Boosie Badazz and Webbie entered the frame as sparring partners more than 16 years ago, back when they offloaded two banner projects in a single year. Both Ghetto Stories and Gangsta Muzik, live on as Mid-to-Deep South “statement records” of merit, both central to Boosie becoming a cult figure in his own right. Unfortunately, over time, Boosie and Webbie’s significance has eroded over time, much to the chagrin of the people who really care about the culture.
For one, the current crop of talent, not the listeners, but the actual musicians in question – they understand where to draw the line between respect and progressiveness. Trill Entertainment left an unremovable stain, that continues to impact rappers of influence like Young Thug, and to a larger extent, fellow Louisiana upstart NBA Youngboy. They are but two examples of a cultural exchange that occurs IRL, on the ground level, several paces behind the 8-ball.