||Perfect Timing CD (2003)
Boo & Gotti songs The duo Boo & Gotti worked through the ranks, showing up with ear-turning guest appearances on tracks from R. Kelly to Ja Rule, offering just a hint at their flow until their 2003 debut, PERFECT TIMING, on the storied Cash Money imprint. The twosome proves the wait worthwhile on a clever opening salvo that displays both energy and subtlety, thuggishness and salvation, and an adoration of the past tempered by a newly forged world of Boo & Gotti's own making.
Straight out of Chicago, Boo & Gotti show no dearth of love for their hometown; in fact, two of PERFECT TIMING's strongest tracks are unadorned adoration for the Windy City. The opening track "Chi-Town" with its memorable refrain of "chicken, fish, bossy outfits, etc." deftly introduces the two, perfectly pimped out and strollin' through the city they own, trading even flows effortlessly back and forth. The first single "Ain't It Man" is a hearty celebration of the town's slang, effective as Nelly's "Country Grammar" was for the St. Louis area. R. Kelly returns a favor, crooning in the background as B&G reveal their sensitive side with the rather cunning other-side-of-the-grave narrative, "Dear Ghetto," before they let loose the thug on the banger "Gangsta," a delicate balance Boo & Gotti play well on PERFECT TIMING.
Recorded at Circle House, Miami, Florida; Patchwerk, Atlanta, Georgia; Cash Money, New Orleans, Louisiana; Rock Land, Chicago, Illinois; Quad Studios, New York, New York.
Personnel: Donnie Lyle, Charles Pettaway (guitar); Barewolf, Rodney East (keyboards); Ian Mereness (programming).
Audio Mixers: Kevin Crouse; Mike "Hitman" Wilson; Ray Seay; Leslie Brathwaite.
Recording information: Circle House Studios, Miami, FL; Patchwork Studios, Atlanta, GA; Quad Recordings, New York, NY; Rock Land Studios, Chicago, IL.
Arranger: R. Kelly.
Parental Advisory.Guests:Baby, Lil Wayne,Cash Money Family
Personnel: Boo, Gotti, Tateeze, Mannie Fresh, Gilly, Lil Wayne, Stone, TQ, Jazze Pha, Baby, Blackchild, Mikkey, Lac (rap vocals); R. Kelly (vocals); Charles Pettaway (guitar); Barewolf (keyboards); Ian Mereness (prgramming).
Producers include: Jazze Pha, Kanye West, R. Kelly, Leslie Braithwaite, Mannie Fresh.