Lil’ Boosie – Superbad: The Return of Boosie Bad Azz
Trill Entertainment/Asylum Records

“Out Here Grindin’”

Here’s the thing with most Southern hip-hop album releases. Either you’re going to get them to be very lyrical on a East Coast sort of appeal or they’re going to come with easy to remember verses and the greatest ride around music known to man. With Lil’ Boosie, you’re not expecting fiery lyricism from Torrance Hatch. You’re expecting real life prose over thumping beats. Yes, his voice does sound like a female warble but somehow and someway, that voice has gained him a cult following and a legion of fans whom are willing to do things like this.

After show stealing turns on posse cuts such as “Out Here Grindin’” and last year’s summer club anthem “Wipe Me Down”, Boosie returns with his second major label release in Superbad: The Return of Boosie Bad Azz. And just like the title claims, Boosie returns to his roots: street talk, women (who somehow have found a LOVE for him) and some serious club hits.

Things start off stirringly when the opening chords of “Better Believe It” as Boosie proclaims that he’s invoked the “juice” from Omar Epps in reference to the 1992 film. Both Young Jeezy and frequent Boosie collaborator Weebie service the track with admiration with Jeezy profiling his rise from trap king to rap king and Webbie sending his condolences to Pimp C for giving him a chance to be famous. You can’t blame Boosie for going to the well that works for him because quite simply, what else is there?

Boosie hustles, drives cars, fucks broads like any other gangster rapper and acts an ass when he’s in the club. Take the track “Loose As A Goose” for example. The track brings back memories of “Wipe Me Down” since it features Foxx and Mouse. Taking it for what it is, a fun club track, then you know the girls will be dancing all over the club, jigging and everything. The thing is with any Boosie release, it kind of becomes repetitive after awhile.

There are two tracks dedicated to cars, “Top Notch” & “Crayola” with the latter being scrutinized on song title alone unless I told you it was aimed at detailing a topic Young Dro has already received a doctorate in. I don’t blame Boosie, but there’s always a litmus test with rappers from the South: subject matter. Whoever told Bobby Valentino to try and re-create Keith Sweat’s “Nobody” on “Who Can Love You” should be taken back behind a shed and slapped something fierce. The song as a whole kind of drags since you hear Boosie talk about sexing someone up and he sounds like a 16-year old who heard plenty of his older brother’s stories. That and Nard & B for the track which sounds a little too close to 2 Pistols’ “She Got It” doesn’t help Boosie at all. Maybe it’s me, but I’ve never heard of a pair of “Levi’s” doing enough to pull a chick, or even with the addition of “tighty whitey’s” cause an erection Boosie.

If you want to know where Boosie shines above a lot of other hardcore Southern rappers is his honesty in tracks. “Bullshit” takes a thundering beat and a simplistic chorus and boils down to Boosie taking the approach Jay-Z tried on so many trend ending singles and simplifying to simply be well, what the song title suggests. “Pain” lets Boosie reveal that even though he’s got so much success, he’s still got a lot of shit to deal with in the world. The beat sounds like “In the Air Tonight” by Phil Collins and even though Boosie sings a little bit during the chorus, his backup does the song justice.

On shit-talking, Boosie does talk tough as hell, even if it’s sometimes ignorant as hell. “No Mercy” takes Louisiana’s general appetite for revenge and has Baton Rouge’s biggest voice declare with all seriousness, “Your life for my chain” & “Hope you dumb cause we’re dumb!”. I believe him somehow on “Mind of a Maniac” when he proclaims to be crazy and not a “role model” when plenty of people look up to him and keeps a gun whenever he uses the restroom. Yes, to Boosie it’s THAT real.

If majority of hip-hop albums were raised and graded squarely on beats and the ability to make your head nod, Boosie would be in the upper echelon of rappers in the world. Only problem is, Boosie gets lumped in with the rest of the “Lil” rappers in the South and doesn’t get his proper respect. While Superbad does enough to reintroduce folks to the rapper a lot of listeners fell in love with on his first CD Bad Azz, he keeps it all the same which maybe more bad than good.

Standouts: Better Believe It, No Mercy, Bullshit, Loose As A Goose, Pain

Duds: Who Can Love U, Crayola, Levi’s

Final Score: 6.7

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