A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie links up with artists from all over the globe on “International Artist.”
When he wants to, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie can sing pretty decently. On “Nonchalant,” both him and Alkaline do their best John Legend impersonations.
I love how sensual, islandy, and intriguing “Nonchalant” sounds. Matter of fact, I shook my ass nonstop while listening to the song.
Finally, a song for the nonchalant dudes of the world!
2. WAY TOO FLY
A Boogie With The Hoodie and Nigerian singer Davido join forces for “Way Too Fly.”
“Way Too Fly” is powered by an explosive Afropop beat. Over it, Davido and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie bless us with infectious melodies and lyrics that promote adult spoiling. What I love about the song is that its tempo and vibes do everything in its power to get people to dance.
During the making of “Way Too Fly,” I hope Davido introduced A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie to egusi soup!
1. BEST FRIEND
A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and Toronto rapper Tory Lanez join forces for “Best Friend.”
In “Best Friend,” A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie talks about messing up a friendship between him and his lady friend after he f**ked around and slept with her. Throughout the song, he sings passionately but still maintains this gutter tone.
Tory Lanez has the second verse on “Best Friend.” On it, he sounds like a dude that is in a committed relationship with an auto-tune machine. Content-wise, he doesn’t quite follow the topic at hand; instead, he talks about all of the expensive things he has in his possession. (Tory, you couldn’t show humility for 2 minutes?)
How much do you want to bet that Boogie’s best friend is a bank account? How much do you want to bet that Tory’s best friend is a Macbook with an auto-tune application on it?
SONG BY SONG BREAKDOWN
1. WAY TOO FLY (4/5)
2. MIA (4/5)
3. NONCHALANT (4/5)
4. PRETENDING (3/5)
5. BEST FRIEND (4/5)
6. PULL UP (3/5)
7. DEJA VU (3/5)
8. CHECK (3/5)
In today’s hip-hop, you need to be able to sing and make duets. With that being said, on “International Artist,” Boogie and all of his music friends bless us with smooth bangers, lovely melodies, and intriguing lyrics.
Everything isn’t all roses on International Artist… On the album, Boogie allowed his guests to dictate where each song went; this made it feel more like a remix project than an original body of work. I also feel like he strayed away from his gangsta ways a little too much. (To me, he is at his best when he sing-raps about s**t you see in the hood)
International Artist is not bad, but it’s also nothing special. The album has hits, but it also has songs that are not memorable at all. I think you will either enjoy or despise it.