JACKBOYS and Travis Scott release JACKBOYS — a seven-track EP that packs a helluva punch!
TOP 3 SONGS
GATTI sounds like every single song Pop Smoke has made in his life.
GATTI is powered by this Brooklyn drill beat that makes me want to start mobbin. Over this instrumental, Pop Smoke blesses us with a raspy ass hook and verse that has him calling out the weak and relating to the real.
Travis Scott has a verse on GATTI, and on it, he hits us with some laidback vocals, high-pitched vocals, and amped up vocals. Each style of vocals is accompanied by trill ass lyrics about turning chicks out and reaching high levels of inebriation (Everything I’ve ever cared about in life!).
Travis Scott’s voice sounds dope on every kind of beat! (He’s the main reason I like this song)
2. HAD ENOUGH
I f**k with the sly ass trap instrumental that powers Had Enough. I also f**k with the soulful contributions you get from
ASAP Ferg Don Toliver, the tongue-twisting verse you get from Offset, and the fearless vocals you get from Quavo on the song.
Takeoff keeps getting shunned for no apparent reason…
1. WHAT TO DO
What To Do definitely grew on me.
My initial criticisms of What To Do were that it had too simple of a hook and broke Saint JHn-esque singing by Don Toliver. Since then, I learned to appreciate the song’s mystical nature (I like how the song hypnotizes you with its hazy instrumental and spellbinding melodies) and futuristic vibes.
I still don’t think What To Do is great…
SONG BY SONG BREAKDOWN
1. HIGHEST IN THE ROOM (3.5/5)
2. INTRO (N/A)
3. GANG GANG (3.5/5)
4. HAD ENOUGH (4/5)
5. OUT WEST (3.5/5)
6. WHAT TO DO? (4/5)
7. GATTI (4/5)
Travis Scott is an unbelievable artist! Not only is he capable of making hit records, but he also knows how to make futuristic trap music. In JACKBOYS, Travis proves that he can play mentor to trap artists that are beneath him.
While JACKBOYS is a short body-of-work (It’s only seven tracks long), I do think it accomplishes its main mission — to push trap music forward. So how were the JACKBOYS able to do this? By rapping/singing over instrumentals that felt dynamic/futuristic, and by embracing styles of rapping/singing that is unchained and completely unpredictable.
I’m not the biggest fan of Don Toliver, so hearing him throughout JACKBOYS didn’t do much for me (Some people think he had a helluva showing on this album). I am a big fan of Travis Scott, and was disappointed that he wasn’t on this album more (He was on four songs). As for Quavo, Offset and Young Thug, I loved what they gave us on the songs they had guest appearances on. I didn’t love what Lil Baby, ROSALIA and Sheck Wes provided us with on the songs they had guest appearances on.
JACKBOYS feels like a trap-rap tasting.