Lil Boosie Out Of Jail, A few months before he passed away in late 2007, Pimp C gave one of his most controversial interviews with Atlanta’s Hot 107.9. He talked about his disappointment with Atlanta hip-hop, particularly Young Jeezy’s outlandish dope-dealing lyrics, and detailed his vision of what needed to happen for the South to continue flourishing in the rap game. In one of the most captivating segments of the interview he said: “If you’re gonna talk about the drug game, you need to talk about the bad side of the drug game too.
What about when you get busted and you go to jail? What about when your mama and your wife and your kids is crying ‘cause they at home and you in prison…everybody talk about how many cars and how many jewels they goin’ buy.”
Though few would realize it then and just as many refuse to acknowledge it now, what Pimp was talking about there—panoramic, street-level storytelling mixed with social commentary—is to this day exemplified by Baton Rouge’s Lil Boosie. A protege of the late Pimp, Boosie’s ground-up following is damn near the hood version of #basedworld, not only because of his club hits (see “Zoom,” “Swerve” with Webbie and his verse on Foxx’s “Wipe Me Down”) but because of his ability to translate pain and transcendence on tracks like “Hatin’,” “Goin’ Thru Some Thangs,” and “Mama I’m Sorry.” In Baton Rouge, he’s by far the biggest rapper and undoubtedly a local hero to the black community.
In “Last Dayz”—the documentary that follows Boosie’s last week before prison, the Pac-level love he gets at home becomes evident when they show entire crowds reciting his lyrics, how people mention his charity before his music and the respect he gets from peers in the rap game. Following the UGK blueprint, Boosie’s catalog is a first-person narrative of all things related to street life, good and bad: spending money, botched drug deals, expensive cars, regrets about not taking the legal route. Despite being an underground legend, Boosie has yet to gain the recognition he deserves as a high-class emcee and he should be looked at more regularly as one of the best rappers out right now.