Album Review

Yo Gotti – Untrapped (Album Review)

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Is Untrapped Yo Gotti’s best work to-date?


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HONORABLE MENTION. MORE READY THAN EVER

“More Ready Than Ever” is powered by this soulful instrumental that flips Dipset’s “I’m Ready” track from back in the day. Over this instrumental, Gotti tenaciously drops bars about selling drugs, toting guns, and bossing up when it comes to brokering deals.

What I love most about “More Ready Than Ever” is that it shows the world how Gotti has transformed from a hood n***a to an OG huncho.

 

 

5. DOPECHELLA

Jesus Christ, “Dopechella” is trill as f**k! For starters, the track features this rivetting instrumental that has some serious bass attached to it. Over this instrumental, Gotti and Ross both brag nonchalantly about their luxurious, violent, and winning ways. After you are done listening to the duo spit, you’re going to think you just heard two modern-day roman GODs speak. (OK, that might be a bit of an exaggeration)

 

 

4. POSE

“Pose” is one of those grungy club bangers that is impossible to hate. First and foremost, the track is powered by this bass-heavy/funky-ass beat that damn-there sounds gassy. Over this beat, Yo Gotti gets gimmicky, delivering a hook and a few verses that are repetitive, slow-paced, and reckless. As for Uzi, he adds some youthful energy to the track by gifting us with this trill, intense, and savage-ass verse.

Lil Uzi Vert shines when he raps over funky-ass beats.

 

 

3. TRAPPED/UNTRAPPED (TIE)

Both “Trapped” and “Untrapped” are powered by holy trap instrumentals that remind me that I haven’t been to church in at least two years (Yikes). Over the two instrumentals, Gotti spits as passionately as I’ve ever heard him spit about overcoming depression, learning from mistakes, ducking rats, taking drugs, gunplay, and his fallen friends.

Both “Trapped” and “Untrapped” features old school Gotti, to me.

 

 

1. PUT A DATE ON IT

Lil Baby and Yo Gotti are two real ass artists; that’s why it makes all the sense in the world that they decided to link up for “Put A Date On It.”

In “Put A Date On It,” both Baby and Gotti talk about their trill ways when it comes to everything from serving fiends to toting choppers to disrespecting b*tches. Stylistically, I love how gangsta the vibes of the song sounds, especially when it comes to the horn you hear on the instrumental attached to it (Anytime you give a horn-heavy instrumental to a rapper, they’re gonna kill s**t).


SONG BY SONG BREAKDOWN

1. TRAPPED (5/5)

2. KNOW YO WORTH (4/5)

3. H.O.E. (HEAVEN ON EARTH) (3.5/5)

4. MORE READY THAN EVER (4/5)

5. LIKE THAT (3.5/5)

6. PUT A DATE ON IT (4.5/5)

7. THEY AIN’T WANT ME TO KNOW (4/5)

8. POSE (4/5)

9. WEEKEND (3.5/5)

10. DOPECHELLA (4/5)

11. BATTLE (4/5)

12. BOUNCE THAT (3.5/5)

13. BIG HOMIE (4/5)

14. UNTRAPPED (5/5)

15. POSE (4/5)


OVERALL RATING

(B)

 

I always ask myself whether Yo Gotti is an A-list rapper. After listening to Untrapped, I think I have my answer (I’ll let you know my answer at the end of this summary)…

Yo Gotti is the latest southern rapper that I believe we underrate severely. In my opinion, he has an uncanny ability to hit us with lyrics that bridge the gap between wise and trill. He also understands how to come across like a boss that is passionate about where he came from, inspired by where he wants to go, and ecstatic about living in the moment. All in all, when Gotti speaks, I feel like I’m listening to a hood TED talk.

Do you know what’s funny about Untrapped? You get a unique mix of passionate, smooth, and explosive club tracks on the album. For instance, I find it interesting that a deep ass track like “More Than Ever” is sandwiched in-between a love song in “Like That,” a club record in “H.O.E. (Heaven On Earth,” and a gangsta ass track in “Put A Date On It” in the track-listing. Whatever the case may be, Untrapped is an album that caters to every kind of trap n***a in the world.

One thing Yo Gotti doesn’t get enough credit for is his ability to pick dope ass beats. In Untrapped, not only do you get beats that will get clubs to shake but you also get beats that are soulful, holy, serene, epic, and vintage-sounding. When it’s all said and done, I like the variety of beats on Untrapped.

Folks, Yo Gotti is an A-list rapper. He can make club hits, he can make tough-ass rap hits, he has top-notch confidence when he raps, he can make catchy hooks, and most importantly, with the release of Untrapped, he’s proven that he can make a complete body-of-work.

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