In just three years, Boosie Badazz has gone from facing the death penalty at Louisiana's notorious Angola State Penitentiary (he was found not guilty on murder charges) to releasing a major-label LP with Young Thug,
"Touch Down 2 Cause Hell," Boosie's sixth album and his first formal full-length since his release, could have emerged only from these circumstances. Boosie was a prolific recording artist even while locked up, but "Touch Down" feels especially considered — he clearly spent his time inside thinking deeply about what this comeback album should mean. Singles "Like a Man" and "Retaliation" nail the gothic and narcotic sounds ruling southern rap today, but Boosie's lyrics have the harrowing air of a man who saw death slinking close.
More unexpectedly, he shines on the gentler material as well. "Black Heaven," in particular, imagines an afterlife in which
"Touch Down 2 Cause Hell"