REVIEW: Lil Wyte’s “Still Doubted?”

Photobucket The cover photo of Lil Wyte‘s Still Doubted? (Wyte Music/Select-O-Hits) has him immersed in a bloody bathtub with a slightly disgusted look. He’s surrounded with alcohol, weed, cocaine, pills, and a gun. The back cover has him holding a knife, staring into the unknown. We can assume he killed himself, but we must question why. We don’t know if he killed anyone else, but perhaps it’s to suggest (and this is just me shooting the shit) that if he didn’t have music to call his own, he could do some serious damage to others and perhaps himself. An image like this in hip-hop might freak people out, but I’m sure someone will read this and go “oh you know white people, not afraid to go overboard and shit.” I just spent the first paragraph of this review discussing imagery, but what is more important is its link (if any) to the music.

Still Doubted? does begin with a dialogue between Lil Wyte and a friend, and it seems Wyte portrays himself as someone in a complete daze, unable to speak coherently and the evidence around him has him breathing and living without care. Then the music begins. For those who love that ruffneck Memphis style of hip-hop, Lil Wyte is a party animal, not afraid to talk about living, loving, smoking, drinking, and fucking. It may lift his spirits up, but if he’s with friends, it’s a good day. The majority of these songs sound like they’re all at the same tempo, so DJ’s would be able to mix these songs in and out with ease. There’s not much variation, but with the tracks that go slightly slower, I can see them making crowds go crazy. A track like “Sike” (featuring Miscellaneous) does have the music going a bit at double time, to where it almost comess off like him rhyming over an Usher track, which isn’t bad at all, better Lil Wyte than Usher, right? The rest of the tracks are produced very well, and I also love the use of smooth jazz and easy listening samples, since it may not be what one would expect from a rapper who is talking about the party and hustle life. When I heard those samples, I thought “yes, he knows what he’s doing.”

Outside of what makes him Lil Wyte, you can listen to these songs as an observer, or as if Lil Wyte decided to step out from his role as a rapper and watch his real self speak without the hat and gear. I focus on the track he did with Bubba Sparxxx called “Show Some Skin”, which is about finding women with tattoos and piercings and wanting to see it all, from every angle:
let me see that belly ring
let me see them nipple rings
show them tats on your back
take off everything
let me see that tongue ring
let me see that pearl ring
show them tats on your cat
take off everything
and… show some skin

It comes off a bit like the perfect follow-up and update to Twista‘s “Tattoo”, and as raw and sexual as it is (and should be), think of it as two curious guys entering a club and wanting to get their thrills. They realize “oh, all we need to do is talk to these ladies, spark things with a bit of conversation and see what happens.” Then both of them get detailed about what happens. There’s that slight childhood curiosity of being able to see what you’re told not to see, and it might lead to a stunned face or two but you know you’re grown and you’re going to have fun looking at pores and skin tones with different designs and potential keloids.

Still Doubted? is an answer to anyone who has ever thought Lil Wyte could not make decent music, but he knows what he likes, knows who will love his style of speak and lyrics. As he says in “I Do It”, he goes out of his way to reach out to admireres, and because of that union, he feels stronger than ever and he’ll keep on doing it:
my train of thoughts might slow down in times that I get restless
Sometimes that I don’t wanna write raps and I question
What the fuck am I doing in this game, is there a lesson
Or am I just making a living preachin’ as I’m stressin’
I met about a million of my fans, I shook hands
and every one of them in they own way have told me I’m the man
So I take that in consideration whenever I am writing
Let ’em know I’m two times stronger than ten million bolts of lightning
Strikin’ the competition like Deon when I’m scorching hot
I can do this shit super high on pills and weed and drunk and high
Whenever I dropped Doubt Me Now I was the first to talk about some pills
Now everybody their roll on and they leveled out the playing field

If you only listen to him for the choruses and party vibe, you might miss him talking about his true and dedicated he is in making music. For that, Patrick Lanshaw will continue to do what he does and if there are still doubts, like Me’Shell NdegeOcello, he’ll have no problem acting like he don’t know you. I would also love to hear him get out of his comfort zone with possible collaborations and projects, but considering the zone he presents himself in with this album, it’s proof that there’s no place like Memphis and the South for Lil Wyte.

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