"Teen Of The South" is a mixtape from Soulja Boy Tell 'Em, it came out earlier on in 2008 and acts as a filler in between his debut album "Souljaboytellem.com" (which got Platinum record sales, and his second album, "iSouljaboytellem", which is to come out later on in the year. DJ Scream hosts this piece and does all the DJing over it. This release has Soulja Boy put on all the material he recorded following his first album, and what tracks he collaborated on. It also has him showcase some of the talent from his record label 'Stacks On Deck Entertainment', which has acts such as Show Stoppas, Arab and V.I.C..
1. "MTV Mixtape Monday" (Intro)
This was meant to be the first big dance une to replace the popularity of Soulja Boy's "Crank That" as it was one based aorund him calling out lots of dance moves, which you follow as they lyrics go on. This is the remix to the orighal tune and has more of a Crunk sound than A Snap Music one with heavy bass, to make it apparent that he has made some change from his first album.
3. "I'm Zooted"
Thsi was one of Soulja Boy's early leaks after the release of "Souljboytellem.com" and has him rap in a rather excited way as he is able to rap about how fresh he is since he has enough money to splurge his earnigns off the 3.5 million ringtones he sold and million records he shifted over the lat year. This one is a grower, and I have to say I hated it at first.
4. "Gucci Bandana" (feat. Gucci Mane and Shawty 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 Sh=awty Lo, but I must say that despite how poor peopel say the quality of Soulja Boy's raps are, Gucci's are far worse, and Shawty Lo isn't that much better.
5. "The Teen Of The South Interlude" (Lude)
6. "I Know You Hate Me"
On this one Soulja Boy addresses all the haters which he has accumulated since he gained so much success in such a short space of time. I thoughth that he wen about iths well as he accompanied the raps with some heavy beats which drive the tune as he shakes the hate off.
7. "DJ Khaled Interlude" (Lude)
8. "Photo Shoot"
This one was produced by Mr Ackibe, and to me it marks a change in the way Soulja Boy raps, but its difficult to explain it. This style can be heard in his raps on "Shoppin' Spree" and "Marco Polo" too, so if you like them, then you with probably have similar feelings towards this, but for me, its a step in the wrong direction for him as he gets more serious.
9. "Go Ham On 'Em"
I expect that this track will be one which gains the most annoyance as he directly takes lines from his bug single "Crank taht" and sticks them into this one rather unforgivingly, however the strength of the chating "Go Ham On 'Em Soulja!" prevents you from really working yourslef up about it. This is a Crunk track by him, and for me, it was well done.
10. "Whoop Rico" (Show Stoppas)
This track doesn't have Soulja Boy in it at all, as it is all about the Show Stoppas. This Crunk quartete 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.
11. "Soulja Boy Freestyle"
Here is a simple freestyle from Soulja Boy for me, it was the wrong decision to put one on here because he really isn't that good at them, even though he can go for quite a long time. The quality of the raps are very poor and he often resorts to Gucci Mane style similies, where he says something is the "same colour as...", and its very amateur to do so. There was a big lien towards the end, but I suspect that one was pre-written.
12. "SOD MG Interlude" (Lude)
13. "The Dre"
This is a track from Soulja Boy, and it has him perform a dance rap named after himself, 'Dre Way. Thsi one isn't as exciting as the "crank That", but the dance for it is defiantely outdoes that one. thsi is a big club one which has him go for some typical Snap Music as he calls out dance moves.
14. "Shoppin' Spree" (feat. Gucci Mane and Yo Gotti)
Since he did so well in his first year out of the independent cirlce, Soulja Boy tells us exaclty what he does when he goes on a "Shpooin' Spree", but for me this one really didn't work as he collaborates wth one of his idols, Gucci (who is currently in prison) and Yo Gotti, and I dodnt think muich of eithe rof them, but they do give him some street appeal, away from the Pop fanbase which he has established.
15. "DJ Southanbred Interlude" (Lude)
16. "Go Hard"
There is so much worng with this one that I actaully couldn't find any poistives. This one has some terrible, mistimed porduction as Beezy raps in simplistic rhyming couplets which can be predicted. Thsi is easily the worse track on the mixtape.
17. "Get Silly" (Remix) (feat. V.I.C., Bun B, E-40, Pitbull, Polow Da Don,
Jermaine Dupri, Arab, and DJ Unk)
Here is a mega remix to the V.I.C. track "Get Silly" and has lots of rappers from the south have a couple of bars before passing it on, thishas the perfect beat for an all-star remix with its Snap Music beats. A big surprise in this one comes from the verse by Bun B, this is the only meaninglful appearance here as he uses his authority as a rap OG to tell all the haters that "ringtone rap", should be given more respect as the game is changing.
18. "Marco Polo" (feat. Bow Wow)
This a collab between Beezy and Bow Wow ans they go for a nice summery tne. I have to say that I wasn't very fond of it, as I don't really do Bow Wow, but Soulja Boy's verse was very memorable, and made a big immpression on me.
19. "Where I'm From" (Lude)
20. "Super Soak"
This was a very strong ay to end the album off as it has him go for a 2006-esque Snap Music dance track where he perfroms the "Super Soak". If you liked the "Crank That", then this is one for you as he responds to all the imitations which followed such as the Batman, Spongbob, Incredible Hulk, Spiderman etc. and brings it back to the "Superman".
21. "Mr. Collipark Outro" (Outro)
Although the interludes aren't really needed, as a fan of his, these are nice additions as he talks about his life and his journey in them, the shoutouts aren't really wanted though when guests say a few words to show respect to the rapper..
I doubt that that many will like it as much as I did, considering I have been a fan of his from couple of years before his first album came out, and I've continued to support him by buying times from the clothing line which he endorses, Yums, but if you like a bit of Crunk, then this will appeal to you in certain areas.
For me, this mixtape was neede as it acts as a strong transistional piece to fill the gap between his debut and what will be a ratyer different follow up as he will go with harder material, such as "Bird Walk", as he gets into more Crunk, as the Snap Music scene has faded.