Gangsta Boo & Beatking Deliver An Excellent Memphis-Houston Collabo With ‘Underground Cassette Tape Music’ Mixtape
It seems as if Gangsta Boo has creatively zoned out. For the second time this year, the Three 6 Mafia MC released a mixtape after her collaboration project with La Chat called Witch. The self-proclaimed Memphis Queen and Houston, Texas-based, Beatking released their street rooted tape dubbed, Underground Cassette Tape Music. Gangsta and Beatking offers a stellar 15-track project that puts listeners in an array of feelings: Go mode (“Ain’t Shit Changed”), get money mode (“Dollar Signs”), focus Mode (“Paper Chase”), and wood grain grippin' mode (“Slab Crusher”).
Underground Cassette Tape Music begins with the gloomy, mystic, and horror movie-sounding track, “Come Off Dat.” Over eerie laughs, Boo’s crisp voice creeps over sonic claps as she raps about roaming the bloody streets of Memphis, dead bodies and plugging with Three 6 Mafia when she was 14 years old. “Come off Dat” strategically sets an exciting tone for Underground Cassette Tape Music by unearthing Three 6’s novice sound, deadly, stop-and go flow, and street catering content that made Boo’s debut album Enquiring Minds a classic.
Riding the gritty, and unkempt momentum of “Come Off Dat,” Boo and Beatking waste no time going into the trap money anthem, “Ain’t Shit Changed.” If the first track indicates that Gangsta Boo can still spit, then “Ain’t Shit Changed” proves that she’s enjoying every minute of flexing on haters, and she’s truly at the top of her game. Beatking’s neck-breaking hook on “Ain’t Shit Changed” meshes perfectly with Boo’s sharp flow that makes listeners do the screw face. With Stunt N Dozier behind the boards, Boo reminds listeners of her OG status by rapping: “Still getting money / Still getting to the check / I’m still shitting on them you’ll never see me sweat / I been sold records, been had a platinum plaque / The queen of my city / Other bitches can’t do that." Beatking kicks in the back door with a his attention grabbing hook and murders his verse by rapping: "Still getting paper / Still trill, fuck a hater / Still riding slab / Still glad shooting lasers / Still coming down / In my town I wear the crown / If you talking down / Bitch,you get your body found.”
The next two tracks—“Dollar Signs” featuring Daz Dillinger and “Like A Pimp (2015),” featuring Lil Flip—fail to raise the mixtape’s momentum. However, they don’t deplete its energy either. Both are respectable songs that will play over in your head because of their catchy hooks and hard beats.
The mixtape picks back up—but, slightly turned down—with the DJ Brodinski-produced track called “Mashing.” The slowed, thumping claps beat finds Boo spazzing about her die-hard hustle, and ability to secure dead presidents. The beat isn’t as strong as the album’s prior beats, Boo’s fierce delivery commands attention.
Immediately, Underground Cassette Tape Music’s energy peaks when the late Pimp C's voice comes blaring through your speakers: “The cost of living good down here in Texas. Nigga, I been driving Cadillac since I was 15 years old, bitch,” Pimp's boast before the beat drops to “Slab Crusher,” which features Memphis legend 8 Ball. “Slab Crusher” is the epitome of parking lot pimpin' after the club closes. It’s also a song you could definitely see in the strip clubs down south.
Then the tape goes into the informative interlude, “That’s None of My Business Skit.” Beatking screws his voice as he gives props to Houston and Memphis contributions to hip-hop, and the late Lord Infamous—who died of a heart attack in 2013—and rappers stealing his flow. Then the album rolls into the Paul Wall-assisted “Roll Hard,” which serves as a suitable sequel to Mike Jones' "Still Tippin'." The song pays homage to Houston’s and Memphis slabs and old schools whips. “Roll Hard” reminds one of Houston’s pop trunk-era (cruising the city with your trunk open), and will definitely have trunks rattling.
The next set of songs like “Dirty Hoe” is reminiscent of Gangsta Boo’s “Nasty Trick" and “Paper Chase,” which reminds the listeners of the early Three 6 days as "Mi Fi Yuh! Mi Fi Yuh!” screams in the background. It is also reminiscent of Gangsta Boo’s “Who We Be,” featuring Prophet Posse. Underground Cassette Tape Music concludes with “Rambunctious," surprisingly featuring Danny Brown and RiFF RAFF. However, “Rambunctious” isn't the strongest, and could have been left off the tape.
Overall, Underground Cassette Tape Music is Gangsta Boo’s best project this year. She’s sounds focused, and seems to be having fun in the studio. And, she executes by pleasing her core fans with quality street music. UCTM would more than likely please anyone who hears it. Hip-hop fans have long waited for a Memphis and Houston collaboration after the success of Three 6 Mafia and UGK's "Sippin’ on Some Syrup." Finally, its arrived.—Darryl Robertson