Welcome to the Zoo

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Welcome to the Zoo
Studio album by Gorilla Zoe
Released September 25, 2007
Recorded 2006-2007
Genre Southern hip hop
Length 65:25
Label Bad Boy South, Block
Producer P. Diddy (exec.)
Gorilla Zoe chronology
Welcome to the Zoo
(2007)
Don't Feed da Animals
(2009)
Singles from Welcome to the Zoo
  1. "Hood Figga"
    Released: July 17, 2007
  2. "Juice Box"
    Released: March 31, 2008

Welcome to the Zoo is the debut studio album by Atlanta rapper Gorilla Zoe, released on September 25, 2007. Two singles were released from the album; "Hood Figga" and "Juice Box". The album debuted at number 18 on the Billboard 200, selling 35,000 copies in its first week.[1] It also peaked at number 8 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[3]
RapReviews 6.5/10 stars[4]
XXL 3/5 stars[5]

The album received mixed reviews from critics. Steve 'Flash' Juon from RapReviews praised Gorilla for his voice and humorous lyrics but felt he was being dragged by the typical hip-hop clichés concluding with, "Welcome to the Zoo proves that Zoe has star potential - it's just that he may have been shoved into the spotlight prematurely."[4] Jason Birchmeier of AllMusic said that the album was well-produced but criticized Gorilla for being too similar to Young Jeezy, saying that "Jeezy can be witty and adorns his raps with a signature array of ad libs."[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Do Something"   Drumma Boy 4:40
2. "Hood Nigga"   Dee Jay Dana, Chris Flames 3:20
3. "Money Man"   Mike Da Rockman 4:08
4. "Tryna Make a Jug" (featuring Big Gee) FATBOI 4:10
5. "Crack Muzik (This That Muzik)" (featuring Jody Breeze) Drumma Boy 4:36
6. "BattleField" (featuring Block & Big Gee) Dee Jay Dana 3:55
7. "Take Your Shoes Off" (featuring Yung Joc) Lazyboi, BBA 4:25
8. "I Know"   Flawda Water 4:47
9. "Count On Me" (featuring Jody Breeze & JC) Jay Mac 4:04
10. "Real Motherfucka" (featuring Boyz N da Hood) Jay Mac 5:04
11. "Juice Box" (featuring Yung Joc) Drumma Boy 4:09
12. "Money Up"   Win 3:37
13. "You Don't Know Me" (featuring D. Woods) Willie "Chuck" Shivers 3:28
14. "Lil' Shawty"   Drumma Boy 4:09
15. "Last Time I Checked"   Canei Finch, Sha Money XL 4:16

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[6] 18
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[7] 8
US Top Rap Albums (Billboard)[8] 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hasty, Katie (October 3, 2007). "Rascal Flatts Races To No. 1 In Debut-Heavy Week". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 8, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Welcome to the Zoo > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved April 8, 2008. 
  3. ^ a b Birchmeier, Jason. "Welcome to the Zoo - Gorilla Zoe". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved August 9, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Juon, Steve (October 9, 2007). "Gorilla Zoe :: Welcome to the Zoo". RapReviews. Retrieved August 9, 2011. 
  5. ^ G. Garland, Maurice (October 11, 2007). "Gorilla Zoe Welcome to the Zoo". XXL. Harris Publications. Retrieved August 9, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Gorilla Zoe Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for Gorilla Zoe. Prometheus Global Media.
  7. ^ "Gorilla Zoe Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for Gorilla Zoe. Prometheus Global Media.
  8. ^ "Gorilla Zoe Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Top Rap Albums for Gorilla Zoe. Prometheus Global Media.