MoneyBagg Yo is in his bag in “Hard To Love.”
MoneyBagg Yo clearly loves two things: Wockesha and vajayjays.
Interestingly, I find similarities between “Wockesha” and “Quickie.” Both songs have sluggish vibes that will make you feel intoxicated, both songs sample classic instrumentals, and in both songs, MoneyBagg Yo sounds dangerously in love. In “Quickie,” though, it’s not wock that he talks about being in love with; it’s his woman. Throughout the song, he salutes everything from her punani to her powerful transactions. I wouldn’t call this the most exciting banger on this album, but I do think that it’s the kind that only MoneyBagg can make.
4. Motion God
MoneyBagg Yo is taking over for 2023 and the 2024s!
“Motion God” is powered by this bass-booming, uptempo trap beat that would make a street dude rub his hands like Birdman. Over it, MoneyBagg Yo hits us with a Cash Money-Esque hook and trill-ass verses that have him flaunting his heartbreak, hustling, and drug-taking ways. Though the “Wockesha” rapper does do some recycling here in there, for the most part, I enjoy how original this song sounds for him (Hopefully that makes sense).
3. Where Ya Bih @
MoneyBagg Yo rapping over Three Six Mafia-like beats >
In this MoneyBagg Yo version of “Girls Girls Girls,” he talks about a couple of side chicks he’s presently f**king with. Throughout his verses, he describes them as either Spanish-speaking, money-hungry, clingy, or freaky (Actually, all of them sound freaky). What I love is how MoneyBagg Yo slides on the Three Six Mafia-like beat that powers the song, allowing his Memphis twang to really stand out. I especially enjoy how it stands out when he plays his own hype man on the hook.
2. They Say
NOW THAT’S HOW YOU DRIVE, MONEYBAGG!
I gave “They Say” a standing ovation. Like, my fat-ass got out of my office chair and started clapping. In the song, which is powered by this very dramatic trap beat, MoneyBagg Yo raps about the adversity he has faced, the lessons he’s learned, and the boss moves he’s made throughout the years. Though I feel like MoneyBagg Yo raps with great passion all of the time, in “They Say,” I think he sounds as aggressive and gassed-up as he’s ever sounded.
1. Ocean Spray
I don’t f**k with Ocean Spray at all. It gives me too many loogies.
In “Ocean Spray,” over this hypnotic trap beat, MoneyBagg Yo talks about sipping on purple a lot. He also talks about putting his homies on and rocking expensive s**t. Overall, I think this joint is a complete vibe.
When MoneyBagg Yo talks about Wockesha, he is as unguardable as Jimmy Butler.
SONG BY SONG BREAKDOWN
1. They Say (4.5/5)
2. Keep It Low (4/5)
3. F My BM (4/5)
4. Ocean Spray (5/5)
5. Lies (Ft. Fridayy) (4/5)
6. Still (4/5)
7. Sholl Is (4/5)
8. Free Lil A – Interlude (N/A)
9. Hurt Man (3.5/5)
10. Shot Off Gumbo (Ft. YTB Fatt & Fatt Wizza) (3.5/5)
11. No Show (3/5)
12. Where Ya Bih @ (4.5/5)
13. Goin Thru It (4/5)
14. Rock Out (Ft. Lil Durk & YTB Fatt) (3.5/5)
15. Super Wet (4/5)
16. Motion God (4/5)
17. Nun Like Me (3/5)
18. Quickie (4/5)
19. On Wat U On (4/5)
20. More Sick (4/5)
This album has so much depth, I feel like I could’ve done two different top 5 lists for it. Like, personally, I f**k with the songs in which MoneyBagg Yo does some storytelling (aka “Super Wet” and “On Wat U On”), but felt dirty leaving club bangers like “Where Ya Bih @” and “Motion God” off my list. Being conflicted while listening to an album is definitely a good thing.
One thing MoneyBagg Yo doesn’t get enough credit for is his ability to sound like a cool-ass dude while also sounding vulnerable and street. In Hard To Love, when he opens up about s**t like dealing with side chicks, he comes across as both a heartbreaker and slightly clumsy, when he opens up about things like losing friends, he comes across as damaged, and when he talks about flexing or sliding, he comes across as cocky as hell. Every emotion he shows feels authentic.
In Hard To Love, MoneyBagg Yo does a great job of gifting us with appealing raps. It helps tremendously that he has a clear voice (MoneyBagg doesn’t mumble at all). Aside from that, I enjoy how clever his lyrics are, how he doesn’t abuse melodies, and how he practically takes command of every single beat he hops on (And trust me, there are a bunch of intimidating, hard-hitting trap beats on this album). When it comes to entertaining rappers, MoneyBagg is one of the best.
Do you know what this album reminded me? That MoneyBagg Yo is a f**king superstar. People tend to forget that he sells well, has a bunch of major club hits on his resume, and is doing s**t completely his way. MoneyBagg is better. Give me him over the folks you think are hot.
Quincy is the creator of Ratings Game Music. He loves writing about music, taking long walks on beaches, and spaghetti that fights him back.