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Review: Mr. Joshay – San Antonio’s Trill Presents The Best Of Mr. Joshay

Mr. Joshay – San Antonio’s Trill Presents The Best Of Mr. Joshay serves as Mr. Joshay’s “Best Of” and “Greatest Hits” album. The album was released digitally to Spotify in 2022. The album has songs which were produced by Ricé, 17 Freeze, Wikit J, Apollo, and others. This album have songs from the ultra rare impossible to find Gangster Pimpin album such as The Game Iz Mine, Hate It Or Love It, and Trapped In The Life of a Balla.

Gang Story is a deadly tale of gang life in San Antonio, Texas. The song gives the listener(s) details about a tragic gang related murder took place on the East Side of San Antonio. Gang Story has some deep lyrics and smooth production that is well organized. The sound effects in the background are dope. Today this song is regarded as an old school 210 classic.

Now this song was recorded back when San Antonio was the drive-by capital of Texas and gang capital of Texas. San Antonio was the murder capital of Texas during this time. A majority of the drive-by shootings in San Antonio occurred during the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s were gang related.

Gang Story was written when Mr. Joshay was serving a prison sentence at Garza East Unit back in 1995. Mr. Joshay, Lil Papa, and Bullet used to bust rhymes for the cellblock. Bullet was the coldest rapper in the joint and in the cellblock. The song reminded them of home. Mr. Joshay wrote Gang Story based on that experience and feeling. And wondering if his homie feel the love when he pours the 40 oz. This was his way to keep his two potnas in his heart. Mr. Joshay never even thought the song would be a hood classic.

Ricé produced Gang Story. Tanya Anderson and recorded the backgrounds with Ricé. That is who is singing those nice background vocals. Now this song Gang Story was recorded at his studio back when it was in his trailer at Westhill Mobile Home & RV Park on Pinn Road in Southwest San Antonio. Music Box Studios was his studio that operated out of a trailer.

Gang Story was a song that was featured on Ricé’s compilation Swisher Deep in 1997. Sean Tompkins put Gang Story on the 21 Crunk St. album when they were short on tracks.

This gang shit is getting out of hand with all these people dying on both sides of San Antonio. Gang violence is all for nothing. Nowadays niggaz go the game mixed up and twisted up.

Police sirens can be heard at the very beginning of this song. So you already know there is trouble. Homey, have you heard? Another gang related murder has been committed in the hood and Mr. Joshay has just received word. There weren’t too many words exchanged. Some gang members threw their sets up by throwing gang signs and commenced shooting. They threw their sets up and just left.

The spot is getting hot. Mr. Joshay could have sworn he saw the devil on the next block over. Bullets were flying, ricocheting off the curb. One last shot was fired. Mr. Joshay looked to check for his money and his sack to see if everything was intact. Everything was all intact. He looked around to only find his homie laying on his back. He had a Swisher Sweet in his hand that was still lit. Blood was rushing from his head and his eyes were open. This state of shock nearly blew Mr. Joshay’s mind.

Girls are hollering at the crime scene. But who is going to explain that he was in a gang to his momma? Mr. Joshay can’t even image how much pain his momma is going through to see her only child laying in the dirty. He can’t imagine how much she is hurting. He shares the sorrow and pain as they stare in disbelief. His momma says, “My baby can’t be dead. Tell me he’s just asleep. No.” She asks why did her son have to die. She starts to cry. He didn’t say a word. How could she be so cold? He asks the Lord to have mercy over his dead homie’s soul. Just another gang story.

These streets can make you feel so sad and cry. It’s enough to make you lose your mind.

Sirens scream and lights gleam as the night got dark. Another tragedy was going down at Lockwood Park. (For those who know, Lockwood Park is located on the East Side of San Antonio.)

Now a news report on TV is being aired. The report read, “Just another gang member shot at a well known crack spot.” The female news anchor reported the following, “Just in on the 10 o’clock news at 10 PM, Police report a gang member has been shot on San Antonio’s East Side. They have no current suspects or leads in this case.”

But being that this murder case is gang related, San Antonio Police Department is not about to waste taxpayer dollars by investigating this murder. The chief of police is at home asleep. Happy as hell because another nigga is off the streets.

A meeting was held in Lockwood Park the following day. The meeting was based on who the perpetrators were and retaliation. Mr. Joshay said, “This ain’t about the gang. So put away your chrome. I know ya’ll feel the pain but let me handle this alone.” They saw that Mr. Joshay was brokenhearted as he prepared to end this war the other gang started. He loads his pistol up with bullets. He pulls the trigger and bullets start flying. The person from the other gang was shot in the back. Mission is accomplished. Murder in the first degree.

