After plenty of delays, buzz and mixtapes, Yo Gotti has finally delivered his debut major label solo album, as he serves as master chef, cooking up hard rhymes over block-hugging beats on Live From The Kitchen.
The Memphis rapper sets the tone on this 11-track album with the opener “Testimony,” on which Gotti declares, “Cocaine dose, fish…vicious/Pray the lord forgive a nigga, streets is my religion.” From there, the instrumental for “Harder” bangs through the speakers with Gotti and Rick Ross’ trading fitting tough-talk and gritty rhymes. Gotti also gets five-star assists from the likes 2 Chainz on “Cases” and Jadakiss on “Red White And Blue.” The latter has Gotti reminding fans that he moves that work, kicking rhymes like, “Haha, 18 wheeler fulla/Pounds of major green and thirty bricks inside a Honda/He don’t speak any English, all he know is numbers/That’s my mans he plug me, he gon’ get me through the summer.”
Although Gotti gets lost on the shuffle on “Go Girl,” which has him on one crowded track with Big K.R.I.T., Big Sean, Wale and Wiz Khalifa, overall, the album has a good balance of solo tracks and features, with the female-friendly “We Can Get It On” serving as a nice change-up to the hard hustling tone of the album. Now, get in the kitchen and listen. Gotti! —Mark Lelinwalla