If you look up now, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie has become one of the big time artists in the rap game. He already has some major collaborations under his belt, and has released a debut album that did some pretty lofty numbers on the billboard charts. To think, an artist who made it a mission to takeover his city has now become a nation-wide success. Not satisfied, A Boogie now has his sights on bigger things like International success, and this project jump starts the journey.
5. PULL UP
A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and Nav play modern day Montana Maxs in “Pull Up.”
Why do these rappers think we’re still impressed by Benzs these days? Don’t they know they are more common than a Lebron travel in 2018? Anyway, in “Pull Up,” both A Boogie and Nav do nothing but brag and taunt, showing off their cars, bad ass women and luxurious items. Since the track has this mellow feel to it production-wise, it feels like they are trying to convince themselves that they actually care about this s**t.
Doesn’t A Boogie sound identical to Kyle on this song? Has lisp rap become a new thing?
A Boogie shows off his R&B skills in “Nonchalant.”
In my opinion, when he wants to, A Boogie can sing pretty decently. In “Nonchalant,” he goes all out crooner, dropping this sensual tune that has him doing quite a bit of harmonizing over this island instrumental. I like the tempo of the track and love its smooth vibes.
Alkaline adds an authentic Caribbean feel to the track — one that I think fits the instrumental perfectly.
Nonchalance is the story of this album.
Kap G is featured on “MIA,” dropping this short verse in the beginning. He gives the track yet another certified street individual, letting his planters hang on it through some passionate, violent and braggadocios bars.
2. WAY TOO FLY
During the making of this song, Davido better have introduced egusi soup to A Boogie!
Coming out of the ‘Unlikeliest of collaborations’ department is this track featuring A Boogie Wit The Hoodie and Davido. Interestingly enough, the song contains nothing but Naija vibes, and Davido takes advantage of it by delivering this inspired first verse in which he sings passionately about showing his woman the finer things in life. From there, Boogie takes over, easing through his verse with this melodic yet mellow approach. All in all, the two artists mesh well together, and I do expect this song to be played in the clubs very soon.
A Boogie claims he’s an international artist, right? Why not open the album with this Afro-beats track featuring Davido.
1. BEST FRIEND
“Best Friend” is kinda bizarre.
In “Best Friend,” A Boogie plays this jilted gangsta that messed up a friendship between himself and one of his ‘day one’ lady partners after he f**ked around and slept with her. In his contributions, he gives us something that is emotional, low-key gangsta and very memorable. Trust me, you’ll get his part stuck in your head.
Tory Lanez has the second verse on the track, and as expected, he comes through with a heavily auto-tuned verse. He doesn’t quite follow the topic at hand, instead opting to talk about all the expensive things he has in his arsenal. Tory, you couldn’t show humility for 2 minutes?
How much you want to bet that Boogie’s best friend is a bank account? How much 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 (3.8/5)
5. BEST FRIEND (4.4/5)
6. PULL UP (4/5)
7. DEJA VU (3.7/5)
8. CHECK (3.7/5)
This EP is the definition of good, bad and ugly. In one sense, it’s unique, boasting several different styles of music; in another, it lacks creativity, sounding like a cliche version of each style it promotes.
The EP also has some pretty deep lyrics on it throughout, but in the manner that it comes out, it sounds a lot less authentic then it did on Boogie’s first outing. I don’t want to say the EP sounds rushed, but the clear and obvious omissions of many of the things A Boogie does well (showing hunger when he raps, making you feel something when he sings) sorta leads me to that conclusion.
You know how they say in order to be successful in today’s NBA that you need to be able to shoot the three and play some D? Well in todays rap, you need to be able to sing and succeed at making duets with other artists; is there anyone in the game better at doing this then A Boogie? In “International Artist,” nearly every song has a feature on it, and on each of them, you get great chemistry, unique styles and different subject matters. Boogie does a phenomenal job of coming to the table prepared to go toe to toe with whomever he is working with, making sure he stays true to himself while still adapting to everyone else’s sounds.
All the features on this album can also serve as a curse. Unlike his first album, “A Bigger Artist,” this album sounds a lot less creative. He allowed the features to dictate where the song would go, which made it feel more like a remix project than an original body of work. I thought his Queens frame of mind combined with his willingness to tread lightly when it came to dabbling into other genres is what made him special… It’s also what kept us interested in his journey to stardom. I guess he’s reached stardom and it no longer feels necessary to look forward to his potential. (I’m not sure this is even his fault, honestly)
I want to let you know this: This EP is not bad, but it’s also not that special. It has hits, but it also has songs that are not memorable. It’s one big contradictory-laden project that you will either enjoy or despise.