So now that we have gotten all of YoungBoy Never Broke Again’s ‘4’ EPs out of the way, how about we review them all as one?
YoungBoy Never Broke Again isn’t playing on this song.
There’s two versions of YoungBoy Never Broke Again walking this earth: An emotional one that does his best to serve the streets with nothing but wisdom, and another one that is gritty and not afraid to talk about shooting people and f**king b*tches. Today, we get the latter, as the Louisiana-based artist absolutely murders this menacing instrumental with tough ass bars and aggressive content.
This track had me hiding under the bed.
4. HEAD ON
“Head On” is extremely short, but I think it has the most club-potential on this EP. It features this fast-paced trap instrumental, and on it, YoungBoy blesses us with this Migo-esque hook that that has him bragging about his overstuffed pockets (And I am assuming it’s overstuffed because there’s a lot of money in it), and his thirsty ass chicks that are down to do something strange for a piece of change. As for his verse, I f**k with the erratic flow he spits with, as he taunts us with violent threats and purposeless flexing (S**t, n***a, you don’t have to tell me that I ain’t s**t…I already know I’m not!)
Initially, Kevin Gates raps with a flow similar to YoungBoy on his verse, but eventually veers off course, switching to this passionate version that literally sounds like he’s rapping while he’s trying to peel a two day old band-aid off of his arm. Clearly, the best part of this song is the unique flows he raps with, but on the low, don’t sleep on his insistence in talking about all the work he’s putting in and smart moves he’s making in the streets these days; it sorta reminded me of some of the s**t he was preaching to us on “2 Phones.”
3. THIS FOR THE
I love when hood n***as call other hood n***as bluff! I swear, I start to laugh profusely whenever it happens. On “This For The,” you get that in spurts, as YoungBoy Never Broke Again and Quando Rondo call out fake b*tches, fake thugs and everyone in-between. What happens from there is lots of bragging and reckless talk from both of our heroes, as they each outline the things they have and want in their possession using a myriad of consistent flows. I like the tempo attached to the track, and absolutely love how YoungBoy slays the hook by doing a splash of harmonizing (just a splash) and dropping an infectious melody for us.
2. I AM WHO THE SAY I AM
This song is called “I Am Who They Say I Am,” and if my ears are working correctly, these three are convicted felons that are down to freak some chicks.
In a sense, this song has this “In My Feelings/Nice For What” vibe to it. First and foremost, the production contains a sample of Ashanti in the background that is similar to Lauryn Hill’s sample on the latter, and the overall production is influenced by the ever-so popular New Orleans bounce music that Drake used for both hits. From there, the comparisons get a bit wishy-washy… Yes, similar to Drake did on “In My Feelings,” two of the three rappers on this song talk about finding a down ass chick that is capable of handling their reckless ways on their verses (Quando Rondo doesn’t seem to want love at all), but at the same time, you also get talk about materialistic things, the brandishing of weapons, and the strong arming of the weak. Nonetheless, the song is a hit, and the hook that you get from YoungBoy Never Broke Again is as addictive as it gets, as he delivers a flawless melody that is absolutely impossible to hate.
1. DRAWING SYMBOLS
After listening to this track, I can confirm that YoungBoy Never Broke Again is the most riveting rapper I’ve ever heard in my life.
“Drawing Symbols” is an unbelievably passionate banger that has YoungBoy Never Broke Again doing some storytelling about a dude that is dealing with the trials and tribulations that the streets has incurred on him. Throughout, our hero does some very soulful singing, making sure you get the chills with his constant talk about walking on the thin line between life and death.
Between the heartbeats disguised as bass, the emotional piano notes and soulful singing you get from all parties involved in the making of this song, I couldn’t help but stay glued to YoungBoy’s every word like he was my elder (Once again, mind you, he is only 19 years old).
SONG BY SONG BREAKDOWN
1. DROPOUT (4.5/5)
2. TRAP HOUSE (4/5)
3. SHOWDOWN (3.5/5)
4. CAN’T BE SAVED (3.5/5)
5. 2 HANDS (5/5)
6. HEAD ON (5/5)
7. I AM WHO I SAY I AM (5/5)
8. TTG (4/5)
9. THIS FOR THE (5/5)
10. NOBODY HOLD ME (4/5)
11. PERMANENT SCAR (3.5/5)
12. RIP DUMP (4/5)
13. DRAWING SYMBOLS (5/5)
14. RUN IN HERE (4.5/5)
15. CHANGE (3.5/5)
16. WE DEM (4/5)
YoungBoy Never Broke Again is passionate, he’s a more than willing singer, and when he needs to, doesn’t mind doing his share of violent talk. On this particular project, you get a 4 EP compilation that showcases a bunch of different music making abilities from the Baton Rouge rapper. In my humbling opinion, from start to finish, he shows the world he’s the brightest young talent in the game. Unfortunately, he’s also the most troubled, too, and if you are up for going through quite the musical rollercoaster ride, you will enjoy this project quite a bit.
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