MoneyBagg Yo keeps his foot on the gas with “A Gangsta’s Pain.”
5. CERTIFIED NEPTUNES
I really wonder how Pharrell and Moneybagg Yo know each other… They seem like opposites. Anywho, “Certified Neptunes” features both Pharrell and MoneyBagg, and what they cook up is hard as hell.
MoneyBagg Yo was able to get Station Wagon P to show up on “Certified Neptunes.” The hook that SPW blesses the song with is cold as hell. As for Moneybagg, he comes across as unbothered, mellow, and too successful to talk to us mere mortals.
4. ONE OF THEM NIGHTS
What a lot of people don’t realize is that Moneybagg Yo has a lot of love songs on his catalog. Personally, I am a fan of every single one of them. The latest is the very smooth “One Of Them Nights.”
If you are one of Moneybagg Yo’s boys, you might want to close your ears when “One Of Them Nights” comes on. Since the track is powered by one of the smoothest beats known to man, you get nothing but soothing vocals and mushy lyrics by the Memphis rapper. At the end of the day, you can’t blame Moneybagg for showing us his soft side, Jhene Aiko is also on the song, and she sounds like an angel that you would want to give up your evil side for.
3. FREE PROMO
MoneyBagg Yo, Polo G, and Lil Durk hit us with dramatic bars in “Free Promo.”
If you don’t feel “Free Promo” in your soul, you’re probably suffering from the after-effects of COVID. The track features one of the most powerful beats that I have ever heard and lyrics that will make you cry ghetto tears. While Moneybagg switches between a whiner and a gritty rapper in the song, Polo G comes across as noble, and Lil Durk comes across as strangely laidback (Well, he does turn up the heat towards the end).
The guitar solo at the end is what takes this song to another level.
2. JUST SAY DET
If you want to know what Moneybagg Yo is all about, press play on “Just Say Det.”
“Just Say Det” is the definition of a riveting hip-hop banger. For starters, the track is powered by a beat that you might hear on a trap action movie. Over it, Moneybagg Yo talks about putting ops in their places, doing some freaky things to women that we can’t afford, and getting money. Even though the Memphis rapper sounds unbothered in the song, he flows like he knows the beats every move.
1. TIME TODAY
“Time Today” sounds like an eviler “Said Sum.”
“Time Today” is yet another mean-ass club banger by MoneyBagg Yo. The song features a booming beat, impeccable flows, and lyrics that should intimidate MoneyBagg’s naysayers, ops, and competition.
MoneyBagg Yo is one of the best s**t-talkers in the game today.
SONG BY SONG BREAKDOWN
1. MEMPHGANISTAN (N/A)
2. JUST SAY DET (4/5)
3. GO! (4/5)
4. WOCKESHA (3/5)
5. SHOTTAS (LALA) (4/5)
6. HARD FOR THE NEXT (3/5)
7. IF PAIN WAS A PERSON (4/5)
8. I BELIEVE U (4/5)
9. TIME TODAY (4/5)
10. INTERLUDE (N/A)
11. FREE PROMO (4/5)
12. HATE IT HERE (4/5)
13. LOVE IT HERE (4/5)
14. CLEAR DA AIR (4/5)
15. PROJECTS (3/5)
16. ONE OF DEM NIGHTS (4/5)
17. FR (3/5)
18. CERTIFIED NEPTUNES (4/5)
19. CHANGE DA SUBJECT (4/5)
20. LEAST IAN LIE (4/5)
21. BIPOLAR VIRGO (3/5)
22. A GANGSTA’S PAIN (3/5)
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Moneybagg Yo is underrated. In my humbling opinion, he has dropped at least two projects that are fantastic. While I don’t quite love A Gangsta’s Pain, I do think that Moneybagg absolutely shines on the album.
Is there a rapper on this planet that knows how to balance braggadocios bars with hood-certified bars better than MoneyBagg Yo? Throughout A Gangsta’s Pain, he does a fantastic job of letting us know how much money he makes and how many chicks he’s slaying just as much as he lets us know about his rough come-up and his love for the streets. To me, the balance will make you put mad respect on his name.
Is there a rapper on this planet that knows how to make real-ass relationship songs better than Moneybagg? When it comes to his ladies, he does a phenomenal job of letting them know that he’s down for them just as much as they annoy him in the songs that he dedicated to them. As far as his friends, he does a phenomenal job of praising the ones that have been loyal to him and dissing the ones that act snakish around him.
The beats on A Gangsta’s Pain are extremely trappish. A good chunk of them are filled with tons of bass, 808s, and club vibes. Since 85% of Moneybagg’s songs are already abused in clubs, expect DJs to play out tons of tracks from this album.
I was pretty surprised by the guests that showed up on A Gangsta’s Pain. While Future made sense, I thought that Polo G, Lil Durk, Jhene Aiko, and Pharrell were a few names that I didn’t expect Moneybagg to work with just because his style is completely different from their styles. Nonetheless, everybody I mentioned challenged Moneybagg to switch up his style a little; something that I think further proves to the world how versatile he is.
My one beef with this album is that it is too long (22 tracks) and not unique enough (Too many songs sound like his old work). Don’t get me wrong, I love it when MoneyBagg gets in his bag over hard-hitting club beats, but I would’ve liked him to step outside of the box more like he did on “Certified Neptunes” and “One Of Them Nights.” Nonetheless, this album is entertaining enough to enjoy.
Quincy is the creator of Ratings Game Music. He loves writing about music, taking long walks on beaches, and spaghetti that fights him back.