Gangsta Boo

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Gangsta Boo

By SoulJah

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It takes a talented MC to stand out in the midst of any group, especially when you're the only female in a posse consisting of five male members. Gangsta Boo's verses stand as a buffer against the male-centered lyrics of fellow Three Six Mafia members DJ Paul, Juicy "J", Lord Infamous and Crunchy Black. The memphis rapper's seductive wordplay can disarm you with its sexuality or arrest you with its hard-core stance. Either way, she always overpowers with her fiery style drawing attention from both male and female fans.

On her forthcoming album, Both Worlds, *69, Boo proves that she is one of hip-hop's most significant artists. She examines the many layers of relationships, traverses street topics and delivers strong lyrics over production by Three 6 Mafia's Dj Paul and Juicy "J". "The title is catchy," Boo boasts. "Both Worlds describes me because the album is hard-core, but still reps for the ladies. There are always two sixes to a story and you can look at things many different ways. I'm gonna leave people to use their imagination on the *69 part."

With her debut album, 1998's Enquiring Minds, Gangsta Boo demonstrated that she was one of the decade's most pormising and exciting female lyricists. Her underground hit "Where Dem Dollars At" is an anthem that trumpets female self-sufficiency and the inherent strength that comes from being a woman. The same can be said for much of Boo's multi-layered lyrics and music. On "Can I Get Paid (Get Your Broke A$$ Out) - Da Strippers' Anthem," Boo dlivers a sequel, of sorts, to "Where Dem Dollas At." Boo represents the ladies with her music, so it should come as little surprise that she extends a hand to those working in gentlemen's clubs on the forceful track. "It talks about men going into strip clubs, just looking and not tipping," Boo explains. "I've been in the clubs and have seen dudes just watching, so I thought that I'd represent them."

Boo takes the idea of 'watching' to new heights on "What Would You Do." Here, the Tennessee Titan explores the idea of swapping partners with a friend. "This is a swinger's song that talks about a situation where I'm dating a guy and he wants to sleep with my homegirl," she states. "Instead of doing it behind my back, I'd rather he come to me and tell me. Who knows? I might be cool enough to invite her into our bedroom, then switch up and get with her man."

Boo will get the crowds swinging in different ways with the album's first radio single "Love Don't Live." She spits pimpish lyrics on "Hard Not To Kill," and delivers another rowdy club anthem on "Don't Stand So Close 2001" - a remake of the 1998 original released on Enquiring Minds. Boo flips DMX's "What These B*****s Want" into her stand-offish "What They Really Want." "I'm asking the men why they're always up in our face," Boo says. "What do you want? Keep it real." The rest of the album is equally charged as Three 6 Mafia and Project Pat compliment Boo's high-octane verses with their own rousing rants.

Born and raised in Black Haven and North Memphis, Boo met DJ Paul when she was in junior high and he was in high school. After working with DJ Paul on his legendary mix tapes in the early and mid 90's, Gangsta Boo entered the Three 6 Madia told and quickly became the most talked about member in the clique. "I sort of fell into Three 6 Mafia and never left," she says. Boo's subsequent appearances on Foxy Brown's Chyna Doll album and Project Pat's "Ballers" single in 1999 only enhanced her already rock-solid reputation. In 2000, Boo made several stunning appearances on Three 6 Mafia's platinum selling album, When The Smoke Clears - Sixty 6, Sixty 1. She also appears on Outkast's "I'll Call You Before I Come," which is included on the Atlanta group's critically acclaimed, multi-platinum Stankonia.

Both Worlds, *69 will solidify Boo's spot as the southern queen of hip-hop. "I don't sound like anyone else that's out," she says. "I'm not talking about the average stuff, like diamonds and what you've got to do to get with me. I've got my own and on this album, I stand on my own. Both Sides, *69 is all Boo. I'm gangster, so I can flow on a song with 10 n***as and stand out. I'm not going to get outshined."