Just another gang story. Mr. Joshay wonders if his homie feels the love as he pours the 40 ounce (40 oz.) on the curb.

Lyrics to the chorus represent the insanity of gang life and the streets.

[Chorus]
These streets can make you feel oh so sad and make you want to cry
It’s enough to make you lose your mind
And worry

Inside Looking Out takes us through the viewpoints and perspectives of an inmate in jail. The song features Nino of PKO. Sometimes you don’t know what to do when you’re on the inside looking out especially when you’re in jail or prison. That is when things are hard. There’s no more caddy or freedom when you’re in jail or prison.

Inside Looking Out was recorded in 1995 when Mr. Joshay was signed to Youngsta Records. Ricé was another in-house producer along with DJ Snake at that time.

You can tell by listening to words from these lyrics that this song was definitely written in the 90s. “I been handling my business/I never fake the funk because I’m real”,

Here Mr. Joshay goes again. Handcuffs and shackles are on his feet and he is in an ugly ass jumpsuit. Mr. Joshay is on the inside looking out and doesn’t know what to do. No more Cadillac, chronic, or bourbon.

It’s kind of hard coming up in the jungle. Mr. Joshay is handling his business. He never fakes the funk. When he was coming up, he couldn’t slang like Shaquille. He set his own goals. He has been in trouble with the law since the day he was born. His momma took on having a son in 1974 even though she could not afford to have one. His momma was strong. That’s why Mr. Joshay is coming at you strong. His momma taught him right from wrong. But she did not teach him how to stay alive. She didn’t tell him how he would have to struggle and strive. That’s why he’s mixed up in this ghetto life. He is on the corner slanging cocaine and shooting dice. A lot brothas out there feel him though.

He’s got the money, the power, and a ragtop Cadillac. He is stacked for the jack. And he’s breaking hoes off something major. A booty call from his bitch on his pager is what he got. He went to pick her up and police gaffled him up. He got locked up and was doing time at Bexar County Jail. But now he’s on the inside looking out.

12 o’clock is when Nino went to pick up his party Joshay from Bexar County Jail in his Cadillac. Frames knocked out and it’s sitting on D’s (Dayton rims). His pockets are swole because he just got his serve on. Got 1/5 of bourbon and a sack of weed. Packing a tech for you playa hating hoes. Flossing down the strip like the playas do. The game is not the same like it was in 1992. 5-0 is always trying to catch a nigga.

Nino also uses his lyrics from a song called Walk The Walk which came from the 1995 compilation Poets & Gangstas.

Nino serves them up with some of that dope shit. Police want to throw him in Bexar County Jail for that. A high ass bounty is placed over his head. It’s kind of fucked up that your boy is seeing all these county blues. All that fucked up food. He is gambling in jail. He can’t wait to hit the streets. 13 weeks is how long he had been in jail.

No Moe Caddy takes us through the viewpoints and perspectives of an inmate in jail similar to how Inside Looking Out did. The song features Nino of PKO. No more Cadillac, chronic, or bourbon as deals with the jailhouse blues. He’s on the inside looking out and doesn’t know what to do.

No Moe Caddy was recorded in 1995 when Mr. Joshay was signed to Youngsta Records. Ricé was another in-house producer along with DJ Snake at that time.

There are similarities between No Moe Caddy and Inside Looking Out. Both songs use the same guitar loops, Nino uses the same lyrics in his verses, Mr. Joshay uses some of same lyrics in his verses, and that high pitched eerie sine is used. Both songs seem to have been recorded in the same timeframe.

Both songs have similarity in the lyrics. Read these lyrics and compare them to each other. “I been handling my business/I never fake the funk because I’m real”, “Been in trouble with the law since the day I was born”, and “I’m on the inside looking out and I don’t know what to do”. Nino also uses his lyrics from a song called Walk The Walk which came from the 1995 compilation Poets & Gangstas.

Now compare the chorus to both songs as both songs use these same lyrics during the chorus.

[Chorus: Mr. Joshay & Nino]
I’m on the inside looking out
No more Cadillac, no more chronic, no more bourbon
And I don’t know what to do

Mr. Joshay is a brotha from the south. He’s been handling his business. He never fakes the funk because he’s real. It’s kind of hard coming up in the jungle. Mr. Joshay is handling his business. He never fakes the funk. When he was coming up, he couldn’t slang like Shaquille. He set his own goals and got his hustle on.

He has been in trouble with the law since the day he was born. His momma took on having a son in 1974 even though she could not afford to have one. His momma was strong. That’s why Mr. Joshay is coming at you strong. A warrant was out for his arrest because he was slanging drugs. Mess with him and you might get shot.

