P-Folks, Baby Bubb, Doey Rock
P-Folks, Brotha Lynch Hung, Tall Cann
F*ck Wit Us
P-Folks, Polo Da Triggaman
P-Folks, Aguny Ace, Fabolous
P-Folks, Michelob, 4-Tay
Get Yo Papa
P-Folks, E-Clips, Shagzilla
P-Folks, Twamp Dog
Ride Wit It
“Da Zoo: Slippin’ Wit Ya White Shoes On” is a commanding Hip Hop album by P-Folks, a revered gangsta rapper hailing from Sacramento, California. Released in 2008 under Big Bread Entertainment, this is P-Folks’ second and sadly, his last album due to his untimely demise in 2009. P-Folks, whose real name was Robert Lawrence Pierce III, was also known by his alias, Roulette.
The album opens with a succinct, yet impactful “Intro,” which segues into the title track “Da Zoo,” a potent combination of P-Folks’ intense lyricism and distinctive beats. This energy is carried forward into the third track “Cali Boyz,” a collaborative effort featuring Baby Bubb and Doey Rock that pays homage to their California roots.
P-Folks continued to blend poignant storytelling with powerful rhythms in songs like “Wind Blows” and “My Story,” the latter of which offers a more personal glimpse into his life. “Downfall” continues this trend, resonating with P-Folks’ gritty realism and lyrical complexity.
The album boasts an array of collaborations with notable figures in the genre, starting with “One,2,3,” a track featuring Brotha Lynch Hung and Tall Cann. P-Folks also collaborated with Spice-1 on “Gimme Sum,” a high-energy track that highlights their synergy.
“Bread Donaz” and “Fck Wit Us” deliver hard-hitting verses, while “Fck’em” featuring Polo Da Triggaman demonstrates P-Folks’ unapologetic style. The song “Versatility,” featuring Aguny Ace and renowned rapper Fabolous, lives up to its name by showcasing the diversity and adaptability of P-Folks’ rap style.
Later tracks like “Get Yo Papa,” featuring Michelob and 4-Tay, and “2 Jiggaz,” featuring E-Clips and Shagzilla, continue to captivate with P-Folks’ gripping narratives and vibrant beats. The album concludes with “Ride Wit It,” a track that encapsulates the essence of P-Folks’ unique artistry.
The production team behind “Da Zoo: Slippin’ Wit Ya White Shoes On” includes Aguny Ase, Baby Bubb, Doey Rock, E-Clips, Sean T, and Vince V. Their contributions create a diverse soundscape that complements P-Folks’ street-savvy lyrics and enhances the overall listening experience.
P-Folks’ passing in 2009 was a significant loss to the Hip Hop community. He was not just a rapper, but a storyteller who used his lyrics to reflect the raw reality of street life in Sacramento. His death left a void in the genre, but “Da Zoo: Slippin’ Wit Ya White Shoes On” remains as a testament to his talent and legacy.
The album captures P-Folks’ essence, his struggles, and triumphs, serving as a sonic memoir of his life. His skillful blend of gangsta rap and hardcore Hip Hop elements, paired with his raw storytelling, lends the album a timeless quality. It’s an enduring tribute to a rapper who left the stage too soon but left an indelible mark on Hip Hop with his authenticity and craft.