SmokePurpp’s highly-anticipated “Deadstar 2” has finally hit the net. Does it end up hitting the net, though?
5. THE MATRIX
The Matrix sounds like a Travis Scott song, to me. Not only does SmokePurpp sing with the same robotic style Travis typically sings with in the song, but the bop-heavy/futuristic instrumental that he sings over also sounds like some s**t Travis would sing over. At the end of the day, Travis is a very good artist, so hearing a poor-mans version of him isn’t necessarily a bad thing…
4. ALL FOR ME
So here’s the thing: I love Trippie Redd’s contributions in All For Me (I love his fearless singing, the melodies he gifts us with, and his catchy lyrics). I also love the chill ass instrumental that powers the song. However, when it comes to SmokePurpp’s contributions in All For Me, they are awful (He abuses autotune throughout the song)! Since 2 out of the 3 things on All For Me are good, we can at least call the song solid.
3. LEFT AND RIGHT
I actually f**k with Lil Pump and SmokePurpp’s friendship. While the music they’ve made together hasn’t always been amazing, I do enjoy the chemistry they show when they link up. With that being said, Left and Right is a very stomachable song to listen to. On it, the two Florida natives gift us with complex flows, lyrics that are ridiculously savage, and punchlines that are at least level 1 clever. In other words, Left and Right is a lot of fun to listen to, especially if you’re in one of those moods where you simply don’t give a f**k about any and everything. (We’ve all been there before, right?)
2. WHAT I PLEASE
In What I Please, SmokePurpp and featured guest Denzel Curry lose their s**t!
What I Please features an instrumental that shakes housing foundations, which, unfortunately, may cause the roaches you have hiding in your cabinets to start scattering. Over this instrumental, you get bars by both SmokePurpp and Denzel Curry that are disrespectful, rebellious, braggadocios, and violent. While Smoke sounds like a spoiled brat on his verse on the track, Denzel sounds a little more calculated and complex on his verse.
SmokePurpp can do whatever he wants, but when he enters my house, he has to take off his f**king shoes before he walks on my carpet.
I think Stevie goes pretty hard! In the song, you get a version of Purpp that is mumbly, violent, reckless, and pretty solid when it comes to riding a beat and displaying confidence. When it’s all said and done, though, I think the horn-heavy/bass boomin’ instrumental that powers the song is the best thing about it. (I also like how the instrumental starts and stops over and over again).
SONG BY SONG BREAKDOWN
1. THE MATRIX (3/5)
2. RED BOTTOMS (1/5)
3. STEVIE (3/5)
4. WHAT I PLEASE (3/5)
5. ARIBA (2/5)
6. ALL FOR ME (3/5)
7. PASS THE MOON (INTERLUDE) (2/5)
8. LIGHTSPEED (1/5)
9. FILL THE ROOM (2/5)
10. RECKLESS (2/5)
11. DIRTY DIRTY (3/5)
12. FLOOR SEATS (3/5)
13. LEFT & RIGHT (2/5)
14. ON PURPPOSE (3/5)
15. ROBBIN ROBBIN (2/5)
16. POP 1 (3/5)
17. AUDI II (2/5)
I should’ve known this album wasn’t going to be good when I saw the front cover to it (It looks like SmokePurpp got his head captured by Jeepers Creepers on it)…
When it comes to rapping, SmokePurpp is below average. (Yes, he’s an appealing rapper that can actually ride beats decently, but when it comes to his lyrical content, he is beyond useless) With that being said, Smoke leaves much to be desired on literally every single song on Deadstar 2. Not only does he resort to tired ass subject-matters like f**king on b*tches and doing drugs on his verses/hooks on the album, but overall, he does absolutely nothing to prove that he’s more unique than the other pipsqueaks in the game.
Unfortunately, SmokePurpp tries to sing on Deadstar 2 a lot, and most of the time, he swings and misses (I’m being nice by saying “most of the time”). I get it, sometimes these younger rappers try to troll us by playing a fake fearless singer in their music, but what they need to understand is that when they play fake fearless singer, s**t makes them seem like jokes.
Doesn’t SmokePurpp sound like a bunch of different people in Deadstar 2? In The Matrix, he sounds like Travis Scott; in Red Bottoms, he sounds like The Weeknd; in Lightspeed, he sounds like Nav; in Robbin Robbin, he sounds like Lil Durk; in Ariba, he sounds like Playboi Carti… On some real s**t, after listening to this album from start to finish, I asked myself, “Who is SmokePurpp as an artist?”
There are two things I like about Deadstar 2: The beats (They were explosive, trap-inspired, and at times, pretty chill) and the guest appearances (Denzel, Trippie Redd, MoneyBagg Yo, Lil Pump and Ty Dolla $ign definitely blessed us with solid contributions on the album). With that being said, it’s fair to say that Smoke was set up to succeed by outside forces (He let them down, though).
I won’t be listening to Deadstar 2 again, but I will tell you that it isn’t a horrible body of work (SmokePurpp is just horrible on it). Though I might lose brain cells listening to it, I admit, I can see myself getting jiggy to the album if it was played in the right setting (That only setting being one of those clubs that breaks fire codes).
Quincy is the creator of Ratings Game Music. He loves writing about music, taking long walks on beaches, and spaghetti that fights him back.