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Yo Gotti is among the many hardcore rappers who came out of hip-hop's Dirty South school in the '90s. He is also one of the hip-hoppers who derives part of his stage name from the late New York mafioso John Gotti. Yo Gotti has favored the thugged-out gangsta side of the Dirty South; and he gets his inspiration from both Southern and non-Southern rappers. His stomping ground is Memphis, the city that gave us the Three 6 Mafia, Gangsta Blac, Eightball & MJG, Kingpin Skinny Pimp, and quite a few other Dirty South artists. When Gotti boasts that he is "straight from the North," he doesn't mean the northern part of the United States; he means the northern part of Memphis, where he lived in the infamous, crime-ridden Ridge Crest housing projects. And Memphis' more dangerous neighborhoods have inspired many of Gotti's lyrics, which often describe the dangers of life in the 'hood. Gotti, however, doesn't always rap about crime and inner-city thug life; he also raps about sex quite a bit. After performing around Memphis in the '90s, Gotti started building a catalog in the early 2000s. His first album, From da Dope Game 2 da Rap Game, came out on the Inevitable label in 2000; Gotti's subsequent Inevitable releases included 2001's Self Explanatory and 2002's Block Burnin', Vol. 1. After that, Gotti signed with Rap Hustlers and recorded Life, which came out in 2003. This reissue through Phase One should satisfy those searching for this record and also coincides with his new album dropping in September 2009.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Intro
  2. All I Ever Wanted To Do featuring Kia Shine
  3. Sell My Dope featuring Kia Shine
  4. Dirty South Soldiers featuring Lil Jon
  5. Reppin North Memphis
  6. Str8 From The North
  7. Get Down featuring Lil Flip
  8. After I F Your B tch Remix
  9. Entering The Game
  10. Life
  11. 9 To 5
  12. Breakaman
  13. Shake It featuring Rich Burn
  14. Look Out Girl featuring Block Burnaz
  15. On Da Grind
  16. U Understand
  17. Mr. Tell It
  18. Dirty South Soldiers Remix featuring Lil Jon
  19. Pop Kone featuring Lil Jon


Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 29, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: September 29, 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Phase One
  • ASIN: B002I2PHWE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,665 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Yo Gotti is pure Memphis. Listening to the types of phraseology he uses brings you to the northern most part of North Memphis: Frayser! This area is a blend of the parts of Shelby County outside of Memphis, and the edge of North Memphis. It is an area of Memphis where those who are from the East or South parts of Memphis feel superior. And since the blend is from the North and County, the gangsters are a product of tough and desperate neighborhoods. Yo Gotti expresses the thinking process of these young people: Bang, slang and pimp. Half of the young folks from Frayser would consider themselves successful if they can accomplish either of the above.
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".
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By A Customer on June 5, 2003
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A banging joint,do your ears a favor and get this cd.
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Rap is going pop. That's why it's great to hear an album like this which is real hip-hop. You may recognize some of the beats on here, he samples everything from the Beastie Boys to Sir Mix-A-Lot's Posse On Broadway which he turns into Reppin' North Memphis. If you are real rap fan and are tired of all of this Chingy & Nelly garbage, pick up some real Dirty South rap from Yo Gotti!
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I'd been hearing great things outta Memphis 'bout dis dude 4 a minute and finally got around 2 coppin' one of his albums.

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.
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By A Customer on March 16, 2004
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In the past few years, Memphis rap has really been hurting, as many of the hard hitters of the Memphis rap game have either been locked up or disappeared. Yo Gotti has stepped up to claim his place as the #1 local rap act in Memphis.
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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I remember when this dropped back in 03 and no one knew who he was. But now he's 1 of the most up and comin artist in the south. This is his best album as of the date of my review cause he is just gettin started. This album is so great from the production which is by Kia Shine to the lyrics to who he features. It's up there with other Memphis classics like Movin On, Getty Green, Doubt Me Now, and Chpt. 2 World Domination. If u like what Gotti is becomin then u have to have this album in your collection. Also 2 other albums I recommend by Gotti is I Told U So which is produced by D.J. Drama which is almost a classic and Feed The Streets is 1 of his best even though the songs are short.
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