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

Stay tuned for more of Antlab’s music reviewers reviews!