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EPISODE 177: 21 Savage – i am > i was Album Review

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Thinking back to the 2016 XXL Freshman cover and revisiting the cypher videos from that year is a nice throwback, but the thought of a majority of these artists sticking around for as long as they have wasn’t entertained. Capitalizing off the popularity of his interview with VladTV in which he clarified the tattoo on his forehead in the most hilarious way, 2017’s “Issa Album” showed a depth to 21 Savage that most weren’t expecting. The album did well commercially and was received well from critics, but after its release, 21 went quiet for a while. Little-to-features here and there, no new singles, and a few TV appearances to appease his fanbase, but nothing concrete was dropped in between that period of time. He later went on to denounce jewelry and expensive habits and dove into philanthropy. Giving back to his community and being involved with inner city issues. This energy would later all be channeled into a brand new album aptly titled, “i am > i was“. 21 was already impressive in his debut, but on his sophomore record, he digs even deeper in both lyricism and concepts. The gang-affiliated attitude is still very present, but there is a different, more conscious energy on the album this time around. The production is ambitions, energetic, and more versatile, giving 21’s style another layer of creativity. He proves he’s not just a rapper talking about the same old subjects everyone’s tired of hearing. With surprising guest features included Childish Gambino, J. Cole, and Offset, i am > i was delivers in every way possible.