12 o’clock is when Nino went to pick up his party Joshay from Bexar County Jail in his Cadillac. Frames knocked out and it’s sitting on D’s (Dayton rims). His pockets are swole because he just got his serve on. Got 1/5 of bourbon and a sack of weed. Packing a tech for you playa hating hoes. Flossing down the strip like the playas do. The game is not the same like it was in 1992. 5-0 is always trying to catch a nigga.

Nino also uses his lyrics from a song called Walk The Walk which came from the 1995 compilation Poets & Gangstas.

Nino serves them up with some of that dope shit. Police want to throw him in Bexar County Jail for that. A high ass bounty is placed over his head. It’s kind of fucked up that your boy is seeing all these county blues. All that fucked up food. He is gambling in jail. He can’t wait to hit the streets. 13 weeks is how long he had been in jail.

Now Mr. Joshay is locked up and he is paying his dues to society by serving time. 6 people in a 10 man cell. The jail is packed of course.

Joshay and Nino made bond in just 2 days. However Nino’s jewelry got pawned. His D’s (Dayton rims), leather seats, and his surround sound speakers. Nearly everything he owned got pawned. Nino switched to drinking Cognac from Bourbon.

Joshay filled this cat up with lead as he emptied the clip from his gun. Then he rolled up a spliff and passed it to Nino. Now they take a hit.

All Day Sunday is a laid back chill G-Funk song about what Pony J does every Sunday. San Antonio was wild back in those days. All Day Sunday was produced by Ricé and features Mr. Joshay.

Pony J barely goes to church but he still prays to God for letting him wake up and see another day. Pony J kisses his daughter Shaquira on the forehead. He shaves and takes a shower. His woman pitches a fit as he is walking out of the house. Every weekend is the same old thing. He spends all day Sunday with his friends. They are at the carwash waxing cars and shining rims. 64s, 50s, Cutlass Oldsmobiles, and Cadillacs. This includes drop top convertibles.

Everybody is celebrating at the park at 3:00 pm in the afternoon. Money Cheeks had the barbeque pit. They are just chilling and not worried about any set tripping. DJ AK is bullshitting around with a camcorder. He fucked around and saw his wife and his daughter sitting on the car. They are fucking with fine house. OG players are up under the tree playing Dominoes. Everybody is high off the chronic. Nobody is even thinking about committing a murder. Nobody is thinking about murder. Pony J gets hungry. So he heads off to Murf’s Burger/Murf’s Better Burger. (In memory of Murf’s Better Burger.) Then he went into his drop top convertible and rolled off in the Texas heat. A .9 millimeter handgun is in his front seat. He plays the song Ice Cube – Today Was A Good Day. Today was a good day up in SA-Town. Pony J is chilling on the East Side basing in a fat ride.

Lyrics to the chorus is what made the song All Day Sunday memorable which were “Chilling on the East Side basing in a fat ride”.

The sun went down at 7:15 PM. His top is still down as he rolls through SA-Town. Now he needs some more chronic weed. So he beeps his nigga Chris up and meets him at a Sonic™. They had seen the same two women they had seen at the park earlier that afternoon all while shooting some game at these punk ass marks. Pony J went up to the bitch and kicked the 411 to her. Then she came back to his car and fired up a blunt. Now she’s all up on his jewels reminiscing about when they went to school together. Later that night he took her to a motel and fucked her. He had seen her at the club later that night. So he avoided her ass. Pony J was with all the big booty bitches in the back of the club all night long. Drinks were on Magic Mark.

Of course the Youngsta Mafia had to start some static by getting into a fight. Mike E.D. had to knock this nigga smooth the fuck out by punching him in his mouth. The Youngsta Mafia fucked some shit at the club. He hit the highway blazing up another fat blunt. His nigga C-Lo had the .9 millimeter in case some punk ass jackers wanted to trip. Pony J finally made it to his house and took his last hit. Then he went upstair and had sex with his woman. Then he fell asleep in his bed not thinking about Monday.

Trapped In The Life Of A Balla features former BLVD Records label mates Mr. Joshay and Lil Sin. The song appeared on the ultra rare impossible to find Gangster Pimpin album and on Lil Sin’s 1998 album Who Got Yo Back. The song uses a super thick layer of bass guitars and hard hitting beats.

On the song Stasis, Mr. Joshay talks about how he invented 21 Crunk St with gangsta ass lyrics on these underground beats. The proof is in the lyrics. “I invented the crunk streets/Spitting gangsta ass lyrics on these underground beats/While I still maintain/I still grip grain/And I always obtain my statis in the streets” 17 Freeze produced the joint.

I rate this album 4/5****!!

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