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My Life: The True Testimony

Hailing from Panama City, Florida, CTE member Blood Raw of U.S.D.A. is here with his debut album. A Jeezy protégé, Raw brings the truth with My Life: The True Testimony. I’m The Truth: P-No’s screaming guitar and emphatic production, sets the stage for Raw to deliver a cry of struggle. It's a solid intro that lets you know some of Raw’s past, as Big Rube delivers some spoken word on testimony. 3.5/5 It Feels Good: Mediocre production by Drumma Boy, Raw feels good about changing his bad to good. Decent. 3/5 Louie: Midnight Black’s production is what really makes this the lead single. Mentor Jeezy adds welcomed assistance on this club banger, as triumphant horns and proper bass accompanies. Raw & Jeezy both deliver energized performances and this bumps, however a little short. 4/5 Almost There: Mannie Fresh reuses the drums from Jeezy’s “And Then What” and adds some bass, strings and horns on this repetitive banger of being almost there. Pretty much Raw saying he almost did this and almost that. Decent track that has solid production. 2/5 What’s Happening: Another horn accompaniment, an uptempo track about Raw getting his mack on. Trina brings her baddest chick attitude to this feel good summery joint. 3/5 F*** You: Grand and brassy, Tony Rey & Cliff Brown bring a top notch banger worthy beat, as Raw addresses the haters. Fellow CTE member, Slick Pulla drops a decent verse. 3/5 Tryin To Get Home: Lyfe Jennings provides a smooth croon on the hook, as Raw raps over a drum/bass heavy production. It’s only a decent track, as Raw tries to talk about those incarcerated and how they are forgotten. Decent, but forgettable. 2.5/5 I’m Fly: Horn filled production with jungle drums and bass, Raw spits about how fly he is. The hook seems recycled and the track overall is clichéd. Filled with boasts of fly chicks, whips and money, the track isn’t that all impressive, aside from the beat. 2.5/5 Get Away: Really feelin the production it's a lot slower from all the uptempo cuts throughout the first half. A reflective track with plucking and smooth strings, as intensifying drums add well needed tension. Provided by J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, they allow Raw to spit about hood struggles and it works well, one of the better tracks on the album. 3.5/5 Go Head: This is a gem here, as Midnight Black’s guitar riffs, lively snares and uptempo feel works as a club banger. An inspirational track for the hood about going and getting it. 3.5/5 Still A D Boy: Bangin production, as Raw delivers an anthem for his dope boys. The hard hitting drums and guitar riffs make for a fitting D Boy track. While lyrically it doesn’t stun, it gets by with its celebratory production. 3.5/5 I Miss You: The most sentimental track on the album, Raw digs deep to do one for the fam and homies. Top notch producer, The Runners serve up a soft sample mixed in with some lush keys and beating drum pattern. Raw speaks about missing his dad, amongst other members and speaking to God. Fitting ender. 4/5 While there isn’t anything that is skip worthy, possibly only the lacking “Tryin To Get Home”, the album isn’t all that memorable. Production wise it is fulfilling, as the album sticks to bass heavy, drum filled beats with guitar riffs and triumphant horns. The album in the beginning isn’t particularly intriguing, mostly hood bangers that will be hot for a few listens but lose their fire after repeated listens. “It Feels Good” is only a mediocre track of reflection and merely gets by, not really digging deeper into the street tales. Lead single and Jeezy assisted “Louie” has a show stealing appearance from Jeezy. Jeezy’s unique and odd flow makes for an interesting verse, as the two charismatic emcees each hold a verse and collab on the hook over a commanding beat by Midnight Black. “Almost There” seems like a throwaway track, only because it repeatedly uses “almost” even in the verses which gets annoying and isn’t much of a story, just saying I almost did this, almost did that. Its all over the place lyrically and doesn’t serve its purpose as a motivating cut about being so close, instead it has Mannie Fresh delivering a decent cut that rehashes “And Then What”’s drums. “What’s Happening” is Raw getting his mack on with a lady, as Trina’s performance is solid but seems out of place, since Trina’s rapping about how she’s the baddest and not really about the topic. “F*** You” with labelmate Slick Pulla is another get at the haters track with solid production and “I’m Fly” is a rehash of being fresh. “Get Away”, “I’m The Truth” and “I Miss You” are all sentimental tracks, with top productions by The Runners and J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League. “Go Head” and “I’m Still A D Boy” are solid bangers that will satisfy. Raw sounds very much like Jeezy, except with a whinier rather than raspy flow. He resembles Jeezy very much though in presence and vocals, and that he is from Panama City. Decent debut that is smartly clocked at 50 minutes, with less chance of filler, but ultimately the album is overall forgettable. Rating: 6.5 out of 10


This crap makes me laugh! What happened to rap? This is not original. All these dudes sound the same, talking about dumb sh!t like their Louie Bag!! Waste your money and buy this sucka! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!


Did anyone else notice that the same beat is used for each track on this album? This album... is garbage!


Born: April 17, 1975

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '00s, '10s

A member of Atlanta rapper Young Jeezy's coke-rap trio U.S.D.A., Panama City, FL, native Blood Raw (b. Bruce Falson) began his rap career while serving a six-year bid in Florida prison during the mid-‘90s. There he first developed his rhyme skills and earned the "Blood Raw" moniker (which is local slang for "the truth"). Upon his release in 1998, he relocated to Atlanta to work for his uncle at a local rap hotspot called the Hip-Hop Café. Inspired by the many up-and-coming acts that graced the venue,...
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