Review: Yo Gotti's "CM7: The World Is Yours"

Review: Yo Gotti's "CM7: The World Is Yours"

With another segment of his "Cocaine Muzik" mixtape series, Memphis' Yo Gotti releases a solid offering with "CM7" featuring Wale, French Montana and Future.

Yo Gotti has been in the rap game for well over a decade. Though he has been popular in his hometown since the beginning, Yo Gotti tirelessly worked the mixtape and underground circuit, steadily building a buzz by collaborating with various artists such as Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Gucci Mane, Birdman, Bun B, 8Ball and Jadakiss. His studio debut suffered a series of delays but Live From The Kitchen was finally released at the top of 2012. Its lackluster sales have been blamed on poor promotions, but that has not deterred Yo Gotti one bit. The Memphis, TN native went back to his roots by releasing another installment of his widely popular Cocaine Muzik mixtape series.

Yo Gotti picks up right where he left off. Known for his street-laced and hard-hitting rhymes over thumping beats, Yo Gotti starts CM7: The World Is Yours with “Bulletproof,” a high-energetic declaration warning rappers he’s ready to bring the realness back into the game, a theme he touches on in other songs. In “CPR,” Yo Gotti blames the current state of rap on artists keeping it less than authentic: “Niggas instagraming cars they know ain’t theirs. You could be a fake rapper nowadays; no one cares.”



Yo Gotti raps about what he knows best and fans of his music can expect more of the same on CM7. While other rappers may exaggerate or embellish for the sake of a song, Yo Gotti professes he is a “real dope boy and I spit real nigga poetry.” The seventh installment of his mixtape series is heavy on drug game references; Yo Gotti feeds the streets with “Drug Money,” “Purple Flowers,” and “Buy Out.”

A one-dimensional rapper Yo Gotti is not. He vents about the frustrations and disappointments he felt while battling the record label executives over his studio album in “Smilin Faces.” CM7 is not without its laughs; in “Disqualified,” Yo Gotti, calls out a certain type of woman: “Them your friend’s clothes. Talking about you got it hard. In the club every week but you ain’t got no job.”

In an era where mixtapes and albums are loaded with guest features, Yo Gotti bucks the trend and keeps it light. Wale, Future, French Montana, Sylver Karatz and Zed Zilla snag spots, giving CM7 the right balance. Yo Gotti borrows the beats from Chief Keef’s “I Don’t Like” and Kendrick Lamar’s “Swimming Pools”, but much of the production on the 20-track project was provided by Drumma Boy, T-Minus, Jahlil Beats, DJ Spinz and Lil Lody among others.

Yo Gotti continues to stick to the formula that has earned him the respect of the streets and rap veterans alike. A solid mixtape, CM7 follows the path of its predecessors, further solidifying Yo Gotti’s status. Like he says, he may not be the biggest rapper, but Yo Gotti can be counted among the realest.

Download CM7: The World Is Yours here.

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