I Am

I Am

by Yo Gotti
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Overview

I Am

Like so many rappers who play it street level and live and die by the mixtape game, Memphis man Yo Gotti has maintained an uneasy relationship with the official album. His early work was indie to a fault, with long-players sounding patched together from mixtape numbers and other related whatnot, while his mainstream debut, 2012's Live from the Kitchen, suffered from its long birthing process, sounding patched together on the million-dollar level with too much input from the marketing department. Good news for fans who stuck it out this long is that I Am is the moment when the skies clear, as the album comes on strong with a hard-hitting set of openers, and then, the high quality is maintained with a set of easy-flowing supportive songs that broaden the LP spectrum, all without leaving Gotti's comfort zone. Hopefully, the Feds aren't watching, because the crack game is still everything to the man, as the earworm title track boasts "I can show you how to cook right, and what a million dollars look like" plus "Man, I got a car worth your budget" over a suitably scrappy Cool & Dre production. By the time the late-album highlight "King Sh*t" rolls around with T.I. on the assist, the production has opened up enough to allow for Gotti's mansion-on-the-hill attitude and Arthur McArthur and David Versis' brilliant and brittle strain of rap-rock, new sounds that are welcome because the expected hip-hop anchors have already been dropped. Going old-school on the great "I Know," producer and guest Rich Homie Quan samples the same bit of "Why You Treat Me So Bad" that was used on Luniz's "I Got 5 on It." Living in the tradition, Meek Mill and Gotti are a classic gutter combination on the raw "F-U," and when it comes to the downtrodden "hate the game" number, "Cold Blood" with J. Cole is a perfectly placed mid-album triumph. This one is so packed and bold, it even exits on a turned-up club stunner ("Act Right" with Jeezy and YG), so consider it the big longevity payoff after years of rocky Yo Gotti albums.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/19/2013
Label: Epic
UPC: 0888837466523
catalogNumber: 374665
Rank: 21070

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Yo Gotti   Primary Artist
Kent Jones   Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Millie Jackson   Composer
Jay King   Composer
Thomas McElroy   Composer
Roger   Composer
Dale Warren   Composer
Randy Klein   Composer
Asha Bhosle   Composer
Walter Sigler   Composer
Robert Daniels   Composer
Anthony Norris   Composer
Benny Pough   Executive Producer
Christopher Wallace   Composer
Infamous   Producer
Yo Gotti   Executive Producer
Young Stars   Producer
Chris Feldmann   Art Direction
Sha Money XL   Executive Producer
Young Jeezy   Composer
Shaffer Smith   Composer
Alec Newell   Engineer
Dre   Producer
Cool   Producer
P-Lo   Producer
9th Ward   Engineer
Honorable C.N.O.T.E.   Producer
Antonio Rey   Engineer
Moses Gallart   Engineer
Juro "Mez" Davis   Engineer
Olubowale Akintimehin   Composer
Canei Finch   Producer,Engineer
Clifford Harris   Composer
Dee Brown   Engineer
Mario Mims   Composer
Keenon Jackson   Composer
Carlton Mays   Composer
Jermaine Cole   Composer
Arthur McArthur   Producer
Alexander Izquierdo   Composer
Phatboiz   Producer
Osten Harvey   Composer
Rich Homie Quan   Producer
Lee On the Beats   Producer,Engineer
Metro Boomin   Producer
Philipp Hurtt   Composer
Paulo Ytienza Rodriguez   Composer
Mahenra Kakpoor   Composer
Kazumi Tabarak   Composer
Jesse "Corparal" Wilson   Producer
Greedy Money   Producer
Dequanted Lamar   Composer
Denzel Foster   Composer
David Versis   Producer

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