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L.E.P. Bogus Boys, Now or Neva

The state of Gangsta rap has recently been under a lot of scrutiny but maybe that’s the lack of aggressive content.   Since dropping their critically acclaimed Don’t Feed Da Killas series, Chicago duo L.E.P. Bogus Boys has been supplying speakers with enough morbid street tales to go up against a Donald Goines novel. Fresh from their successful DJ Drama hosted Don’t Feed Da Killas Vol. 3 last year, Moonie and Count return with another dosage of quality street music on their latest mixtape, Now Or Neva.

Hosted by DJ Green Lantern, the project opens up with a chilling news report before quickly transitioning into the menacing, “Amerikkas Most Wanted.” “I don’t give a fuck, nigga I don’t give a fuck/Could have a burner on his waist, I’ll still stick him up,” snarls Count who goes in for the kill on the opener.  ”Could be a 20 year nigga, I’ll still cock it back/Could be begging for his life, I’ll still pop his ass.” Moonie finishes the job sneering, “Last night I wrote a letter to the government/And it read you don’t know who you fucking with…Whole hood saying a nigga too sheisty, bad thing about is there’s a million just like me…”

The cold-heartedness continues on the trembling block anthem, “25th Hour.” The eerie J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League production allow perfect legroom for the duo to display their hunger for more by any means necessary. “I aint slept in four days, I aint took no showers, Cause out here being broke is for cowards…I rather push weight than be pushin’ up flowers.” Much is presented on the stellar “Rush Hour” again featuring brooding production by J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League. The Meek Mill collaboration showcases a fluid chemistry between the trio.

From the brash boasting, “White House” to the bass-nodding “Claim My Shit”—here Moonie and Count bully the fugazi-inspired studio gangsters— and the fiery street sweeper “Baghdad,” the Bogus Boys stick to the script wielding their supply of raw, vivid, and edgy street tales into a gritty yet impressive body of work. Among the 19 tracks, one of the weakest is found on the lighthearted after club, “I Just Wanna,” which features Shawna and the Boys laying their sexcapades on wax. Although not a bad listen, the semi-bubbly track shifts the tape from its dark, baleful mood.

Despite all the guts and glory raps don’t think for one bit that’s all the duo is capable of. Amidst the crime-wave anthems, Now Or Neva is nonetheless a narrative of the Bogus Boys’ struggle at overcoming the odds given to them growing up in the blood-soaked streets on lower end of Southside Chicago.

One of the many highlights is found on the somber “Closer,” that finds Moonie and Count recounting their stress-drenched days while pouring out emotions. “I need a shrink I’m on the brink of insanity/I don’t think its safe to go around my own family/They think I’m crazy, that’s what the streets made me/My mind going flatline now you can’t save me.”

Overall, DJ Green Lantern and L.E.P.’s Now Or Neva  is more appetizing than redundant, a street album filled with more wins than duds. Who said gangsta rap was dead? —Ralph Bristout (@RalphieBlackmon)

  • mark

    wow y’all have been giving away the xl rating lately, huh?

  • Ali

    Love the bogus boys, them dudes are truth, they been consistent with the music.

  • http://steinonline.tumblr.com Stein

    If you like the L.E.P check out Big Homie D.O.E and King Louie more good Chicago music

  • swype-matic

    An XL is definitely pretty generous for this. The beats are pretty good, but I honestly can’t tell which guy is Moonie and which guy is count.

  • http://www.GCANNONZ.com FGA

    Is a hot CD handsdown,for more check out GCANNONZ from chicago he da truth

  • Jay

    man i love this dudes they bringin the real aggressive gangsta music back nd count got the more deep darker voice nd moonie the young gun

  • sen29

    this is hot cd /i was feeln the joint with gucci call handling my bizness still bumping that joint off one of the other cd they drop

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