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Album Review: The Sailor by Rich Brian

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Rich Brian is an Indonesian rapper and singer. He first gained popularity through his hit song, Dat $tick. He eventually released his debut album, Amen, last year. In his sophomore album, The Sailor, Brian shows some growth, but there are some holes in the album.

The first track is the title track, The Sailor. The track starts with Rich Brian rapping over a high pitched beat and is bragging about his expensive lifestyle. During the outro, Brian gives a spoken verse. A girl eventually approaches Rich Brian and asks him these thought-provoking questions.

Rapapapa starts off with a chill, lo-fi hip hop beat. In this song, Rich Brian explores the topic of lust versus love. He's with these women, but they don't seem to care how Brian is or how his day was. They just want to sleep with him and don't want anything serious. However, Rich Brian eventually comes to terms that he is still young and doesn't have to rush into a relationship. The song ends with a spoken verse from RZA, a member of the Wu-Tang Clan.

The next track is Yellow and was a promotional single for the album. This track is piano and string heavy. Brian also exercises his singing ability at the beginning of the track. He talks about if people will remember his name, even if he just stops rapping, or passes away. A lot of Indonesian artists have garnered attention, but eventually they just fade away and are forgotten. He doesn't want to be the next person that just disappears after a few albums.

After that we have Kids. During the first few seconds of the song, the beat immediately reminds me of old 90s hip-hop. In this track, he explores the topic of being a role model to kids, not only in the United States but back in his home country, Indonesia. He's trying to tell everyone that it doesn't matter who you are, you can make it as long as you put your mind to it.

Drive Safe brings us back to another song where he explores his singing ability. In this track, there's a guitar that is mostly playing repeated arpeggios. Through the lyrics of the song, Rich Brian is reminiscing about the old days, possibly when he was in middle school or high school. As time goes on, especially after high school, some of the friendships you used to have will fade away. In the second verse, he talks about seeing pictures of him and his friends. However, they don't really talk anymore. This track could also be referencing a girl he is no longer with.

Confetti is definitely one of the bangers on this album. This is another track in which Brian likes to brag about his life. There are also a few lines about this girl that could reference an ex-girlfriend of his. He mentions that the girl is toxic and that she owes him.
Vacant is another quieter and calmer track on this album. Brian is talking to this girl and it seems like he might be the rebound. This girl was deeply hurt by this guy she used to be with, but Brian is trying to get her to move on and forget about him. He's trying to be a great guy, but she's skeptical since she was hurt, and only time will heal the wounds.

The next track, No Worries, is another short track which is just under three minutes long. When the second verse comes in, the drumbeat finally comes in and Brian switches up his flow. Again, Brian talks about his lifestyle and how his job is so carefree. He loves his job and can relax whenever he wants.

100 Degrees features an acoustic, twangy guitar. This is just a feel-good song about having a good time and relaxing. Since it's summer, the temperatures are high, so Brian thinks that you should just have a good time.

After the singing introduction, Slow Down Turbo turns into a bass-heavy banger. During the second verse, he tries to show off with his fast flow, and then it slows back down for the third verse. He has a few clever lines here and there on this track.

Curious is another track that features an acoustic guitar. Brian is reminiscing about his home and how he misses Indonesia. He also realizes how far he's come and his rise in popularity. He's definitely not who he used to be back in 2016.

The last track on the album is Where Does The Time Go. This track also features another 88rising member, Joji. In this track, Brian just keeps on asking himself what he has become. He's in an endless debate whether he wants to have fun or settle down with someone.

What did you think of the album? What were some of your favorite tracks? Let me know down in the comments section!
Overall Rating: 6/10
Favorite Tracks: Rapapapa, Kids, Slow Down Turbo

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