Hip Hop

Lil Pump – Harverd Dropout (Album Review)

In every generation, there is a rapper that comes along that is so far left, they rub older generations the wrong way. In my lifetime, Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em was that guy, and for this generation, the avocado toast/Lamelo Ball-loving generation, Lil Pump is that guy. Today, Pump looks to prove he’s more than just a pip squeak that made it famous by glamorizing drugs and useless behavior with the release of “Harverd Dropout.” How will he do it? By convincing us that glamorizing drugs and useless behavior is a new normal he created. #Creatinganewnormalmakesyoualegend


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TOP 5

 

5. BUTTERFLY DOORS

I find “Butterfly Doors” enjoyable. It has a great bop to it, a very memorable hook, and most importantly, it’s short (Pump would’ve pissed me off if he made this song a couple seconds longer). While Pump’s rapping skills aren’t the greatest on the track (Especially when it comes to his flows), I do like the flair he displays throughout. Sometimes flair can overshadow poor rap performances.

This song is very Migo-esque — especially when Pump says that ‘baby mama’ line towards the end of the hook.

 

 

4. RACKS ON RACKS

“Racks On Racks” sounds like a faster version of “Esskeetit” and “Gucci Gang.” It features lots of youthful energy, a catchy hook that grown folks won’t admit they’re feeling, and lyrical content that is reckless, savage, outlandish, childish and inconsiderate. In other words, Pump was being classic Pump here!

The reason I think “Racks On Racks” is one of the best tracks on Harverd Dropout is because it’s too catchy to pass up. I don’t love it stylistically, but I can’t help but see it hyping me up at a party, rave or detention center. In other words, this song brings out my wild side!

 

 

3. ESSKEETIT

Sigh… Let’s call it how it is, folks: “Esskeetit” is fire! When strippers hear it in the clubs, they shake their asses a little harder, and when ballers play it in their whips, they are at a higher risk of losing the wheel. Explaining why this song moves the needle is harder than trying to spell its title, but today, I’ll do my best to give you an answer.

“Esskeetit” has this rebellious energy to it that is foolishly brilliant. It capitalizes off of bouncy vibes, hoppy flows by Pump, multiple stops in its beat and reckless ass lyrics. In a nutshell, the song feels like the musical version of a defibrillator that is struggling to find your hearts rhythm. CLEAR!

 

 

2. DRUG ADDICTS

Welp, it looks like J. Cole is going to have to make another “K.O.D.” album after this song gets hot…

You know what’s sad about “Drug Addicts?” It’s actually kind of dope! It has this bass boomin’/exhilarating instrumental attached to it, an infectious hook, and surprisingly, some appealing bars by Pump on his verses. The only problem with this song is that it glamorizes drug usage heavily, which probably means it won’t have an opportunity to be appreciated for its musicality. Perhaps Pump can add some sort of disclaimer on the beginning of this song that lets the people know that he’s just f**king around with us. The problem is, I don’t think he’s f**king around at all…

Pump said he started smoking at 11 and popping pills at 7… What kind of f**ked up environment did he grow up in?

 

 

1. I LOVE IT

Even I, the guy with the IQ of a melon, thought this song required little to no brain-power to make. However, the more and more I heard it in the clubs/bars/shindigs/porno stores, the more I liked it! Yes, even with Pump’s poor singing on the hook (though I love the melody he was able to give us throughout), Kanye’s sick ass verse in which he talks about some perverted s**t, and the big ass suits the two artists were rocking in the music video to it, I still found a way to play this song more than any one of Nas’ joints from last year 😩.


SONG BY SONG BREAKDOWN

1. DROPOUT (3/5)

2. NU UH (2.5/5)

3. I LOVE IT (4/5)

4. ION (2/5)

5. FASHO FASHO (3/5)

6. RACKS ON RACKS (3.5/5)

7. OFF WHITE (2/5)

8. BUTTERFLY DOORS (3.5/5)

9. TOO MUCH ICE (1.5/5)

10. MULTIMILLIONAIRE (3/5)

11. VROOM VROOM VROOM (1/5)

12. BE LIKE ME (2/5)

13. STRIPPER NAME (1.5/5)

14. DRUG ADDICTS (4/5)

15. ESSKEEIT (4/5)

16. WHO DAT (1.5/5)


OVERALL RATING

(D-)

 

WHAT DID I LOVE ABOUT HARVERD DROPOUT:

  • Lil Pump wasn’t afraid to tackle the topic of being the butt of the jokes on this album. Throughout, he embraced being this slacker that is addicted to drugs and making bad decisions, caring less what old farts like myself think about it. You can’t hate that from the young lad, especially considering that he was able to create a good chunk of cash being himself on the mic.
  • Though I feel he doesn’t deserve it, I am astonished at the level of respect Pump has garnered from the music industry these last couple of years. While many still use Pump as a scapegoat for what’s bad in hip-hop today, others like Lil Wayne, Offset, Quavo, 2 Chainz, Lil Uzi Vert and more felt featuring on “Harverd Dropout” with the Florida rascal wasn’t that bad of an idea for their careers. I was a little surprised by that.
  • Lil Wayne’s verse on “Be Like Me” was fire! He was the lone bright spot on that song for me. Lil Uzi Vert also put up a solid feature on “Multimillionaire.” 
  • Hate all you want, but a lot of the music you hear on this album is catchy as hell. I know, Pump’s lyrical content is brain-dead at times (Don’t even get me started on his flows), but when it came to hooks and memorable lines, he was able to deliver! Granted, plenty of the hooks sounded similar to one another, which makes me suspicious that I was bobbin’ my head to them so hard that I caught memory loss.
  • I thought the beats on this album were pretty solid. Most were trap beats, but for the most part, each had this rebellious nature to them that stood out to me.
  • I loved Pump’s energy on this album. Matter of fact, he entertains me like a child that was asked to perform a hip-hop skit in front of family and friends during Thanksgiving dinner. Translation: I didn’t give a f**k about a word he said on any of his verses or hooks, I just enjoyed seeing the n***a act like an untamed donkey.

 

 

WHAT DID I HATE ABOUT HARVERD DROPOUT

  • For starters, I don’t think Lil Pump takes rap serious a single second on this album. I don’t think he cares about riding beats or sounding intricate, instead, it sounds like he said f**k it to a pen and pad and rapped whatever he wanted to from start to finish. That is why listeners shouldn’t expect an ounce of useful knowledge coming out of dude’s mouth on this album.
  • I didn’t find Pump’s tasteless references to drug-usage all that amusing. While Pump’s main motive on this album was to shock folks, I thought he took s**t too far at times. Embracing drugs has never been cool, to me, let alone acceptable. At a certain point, I have the choice as a consumer to turn his music off, regardless of how much that s**t is hittin,’ and I definitely will when I don’t feel like hearing dumb ass bars about abusing drugs. So with that being said, “Harverd Dropout” can probably only be enjoyed when I’m in a extra fantastic mood.
  • On the real, I was hoping to hear Lil Pump drop some more melodic music on this album. I thought his contributions on “I Love It” were actually pretty solid, despite his piss-poor lyrics on the song.
  • Some songs on this album were plain ole unlistenable. Like seriously, straight basura! I promise you, I wouldn’t wish “Vroom Vroom Vroom” or “Too Much Ice” on my worst enemy…

Lil Pump’s career up to this point has been a car crash waiting to happen. But for some odd/sick reason, us as Americans love to view car crashes. With that being said, “Harverd Dropout” is a complete car crash, and unfortunately, I am one of those sane human beings that don’t like watching a car crash happen.

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