The Art of Hustle (Deluxe Version)
Inspired by Sun Tzu’s ultimate guide to combat, The Art of War, Memphis rapper Yo Gotti sharpens his battle techniques. “My City” opens the album on a solemn note as he gives a State of Memphis address while K. Michelle lets out exquisite pain. “General” drops Gotti in a war zone, and he responds with chest-beating bravado. The social-etiquette reminder “Down in the DM” will get all the attention, especially the Nicki Minaj remix, but don’t sleep on tracks like “Pay the Price” and “Bible,” which show that success and struggle go hand-in-hand. And if you ever wondered how Timbaland handles a trap beat, “Smile” ends the speculation—and Gotti sounds positively giddy as a result.