Welcome to the Zoo

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Welcome to the Zoo
Studio album by Gorilla Zoe
Released September 25, 2007
Recorded 2006–07
Genre Hip hop
Length 65:25
Producer P. Diddy (exec.)
Gorilla Zoe chronology
Welcome to the Zoo
Don't Feed da Animals
(2009)Don't Feed da Animals2009
Singles from Welcome to the Zoo
  1. "Hood Nigga"
    Released: July 17, 2007
  2. "Juice Box"
    Released: March 31, 2008

Welcome to the Zoo is the debut studio album by American rapper Gorilla Zoe. It was released on September 25, 2007, by Bad Boy South, which was distributed by Block Entertainment. The album debuted at number 18 on the Billboard 200, selling 35,000 copies in its first week in the United States.[1][2] The album was supported by two singles: "Hood Figga" and "Juice Box" featuring Yung Joc.

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]
Robert Christgau (choice cut)[6]

Welcome to the Zoo received mixed reviews from critics. Steve 'Flash' Juon of RapReviews praised Gorilla for his voice and humorous lyrics but felt he was being dragged by the typical hip-hop clichés, concluding that "Welcome to the Zoo proves that Zoe has star potential - it's just that he may have been shoved into the spotlight prematurely."[4] AllMusic's Jason Birchmeier said that the album was well-produced but criticized Zoe 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] Robert Christgau cited "Money Man", "Take Your Shoes Off" and "Do Something" as "choice cuts",[6] indicating good songs on "an album that isn't worth your time or money."[7]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Do Something" Drumma Boy, VybeMuzik 4:40
2. "Hood Nigga" Dee Jay Dana, Chris Flames 3:20
3. "Money Man" Mike da Rockman, Student 4:08
4. "Tryna Make a Jug" (featuring Big Gee) Fatboi, Student 4:10
5. "Crack Muzik (This That Muzik)" (featuring Jody Breeze) Drumma Boy, Student 4:36
6. "Battle Field" (featuring Block and Big Gee) Dee Jay Dana 3:55
7. "Take Your Shoes Off" (featuring Yung Joc) Lazyboi, BBA 4:25
8. "I Know" Flawda Water, Student 4:47
9. "Count on Me" (featuring Jody Breeze and JC) Jay Mac, VybeMuzik 4:04
10. "Real Mother****" (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
US Billboard 200[8] 18
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[9] 8
US Top Rap Albums (Billboard)[10] 3


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  2. ^ "Welcome to the Zoo > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums". AllMusic. Retrieved April 8, 2008. 
  3. ^ a b Birchmeier, Jason. "Welcome to the Zoo - Gorilla Zoe". AllMusic. 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. ^ a b Christgau, Robert. "Consumer Guide: Gorilla Zoe". 
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Key to Icons". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved November 2, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Gorilla Zoe Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  9. ^ "Gorilla Zoe Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard.
  10. ^ "Gorilla Zoe Chart History (Top Rap Albums)". Billboard.