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Sell My Dope is the first track to receive abundant airplay on the Memphis radio stations. A great example of the rhyming/lyrical skills of Yo Gotti. After I F*** is another on with a catchy rip. Str8 From the North is truly a North Memphis style cut. If you are familiar with Project Pat or Three Six Mafia, you know how the rips come in staggering precision but blend with the music so as to create that unique Memphis flow.
The title tune is a nice exit from just basic beats and rhymes. It is a nice, musical mix. Lyrics are crisp a flowing.
All in all, this is one of the best Memphis rap albums in a while. About as good as Project Pat's "Mister Don't Play".
I'm glad I did!!!! "Life" caught me completely off guard.
I was half-expectin' just another raw dirty south cat who'd spend 16 tracks try'na put me up on his 'hood. Instead, Yo Gotti does all this while proving himself as a student of the game and separating himself from Nu Skul sound-a-likes who lack his style, versatility and old school hip hop IQ.
I can't say his content/subject matter are all that new but Gotti's honest effort 2 make this album sound different is what gets me hype about "Life."
In short, Yo Gotti is mos def a nu skul mc kickin' old school flava which I find quite refreshing!
Some of the beats on this album sound str8 up like hip hop jams from 1985, '86 and '87. The DJ's actually scratchin' on the intro (I can't remember the last time I heard that on an album that wasn't made back then)!!!!! At least five other tracks blend that trademark Memphis sound -- a high energy, somewhat jazzy/New Orleans bounce concoction -- with elements of Teddy Riley's pulsating New Jack Swing (see "9-to-5" and "U Understand" as prime examples). Production-wise, "Life" does NOT get locked into one sound and yet doesn't come across like one of those albums you can tell was put together by 16 different producers.
Perhaps best of all, Gotti's got a flow to match each track. I really like his ability to switch up styles.
He sounds kind've like a less animated Ludacris on "All I Ever Wanted." He borrows Nelly's more melodic flow on "Str8 From Da North" and "Get Down." And he even sounds like a hungrier, more respectable version of Chingy on "On Da Grind.Read more ›
The production on the album is light years ahead of the beats on "Self Explanatory", but the rhymes on his previous album were much rawer to me, which is why I give it a slight edge over this one. This album was arguably the best Memphis rap album of 2003 though & was right up there with Da Unbreakables.
For the most part, ALMOST every track is some bump. My personal favorites are All I Ever Wanted to Do, Pop Kone, Mr Tell It, 9 to 5, Sell My Dope, and Get Down. The only track on this album that I tend to skip is After I F*** Ya B***. The original was a classic track & it was basically the same lyrics, but the beat was TERRIBLE. It didn't do the OG justice at all. Nakia Shine's wack rappin couldn't even ruin this CD for me. If you can't even manage to stay on beat, then you need to put the mic down playa.
Nobody's callin Gotti a lyrical giant, & just because you're not broadcasting some political or socioeconomical message in your music that doesn't mean you can't rap. Gotti made his connection with Memphis rap fans because he speaks TRUTH. He raps about everyday stuff that the average Memphian can relate to. This is REAL Memphis rap....not somethin designed to please the kids at 106 & Park or the biased hip hop magazine editors. Pick this up fa sho.
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Never had problem with the item that was shipped. And like the fact that it came in a very good condition.Published 11 months ago by Brandon Hardy
I only like one song on the entire album. Breakaman Is the only song that I enjoyed.Published 20 months ago by Demetrius Bell
yeah!!!!!! thiz iz da hottest sh*t i ever f*ckin heard from gotti
1 day me and gotti iz goin to work together im bumpin and him!!!!
My favorite group is 3-6 mafia from the memphis ten. On a 3-6 cd they had sample songs and yo gottis "reppin north memphis" was on it for like 30 seconds. Read morePublished on January 21, 2005 by Justin Avery
I own over a thousand CDs and this is one of my favorite. I would even go as far as putting this on underground classic status. Read morePublished on January 7, 2005 by John W. Bowens