Symba embodies a young king in “Results Take Time.”
5. Never Change (Ft. Roddy Ricch)
In “Never Change,” Symba and Roddy Ricch say that they won’t change when they get rich…
DJ Drama opens up “Never Change” with some GOAT talk. You get smooth vibes, silky melodies, and hard-hitting raps from there. While Symba sounds hungrier than a Naked & Afraid contestant on the song, Roddy Ricch comes across as a dude that never forgot the mud that he came from. Personally, I like how powerful “Never Change” sounds as a whole.
4. Trust Issues
Symba flexes both his singing skills and honest side in “Trust Issues.”
In my humble opinion, “Trust Issues” is Symba’s most impressive track. In it, he blesses us with very infectious melodies and introspective thoughts. With the song being based on his complicated relationship with his woman, I just love how much of an open book Symba is.
3. Pop It (Ft. 2 Chainz)
I’m not going to lie, I needed to hear a competitive banger like “Pop Out” from Symba.
In “Pop It,” Symba and 2 Chainz stick their chests out like Janet. In their respective verses, they rap about turning up in their cities, fetching bomb-ass chicks, and balling relentlessly. What’s impressive is that the two rappers actually ride the feverish beat like pros.
Symba begs the world to dead the “GOAT” convos.
In “GOAT,” Symba makes sound arguments on why GOAT convos are flawed and unproductive. Aside from the song featuring masterful flows and a beautifully soulful beat, it’s the way Symba breaks down his points that really catches my attention.
1. Never End Up Broke Pt. 2 (Ft. Pusha T)
This song should’ve clearly featured NBA YoungBoy.
First and foremost, the beat attached to this song is f**king phenomenal. That s**t gives me Lupe Fiasco’s “I Gotcha” vibes (Which was produced by Pharell). The good news is this: Both Pusha T and Symba slide over the beat like they got rollerskates on. While the former focuses most of his attention on his rugged past and present boss moves, the latter focuses most of his attention on his amazing come-up. What’s funny is that Symba and Pusha sound pretty much the same stylistically.
SONG BY SONG BREAKDOWN
1. Overnight (4/5)
2. Never Change (Ft. Roddy Ricch) (4.5/5)
3. Never End Up Broke Pt. 2 (Ft. Pusha T) (5/5)
4. Can’t Win For Nothing (4/5)
5. Street N***a (Ft. Kali) (4/5)
6. Trust Issues (4/5)
7. Sacrifices (Ft. Fridayy) (4.5/5)
8. On God (4/5)
9. Soul Ties (4/5)
10. Find A Way (Ft. IIAN RICH) (4/5)
11. GOAT (4.5/5)
12. No Sleep (4/5)
13. Pop Out (4.5/5)
14. Blessings (Ft. Rayven Tyler)(4/5)
15. Better Days (4/5)
16. Pendant (Ft. RMR) (3.5/5)
If you’re going to call yourself Symba, you better deliver… Symba delivers on this album!
Production: One thing that I pay very close attention to when it comes to up-and-coming rappers is the kind of production they choose to rap over in their debut projects. For Results Take Time, Symba raps over all kinds of beats. While scouring through the mixtape, you will hear everything from Key Glock-type beats to competitive beats to soulful beats to touching beats. Symba practically uses the same style of rapping over the beats, proving that he’s both versatile and comfortable in his skin. In other words, Symba chose to rap over the kind of beats that artists who want to become mainstream rap over.
Guest Appearances: There aren’t many big-name artists on this project… I like that! The reason I like that is that it allows you to fall in love with Symba in an unfiltered way. With that being said, I thought Roddy Ricch, Pusha T, and 2 Chainz did outstanding jobs of forcing Symba to sweat a little on the songs they were on. Fridayy, Rayven Taylor, and Kali did outstanding jobs of hooking Symba up with hooks that compliment his hungry style.
The Raps: What I love about Symba is that he is an extremely articulate and introspective rapper. His verses on Results Take Time are jam-packed with lyrics that are well-thought-out, touching, and extremely relatable. He also doesn’t do too much over the beats that he is handed; instead, he relies on his words to strike a chord with you. With that being said, Symba’s flows are Kendrick-Esque and the confidence he raps with is on par with the confidence your favorite rapper raps with.
The biggest thing I would change: I’m nitpicking here, but I do wish the beats on this album sounded slightly crisper. Other than that, nothing.
The biggest reason you should listen to this album: Symba has ‘it.’ You can tell that he wants to be great. You can also tell that he attempts to perfect his craft and that he doesn’t limit himself to a certain sound. This album is refreshing.
Quincy is the creator of Ratings Game Music. He loves writing about music, taking long walks on beaches, and spaghetti that fights him back.