We haven’t heard a proper single from Yo Gotti in a while, so it’s fitting that he’d come through on a Monday morning, guns blazing. Back in 2012 he did earn an Album Of The Week distinction for Live From The Kitchen, but the Memphis rapper has been plagued with label deals gone sour during his career. At last year’s Hot 107.9’s annual Birthday Bash in Atlanta, Yo Gotti spontaneously announced his new album, The Art Of The Hustle, and though it didn’t arrive last winter like he’d hoped, the first single “Rihanna” is out now on iTunes. That’s about as good an indication that a record is actually on the way as we can get in 2015. “Rihanna” feels like a response to Drake’s “Madonna” in some ways, and aside from Rihanna, it also namedrops Madonna, along with Taylor Swift, Kylie Jenner, Hannah Montana, Katy Perry, Alicia Keys, and Al Green. Young Thug on the hook accidentally outshines Gotti on the verses, but he owns the interpolation of “Bitch Better Have My Money” all on his own. There’s still no release date for the much-delayed Art Of The Hustle, but you can listen to the track below.
The Art Of The Hustle will be out this year via CMG/Epic Records.