Lil Pump – “Harverd Dropout”: Critic Album Review

Unfortuatly, the once genre defining “soundcloud rapper” Lil Pump gets washed up by a bigger platform, expensive production, and low effort.

Lil pump burst on to the scene making meme rap song like “Lil Pump” until he dropped “D Rose”. This song propelled him to fame for his repetitive hooks taking up most of the whole track, bass-heavy, grimey production from the likes of ronnyj and bighead, amazing energy across his songs and also probably having the most dumb-downed lyrics of our generation. I know that a lot of people think that his last album was trash but i enjoyed it very much for the exact reasons i just said. Lil pump took almost all his appeal and threw it in the washing machine on his latest album.

I think that lil pump thinks he cant put out whatever music he wants and people would  pay attention because people either like or dislike him based of his meme status as an artist and being the ultimate middle finger to artists that devote a lot of time to crafting thier work and will probably not be as big as he is. In turn the music sounds lazy, forced, and unenergetic. Some of the songs sound lifeless, hooks boring, flows slower than usual, and no cohesion between his features.

Another thing that has downgraded is the lyricism, but ironically not actually a downgrade. His lyricism has improved in his vocabulary, but the magic of his catchy hooks are gone with longer verses about topics no one wants to hear or is down right wrong. Topics include being a drug addict, saying people would like to be and act like lil pump (no), and dropping out of school. He thinks that rapping about the things that people clique him about is good, but it just comes off as cringey and his super boring flows don’t help.

The beats are squeaky clean, vibrant but in a formulaic way, with most of the beats across this album having barely any variation. Some of the beats are even down right annoying, such as the song stripper name. This may not be a big problem for other rappers but for Lil pump, the beats and how he works them is mostly his selling point.

Yea, this album was super lazy and underwhelming and boring most of the way through.

Antlab: 4/10

Theneedledrop: 4/10

rick the lai: 5/10

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21 Savage – “I am > I was”: Critic Album Review

21 Savage’s latest album is an example of how an artist should grow and improve over time.

A lot of artists nowadays start off making new and interesting music, or a hit, and afterwards fall off hard or put no effort into their music because they’ve already made it (happens in the rap game all the time). But in my opinion, 21 savage is one of the trap rappers that have grown and improved over time. 21 savages first 3 projects in my opinion are not good music. I do acknowledge that he did bring a cold-blooded, murderous vibe to the rap scene, but the music is just extremely boring, tedious, and lazy. fast forward to the collab album with Offset and metro boomin, 21 savage finally finds his groove on catchy flows, haunting beats from metro boomin, and great cohesion with offset; without warning is my favorite 21 savage project to date. But today we are reviewing his latest album, i am > i was. Although i personally didn’t enjoy the direction that 21 savage took this album in compared to “without warning”, but the growth here in every aspect of the songs has improved and are mostly enjoyable. His rapping is more clear, beats more fleshed out, and features break up the obnoxiousness of 21 savage by himself that usually plagues his past projects. Overall its a decent project for me and I hope he doesn’t get deported.

Theneedledrop: 7/10

Pitchfork: 7/10

Antlab: Strong6 or Light7 / 10

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