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Review: 21 Savage Releases “I Am> I Was” Album

21 Savage’s new album “I Am> I Was” album which was supposed to drop December 7th, but according to the “Bartier Carti” rapper her “forgot”.

Many are praising 21 Savage new album saying it’s a late year contender for best rap album of 2018. I don’t know all about that, but it does do what the name of the album intended to display. Growth.

Yes 21 Savage has shown tremendous growth lyrically, and out in the streets. The ex boyfriend of Amber Rose threw his 3rd annual toy drive. Helping lower income children feel special, and speaking out about race topics. This week 21 got criticism about his remark on Jews. Jewish people have been a staple in Black men and women lives for years. They tend to own our properties, manage our careers, lawyers , our doctors etc.

Stars like Meek Mill came out in support of 21 Savage backing up what he expressed. Giving the Jewish culture praise for how they “stack their bread”. But with all the drama 21 Savage album I was>I am still keeps the mystery going.

1 Am > I Wasis a more cohesive project than Issa in terms of bars and delivery .  I Am > I Was re enforces 21 Savage’s word of “going back gangsta.” He has a toned down version of gangsta kill or be killed mood by mixing in the laid back vibes unlike his other projects like ” Issa”.

Savage refused not list his guest features. Artists J. Cole, Yung Miami of City Girls, Offset, Post Malone, Lil Baby, Gunna, ScHoolboy Q, Project Pat, Childish Gambino, and Young Nudy.

Savage spits about being in the hood, the reason he’s always rapping about guns, and dealing with fame. The collars don’t seemed forced or for streams. Each artists compliments Savage, and brings the song to a stronger point of delivery.

My favorite collab was 21 Savage and J. Cole on the song “a lot,” which is a DJ Dahi production . The song samples East of Underground’s “I Love You.” J.Cole’s melodic “woke” flow doesn’t seem out of place with 21 Savage trap style of flow. J.Cole brings up hot topics of today mentioning 6ix9ine’s recent brush with the law.

“Pray for Tekashi, they want him to rot/I picture him inside a cell on a cot/’Flectin’ on how he made it to the top/Wondering if it was worth it or not.”

The most surprising feature was Childish Gambino. I really couldn’t imagine a 21 Savage and Childish Gambino collar, but this is how it should be. Gambino previously said he was retiring from rap. This verse may confirm it “might pull out, the game so weak.”

21 Savage may have been talking to Childish because he is over the bling and flashy lifestyle. Savage took a vow to not wear jewelry and wants to influence the youth to invest in real estate.

Savage kept the sound flowing from track to track by keeping the producers limited. He didn’t sacrifice his sound by having a different producer for each song.  Metro Boomin’ did two tracks (“break da law,” “asmr”) while Kid Hazel, DJ Dahi, Cardo, Wheezy, TM88, Louis Bell, and others give the album more depth. It has a very early 2000’s down south sound.

21 Savages sophomore album shows maturity and willingness to improve . What do you think?



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