To write a ‘review’ of such a personal album just isn’t right. There’s no way you could listen to this debut and go “he really didn’t give everything”. The soul on this tape is undeniable, especially for those who love artist like Chance The Rapper, 2Pac and Travis Scott.
Euphoric production and honest reflection. This one goes deep. Boogies’ free style and melodic spoken word makes him a such a great artist. I hate to bread musicians but you have credit someone as who opens up in such style.
Real mellow piano tones, trumpet solos (Whose Fault), background singers (No Warning) all sliding across dashboard of wholesome trap beats. This right here is the rhythm and blues revival of rap.
It’s not all cleaning out the closet moments though. There’s moments that really give zero fucks, for the sake of empowerment from the struggle of course – and it bangs. Self Destruction was the first single released since Boogie signed to Eminem’s Shady Records in 2017. Dart, Mario Luciano, Keyel and Ashton McCreight were the four chefs responsible for this meaty beat that bangs harder than your mama on your bedroom door when you play it too loud past midnight. The opening line goes “It goes something suttin suuttin, can’t remember nothin'”.
Rainy Days featuring Eminem also builds on the power of ignorance. The two rappers display a powerful statement to those raining on parades of personal progression and legacy. While Boogie gives praise to the GOATs at first, the ignorant-elbow-dropping-trap makes it known he’s ready to “kill them all and wear ’em as coats”.
After the faded introduction, which is a vibe that comes full circle by the end, there is a conversation with Boogie’s girlfriend which exemplifies the concept of the album. She raps to herself in the car together: “these niggas aint shit“…Boogie replies “is that supposed to be about me?”
During Lolsmh she chats “you just another fuck boy, some fuck boy shit, shut your bitch ass up” moans the sassy antagonist. As a product of the modern music industry and the street culture of Compton, Los Angeles, as much as he wants to reflect, he’s truly struggling with the amass of feelings loud in his head. There’s a lot on this track, I’ll let you listen to it.
Released on 25th January, it is a testament to the powerful introspection of Slim Shady with a production value respectful of the highest standards of rap. Stream the album via http://smarturl.it/EFS and on Spotify below.