Blac Youngsta clearly doesn’t mind fitting into the stereotypes that comes with being a rapper: He’s loud, he’s reckless, and if you play with his money, he can become violent! Musically, Youngsta also follows a heedless approach, at times sounding even more outlandish than he does in real life. But hey, we are all too serious sometimes, so why not listen to something a little more lighthearted for once, right?
5. OLD FRIENDS
I love when rappers talk about how much they’ve changed, or the people around them has changed! (Something about that topic is real as s—t, to me)
Though the topic discussed in “Old Friends” might come across as a bit depressing, Blac Youngsta sounds like his happy-go-lucky self on the track. I swear, not a single thing can deter this man!
4. DO IT
Everybody has that one song that indicates to the hood that they made it; for Youngsta, “Do It” is it!
“Do It” has this triumphant feel to it, yet boasts this litty vibe that will put all the hard-working hustlers of the world in a good mood.
Youngsta shines on “Do It” by utilizing some strip club connoisseur-like lyrics that will have you feeling like you didn’t know what you were doing the last time you were at “Magic City.” However, I think the uncredited singer featured on the track shines the brightest, as he drops this effortless hook that has a nice little melody attached to it.
You can make an astute argument that this is the best song on the album.
As goofy/reckless as “Booty” sounds, I actually f—k with it, alot!
No, “Booty” isn’t going to win any Grammys in the next couple of months, but I do think it can get some girls to act reckless on the slimey ass dance floors of America! Not only does it have this bass-boomin’ sound to it that club-goers will love, but it also has these gimmicky elements to it that the ratchets of the world will soak up.
No, Blac Youngsta will not be winning any Pulitzer prize awards for his lyrics on this song, but he WILL motivate a batch of strippers with his braggadocios lines (that’s still an accomplishment)!
See what happens when you think outside of the box? You can see a silver-lining in everything!
2. F**K EVERYBODY ELSE
“F**k Everybody Else” is on some mobbin’ s—t, which means the QD’s of the world will be hiding under the bed for the next three minutes while it’s playing.
I like a strip-club version of Blac, I like an emotional version of Blac, but I like a savage version of Blac the most! On “F**k Everybody Else,” that is what you get — an agitated version of our hero that is willing to shoot a Yorkshire Terrier if it looks at him the wrong way. All in all, this song is the definition of gritty, and Blac’s scrunching up of his voice when he raps confirms that!
1. HEAVY CAMP
A friendship between Blac Youngsta and Travis Scott is bound to end up in some unsupervised Spaghetti cooking on the stove that ultimately burns one of their houses down.
Travis Scott and Blac Youngsta are all about having a good time — they just do it in different ways: Travis is more on the trippy side when it comes to having fun, while Blac is more on the gangsta side when he has his fun. In “Heavy Camp,” both of their hip hop worlds collide, resulting in this smooth banger that has Travis dropping something that is silky smooth, and Blac dropping something that starts off as silky smooth, but ends up Teflon-hard. I like how the combination sounds, as surprisingly, it showcases some great chemistry between the two.
SONG BY SONG BREAKDOWN
1. LATE (4/5)
2. OLD FRIENDS (4/5)
3. STRENGTH (3.5/5)
4. BOOTY (4/5)
5. HIP HOPPER (3.5/5)
6. F**K EVERYBODY ELSE (4/5)
7. HEAVY CAMP (3.5/5)
8. RIGHT THERE (3.5/5)
9. BANDZ (4/5)
10. NO BEEF (3.5/5)
11. DESERVE THAT S—T (3.5/5)
12. DO IT (3.5/5)
13. DROP YO FLAG (3.5/5)
14. FOREVER (3.5/5)
Guys, “223” is not that bad! The energy you get on it is great, the rapping is decent, and you can hear some of Gotti’s influence throughout the album (We f—k with Gotti, right?). I can honestly say I underestimated Mr. Youngsta.
Believe it or not, “223” feels pretty authentic. No, I may not be in Youngsta’s tax bracket, but he doesn’t make you feel that way when he raps, as he comes across as a regular-degular dude that woke up one day with a million dollars (which he probably did). To me, you get this genuine vibe throughout the album, something that makes it feel free-willed.
I’m being serious when I say this — I think Blac Youngsta showed a lot of ‘comme ci comme ca’ rappers the blueprint on how to create a successful album. You don’t need any spectacular flows or any auto-tune machines, all you need to do is simply speak from the heart like he did throughout this album and you can make something that is truly solid! (Granted, his heart loves him some illegal guns and dusty strippers, but that’s who he is, and he spoke it to us on this album! )
Quincy is the creator of Ratings Game Music. He loves writing about music, taking long walks on beaches, and spaghetti that fights him back.