Album Backlog Vol. 4: 21 Savage, Kodak Black, & Future

While this column was made for talking about albums I didn’t have time to review, I probably should have given all the albums mentioned in this post a proper analysis. Most of the time the beginning of the year is slow in terms of big Hip-Hop album releases, but instead we got three around this time (I’m not gonna count A Boogie because I would probably never review one of his albums. No disrespect to Highbridge). Plus, 21 Savage, Kodak Black, and Future all achieved the feat of having their latest albums grab the #1 spot on the Billboard 200. But whatever; shit happens. I guess. Let’s clear out the queue.


Wow. I started writing this post a day before the news came out that 21 Savage was arrested by ICE and was actually from the U.K., so I basically had to erase everything I wrote and start over. I’m still trying to process this information (as further new comes out).

I actually was pretty hype for 21 Savage’s album I Am > I Was i am > i was. When I think about it, I’m always interested whenever I hear 21 has a new project coming out. The thing is, I never really like the results. It’s the same thing for i am > i was. Don’t get me wrong, I like some songs; who doesn’t like “A Lot” featuring J. Cole? But at the end of the day, I only kept like 6 out of 16 songs. One of those songs I kept was “A&T” featuring City Girls’ Yung Miami and it was basically due to the title standing for “Ass & Titties”. #FreeJT #Free21


I feel like I missed something with Kodak Black‘s latest album Dying to Live. Like most things in life, I’m gonna go ahead and blame Drake. Due to a direct message conversation that Kodak Black put up on Instagram, Drizzy had me thinking this album was way deeper than what I heard. And maybe it is. But it always hard to get past Kodak’s voice. Maybe it’s a Florida thing. One of the songs I actually did like was “If I’m Lyin, I’m Flyin”. *starts doing the Kodak bop*


I stand behind my theory that all of Future‘s album are basically unreviewable (At least in the nappyafro track-by-track way). That being said, The WIZRD marks the 6th #1 album of his career and he even recently broke Drake record for #1’s on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart this decade.

I always wondered if Future has real fans. I don’t mean people that just like his music, but people that like him the same way some people like J. Cole or Kendrick Lamar. I feel weird saying this because as a person who is from Georgia and lived a large part of his life in Atlanta, I feel like I’m suppose to be into Future’s music way more than I am (Which isn’t much). Let’s check out… *randomly picks out a song*  “Never Stop”.