OG Houston rapper Trae The Truth is still standing strong
through public discrimination in his battle against local radio station
97.9 The Box. New Cant Ban The Truth mixtape begins with an
introduction from WE ABN News, telling listeners how Traes music has
been banned by the station.The title track, Cant Ban The
Truth follows, which gives the feel of getting ready to ride out.
Fitting. Bad Dont Seem So Wrong, featuring Lupe Fiasco, uses a great
sample of Garfields Private Affair with Lupe The Fiasco bringing the
return of the wordplay on the first verse. The fellow rapper and friend
opens the track up for Trae to drop fiery bars about carrying the cross
of being the stand up guy he is, a man who takes care of business and
sees his family to the good times through the hard ones. Dueces,
featuring Young Buck, gives listeners the perfect Texas feel, pourin
Houston dueces ridin through the city. Young Buck pours up on the
second verse and reminds us why we like him. This is an instance where
Southern rappers can still floss swangas and purple drank with
authenticity instead of commercially. Gangsta 4 Life makes it
easy to see that Traes flow always comes from somewhere real, and that
he will always be the word from the streets. General is easily a single, a track that demands salutations with Trae ridin the beat on every verse with an
explosive hook. Hood Nights, featuring Gudda Gudda and Jae
Millz gives a feel identical to its title. Trae brings on Young Money
rappers and the dynamic of the group gives the track a vibe to ride to.
This will be the one to inspire hours of radio play. 97.9 or not. Cant Ban The Truth listeners also get to hear a few recorded voice messages from a few of Traes close friends. For a laugh, Lil Duval offers to apologize to the white people for Trae, and Mama C speaks the highest honor of Trae and
his real nigga character. Mama C tells listeners of Trae and the late,
great Pimp Cs friendship, and encourages Trae to keep his head up just
as he encouraged her and her grandsons in their time of mourning. Please Respect It shows Traes middle ground: If you dont like him, whatever. But you will respect his hustle, his grind, and genuine dedication to his people and the streets.Cop A Drop, is a smooth saxophone heavy track that gives us a passenger seat in Traes Challenger as he rides through the streets of Houston. Trae has also released a video for the song. Still My Nigga is one for the homies. Always necessary. Well
executed.Thats For Real is a track is for the loyal and
disloyal, whichever side of the fence you fall. Traes respect goes to
those who will stand behind what and who they believe in. And for the
others? Well.. Yall will hear it.Yung Turk of the original Hot
Boyz blesses a track from jail, a message telling Trae to never let the
pressure of a hater upset you or distress you. Without haters around us
we grow lazy. You gotta let the truth be told. Trae The TruthGrab
a pen on What It Is. Trae brings it real as he disregards all media and
industry fakes with a middle finger He came up in the streets anyway.
Loyalty and hard work got him to where to he is, and thats what hes
stickin to. The mixtapes trillest feature comes from a message
from the late Underground King Pimp C. You think UGK supposed to open
up for anybody in the city of Houston?! You got me f**ked alllll the way
up. It takes the Pimp to remind everybody of the constant
struggles artists experience with local radio stations like The Box.
When you stop playin peoples records because they dont do your free
shows, thats illegal. Trae closes Cant Ban The Truth with
The Radio Wont Play This, an emotional track of beautiful music.
Trae shows the pain and struggle of the streets is not always understood
by the masses. Yet and still it has a purpose, and can always be heard from Trae, a street messenger who has kept Houston on his back through the struggles with local media outlets. The Truth cannot be banned.Grab you a copy. If you can handle The Truth.