Atlanta is running hip-hop at the moment (Florida also doing big things), and behind every Magic City-tested, DJ-trusted, chart-topping trap number is a super producer, almost always also from The A. Metro Booming (originally from St. Louis but certainly came into his own in Atlanta), forever ingrained in the pop psyche by the iconic "if Young Metro don't trust ya…" and "Metro Boomin' want some more…" tags (s/o Future and Young Thug), is one of the most successful hit creators from the pack, and for Savage Mode, he links up w/ 21 Savage. The "issa knife" rapper was initially encouraged by the heat maker to give a go at rapping, and after a string of hugely successful singles & mixtapes independent of each other, it totally makes sense for the artists to collaborate. From the opening seconds of this 9-tracker, the chemistry is stunning; Metro's signature sound—sinister melodies, ornate drum programming, and elegantly massive bass—and 21's bleak, nihilistic but unmistakably real "skreet" tales is a match made in heaven, and the rapper also displays his prowess for writing infectious (and memes inspiring) rhymes, from the killer "young savage why ya trapping so hard" line to frighteningly direct hooks like "I'm just stuntin' on my ex-bitch… Fuck a wedding ring, I bought a necklace." Check out "No Heart," "X Bitch," "Mad High," and "No Advance." Pew, pew, pew!
- music label: Slaughter Gang 2017
reviewed by nakaveli 08/2017
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