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Yo Gotti
Back 2 Da Basics

YoGotti.jpgYou gotta appreciate Yo Gotti’s hustle. After a handful of respectable independent releases, the Tenn-a-key rapper landed a deal with TVT and dropped 2003’s Life. Despite not having a strong marketing or promotional push, the project still sold almost 40,000 units, which was five times more than his most successful indie disc. Now armed with proper support from his label, Gotti’s ready to finally give the people what they want with his latest offering, Back 2 Da Basics.

Unlike his Memphis peers, who tend to focus on stayin’ fly and poppin’ their collars, YG opts to flex his conceptual skills as well. Backed by Carlos Broady’s syrupy piano chords for “We Gon’ Be Alright,” he pens a poignant tale about his older brother gettin’ sentenced to a lengthy bid. Then he skillfully lambastes those who cooperate with the Feds over the gritty electric guitar riffs of “U Niggas Should Be Killed.” But Gotti’s skills truly shine on “25 to Life,” where he expertly flips numbers like a bank teller: “Picture 25 hours a week/Picture 24 hours a day/But only 25 niggas asleep/25 niggas with shanks/So that’s 25 niggas to outthink.”

Despite the display of lyrical skill, there are instances where Gotti’s Southern drawl isn’t as engaging. His horrendous interpolation of Bill Withers’ lyrics for the Slim Thug– and Lil’ Keke–featured “Lean on Me” will undoubtedly help listeners catch up on their sleep. The same can be said of the Swizzo-produced “Cold Game,” where Yo’s gargled hook does little to uplift the track’s basic drum pattern. Luckily, the Tennessee Titan quickly redeems himself with “Gangsta Party (Remix),” where Young Buck and newcomer Allstar chip in to show some hometown love.

Flip-floppin’ between gripping introspection and cliché Tony Montana boasts, Back 2 Da Basics is far from a masterpiece. Still, Yo Gotti manages to pull together a decent effort that proves his hustle and flow should be respected.—PAUL CANTOR

  • 50 Cent

    OH WOW YO GOTTI! Please if i wanted to hear a REAL southern rapper spit, i’d force Buck to kick a freestlye.

  • Prince Jones

    Now I believe Yo Gotti and the block burnaz will be respected as the new king’s of the south and memphis I grew up with these guys and i’m glad to see them finally get they shine on and full time hustle.

  • Josh

    lol that fake 50 Cent doesnt even realise that Young Buck is on Yo Gotti’s album. lmao. Yo Gotti is on fire.

  • http://myspace.com/piazo1 Brandan Miles

    Hey Check out Piazo, the undisputed KING OF RAP… Everything else is uncivilized. (www.Myspace.com/piazo1)

  • http://www.xximag.com Ki`Ara

    I am in LOV with Yo’Gotti i got all hid C.D’s n i know so much about him he is my favorite rappa he is da hottest out right know! I love him with all my heart keep doin yo thang baby tell them haters u da KING of MEMPHIS!

  • Jai

    get up off my boi! he on his grind mayne…. i jus say do yah dayum thang Gotti.. it’s nutthin u got thiss… u finna take ova tha game mayne

  • 50 Cent

    ^^

    Wow, you support bullshit hip-hop.

  • merry crest records

    yogotti is tha hardest out tha m town and if gotti get the message get at cha boi ricki rich @ ricky10ac@yahoo.com rock wit me eastside 38111 getwell area to tha bay area 38127 !!!!!

  • Fate Eastwood

    Gotti is the truth wit no lie to tell u dat cat really lives that life dem fake rappers talk about ya heard

  • A.J.

    Gotti da shit bruh. straight outta t-high.a d-boi from da streets of frayser in da M shawty. trezevant representin in dis bij. its a full time grind srait shinen all day ya hear me. keepin it straight gutta. 100.

  • r.j

    that 50 cent nigga is a bitch.if u from da south u know that yo gotti is one of da reallest niggas around.

  • 50 Cent

    If he was real, then he shoulda stayed doing whatever he was doing.

    p.s. i don’t care for southern music.

  • Norf Memphis Reppa

    And, Up-North Rappers are some serious GARBAGE. That shit is horrible.

  • http://www.realestniggas.com Bobbito

    NOW THIS NIGGA IS THE SHIT FUCK U HATERZ

  • dave

    this my guy all the way from the dope game to the rap game!

    Fa 50 cent, if you don’t care for southern rap, shut the fuck up, you ain’t got shit to say ol’ Dick ridin ass bitch made nigga!

  • Lil Arius 4rm da crest

    Mane wassup wit three six mane dat track gotta get my ass in sounded jus like sum shit dem niggas woulda produced anyway dat shit is thru keep dat shit street.

  • Arius 4rm da crest

    Dat 50 nigga jus a buff ass instigator who da fuck is dis nigga he jus wish he was as hood as dat boi Gotti. MEMPHIS STREET NIGGAS DNT RESPECT Gossipers dats ho shit

  • http://myspace.com/keepeace16 Josh Peace

    50 right , nigga this aint hip hop, this D4L shit…..but still need to stop hatin….just make money

  • Prodigy

    This nigga wack as hell yo. Real rappers need to come back and wash out all these wack ass niggas my duns.

