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Album Review: SAVAGE MODE II by 21 Savage and Metro Boomin

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21 Savage is a rapper and songwriter from the United Kingdom. While he was born in the UK, he mostly says he's from Atlanta since he moved there since he was seven years old. Metro Boomin is a producer and songwriter from St. Louis. These two artists first came together back in 2016 to create their first collaborative album, Savage Mode. They have worked on and off, with a few other collaborative albums. They return for the second album in the series, Savage Mode II.
 
The first track from the album is Intro. The first track is exactly what you would expect, a quick introduction to the album. It is just over a minute in length and gives us a piano repeating arpeggio notes. Other than that, there aren't too many other things happening instrumentally. The real impressive part from the introduction is having Morgan Freeman narrate it. He appears on several different tracks from the album so this isn't the last time we will hear from him. Morgan Freeman talks about even though the two have differences, they are able to come together to make a cohesive album.

After that, we finally get into the album with Runnin. The track opens up with an old track that gets mixed into the beat and the trap drums. It's been awhile since we've heard from 21 Savage, but you can definitely hear the improvements he has made over the years. While he is nowhere near the greatest rappers of all time, he's better than he was on the first collaborative album. 21 Savage talks about how he's improved since the first album and how others are scared of him. The track ends with another Morgan Freeman part.

The instrumental at the end of the previous track smoothly transitions into Glock In My Lap. Not really sure how I feel about this track, especially with the opening and 21 Savage repeating 'pussy'. It can be a bit comical the first few listens. He also uses that as an adlib throughout the track. Another comical part is definitely him name dropping Chuck E. Cheese during the chorus. Since the track references a gun, he talks about gang violence that he has experienced in the past.

Mr. Right Now features a high pitched and brighter beat. While I was a bit confused with this track at first, it has grown on me and is one of my favorites from the album. However, I understand why some people might find it annoying at times. This track also features Drake, which is a must for a lot of rappers right now. Since he name drops the band TLC in the track, he references a few of their tracks, and uses some of their track names as innuendos.

Just like the previous track, the beat for Rich N**** Sh*t is introduced at the end of the previous track. The beat is definitely slowed down here and I actually dig it since it has some similar vibes to a vaporwave track. Also, if you've read my blog before, you might be expecting what is coming next.. Young Thug is featured on this track. You guessed it, I didn't enjoy his feature. While he didn't ruin the track, I would have been fine without the feature.

With a name like Slidin, you would expect that there would be a lot of innuendos, but surprisingly, there aren't. You have another laid back trap-styled beat with a repeated synth note. At this point in the album, you are kind of stuck in 21 Savage's normal flow. He does switch it up a bit during the chorus, but other than that, it's nothing new that we haven't seen yet. On this track, he goes back to the violence and other things he was around as a young child.

Many Men opens up with something new. You have a quick string sample that opens up the track, and then you get your normal high-pitched synth notes as well as the trap drums. After doing some deeper digging, this track uses some sampling from 50 Cent's track of Many Men. He also mentions 50 Cent on different parts of the track to pay homage to him. Just like the previous track, he continues to talk about a similar subject matter.

Snitches & Rats (Interlude) is a quick, less than a minute interlude track in the middle of the album. What marks this different from the introduction, this track actually doesn't have that much instrumentation until halfway through the track when the instrumentation slowly builds up. You also have Morgan Freeman again on this track. Just like the title suggests, Morgan Freeman talks about the differences between a snitch and a rat.

After that, we have the actual track, Snitches & Rats. This is actually one of the few tracks where I actually enjoy the beat. It's definitely one of those washed out type of beats for the track, as well as the typical drumbeats, of course. 21 Savage continues to talk about how some people hide behind their keyboard while other people are actually out in the street. He also talks about how some people have been snitching on their own family members, but they would easily snitch back.

My Dawg definitely changes it up a bit. 21 Savage also changes his style up a bit which is a nice breath of fresh air. You get a simple beat in the background, which sound like a high pitched piano playing a few notes. If you remember back in 2019, 21 Savage was arrested and people started to find out that he was actually born in the UK. 21 Savage briefly talks about this subject on this track, mostly in the second verse.

Steppin On N***** brings us back to a high-energy drum beat, which also starts to step away from the trap styled drum beats we have heard for most of the track. This definitely sounds like something you would hear in the 90s for hip hop. I would have definitely loved to see more people collaborate with 21 Savage on this track. As I've talked about before, this doesn't really talk about anything new that we haven't heard from 21 Savage yet.

Besides the booming bass, Brand New Draco definitely has a different sounding beat. Definitely not 90s inspired, but different from what we've heard earlier. I'm not really a heavy booming bass type of guy, but this is a track that benefits from the booming bass. Judging by the track, Draco probably references a type of a gun. Besides talking about weapons, he also talks about his wealth and how he has made a lot of money.

For whatever reason, the beat in No Opp Left Behind sounds similar to the track rockstar from Post Malone. 21 Savage was also featured in that track which might be why it sounds like that. The drum beat is a bit different but the actually harmony in the background makes it sound similar. As I said before, nothing new from this track so I'll let you go into the track with your own thoughts. We get another skit from Morgan Freeman at the end of the track.

RIP Luv is another laid back, toned down track. We don't exactly know who this is for, but 21 Savage mentioned the date July 8, 2009. We do know that it is probably someone close to him judging by the title of the track. This is probably someone that he loved or had some sort of thing with, but probably lost her to gang violence, or lost her to some sort of death. You also get a quote from Morgan Freeman talking about how love never dies.

The last track, and longest track on the album is Said N Done. The track is just under four minutes in length, so if that tells you anything about the length of the album. This beat definitely has another high pitched energy like Mr. Right Now. When his career his over, he is going to wonder who he will still be around and who will still be there for him. He's not sure if the people around him will still be there for him or will walk away.

Overall Rating: 5/10
Favorite Tracks: Runnin, Mr. Right Now, Many Men, Snitches & Rats, RIP Luv
 
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