Trapper A Boogie is too in love with his singing voice on Hoodie SZN.

taylor
Written by taylor
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Anybody talking about A Boogie wit da Hoodie having his own unique flow is on that shit. Stop lying to yourself. Much of his cadence and delivery sounds like the female singer-rapper Dej Loaf – on mommas. It’s not the purpose of this rant to do a side-by-side comparison between these two artists – you already know. What we can do is glean any gems that might exist on Hoodie SZN, a tedious experience that is pretty much the same throughout most of its duration, with similar sounding trap ballads such as Voices in My Head, Just Like Me, and Love Drugs and Sex adding fat to the body of an album which also includes some lean standouts in Pull Up, Demons and Angels, and Beasty.

Gems are few and far between on feature-laden album

Everything seems to gel well on the gem Pull Up, a smart two-hook feature where guest NAV earns all 10 stacks, as the going rate goes. I’m thankful that this wavy Toronto-fashioned track closes out the frustrating Hoodie SZN on a listenable note. To be fair to Boogie, I would easily enjoy flexing on my enemies to melodic deliveries such as “I pulled up in a Benz truck, ooh / you pulled up in your friend’s truck, hmm”. The clever and comical disses keep coming; “I might take her to my mansion, hmm / hit her, then I vanish, ooh.” Still, the features save the album. The spaced-out Demons and Angels sounds ultra smooth due to the soft pleasing delivery pattern laid out by Juice WRLD, who just does it better according to my ears. And for something completely shocking to this reviewer, the silly aggression of 6ix9ine’s bars works well against a palatable, more dynamic A Boogie wit da Hoodie, who spits sex and hood-romance on Swervin’. This track also shows Boogie being introspective; as he admits his ex did him dirty by loving him and then curving him.

Boogie puts his city on, even if it doesn’t sound like a Bronx Tale.

Beasty is a different yet effective track, due to its wavy take on Boogie’s New York roots, a region usually known for aggressive deliveries and iconic boom bap beats - antithesis to what the artist delivers here. Boogie is committed to the mumble singer style – tradition be damned. He seductively whines, “Flyest nigga's out the Bronx yeah, and we come straight from Highbridge”, while the sub bass chords evoke an epic, haunted progression. So while convention is circumvented, Beasty harkens a new sound for NYC, much in the same way artists like Asap Rocky and the newer Sheck Wes are also reshaping Gotham’s sound.

With bad albums, do give credit where credit is due

Beasty and Startender both elicit the strongest urges to cruise (slowly on the former, 100mph on the latter.) Startender sounds like something Drake would put out now, a New Orleans Bounce track that, while suited for street racing, is even more suited for the strip club. Ladies looking for more joints to get sexy to may find such motivation on Look Back at It, although the actual expected drop of a trap rhythm is curiously absent - listeners will have to fill in the blanks over finger snaps and sexual acapela. Finally, 4 min convo (Favorite Song) is the title of the most conscious sounding cut on the album, where A Boogie excels at delivering a truly dynamic flow, which swings comfortably between rap bars and Yung Thug-esque squeaks and squawks.

Hoodie SZN wants to be an R&B album, without the vocal chops.

On Come Closer, the artist should have delivered straight up rap chops rather than living in the shadow of an actual R&B singer, Queen Naija – who brings it, even if it’s a dumbed down delivery intended to match the sing-rap cadence set from the jump. I detect the familiar guitar notes of No Scrubs from girl group TLC, yet even with this ear for the nineties, a general pervasive mediocrity makes Come Closer unmemorable - a syndrome that affects too many joints on the bloated 20-track album. Fans of such output should begin to demand more from their entertainers, just as this reviewer implores artists such as A Boogie wit da Hoodie to try and create a more unique lane, so that they can claim GOAT status with a straight face, rather than being lumped with too many other singer-rappers who often do it better, like PnB Rock, Dej Loaf, and Tory Lanez.

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Hoodie SZN (pronounced "Hoodie Season") is the second studio album by American rapper A Boogie wit da Hoodie. It was released on December 21, 2018. Features included 6ix9ine, Nav, Offset, Tyga and Juice Wrld, Queen Naija, among others. The album was supported by the single "Look Back at It".
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Songwriter

  • A Boogie Wit da Hoodie

Label

  • Atlantic
  • Highbridge

Producer

  • Artist "A Boogie" Dubose (exec.)
  • Quincy "QP" Acheampong (also exec.)
  • Sambon "Bubba" Camara (also exec.)
  • C.P Dubb
  • Chaz Mazzota
  • Ghost
  • Chris Rose
  • Figurez
  • Go Grizzly
  • Hitmaka
  • Iloveryno
  • J. Holt
  • Jaegen
  • Jahaan Sweet
  • Kenny Beats
  • KillaGraham
  • London on da Track
  • Myster Whyte
  • Niaggi
  • Pluss
  • Rex Kudo
  • Richie Souf
  • Robert Blake, Jr.
  • SkipOnDaBeat
  • Wolf Boy Media
  • Slade da Monsta
  • T-Minus
  • The Atomix
  • Young Troy
  • Prettyboy P