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Yo Gotti, CM6: The Gangsta of the Year

Southern rap has historically been one of rap’s most consistent areas, but with prison sentences, pushback, and new come-ups affecting some of its strongest players, the region has had its share of ups and downs. Amidst the fluctuations, Yo Gotti has shown a penchant for longevity. Despite not attaining the mainstream success of some of his counterparts, the Memphis, TN native has quietly used over a dozen mixtapes and independent albums since the top of the decade to cement himself as one of the most consistent acts that hip-hop has to offer. His Cocaine Music series of Gangsta Grillz mixtapes with DJ Drama has been one of those displays, and with CM6: Gangsta of the Year, he shows that he’s not slowing down.

After using his first lines to give a shoutout to the incarcerated Lil Boosie, Yo Gotti uses CM6: Gangsta of the Year to showcase his self-sufficient mixtape chops. Aside from the freestyle-modeled “Off Da Top Of Da Head Pt. 2” and “Jackin 4 Beatz,” Gotti’s trap-ready rhymes are focused and charismatic from bar to bar, and brawny southern backdrops from the likes of producers Drumma Drama, Beatz R Us, and Kane consistently keep the energy high. A contribution from the ubiquitous Lex Luger on the raucous “Ion Like Them” comes across as a chemic nod of respect more than an attempt to stay relevant. The topical matter isn’t anything new—trapping between rival gangs (the cleverly titled “Red, White and Blue”), trifling women (“Fire That Bitch,” “Ashamed”), “Pussy Ass Rappers,” and apologizing to his mother for his way of life (“Messed Up (Momma)”)—but the songs remain enjoyable because of their solid beats and rhymes.

With rattling beats and appropriate rhymes, CM6: The Gangsta of the Year is a worthy addition to a prolific catalog. Gotti’s veteran proficiency and DJ Drama’s deft sequencing make CM6 as solid as anything the south has released this year, and with a region going through ups and downs, that’s all you can ask for. —William E. Ketchum III

  • M@st@ M@ce

    XL, thats the funniest thing ive seen all year. Hahaha, so wheres the real review at.

  • M@st@ M@ce

    XL, thats the funniest thing ive seen all year. Hahahaha, ok jokes over where is the real review at?

  • jfl11

    hahahahaahhaahahahahahhahahah

  • Smokey

    for real, XL? Cmon the beats can’t be that good.

  • MR. UNDI$PUTED THE MOGUL

    I SORT OF HAVE TO AGREE WITH THE OTHER PEOPLE COMMENTING. I’VE BEEN READING XXL SINCE THE 1ST ISSUE W/JAY – Z ON 1 COVER & MASTER P ON THE OTHER & I DON’T RECALL ANYONE EVER GETTING A TOTAL “XL” RATING WITH AN “M” IN ANY ONE OF THE RATINGS CATEGORIES. I LIKE YOU GOTTI BUT THOSE BEAT’S HAVE TO BE COMPLETELY OUT OF THIS WORLD TO GET THAT RATING.

    PEACE & GET MONEY!!!
    MOGUL $$$ GAME ’11!!!

  • adf

    has anyone commenting listened to the album i haven’t so i couldn’t say if this is a good or bad review

  • JAM

    album is fire or should i say mixtape….and the beats are xl one of the best mixtapes out right now

  • Slik1GuttaMTMG

    seems to me like ya’ll a bunch of salty ass east coast dudes…quit hatin…..Gotti is one of the BEST, hands down…mixtape is Stupid Sick!!!

  • Vert

    How do you get an XL scoring a medium in anything???

  • http://youtube star 49 alcott

    yo gotti is the hardest rapper /street nigga i heard fuck you pussy niggas fake ass rappers be a real nigga stop hating or gotti call me your number one goon star 49 alcott stlouis mo by the way gotti fuck with your boy put price tag on these fake ass nigga

  • Honest Abe

    This review is a joke,and an insult to hip-hop. I don’t dislike Yo Gotti’s music, but this CD is average at best. Originality & Lyrics both score lower than XL. So did you rate the instrumental version of this CD? b/c if it’s not original and the lyrics are average, then that implies it’s not very good.

  • yeahrightxxl

    wu tang gets l xl l and an overall of L. but this nigga gets xl l m and gets an xl? cash money millionaires must pay these niggas electric bill. gotti lyrics barely better than flocka and he not original. his beats aint that good either.

  • doug

    Deserves an XL rating. Gotti go hard all day. Im a NJ nigga and fux with Gotti all damn day. This tape got the whole Newark area going nuts

  • http://XXl.com BIged

    I really tried to like this one but i think it sucks. lyrics are not that good and neither are the beats. this dude is running out of shit to saY i think. theres been too many good releases this year to play this shit. strange music fuckin shit up. HEY XXL WHAT ABOUT STRANGE MUSIC MAN. AFTER JAY ROCK THATS 3 BANGING CD’S THIS YEAR. CANT WAIT TILL HALLOWEEN FOR THE NEW TECH N9NE AND LYNCH HUNG FUCK THIS GARBAGE MAN

  • RealAZ40

    Could have did without some of the softer songs but when he went in he really went in, I’d give it an L though, just cuz i didn’t like a few songs

  • D

    LMMFAO………and Wu Tang, you get an L! XXL and the Source fell off a loooooong time ago when it comes to reviews. Just listen for yourself. Lyrics mean nothing today.

  • http://facebook TRAP LOC

    if it waz’nt for the work we push mannnnn

  • bonez

    gotti do it for down south n Cm6 da every cm is u pussy who say it ant u dnt know shit about da hustle real know real

  • Queem

    Im from the east coast and I got hip to Gotti and actually if you listen to the mixtape I most of yall who did listen to the mixtape will actually agree with the review.
    He not on that Soulja boy, gucci mane, or waka shit that dude actually had some real shit to spit.