Turned on Yoshi has unleashed his new project The life of a monkey from behind bars.
The mixtape arrived Wednesday (November 9) via Head Youngin Records and was recorded earlier this year while Yoshi was under house arrest.
The Baton Rouge rapper enlisted a few special guests for the 21-track tape, including Pooh Shiesty, BIG30 and Fredo Bang, as well as posthumous appearances from the late Lil Loaded and Seven7Hardaway.
“I need them to know that as a man I stand tall and I’m going to make it,” Yoshi told his manager in an interview from prison. “Keep me in your prayers too. I have more court dates coming up. I’m back in court to make things right. This has helped open my eyes to see what’s real and what’s fake around me. All we have is us and God.”
Yoshi – born Meyoshi Edwards – pleaded guilty to two gang-related shootings earlier this year and was sentenced to 15 years behind bars as part of his trial.
The TBG (Top Boy Gorilla) rhymer was charged with aggravated assault with a firearm in connection with a 2019 shooting and was found guilty of attempted first-degree murder and assault in a drive-by shooting related to a July 2020 shooting.
“I want people to know who I am. I want people to know about me,” the 23-year-old added. “I want people to know when they listen to me that they’re listening to some real shit. I want them to know that I’m the real deal. I’m not a fake.”
TBG affiliate Seven7Hardaway was shot and killed in September. According to WBRZ, Hardaway — real name Stanley Wright — was targeted in an armed attack at an apartment complex in Baton Rouge. No arrests have been made in the case.
Lit Yoshi and Hardaway team up The life of a monkey the track “Drop Sum”. Stream the entire project below.