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Underrated and overshadowed, Yo Gotti brings something new in ‘Live from the Kitchen’

Two-and-a-half years after Yo Gotti’s first single off of “Live from the Kitchen” debuted, his album has finally been released.

“5 Star” was debuted in June 2009 featuring Gucci Mane and Nicki Minaj. Nearly two years later, the album’s official second single, entitled “We Can Get It On,” was released. Gotti suffered at the hands of record labels as issues prolonged the release of his first studio album for considerable amounts of time.

Although this is his first studio album, Gotti has released several independent albums dating back to 2000. He has gained moderate success and is no stranger to the world of hip-hop. His experience is evident as it shines through with a solid effort on this album.

Over a period of nearly 50 minutes, Yo Gotti tears through 11 tracks including songs such as “Harder” (with Rick Ross), “Red, White, and Blue” (featuring Jadakiss) and “Killa.” The album is chock-full of collaborations with additional artists including Trina, Big Sean and Wiz Khalifa.

The album could be successful with those names attributed alone, but that’s not what makes this album special.

His style and sound is unique and he doesn’t follow the same protocol as many other mainstream rappers today. “Red, White, and Blue” features his music and lyrics dubbed over former President John F. Kennedy’s inaugural speech, highlighting his famous quote, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your county.”                

Yo Gotti has a way of combining rhythm and lyrics together to create a solid track listing that has every aspect needed to be successful. His tracks are heavier than most hip-hop music, as is evident on his track “Single.” “Single” features Stuey Rock, who supplies the song with a steady amount of vocals, such as “Yeah she got a man, but she’s single for the night.”

His music might be somewhat underrated and gets overshadowed by more popular musicians, but if you are looking for something with a different sound than most of the other hip-hop artists out there today, look no further than “Live from the Kitchen.”

Grade: B+

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