15 Songs, 1 Hour, 7 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Trill Entertainment was launched in 2001 with the sole purpose of introducing to the world the street rap sound of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. A collision of sharp synths, greasy organ, and tricky drums, the city’s music borrows as much from Pimp C’s legendary work with UGK as it does Mannie Fresh’s production for New Orleans’ Cash Money label. To listen to Lil Boosie and Webbie — the label’s stars — is to spend a day on the corner in the Cedar Grove neighborhood, where all the boasts, threats, jokes, and rhymes are delivered in a deep Louisiana drawl that can sound like foreign tongues to outsiders, but is family talk for the Grove’s inhabitants. And though the Trill family has become famous for dance craze anthems like Lil Boosie’s “Do Tha Ratchet,” there's plenty of Southern-bred soul music in this stew. No one can deny the potent odor of real funk in standout tracks like “Adios” and the monstrous “Swangin.” Best of all is “Same Old S**t,” where Boosie takes us through a day in his life. Stops include his grandma’s house, the local car wash, and repeated trips to the Baton Rouge institution Piccadilly for his meals. You couldn’t ask for a more vivid tour.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Trill Entertainment was launched in 2001 with the sole purpose of introducing to the world the street rap sound of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. A collision of sharp synths, greasy organ, and tricky drums, the city’s music borrows as much from Pimp C’s legendary work with UGK as it does Mannie Fresh’s production for New Orleans’ Cash Money label. To listen to Lil Boosie and Webbie — the label’s stars — is to spend a day on the corner in the Cedar Grove neighborhood, where all the boasts, threats, jokes, and rhymes are delivered in a deep Louisiana drawl that can sound like foreign tongues to outsiders, but is family talk for the Grove’s inhabitants. And though the Trill family has become famous for dance craze anthems like Lil Boosie’s “Do Tha Ratchet,” there's plenty of Southern-bred soul music in this stew. No one can deny the potent odor of real funk in standout tracks like “Adios” and the monstrous “Swangin.” Best of all is “Same Old S**t,” where Boosie takes us through a day in his life. Stops include his grandma’s house, the local car wash, and repeated trips to the Baton Rouge institution Piccadilly for his meals. You couldn’t ask for a more vivid tour.

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About Lil Boosie

Originally known as Lil' Boosie, Boosie Badazz's hard Southern style comes from growing up in one of Baton Rouge, Louisiana's more notorious neighborhoods, one that was known for drugs and gunplay. Not having his father in his life was another challenge, but things began moving in a positive direction when Boosie immersed himself in basketball. It looked like it could be his ticket into college, but getting involved in drugs got him kicked out of high school. He turned to rapping and eventually hooked up with C-Loc. An appearance on C-Loc's 2000 effort, It's a Gamble, became Boosie's debut. He soon released the full-length CD Youngest of da Camp on his own. His big breakthrough began when he joined Pimp C's Trill Entertainment camp. He was paired with fellow Trill artist Webbie for the 2003 release Ghetto Stories and again for 2004's Gangsta Musik, which featured the first appearance of Webbie's future hit "Give Me That." Trill then worked a deal with the Warner Bros.-associated Asylum, and both Webbie and Boosie were now on a major label. Webbie released his album in 2005; Boosie's landed in 2006. Titled Bad Azz, the release featured Yung Joc, Pimp C, and Webbie as guests. The Bad Azz DVD soon followed, featuring interview footage where Boosie explained the drug-related death of his father and revealed his own battle with diabetes. Late in the year, the Streetz Is Mine mixtape appeared in cooperation with DJ Drama. His slick album Superbad: The Return of Boosie Bad Azz landed in 2009 along with the single "Better Believe It." The next year, Boosie followed up with Incarcerated, which was issued while he served time for drug possession. After his 2014 release from prison, he changed his name to Boosie Badazz and was featured on several tracks, including ones by Jeezy ("Beez Like") and T.I. ("Jet Fuel"). He also issued Life After Deathrow, a mixtape, as a free digital download. The proper album Touchdown to Cause Hell was planned for a February 2015 release date on Atlantic. ~ David Jeffries

  • ORIGIN
    Baton Rouge, LA
  • GENRE
    Hip-Hop/Rap
  • BORN
    November 14, 1982

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