Release Date: Feb 5, 2016
Record label: Empire
Genre(s): Rap, Pop/Rock, Southern Rap
It doesn't matter that Out My Feelings (In My Past) runs 18 tracks long, as Boosie Badazz is on point the whole way through this dark yet empowering album. Having faced, and beaten, both a murder rap and kidney cancer over the past few years has driven Boosie to write deeper, more meaningful rhymes, and the highlight "Wanna B Heard" just might be his greatest track to date. Check the recent album In My Feelings (Goin' Thru It) and the 2016 Cancer mixtape for more of this heavy and rewarding material.
Boosie is resilient. He served a chunk of his life at the notorious Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola for drug charges, beginning in 2011. Then, in November 2015, he shared news of a kidney cancer diagnosis on social media. He’s since entered remission, but through all of his hardships, Boosie has kept his nose to the grindstone, trying to further realize his dreams.
Since his release from prison in March of 2014, Boosie Badazz has made some of the best "adult" rap music imaginable. This is partly by design: Baton Rouge and the backwoods Southern communities that gravitated toward Boosie appreciated him for the thoughtful street rapper he always was, even as he came to fame off songs like "Wipe Me Down" and ratchet culture, and since his release, it feels as though Boosie has committed to living up to the 2Pac comparisons those fans gave to him. The other part of this is that Boosie (government name Torrance Hatch) has been through so much strife and ill will that it would be hard to talk about anything else on record.
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