Tela :: The World Ain't Enuff
Label: Rap-A-Lot Records
Author: Steve 'Flash' Juon
Back again one mo' gen in the two triple-zero,
Tela's out to prove that his decision to leave Suave House
was no mistake with "The World Ain't Enuff", his second album
for legendary Texas label Rap-A-Lot Records. A South Memphis
rapper with a surprisingly crisp rap style and flow, Tela keeps
it dirty but distinctively krunk on his new release.
Throughout the album Tela sounds energized like a man on a mission.
Scarface and Lo-Key cameo on the title track, where T props up his record
label AND the South for not getting paid the dues they deserve:
"Aiy J, I love you, and the hustle
for puttin down the weight so the South don't struggle
Now niggaz wanna play like they forgot the muscle
that paved the way for them to pick you up and touch you
Don't play - you know them bitches wasn't fuckin with us
Segregated us and called us country as fuck"
Tela's isn't resting on the laurels of his past albums or his
label's reputation though. The rocked-out "Hell Naw!"
with Do or Die's A.K. is innovative while "Friends"
is a pleasant year-2000 update of the Whodini classic that showcases
Tela's story-telling ability. Tela is not aiming to be the fattest
rapper or illest freestyler - he just wants to be solid on the mic,
and he is. He can even flip it like the Big Tymers on "Playboy",
and you won't be mad at it; he does their style as well as they do.
Southern rap fans certainly won't be mad at Slice T's production
or the guest appearances of cats like U.G.K. on "Sho Nuff 2000".
With playalistic songs like "Table Dance" and "Tela" it's hard to
argue with Tela's sound or his style. It only remains to be seen
if Tela will finally get the recognition he deserves after paying
dues for a decade in the world of rap. He's definitely overdue.
Music Vibes: 6 of 10
Lyric Vibes: 8 of 10
TOTAL Vibes: 7 of 10
Originally posted: August 29, 2000