When it comes to the career of burgeoning young rapper, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, his meteoric rise to mainstream success was destiny. The 21-year-old Bronx native, born “Artist Julius Dubose,” has set out to be a creative voice in today’s generation, and is racking up millions of streams across digital platforms and radio airwaves.
A Boogie has only been around for a little more than a year, having first released his debut mixtape Artist back in February 2016, but he has been popping up all over the place ever since… appearing on tour with Drake and Future, at the BET Hip-Hop Awards, Forbes Magazine, and was one of 10 artists picked for XXL’s 2017 Freshman Class.
His highly anticipated debut, The Bigger Artist, from Atlantic Records, is an electrifying new record featuring guest appearances from Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Robin Thicke, Kodak Black, 21 Savage, PnB Rock and YoungBoy Never Broke Again.
The album opens with “No Promises” an apologetic track with a vocal-beat, all about his unpredictable lifestyle, being on the road and trying to put himself out there, while “Undefeated” talks about the pressure that comes with taking no losses.
“Drowning (Water)” featuring Kodak Black is a powerful lead single, with its classically composed samples and memorable hooks, it has all the elements of a chart-topping hit. No wonder it debuted at No. 38 on the Billboard Hot 100 back in July.
The album’s second single was an obvious choice. One of the most interesting tracks on the album, “Say A’” delivers a nostalgic ‘70s jazz vibe on the beat from producer Courtney “Ness” Clyburn.
Meanwhile, “No Comparison” might arguably be the best composed Metro Boomin’ track since Kanye West’s “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. I,” with its use of different instrumentation, such as strings and flutes.
Things get really personal with tracks “Unhappy,” a heartfelt rhyme about a bad relationship, and “Let’s Start Over” about trying to recoup. Fellow Bronx rapper, Don Q, jumps on the tracks “Somebody,” a brand new club banger from producer DJ Mustard, and “Money Sprung” about the power of the almighty dollar.
A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie even gets Trey Songz and Robin Thicke to join on him the Pop/R&B-infused track about searching for a “Bad Girl”—another surefire hit from the up-and-coming young artist.
The album ends with a track, featuring PnB Rock and YoungBoy NBA, which is perfect for when you feel like you’re “balling so hard they’re going to think you have a cheat code.” Because whether you’re having a good day or a bad day, we all feel the urge to go “Beast Mode” sometimes.
A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie is an artist who comes out the gate swinging. If there is one thing that is certain, it is that his debut album, The Bigger Artist, available now from Atlantic Records, does not sound like it was crafted by someone who is just starting to make a name for himself. The album is pretty darn close to perfection and I predict that we’re going to see a lot more of A Boogie in the near future.
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