Words by Rohit S. Loomba (@poombster)
Boosie Badazz is back with yet another release. Very few are able to release music with the pace that Boosie has since he got out of prison, and the quantity has not come at the expense of quality. The 18-track Out my Feelings (In my Past) finds Boosie reflecting on the trials and tribulations that have helped mold him into who he is today.
Production on this effort is well done. There are harder beats such as “Problem”, “Choppaz n’ Gunz”, and “All That Mixed n’ One” while there are also more somber production efforts such as “Look at Life Different”, “Wanna B Heart”, and “Park It Lik Bih”. A piano melody is married to a gritty drum line on “Problem” while an eerily haunting vocal sample and dominant drums power “Choppaz n’ Gunz”. Elsewhere on “Look at Life Different”, a guitar melody carries the production and provides Boosie a backdrop over which to paint his introspection. The overall sound of the production is similar to that on previous Boosie albums but feels a little more refined this time without losing its street personality.
While the production on this album is solid, it is Boosie that really shines on this. Straight from the get-go on “Problem” it is clear that Boosie isn’t messing around. Boosie doesn’t waste his bars on cars and jewelry but comes with bar after bar of his take on what is going on in his own world as well as the world around him. “I’m a well known nigga in Louisiana got more respect than any rapper,” raps Bopsie on “Problem”, and he’s not lying except for the fact that it’s not only Louisiana showing him respect. “Real Nigga” finds Boosie acknowledging those who have shown him love through thick and thin, with the likes of Jeezy, Yo Gotti, and C-Murder getting mentions. Boosie even shouts out his lawyer, someone we all can thank for giving the world a chance for more street gospel from Boosie. On “The Truth”, one of the album’s strongest efforts, Boosie doesn’t hold back: “The system designed to keep us all up in prison/…/they don’t wanna give us jobs so everyone around here stealin’/ prollie ain’t listening cuz the children havin’ children”. Later on “The Truth” Boosie shares his thoughts on the cops, private prisons, and homosexuals. Out my Feelings is Boosie unfiltered, but then again, when has he ever held back.
Out My Feelings is a shining moment for Boosie who has become a street poet. Having spent time in prison only to be released to have to fight renal cancer, Boosie has a lot to reflect on. It’s likely his release pace won’t let up anytime soon and with what he’s got to offer we can only hope that’s the case. Another solid effort from Boosie, one of the realest rappers in Hip-Hop today.
4 (out of 5)