Monday, March 3, 2014

Revisiting Soulja Slim's "Give It 2 Em Raw"


Release date- May 19, 1998



1st Half


1. From What I Was Told
Produced By: Carlos Stephens

This dope opener also appeared on the "I Got The Hook Up" soundtrack. He knew he would make some sort of an impact prior to signing with the label and he showed that potential here.
*No Limit classic*



2. Street Life (Featuring Master P, Silkk The Shocker and O'Dell)
Produced By: DJ Daryl

Even though this topic may have been a little cliche at this point, it would've been a much better song with just Slim and O'Dell. I don't mean to sound too critical, but P and Silkk bring nothing to this.
*Good*


3. Wright Me (Featuring O'Dell)
Produced By: Carlos Stephens

Even if he's locked down, Slim desires to keep in contact with his old lady, and no matter what the case may be, he's still going to be himself, if that makes sense, lol.
*Good*


4. At The Same Time (Featuring Snoop Dogg)
Produced By: KLC

Snoop's laid back flow complements the country style, Southern flow of Slim on this one. Dope stuff.
*Excellent*


5. Only Real Niggas
Produced By: KLC

It's nothing we haven't heard before, but Slim's take on "the real reppin the real" is very good over a dope KLC track.
*Excellent*


6. Pray For Your Baby (Featuring Master P and Trenitty)
Produced By: Craig B

"Mom I love you cause you made me/But pray for your baby cause this ghetto got me crazy"


That was your typical hook from P, but it actually sums up this song fittingly. To this day I'm not sure who Trenitty is, whether he was a relative, friend or protege of Slim, but he does a good job here.
*Good*


7. Head Buster (Featuring Big Ed and Mr. Serv On)
Produced By: Carlos Stephens

This was no different from any other song about "head bussin". Carlos' beat is good, as well as the verses from Slim and Big Ed. Serv On's verse was forgettable.
*Good*


8. Me And My Cousin (Featuring Full Blooded)
Produced By: Carlos Stephens

Prior to copping this back in 98 (7/4/98 to be exact), I had no idea Slim and Full Blooded were related. They display some good chemistry here, with Full Blooded sounding a little energetic alongside Slim.
*Very good*


9. You Got It (II) Featuring Mia X
Produced By: KLC

The first part of this was on the Down South Hustlers "Bouncin And Swingin" compilation (he was then known as Magnolia Slim). This sequel was pretty good, and of course Mia brought her usual good verse.

*Excellent*


10. You Ain't Never Seen
Produced By: Craig B

Slim gets introspective on this one, talking about those not knowing his struggles and how he got to was he was at that point.
*Very good*



2nd half


11. Anything (Featuring Mia X)
Produced By: Craig B
 
We saw a "freaky side" of Slim and Mia on this apply titled song. I honestly rewound Mia's verse quite a few times back in the day, lol.
*Good*


12. Imagine (Featuring C-Murder and Mac)
Produced By: Craig B

I really liked this one, featuring three good verses over an equally good Craig B track. Imagine indeed.
*Excellent*


13. Takin Hits
Produced By: O'Dell

This was all from the perspective of a hitman. You can call him "Slim the Hitman" for this one.
*Good*


14. Wootay 
Produced By: KLC

Cash Money Records may have made it popular, but they weren't the first to use the term "wootay". Slim does something here that they never got around to doing (surprisingly): make a song out of it.
*Very good*


15. Get High With Me (Featuring Mystikal and Trenitty)
Produced By: Carlos Stephens

Another song that the smokers should've loved. It's interesting that I like a good number of songs dedicated to smokers, but I'm not one, lol. Trenitty's verse was decent, while Slim sounded a little high during his verse and Mystikal delivered a funny but decent verse.
*Very good*


16. Law Brekaz
Produced By: Mo B. Dick

What makes this song stand out is Slim's flow, which is as energetic as it is fast. He keeps up with the beat throughout, making it even more tight.
*Excellent*


17. What's Up, What's Happening
Produced By: KLC

A very good, fast paced song with it's call and response hook.


18. Hustlin Is A Habit (Featuring Steady Mobb'n)
Produced By: O'Dell

Another apply titled song, all about the hustlin, something that Slim and Steady Mobb'n knew a lot about. We've also heard this before, but this particular topic was a staple on No Limit.
*Good*


19. Getting Real (Featuring Fiend, Full Blooded and Silkk The Shocker)
Produced By: Carlos Stephens

"Shit get real, you betta guard ya grill/Cause if you fake you can't feel what we feel"


This hook would've been more effective had it been done by someone other than Silkk. I also remember my friend Shaun joking with me constantly about Silkk's delivery of that hook too, lol. It should come as no surprise that Slim and Fiend had the best verses.
*Good*


20. N.L. Party (Featuring Master P, Silkk The Shocker, Full Blooded, Trenitty, Gambino Family, Prime Suspects, Mac, Kane & Abel, Magic and Snoop Dogg)
Produced By: Mo B. Dick

Just by looking at that lineup you would think it was the entire roster, lol. It's one big party to close the album. Snoop ends it by saying "check this out, get the fuck out, party over!"
*Very good*



Slim's No Limit debut was very good. He may have talked about some of the same things that his labelmates were covering, but he brought a very unique flow and style to the tank and it's on full display throughout this album. I also noticed for a long time that this album wasn't really noticed until his untimely death on November 26, 2003, which can be attributed to a stacked 1998 for No Limit. Overall, a solid 4 star rating for "Give It 2 Em Raw".




R.I.P. Soulja Slim (1977-2003)

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