Recently a few albums dropped. Post Malone released his long-awaited “Beer Bongs and Bentley’s” LP along with Janelle Monae’s new album “Dirty Computer.” Tee Grizzly, Playboi Carti, and Asain Doll among many more have also released new projects, meaning our summertime pool parties will be full of new tunes. Yet, the album I was anticipating the absolute least and wanted no parts of came from NBA Young Boy a couple weeks ago.
I understand he has a large fan base and plenty people probably think I am crazy, but Young Boy just is not my favorite. In general, you can miss me with the Lil Boosie comparisons and saying he is hot. In my opinion, enough is enough with the violent, pro-drug music and I don’t like to support it. But before you shoot (no pun intended), let me start by saying, my very low expectations were exceeded with this project and although I think he is no Boosie, I can slightly see where y’all coming from. (FYI Boosie is one of my favorite rappers, there no getting me to agree on this point.)
Initially, I told myself I was not going to listen to nan one song on the album. After thinking it over though, I figured I could at least give him the benefit of the doubt and started on track 1, as I would with any other of my favorite artists. Surprisingly enough, I am rocking with his project.
My first impression with the overall album, “maybe I should listen to this again.”
So, after listening to it in full and in order, I picked out a few songs to relisten to and even played the whole 13 tracks again at the gym. Less so because it was amazing, but more so that I could really give it a chance and listen to his lyrics a bit more. Yet, since it dropped, I have definitely tuned into the album a good 8 times and have found a few favorites.
“Until Death Calls My Name” is definitely an LP fit to get you through a workout, a few tracks will turn you up at the club, and some even speak to a thugs heart. Therefore, I give it to him for being versatile on the album. Even though it’s all hood ish, it’s varying types of it mixed with emotion and a story. That is where I can relatively understand what people mean when they compare him to his fellow Baton Rouge colleague, Boosie; he speaks about his life and what he sees. The difference is that Boosie doesn’t glorify the lifestyle.
Long story short, off gate I was impressed, recognized the potential and already standing hits on the album, and opened myself up to be more accepting of his music.
Although I probably won’t volunteer my ears to his music often, there are a few songs on his tracklist that I could see myself bumping to. Let’s just say, if it pops up on my new music playlist, I won’t skip the track.
My favorite tracks were:
Public Figure: My absolute favorite, the beat, the lyrics, everything gets me in the most drippy mood ever. I can’t even cap like this isn’t downloaded on my phone right now. If I am getting ready and tryna get myself in a cocky mood, this is the track I’m blasting. Not just if I had to pick from this album, but in general. This song pipes me up. The hook sticks in your head and you can’t help but sing along. THIS IS A HIT!
Worth It: This song is the opposite of Public Figure. Smooth, reflective, and soulful. I love how he puts his emotions more on the table with this one. He reels me in a bit as a fan here, especially because the reason I wasn’t feeling him was the excessively hard exterior he seems to always push out. With “Worth It,” he becomes more down to earth and reveals himself more than expected.
Preach: An Autobiography. This is the type of music that really develops a fan base. I felt a lot what he said on this track. He touches on family, heartbreak, issues with the law, and fame. This is probably his most real life, storytelling song on the album. If you are looking for a hit, this song isn’t it. But good music? Yes, it is all that. (This is the type of track I listen to and can understand the Boosie reference.)
On this project, he only had two features, both from some heavy hitters; Birdman and Future. Being who they are, his album was cosigned by some two of the most influential people in Hip Hop. Although they weren’t my favorite tracks, both of his feature songs are straight. I definitely preferred “Right or Wrong,” which features Future. Yet, I can’t hate on “We Poppin.”
I don’t think either are major hits, but they are worth a listen.
“We Poppin'” is pretty smooth, a nice summer top-down track. I can definitely see this getting play at pool parties on some cool vibes for a bit or even for some good day party promo. Check out the video below!
“Right or Wrong” may be my favorite feature track due to bias because I like Future, but overall this is really the better of the two. Aside from the Future feature, it takes the cake for the beat, flow of the song, and the Future feature! Ha. I guess I am biased.
Coming from someone who is against all this mumble jumble, guns, and drugs music that’s out here, I would still like to say this album gets an “A-” from me. An “A” because I am not making this personal and I think it’s quality music for the fan base he is catering to. At least A) he isn’t rapping about shit he doesn’t know (this album is very cap free), B) I can understand what he is saying, and C) he opens up a bit, giving us the opportunity to know and relate to him.
Sidenote: I appreciate the shortness of his album; a sweet 39 minutes, perfect for a ride, the gym, and everything in between.
Regardless, whether I like his music or not, I recognize he is making moves out here, and that is all that matters.
What do you guys think of the album?