  • Karim

    and who is the real rappers dickrider is it G-Unit,cause you are using prodigys name No one from G-Unit can rap you dont know anything about rap Prodigy…..

  • mac c-bone

    u bitch ass niggaz need 2 stop hatin on gotti cuz im comin 4 any 1 of u bitches if i c ya hoe ass nigga.
    ps. shut the fucc up 50 4 i slap da shit out yo punk ass.

  • B. Miles

    Why Piazo gotta use Brandan Miles name…?

  • m.o.b.34

    where can i learn to be a “gangster” like you guys

  • http://xxl.com lil loco

    fuck all yall haters fuck 50 2 wit his vivca foxx lovin azz yo gotti da muthafucking truth if u got a problem come 2 da m town 2 solve dat shit u need 2 worry about game g unot

  • Choclate

    Do Your Thang YoGotti !

  • DoughBoy

    Much props to the boi Yo Gotti like him or not he came up on his own and he must be some good for him be where he is now , Real Recognize real thatz why we 10aKey niggaz dont no u niggaz

  • Jared Wilson

    Man, GOTTI is the man. He tell his life and somehow it relates to the HUSTLERS in these streets. GOTTI IS 100% HATER PROOF.

  • http://www.myspace.com/crunk3st_fam_ash ashley j

    **+man phuck all yall hataz,yo gotti is hotta than buck!!he gettin his,50¢ why u tryna hate u need to get dem chicklets in yo mouf fixed,try to cum bak hard @ tha game after he shut yo pussy ass dwn,and try not to make anymore movies cuz u juss a waste of film!!!**+

    **luv ashleyj**

  • KA$H

    got respect for Yo Gotti but this album wasnt that good, it was really fuckin boring. Mostlly cos the beats were repetitive

  • red05

    Yay!! Yo Gotti’s album has finally dropped. I really like “Full Time” and “Gangsta Party.” I like his music and I think I’m gonna cop the disc!

  • Amanda

    Yeah yeah main this yo girl lil amanda mane yo gotti the realset nigga out the m town so stop the hatin and if you dont like Well FUCK YA!!!!

  • sizzer

    yo gotti the fucking shit fo all ya white ass niggers ok peace out wit da M-town down niggaz

  • iM RePpiN Da wAtEr

    Yo GOtTi iS a Trill ass nigga….50 STOP HATIN HELL! GOTTI IS ALL ABOUT REAL TALK. LIKE HE SAY REAL gone recongnize REAL and GAME gone recongnize GAME!

  • che che

    watup 50 no u dnt like gotti,WELL FUCK YA!!! mane 50 if u dnt get yo ugly ass on somwere. U NEED TO GIVE GOTTI HIS PROPS U A MUFUCKIN HATA. HE MADE IT OUT DA HOOD. N HE FROM DA BAY WERE I STAY. YEA! YEA!. BUT ANYWAYS 50 U CNT RAPP ANYWAY. SOMBODY NEED TO SHOOT YO AS AGAIN!!!! WIT YO CROOKED MOUTH ASS. I LOVE U GOTTI!!!!

  • che che/ TWIRK SQUAD

    50 CENT (FUNKY BITCH GETTT!!!!!!!!!!) U GOT M TOWN FUCKED UP. YO GOTTI DA REALIST AND DA TRILLEST. BUT 50 U FAKE OWN C HOW U MADE IT, CUZ DA SHIT U RAPPIN AIN TALKIN BOUT SHIT. DATS WY YO MAMA DIKIN WIT HA GAY ASS. N U GAY TOO WIT YO BUFF ASS DICK IN DA BOOTY ASS NIGGA. IM OUT TWIRK SQUAD BITCH!!!!

  • Peach

    50 if u don’t like southern rap, y u got Youngbuck on G-Unot? YO GOTTI DA SHIT BITCH!!!

  • christain

    MAine baby do ya thang and i will be at the can i live concert crunk as mug fa real FUCK 50

  • kenlisha

    wats up GOTTI mane u real azz hell baby i repp that NORTH MEMPHIS 2 mane u comin up just be lookin out ima be a singer and i wana so ima be tha most realest shit next 2 tha KING OF MEMPHIS YO GOTTI

  • http://home lil p

    aye man Yo Gotti is a good rapper whos lyrics are coo but he’s gotta step it up if he wants to be a real legend like Weezy Baby

  • http://www.Myspace.com lilwgotti

    Yall People need to stop hateing on my man Gotti is getting money right now and u 50 cent nigga respect his fresh and stop hateing. Everybody makeing money so get on yo Grind.

