Album Reviews

A$AP Mob – Cozy Tapes, Vol. 2: Too Cozy (Album Review)


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A$AP Mob stays true to themselves on “Cozy Tapes, Vol. 2: Too Cozy.”


TOP 5

 

5. WHAT HAPPENS

“What Happens” is a lyrically-charged banger.

How unique is it that the hook attached to “What Happens” is longer than everyone’s verses? Each rapper’s verse is about 4-5 lines. Each rapper also picks up where the last one left off like an improv game where they have to build on one another’s contributions. I’ve never really heard any groups do this ( if I have then I don’t remember)!

It seems like every song featuring Joey Bada$$ has a menacing beat.

 

4. RAF

Raf Simons gets serenaded by A$AP Rocky, Playboi Carti, Quavo, Lil Uzi Vert, and Frank Ocean on this braggadocious jam. The whole song is an excuse for each featured artist to boast about their wealth, luxury, and connections.

I was surprised to see Frank Ocean on “RAF.” I also expected to hear him sing on the song, Whatever the case may be, Ocean is on his Drake flow on this joint!

Quavo really makes every song he’s on ten times better with his poppin’ ad-libs. He definitely completes “RAF.”

Rookie Lil Uzi Vert holds his own alongside the made men on “RAF.”

Honestly, every verse on “RAF” is better than the last!

 

 

3. FRAT RULES

“Frat Rules” sounds like one of those songs that play in a college movie during a scene in which someone cannonballs into a pool.

The medley of popular artists makes “Frat Rules” so hot, to me! Matter of fact, it’s not surprising that Big Sean is on this track (this is definitely his type of instrumental).

What makes A$AP Mob songs unique is that they usually have more than one artist on each rap verse. This really gives their songs such an amusing and lively feel. Before you have a chance to switch songs, someone else hops on the beat breathing new life into it.

I was able to replay this song over and over again without getting sick of it!

 

 

2. COZIEST

“Coziest” is very chill compared to some of the more bass-heavy songs on this Cozy Tapes, Vol. 2: Too Cozy album. The song also has a more intimate sound than many of the other songs because you only hear two artists throughout it: A$AP Twelvyy and Zack.

On “Coziest,” A$AP Twelvyy does all of the serious rapping while Zack provides the next dimension with auto-tuned ad-libs. It’s no surprise Twelvyy would stay “Coogi down to the socks” given that he’s from NY and reps it hard; of course he would pay homage to Biggie!

After hearing Twelvyy’s album, 12, last month in August, I’ve become a fan. I’m glad to see some consistency out of him because this track definitely does not disappoint!

 

 

1. BAHAMAS

Lit! Lit! Lit! If you can listen to “Bahamas” without throwing them bows, are you even alive? I mean, this song is complete with early 2000’s “What Mean The World To You” “oohs” and “owwwws”, so you already know it’s a ratchet anthem.

Lil Yachty kicks off “Bahamas,” followed by Key!, A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, Schoolboy Q, Smooky Margiela, and A$AP Twelvyy. With so many hot artists on the track, it’s no surprise that it’s such a banger. If there’s one thing A$AP Mob does well whenever they collaborate, it’s make songs feel like one big party.

I’ve never been to the Bahamas, but if you like booming bass, then you can’t go wrong with this song!


 

SONG BY SONG BREAKDOWN

1. SKOOL BUS (4/5)

2. PERRY AYE (3/5)

3. PLEASE SHUT UP (4/5)

4. BLOWIN MINDS (4/5)

5. BLACK CARD (4/5)

6. WALK ON WATER (4/5)

7. BYF (4/5)

8. GET THE BAG (3/5)

9. BAHAMAS (5/5)

11. PRINCIPAL DARYL CHOAD (3/5)

12. FRAT RULES (4/5)

13. FYBR (3/5)

14. FEELS SO GOOD (4/5)

15. COZIEST (4/5)

15. WHAT HAPPENS  (4/5)

16. RAF (4/5)

17. LAST DAY OF SKOOL (4/5)


OVERALL RATING

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I expected Cozy Tapes, Vol. 2: Too Cozy to be a lot better than it is… Don’t get me wrong, the album is very entertaining, but I expected it to be a life-altering experience. The album mainly sounded like a bunch of guys partying at the studio hyping each other to go up to the booth next.

The lyrical content on Cozy Tapes, Vol. 2: Too Cozy is pretty good; however, the majority of the beats could have been hotter. Overall, it’s a pretty mellow album, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t life-changing instrumentals out there that are subdued enough to cater to A$AP Mob’s sound.

One thing I have to admit is that the chemistry between each of the individual components of the Mob is flawless. Even the artists they feature throughout the album blend in beautifully!

A$AP Mob has such a large following/fan base that I’ve gathered I’m in the minority with my opinion on this album. I enjoyed it, but I look forward to them coming harder on their next project.

 

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