After an absence of nearly five years, Memphis rap favorite Yo Gotti finally delivers his third national album. He's spent the time in-between on the mix-tape circuit and refining his craft, which mostly entails alternately hissing boasts and threats. Street rap producer Lex Luger contributes just one track, "Second Chances," but most of the record runs parallel to his trunk-rattling, goth-hop formula. Gotti's growls are tailor-made for this aesthetic, but he seems less comfortable outside of it—as on "Go Girl," which crams Wale, Wiz Khalifa and Big Sean into a jubilant slice of snap-hop. Fortunately, such concessions are few and far between, and stacked toward the album's closing tracks. At its core, Live From the Kitchen is a tightly condensed collection of to-the-point gangsta rap.
Andrew Noz, Google Play