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Of course, Travis Scott was going to release something before the end of the year. JACKBOYS is a hip hop collective consisting of Travis Scott, Sheck Wes, and Don Toliver. Despite the collective only having three members, the EP JACKBOYS has some guest features from Quavo, Offset, and many more.

To start off the album, we have a remix of Travis Scott's HIGHEST IN THE ROOM, which was released earlier this year. If you haven't heard the original, it has a trap beat with a high-pitched vocalist in the background. The remix keeps the chorus and his first verse, but then we have the addition of Rosalía and Lil Baby. I think Rosalía gives the track a nice twist, but not too stoked with Lil Baby's verse. All it all, it's a great track to start off the album.

Next, we have JACKBOYS, which I think is the actual opener to the album. It's a short, 47 second track with heavy synth chords playing and a guitar. Towards the end of the track, we have some soft vocal hums.

GANG GANG is the banger that all of the Sheck Wes fans wanted to hear from him. While Travis Scott and Don Toliver are on the track, this is definitely Sheck's track. Don Toliver does have a small part with the chorus, but I don't think it works well with the track. Everyone is rapping, but his singing just throws off the feeling of the track. If it was more of an R&B track, it would work, but I don't think singing works with trap beats that well.

As I was saying before, Don Toliver's singing doesn't work with trap beats. However, towards the beginning of HAD ENOUGH, he has time to redeem himself where his singing perfectly matches up with the track. This is also the track where he gets to work with Migos members, Quavo and Offset. On this track, they talk about someone they used to date, but now the relationship is no longer held together.

After that, we have another banger titled OUT WEST. On this track, Young Thug definitely sticks out and has a huge role. The track has a heavy hitting bass with a flute-like instrument. The beat actually contains a sample from Take Over Your Trap by Bankroll Fresh. Travis Scott continues to use his melodic flow and adlibs on this track.

WHAT TO DO? is officially the longest track on the EP, just a little over four minutes in length. This is a very spaced out track and unfortunately very repetitive, especially Travis Scott's part during the chorus. Minus the repetitiveness and reverbed synths, I do appreciate the reference to NO BYSTANDERS when Sheck Wes and Don Toliver say "F*** the club up."

Finally, the last track on the album is GATTI. This track features the up and coming rapper from Brooklyn, Pop Smoke. Not a huge fan of Pop Smoke so this track is a turn off for me. He just comes off as lazy and his rapping style doesn't really appeal to me. Also, not a huge fan of the trap beat used on this track. The beat is from AXL Beats and he is a famous British producer.

I am indifferent on this EP. There are some okay high points, but some of the tracks like WHAT TO DO? and GATTI just end the EP on a low note. Since this is their first collaboration, I expect them to come out with a full-length project in the next year or two that will blow this EP out of the water. I am excited to see what they have in store for the future.
Overall Rating: 5/10
Favorite Tracks: HIGHEST IN THE ROOM, GANG GANG, OUT WEST

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