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NBA YoungBoy – Still Flexin, Still Steppin (Album Review)

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NBA YoungBoy is one of the most streamed artists in music today. Is it his come up that has people intrigued by him or perhaps his ability to make songs that do everything in its power to knock the toupee off of your grandfather’s head? Whatever the case may be, Still Flexin Still Steppin looks to prove that the New Orleans rapper is the real deal!


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5. RIP LIL PHAT

“RIP Lil Phat” starts Still Flexin Still Steppin off explosively. With the track boasting an instrumental that is as gutter as it gets, NBA YoungBoy explodes, spitting heinous bars mainly about shootouts and fistfights. What I love most about the track is that the 20-year-old leaves the melodies at home in favor of tough-ass bars on it.

 

 

4. KNOCKED OFF

“Knocked Off” is an action-packed banger that features a sinister instrumental and bars by NBA Youngboy that are both braggadocios and violent. Hell, though the track is only two minutes long, within that time, the New Orleans rapper was able to kill about seventeen different people.

I enjoy how this song flows and the effortless singing you get from YoungBoy on it.

 

 

3. LIL TOP

“Lil Top” is a pretty interesting track. In one sense, it has serene vibes attached to it, as, sprinkled in, you get passionate singing by YoungBoy and an instrumental that has a bit of a numbing feel attached to it. In another sense, YoungBoy talks serious s**t on the track, coming across like a dude that values money, violence, and women more than family and peace.

In songs like “Lil Top,” YoungBoy sounds deranged.

 

 

2. SUITED PANAMERA

YoungBoy Never Broke Again and Quando Rondo aren’t amazing singers, but they do entertain me with their singing in “Suited Panamera.”

In all seriousness, I f**k with the fearless singing, deep-ass lyrics, and infectious melodies both YoungBoy and Quando bless us with in “Suited Panamera.” What I don’t f**k with about the track is the low sound quality of Quando’s verse. (It sounds like Quando recorded his verse in an Escape Room)

Who was cutting onions in the studios while this song was being made?

 

 

1. BAD BAD

“Bad Bad” is powered by this bouncy instrumental that I’m sure hustlers and strippers alike will adore. Over it, NBA YoungBoy raps about putting his foes in the dirt and raking up money like that s**t is leaves. Personally, what I think makes the song unique is that it features a version of the 20-year old rapper that sounds gleefully devious. (What kind of sick-ass dude smiles when the topic of shooting people comes up?)


SONG BY SONG BREAKDOWN

1. RIP LIL PHAT (3.5/5)

2. KNOCKED OFF (3.5/5)

3. LIL TOP (3.5/5)

4. RED EYE (2/5)

5. FINE BY TIME (3/5)

6. SUITED PANAMERA (3.5/5)

7. HOW YOU WANT IT (3/5)

8. LONG RD (3/5)

9. OKAY (3/5)

10. BAT MAN (3/5)

11. CALL ME LATE (3/5)

12. GUNSMOKE (3/5)

13. BAD BAD (4/5)

14. NO UNDERSTAND (3/5)


OVERALL RATING

(C-)

There are a few things that make Still Flexin, Still Steppin slightly unbearable:

  1. The sound quality of the tracks are awful. The more and more you turn the volume up while listening to Still Flexin, Still Steppin, the more and more static you hear. It’s almost like YoungBoy recorded the album on a TalkBoy.
  2. It’s hard to find something unique to say about any of the tracks on the album. To me, a lot of what I heard on Still Flexin, Still Steppin sounded like s**t I heard on YoungBoy’s previous four projects. (“Growth” is such an underrated word)
  3. YoungBoy’s style of rapping is a little too erratic for my liking. I don’t know about you, but it’s hard to be entertained by someone that sounds like they have numerous demons in their head. Don’t get me wrong, I applaud YoungBoy for being this unapologetic rapper, but at the same time, we have to be honest with ourselves: Dude doesn’t sound fit to be making music at times. Dude needs help! (Seriously)
  4. Anybody else weary with all the violent talk YoungBoy spews? In Still Flexin, Still Steppin, YoungBoy probably assassinates 198 people. Geez Louise, even horror movies have moments in which someone doesn’t get killed.

 

There are a few things that make Still Flexin, Still Steppin a solid listen:

  1. I love the fact that YoungBoy doesn’t throw a whole bunch of features on the album. I appreciate an artist that can do s**t by his lonesome.
  2. I do f**k with the authentically southern instrumentals you hear on the album. They definitely fit his style of rapping.
  3. At times, YoungBoy does come across like a sane muthaf**ka. In those times, he is mainly singing.
  4. The album cover to the album is dope. He sorta looks like a black Two-Face on it.

 

Sooooooooo, I probably WON’T be playing this album back, folks… You can enjoy it, though!

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4 replies »

      • I see that you have added on to the review. I can definitely agree with that. I re-listened to the album again and any track is yet to grow on me. Maybe YoungBoy isn’t my cup of tea. I think the biggest flaw of the album was a the production. None of the production (Besides maybe Lil Top) stood out imo.

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