“ Genre: Hip-Hop & Rap - Gangsta & Hardcore / Artist: Soulja Boy Tell Em / Import / Audio CD released 2008-12-22 at Polydor „
"iSouljaBoyTellEm" is the second album from the supposed 'on-hit-wonder' boy, Soulja Boy (Tell 'Em), who last year manged to gain worldwide attenion with his dance craze, the "Crank That". The 2008 release gets him returning with more of his distinctive Dirty South rap, and directs all of the music towards the kids as he talks of this being the last one where he can (at the age of 18).
1. "I'm Bout Tha Stax" (Intro)
2. "Bird Walk"
Beezy knows that he willl never be able to top "Crank That", but has another go at this Snap music things, where he does a track specifically made to dance to. I woudln't say this is anywhere near as good as "Crank That" (upon release), but it does get you moving as Soulja Boy and Collipark collaborate for the production.
3. "Turn My Swag On"
It seems that this one attracted a more mainstream crowd, but it left me as a person who has followed him prior to fame. it gets rapping to heavy bass in a simplistic way, but it really just went over me, and I didn't feel it at all.
4. "Gucci Bandana" (feat. Gucci Mane and Shwaty Lo)
Soulja Boy really shows of how strong he is at production in this one as he comes up with some really inventive beats and uses a sample of himself in the chorus to make up the beat. Here he raps about his "Gucci Bandana", with Gucci Man and Shawty Lo, but I must say that despite how poor people say the quality of Soulja Boy's raps are, Gucci's are far worse, and Shawty Lo isn't that much better.
For this one you get Beezy on some Zaytozen beats, and together they coem up with a track which represents his journey. It seems to have come all too easily for him, and in knowledge of this, he talks of how his grind qucikly advanced to where it is now, without too much difficulty or struggle (as opposed to how it is meant to be).
6. "Kiss Me Thru The Phone" (feat. Sammie)
I wasn't really feeling this the first few times I heard it, but it gradually improved in quality as you get more used to it. Since it is a single, it's likely to get to this stage a lot quicker. it gets him do one out to the females whilst doing a collab with Sammie, who provides his R&B vocals.
7. "Booty Got Swag"
Personlly, I found this to be the best offering from the album, and it gets him doing a 'part 2' to "She Got A Donk", from "Souljaboytellem.com", and use the same sort of thing for another club banger. Here he gets into some Booty Bass (made by himself), and its Miami-inspired sound is the perfect dance tune for the girls.
8. "Rubber Bands"
You get some Crunk from Soulja Boy on this one as he chooses to take it to places where his msuic asn't really gone before as he uses the SOD Money Gang Mafia as the basis to this one, and gets him rapping about how many stacks of cash he's having to contain within "Rubber Bands"
9. "Hey You There"
This humerous one fromt he artist seems to have him attempting to squeeze out all theat "Yahhh!" had within it. I know that so many were annoyed by that one, and if this one was to become a single, similar feelings would be felt towards it
10. "Yamaha Mama" (feat. Sean Kingston)
Sean Kingston works with Soulja boy on this Polow Da Don-prudced tune, where it gets them swicth things up and go for an R&B-based track. I haven't really liked these track, but there have come in a large frequency throughout 2008, so it is bound to be liked by quite a large number of fans.
11. "Wit My Yums On"
Since sigining a deal with the Texas-based shoe company ealry in 2008, Beezy couldn't continue to (unoffically) endorse A Bathign Ape anymore, and to suit the fact tha he has a brnad to rep, he does one where he essentially re-words "I Got Me Some Bapes" aroudn the Yums Shoes brand. I have to say that this one isn't as exicting as that one (which was the first one to attract me to his music), but its still a good one on the album.
12. "Go Head" (feat. Juney Boomdata)
Soulja Boy gets Crunk as he uses soem words off his collaboration on Juney Boomdata's "What'z Up Wit Tha Cookies", and from this he comes up with a banger of a cut where he slows things down, and brings great energy with heavy bass to show that he can do more of the 'Dirty' Crunk rap, as well as the cleaner, Snap Music.
13. "Shoppin' Spree" (feat. Gucci Mane and Yo Gotti)
Since he did so well in his first year out of the independent circle, Soulja Boy tells us exaclty what he does when he goes on a "Shoppin' Spree", but for me this one really didn't work as he collaborates with one of his idols, Gucci (who is currently in prison) and Yo Gotti, and I don't think much of either of them, but they do give him some street appeal, away from the Pop fanbase which he has established.
14. "Soulja Boy Tell 'Em"
After utilising a sample of Bobby McFerrin's "Don't Worry, Be Happy", Collipark breaks the beat down (whilst keeing it quite simple), and allows him to rap about the influence what he has had on so many by his actions and how this has lead to peple following his fashions, and such.
15. "Whoop Rico" (Showstoppas)
This track doesn't have Soulja Boy in it at all, as it is all about the Show Stoppas. This Crunk quartet come up with a new dance tune, but as they do it with some heavy Dirty South beats, which remind me of the type of thing which is perfomed by Crime Mob, especially "Knuk If You Buck", off their self-entitled debut album.
16. "I Pray" (Outro)
I have to say that this one is on the same level of his debut album last year, and not a lot changes about it, and so owever you felt about that one is still in place here. You can tell that he's tryign to match in more with the genreal sound of mainstream rap now, rather than keeping in with the trends of the more localised Dirty South sub-genre, but as long as it remains to be a a main part of his msuic, it will be as exciting as when he broke through.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 I'm Bout tha Stax (Intro)
2 Bird Walk
3 Turn My Swag On
4 Gucci Bandana - Gucci Mane, , Shawty Lo, Soulja Boy Tell Em
6 Kiss Me Thru the Phone - Sammie, Soulja Boy Tell Em
7 Booty Got Swag (Donk, Pt. 2)
8 Rubber Bands
9 Hey You There
10 Yamaha Mama - Sean Kingston, Soulja Boy Tell Em
11 Wit My Yums On
12 Go Head - Juney Boondata, , Soulja Boy Tell Em
13 Shoppin' Spree - Gucci Mane, , Soulja Boy Tell Em, Yo Gotti
14 Soulja Boy Tellem
15 Whoop Rico - The Show Stoppers, Soulja Boy Tell Em
16 I Pray (Outro)