  • SouthernPlaya

    Fo Sho Yo Gotti Off the chain and for you 50 Cent fans Stop Snitchin Stop Lying G-UNot

  • http://singlegurlof2011.piczo.com tiara

    i love gotti.
    especially da way he talk n becuz he talk real shit

  • BAMA G

    yo gotti a real nigga

  • BAMA BOI

    50 U AINT SHIT, YO RAPZ AINT SHIT, N IF U HAVE A SON WHO RAP HIS AINT GON B SHIT. HATIN AZZ NIGGA… GOTTI KEEP DOIN YA THANG MY NIGGA.

  • http://yahoo.com blockbunerz

    50 cent no gotti bumpin he just a hatin bitch and if he dont like it he could SUCK MY DICK !!!!

  • The Head In Charge

    memphis stand the fuck up and yo gotti keep doin it big. The rest of yall haters go kill yourself. Memphis is da shit not dat fucked up new york shit.

  • booda

    fuck yo gotti he ain’t shit if it wasn’t for three 6 mafia starting crunk music period peaple won’t be where they are today so yo gotti stop trying to act like you run memphis cause you don’t three 6 and 8ball and mjg do fucking hater gossiping at yo lame ass interviews about three 6 you a rookie they vets you make yourself look stupid young booda cold harded records we keep it hood and we don’t hate like you yo gotti

  • booda

    now who the fuck is 50cent name known for change and ya boys not a prodigy ya boys a lame spider loc say he crippen ill put a clip in mouth shut that nigga up from speaking by blowing his brains out g unit aint nothing but characters and shit young buck loyd banks be aware of who you with olivia the man 50cent the famous snitch dont forget tony gay ho who like to suck dick. 50 and prodigy yall should not be talking game shut yall down dont nobody notice yall nomore so stop hatin yo gotti better than yall and yo gotti you good and all but i dont like the way you be acting like three 6 mafia is nothing to you they past your level com on now get real lil wyte would shut you down if paul and juicy ask him to but they aint worried about you so keep they name out yo mouth

  • booda

    50cent you aint hiphop you snitch hop

  • lilbud rip memphis tn

    yo gotti you is a real niggas. i no and i am 14.

  • http://gmobb.com Ace Roddy

    YO GOTTI AINT NO LYRICAL NIGGA BUT HE I OOL HE DESERVES WHAT HE GOT

  • Kiana

    I’ll smack da shit out of 50 cent ugly ass.He don’t kno shit and can’t rap worth of shit.But My Man Gotti iz the shit. The Realest Nigga eva.Fine Ass Nigga also.Fuck them other Wack ass Rappers,Yogotti iz Waz up.

  • DA.KIDD.JR.

    FUcK 5O HE KANT RAP HE KAN AcT THOU YEA AcT LYKE A REAL NIGGA BcKUZ HE ANIT 1 U c HE NEVA LEAVE NY RUN’N HI5 MOUTH A NIGGA WOULD BEAT HIS LOSE JAW A55 N POP HI5 BODY GUARD5!! N G UNIT I5 A BUNCH OF HOE5 DEY FAL5E FLAG’N N BITcH MADE ME N MY HOMIE5 WOULD RUN THRU U BITcH5 KUM 2 DA M!!! YO GOTTI A REAL HU5TLLA NORF NORF 5TAND UP!!!!

  • RehTaeH

    aye mayne yo gotti iz hawt right naw.. errbody jus gotta stop hatin on him let em do his thang cuz hes on his grind fo real mayne..n errbody gotta start out somewhere n he reli pullin it through in memphis n as fo fity dat bitch iz a sell out mayne fo real he aint got shit on my man gotti so he just betta keep gottis name out his mouth and stop dissin him..it aint his fault that he a betta rappa then he eva be..fuck you fity and stop actin lik g unit owns evrythang mayne cuz all yall lames

  • http://www.yahoo.com Young Greatest

    Man fuck 50 ccent motherfucker aint real man that dude just a built bicth young buck is tha real one out of G-unit but Yo Gotti is tha real ass nigga that my nigga Ay Yo Gotti your cd never come out tha cd player cuz i bump that shit everyday

  • D’EVIL DYNASTY NIGGZ

    SHIT I LIKE THREE SIX BUT YO GOTTIE AND DA BLOCK BURNAZ ARE DA NEW THING. GOTTIE HAS BEEN HOT DIS YEAR AND DA YEAR BFOE.D’EVIL OUT-LOOK FOE
    RIOT100DEEP RECORD COMMIN 2008.MAJOR LABLE

  • F Burna

    Yo!!!, why y’all baggin on the boy 50 jus becus some dumbass postin comments using his name…That aint rite mane….50 is dope, i mean look at everthing he done did…the dude set for life and not to mention he brought Young Buck to the world’s eye and I’m glad he did cus buck fire baby fo real…This fake 50 cent need to sit down, like the song go “hoe sit down”, I don’t think this dude is much of a music fan becus i listen to Gotti’s Life album and was bumping dat everyday on da way to skool and was everywhere else….so dis poor representation of 50 cent need to be gone!!!!!