DJ Drama – I’m Really Like That (Album Review)
Lil Wayne, Gucci Mane, Nipsey Hussle, Fabolous, Lil Baby, Lil Uzi Vert, and plenty more make guest appearances in “I’m Really Like That.”
DJ Drama has some heavy-hitters in “I’m Really Like That.”
5. Forever (Fabolous, Benny The Butcher, Jim Jones & Capella Grey)
DJ Drama albums always have at least one track that sounds like “Forever.” Think “Feds Takin Pictures” and “Cannon (Remix).”
You get nothing but crafty punchlines, street-certified lyrics, and confident deliveries from Benny The Butcher, Fabolous, and Jim Jones in “Forever.” As for Capella Grey, he blesses us with a hook that is on some hood-heroic s**t. All in all, “Forever” is a track that will make you want to grit and grind like Ja and the Grizzlies.
4. FMFU (Ft. Roddy Ricch, Gucci Mane & Lil Wayne)
“FMFU” is a hit; if you don’t agree, IT’S F**K YOU!!!!
Despite “FMFU” boasting a beat that you might hear on a Cherish song (Remember that girl group?), you get nothing but trill lyrics out of Roddy Ricch, Gucci Mane, and Lil Wayne. Not only do they rap about putting kids in the mouths of women, but they also rap about shooting at haters and skeet skeeting everywhere. While Roddy and Wayne somewhat understood the assignment by hitting us with infectious melodies, Gucci sounds like he just got out of jail.
3. Andale (Ft. Offset & MoneyBagg Yo)
I haven’t heard the word ‘andale’ in at least fifteen calendar years.
There are a lot of street rappers on this album; however, surprisingly, I don’t think that there are a lot of street records on it. With that being said, out of all of the tracks on I’m Really Like That, “Andale” is the streetest of them all. Not only does it feature this action-packed trap beat, but you also get ruthless, focused, competitive, and violent rap verses out of both MoneyBagg Yo and Offset. I mean, aren’t these the kind of tracks you expect to hear on a DJ Drama project?
2. Iron Right (Ft. Boosie Badazz, OMB Peezy & Trouble)
Boosie Badazz, OMB Peezy, and Trouble all f**king slid in this song!
Let’s be real, if “Iron Right” came on in the club right now, that s**t would go f**king crazy! Yes, the nostalgic beat (Which flips Trillville’s “Some Cut” beat) will resonate with folks mightily; however, do not sleep on the extremely catchy hook Boosie Badazz delivers, Trouble’s playful and braggadocios verse, and OMB Peezy’s passionate and competitive verse. I’m not going to lie, this is easily my favorite track on this project.
1. Raised Different (Ft. Nipsey Hussle, Jeezy & Blxst)
You really don’t get that many posthumous Nipsey verses…
Today, which happens to be my birthday, is the fourth anniversary of Nipsey Hussle’s death. If s**t still doesn’t sit right with you, it’s OK, s**t still doesn’t sit right with me either. Anywho, in “Raised Different,” we get to hear a posthumous verse from the LA legend. In it, he raps about his impressive car collection, chatty patties, and moving silently in the streets. The biggest thing that stood out to me from his verse is the moment he mixed the lyrics “reacting to these murders” with “take y’all n***as off.” It just sounds like some eerie wordplay (Takeoff died three years after Nipsey did).
Jeezy and Blxst play second fiddle in this track but still shine. The former pays homage to the fallen and gives us wise street advice, while the latter blesses us with an infectious hook that will make you appreciate getting out of the hood even more. Overall, I think the track is beyond powerful.
SONG BY SONG BREAKDOWN
1. Legendary (Ft. Tyler, The Creator) (5/5)
2. HO4ME (Ft. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie & Lil Baby) (4/5)
3. Raised Different (Ft. Nipsey Hussle, Jeezy & Blxst) (4/5)
4. FMFU (Ft. Roddy Ricch, Gucci Mane & Lil Wayne) (4/5)
5. Free Game (Ft. 42Dugg & Lil Uzi Vert) (4/5)
6. 350 (Ft. Rick Ross, Westside Gunn & Lule) (4/5)
7. Been A While (Ft. Mozzy, G Herbo & Vory) (4/5)
8. No Weakness (Ft. Wiz Khalifa, T.I. & Symba) (4/5)
9. Mockingbird Valley (Ft. Jack Harlow) (4/5)
10. Forever (Ft. Jim Jones, Fabolous, Benny The Butcher & Capella Grey) (4/5)
11. Andale (Ft. Offset & MoneyBagg Yo) (4/5)
12. Iron Right (Ft. Boosie Badazz, OMB Peezy & Trouble) (4/5)
13. I Ain’t Gon Hold Ya (Ft. Jeezy) (3/5)
14. We Made It (Ft. CyHI, LaRussell & Carvena) (3.5/5)
The story of hip-hop cannot be told without having a chapter or two about DJ Drama’s impact on the mixtape world. For over 15 years, he has linked up with the hardest rappers in the game to create projects that are strictly for the streets. Yes, I’m Really Like That is labeled as a studio album; however, it feels like a glorified mixtape in every single way.
Streets aside, I think this album is very impressive. First and foremost, I feel like the tracklisting is excellent. DJ Drama didn’t try to do some weird-ass collaborations; instead, he united guys (There are no women on this album) that sound good together; even if you didn’t expect them to. For instance, I feel like 42Dugg and Lil Uzi Vert, two dudes with completely different styles, complete each other in “Free Game.” S**t, after listening to “350,” I want to hear a damn Rick Ross and Westside Gunn joint album!
I’m Really Like That isn’t just a collection of street tracks; I like that, too. While you might get your street fix with tracks like “Andale” and “I Ain’t Gon Hold Ya,” there are also club records like “Iron Right,” emotional bangers like “Raised Different,” and commercial bangers like “FMFU.” Mr. Thanksgiving’s table was full of a wide variety of sides this time around.
At the end of the day, the best thing about I’m Really Like That is DJ Drama’s adlibs (C’mon now, let’s be real). He still knows how to hype the crowd up with motivational words and a level of cockiness that is envious. If you don’t think that DJ Drama is a legend by now, this album might do the trick (BTW, DJ Drama’s albums are way better than DJ Khaled’s albums).
Quincy is the creator of Ratings Game Music. He loves writing about music, taking long walks on beaches, and spaghetti that fights him back.
1 thought on “DJ Drama – I’m Really Like That (Album Review)”
That’s actually peezy on the hook of iron right, not boosie.