Down South rap sensation, Lil Wyte is back with his fifth album, ‘Still Doubted?’ While many questioned if the Memphis, TN rapper would make it past his debut album, ‘Doubt Me Now,’ he has shown that he is here to stay after around ten years in the game. The gravelly-voiced MC delivers a style of hip-hop that has more in common with the likes of MJG and Eightball, classic No Limit, or the Geto Boys than it does with the polished pop-rap of the charts, but this is not surprising given his association with the Hypnotize Minds crew.
Being white, the comparisons to Eminem are almost inevitable, but where Slim Shady brings a high-pitched, paranoid, frenetic, persona to his rhymes, Lil Wyte has a more staunchly aggressive, bass-heavy cadence, with a delivery more akin to the likes of M.O.P. That said, Lil Wyte is quick to jump on a whole raft of street-ready topics, including Southern gangsta-styles (‘Call Us’ and ‘Gun Down’), drug use (Stoner Night’ and ‘All Kinds Of Drugs’), sex (‘Show Me Some Skin’), and even a touch of horror-core (‘Sold My Soul’).
Elsewhere, Lil Wyte offers an anthem for his hometown on ‘M.E.M.P.H.I.S.,’ calls out the haters on ‘Yea Hoe,’ and uses a cinematic beat to take down informants on ‘Get Em Out Of Durr.’ Bass and Electro fans will want to investigate the club-ready, ‘Sike,’ while ‘the personal ‘Lesson Learned’ recounts Lil Wyte’s rise through the hip-hop scene. ‘Money Train Gang’ brings an ominous ode to Lil Wyte’s crew, while the bonus tracks, ‘Money’ and ‘Lost In My Zone’ close the album.
As the bass-heavy beats bump, with synth lines and snare-rolls to accent the rolling production, Lil Wyte enlists quite a few guest MCs to work alongside his trade-mark flows. Young Buck, Pastor Troy, Lil Will, Bubba Sparxxx, Big Lazy, Thug Therapy, Misc, Lord Infamus, Al Kapone, Liquid Assasin, Shamrock, Partee, Miss Wyte and Project Pat all bring an extra dimension across the 20-tracks. With so many guests, it is inevitable that some will come harder than others, and as such Lil Wyte generally sounds better when he is forced to bring his best to match the better-known guests. It is also difficult to maintain a consistent tempo across such a lengthy album, and as such there are some moments that may cause listeners to reach for the skip button, such as the slightly turgid, ‘Welcome 2 The Gathering.’
This album is unashamedly Southern in its stance, with a dark edge and some gangster swagger thrown in for good measure. Certainly, the drug-taking references, crime tales, sex-talk, and money stacking is nothing new for hip-hop music, but Lil Wyte’s lyrics are delivered with a staggering self-confidence that has seen his career maintain a solid level of dedicated support. Fans of hard-core, Southern-fried hip-hop should check out Lil Wyte’s latest album, as he delivers a quality of Memphis street-hop that is seldom heard these days.