2013 has regrettably arrived and vanished without a single 10-year anniversary article on Ghetto Stories, the album that broke Webbie and Boosie outside of Louisiana. I understand it’s not easy to wrangle Mel and Turk, Webbie or Boosie, but someone could’ve at least called up Mouse on tha Track to rattle off a few memories. I suppose that someone is me. My bad.
The Trill debut of Webbie and Boosie made them the would-be next generation UGK — complete with a co-sign from the original underground kings. Of course, Bad Azz and Savage mostly subsequently opted to do the solo thing, save for occasional collaborations and a less-loved (but still very good) sequel, Gangsta Muzik. Much sadder is Boosie’s continued incarceration in Angola. I spoke with his attorneys two months ago and they claimed that he’d be released sometime in the spring. They also assured me that the mythical “Beatles” catalogue recorded right before going to prison would soon hit the streets, thanks to a judge order for the release of some confiscated hard drives. To date, none of this has come true, which is unsurprising if you take into account the foot-dragging and notorious corruption of the Baton Rouge criminal justice system. Still, a few Boosie Boo cameos have recently made their way to the web. The most recent is a Ghetto Stories reunion of sorts with Webbie, Bun B and the poltergeist of Pimp C (Big K.R.I.T. gets a pint of Promethazine too). It’s one of my favorite of his verses since he first went in. It’s not necessarily one of his most furious or thoughtful, but it’s just nice to hear him rapping over the purple-slanted country rap production that served as the sonic foundation of Ghetto Stories. Those humid mossy organs, backwoods guitars and Boosie spitting like the sinister Southern son of Eazy-E.
A few other Boosies (Boosie loosies) recently splashed in the form of a track from the Maybach Music compilation. You can probably imagine why Ricardo Montalban Rozay wants to sign Boosie so badly. His steam seems to be finally running out and his street cred has been dubious ever since the Smoking Gun first outed his C.O. past. Who better than to boost his fortunes than the South’s prodigal son, fresh off serving a bid and beating a murder rap against all odds? So whoever is selling Boosie tracks right now (Julia Beverly?) laced MMG with a Boosie cameo that serves it’s purpose as a Boosie cameo during a period of scarcity.
Then there is the new mixtape, Loyalty Means Everything, from Boosie’s cousin, Donkey. The latter’s testimony during Boosie’s trial was one of the greatest performances I’ve ever seen. He ran circles around the prosecution, had the jury in stitches, and explained the phrase “the daggers” as being slang for two lesbians. Donkey also has one of the wilder back stories you’ll ever hear. He was imprisoned for a half-decade on murder charges until a witness changed their testimony, thus allowing him to walk several years ago. Since then, he wisely relocated from BR to Atlanta and opted for the rap life on his cousin’s Bad Azz Ent imprint. Loyalty is his first official mixtape and it has a pair of tracks from Boosie (even though one is a sort-of cut and paste effort). As the saying goes, new Boosie is always better than no Boosie. So until they let the man more famous than the Ninja Turtles see the light of day, we’re going to have to bump these.
MP3: MP3: Donkey ft. Lil Boosie – “I Miss My Nigg
MP3: Donkey ft. Lil Boosie, Big Wayne, Money Bagz – “Step Off In Da Club”