest Appearances

F.O.D. - Midwest Poison
  • If Ngz New

F.O.D. - Midwest Poison

RapBall Records1999
Shoestring - Representin' Till The World Ends
  • Wiggy

Shoestring - Representin' Till The World Ends

Tommy Boy1999
Jake The Flake - Mr. Jakafella Vol. 1
  • Seem Like

Jake The Flake - Mr. Jakafella Vol. 1

Fling Thug Records1999
The Fharmacy - Goodie
  • U Can't F*ck With Us

The Fharmacy - Goodie

Fharmacy Records1999
Mack The Jack'A - The True Story
  • Here Come The Mack

Mack The Jack'A - The True Story

Power Records2000
Ghetto-E - Ghetto Theater
  • Bitch You Makin Me Famous

Ghetto-E - Ghetto Theater

TVT Records2001
MC Breed - The Fharmacist
  • How Many N@#as You Know

MC Breed - The Fharmacist

Fharmacy Records, Dynasty Society Records2001
812 Souljaz - Four Corner Hustler
  • Higher Level G's

812 Souljaz Presents Short Capone - Four Corner Hustler

Lay It Down Records2001
Project Born - The Rent Is Due
  • Gangstawalk

Project Born - The Rent Is Due

Project Mob Records2002
Project Born - Ghetto Celebs
  • We Don't Need That

Project Born - Ghetto Celebs

Plugged In Records2003
Corleone' Family - No Gutz, No Glory
  • On The Run

Corleone' Family - No Gutz, No Glory

Corleone Entertainment2004
Billy Smokes - Filthy Flint Money
  • How We Roll

Billy Smokes - Filthy Flint Money

Dope Dayton Ave.2004
Project: Deadman - Self Inflicted
  • Ain't Shit

Project: Deadman - Self Inflicted

Strange Music2004
Felon - From Da’ Dirty 2 Da’ World
  • Die Slow

Felon - From Da’ Dirty 2 Da’ World

Dirtyworld Inc.2005
Pak - The Pakage/Wrap'd Tight
  • Intro: I Am

Pak - The Pakage/Wrap'd Tight

New Worlds2005
Pastor Troy - By Choice Or By Force
  • Twenty Six

Pastor Troy - By Choice Or By Force

Koch Records, Money And Power LLC, Fastlife2006
C-Murder - The Tru Story... Continued
  • On My Block

C-Murder - The Tru Story... Continued

Koch Records2006
Krow 36 - Picture Of Da Geto
  • I Hustle

Krow 36 - Picture Of Da Geto

Tightface Music2009
C-Mob - The Antidote
  • Let's Get Em

C-Mob - The Antidote

C-Mob2012
Memphis Dolla - The Life Of Virgil Hicks
  • Front Me Keys

Memphis Dolla - The Life Of Virgil Hicks

SoSay International2017
Terminally Skilled - The Secret
  • Murda 1

Terminally Skilled - The Secret

Real Shit Entertainment2017
Menacide - Murda One (Body Bag Edition)
  • Live From The Ghetto

Menacide - Murda One (Body Bag Edition)

Thirteen Percent Records2018
Lil' Spade Aka Willie D - Still...Spade'z Inauguration
  • Still

Lil' Spade Aka Willie D - Still...Spade'z Inauguration

Lil' Spade Ent.2018

Compilations

Fakin' Da Funk - The Soundtrack
  • Please Forgive Me

Various - Fakin' Da Funk - The Soundtrack

Solid Discs Inc.1998
MC Breed - 2 For The Show
  • No Future

MC Breed - 2 For The Show

Power Records1999
MC Breed Presents The Thugz Vol. #1
  • No Future

Various - MC Breed Presents The Thugz Vol. #1

Power Recordings1999
Monsters Of The Midway: The Motion Picture Soundtrack
  • On The Darkside

Various - Monsters Of The Midway: The Motion Picture Soundtrack

Darkside Productions2001
Gee Pierce - Well Connected Compilation
  • Summer Time

Gee Pierce - Well Connected Compilation

U Be U Records2001
Raw & Uncut Vol. 1
  • Streetz

Various - Raw & Uncut Vol. 1

Keyz Entertainment2002
MC Breed - The Best Of Breed 1991-1997
  • Ain't No Future In Yo' Frontin

MC Breed - The Best Of Breed 1991-1997

DM Records2006
Tito 6 - King Of The Greatlakes
  • Holla When U See Me

Tito 6 - King Of The Greatlakes

Sosay International2008
Psychopathic Psyphers
  • Psypher #1

Various - Psychopathic Psyphers

Psychopathic Records2012
Project Born - The Very Best Of Project Born
  • Gangsta Walk

Project Born - The Very Best Of Project Born

Anti-Authority Records2013
DJ Mayhem - The Fix
  • Cypher

DJ Mayhem - The Fix

Not On Label2013
Various - Road Trip, Vol. 5: Revenge Of The Jew
  • Holla When You See Me

Various - Road Trip, Vol. 5: Revenge Of The Jew

Big Kanaka & Modo, LLC2017
Various - The Directors Cut
  • No Country For An OG

Various - The Directors Cut

Not On Label2017
Various - Evil Angelz Runnin Thru Hell (Dice Presents E.A.R.T.H.)
  • Gonna Get U

Various - Evil Angelz Runnin Thru Hell (Dice Presents E.A.R.T.H.)

Fallen Angelz Ent, Groundwerk Music Distribution2017