A Boogie Wit da Hoodie shines in this appetizer before his new album.
3. Booby Trap
A Zaytoven/London On Da Beat beat on an A Boogie Wit da Hoodie song? Huh?
In “Booby Trap,” A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie talks his s**t in the sliest way possible. Over the hard-hitting, dramatic production with your typical Zaytoven elements, A Boogie talks about f**king with two chicks simultaneously, having a cold heart, and not needing a stylist to prove that he’s fly. Though he does do some dramatic singing throughout, he displays a level of coolness that tells me he still believes he runs New York and every chick that is not his.
2. Did Me Wrong
If we can get ten more tracks like “Did Me Wrong” on A Boogie Wit da Hoodie’s forthcoming album, I’ll be ready to invest in his career again.
A Boogie Wit da Hoodie is fully in his bag in “Did Me Wrong.” Throughout the song, he seamlessly transitions between various flows, calls out those who imitate his style, and dismisses his haters and past lovers who have wronged him. I don’t want to jump the gun, but you know what, I’m going to say it: These are the songs that signal A Boogie Wit da Hoodie’s triumphant return.
1. Her Birthday
Anyone who has dated Brittany Renner will understand exactly what A Boogie Wit da Hoodie is talking about in this song.
We’ve all spoiled someone before, right? However, the distinction between our acts of indulgence and A Boogie’s lies in his ability to purchase virtually anything his partner desires. In “Her Birthday,” A Boogie discusses his willingness to buy extravagant gifts for his partner just to maintain her happiness, potentially toxic behavior that could land you on an episode of Divorce Court. Despite the intoxicating and contagious melodies he employs, he occasionally leans towards a somewhat whiny tone in his delivery. Nevertheless, the soulful production complements his style effectively.
SONG BY SONG BREAKDOWN
1. Her Birthday (4/5)
2. Booby Trap (4/5)
3. Did Me Wrong (4/5)
I’m old enough to remember a world where A Boogie Wit da Hoodie was considered an A-list rapper. While his skills remain strong, it seems there are now many artists with a similar sound, making his style less distinctive than it once was. It also appears that A Boogie may have become complacent at the height of his success, a natural progression for many artists. However, in B4 BOA, the New York rapper exudes a renewed hunger and a deep understanding of what his fans desire: highly infectious melodic raps that balance confidence and vulnerability. Even from a production standpoint, this EP delivers the kind of soulful, dramatic beats that amplify his emotional lyrics. All in all, this project marks a promising return to falling in love with A Boogie’s music.
Quincy is the creator of Ratings Game Music. He loves writing about music, taking long walks on beaches, and spaghetti that fights him back.