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REVIEW: 21 Savage, Offset, Metro Boomin Team Up ‘Without Warning’

A really solid collaboration doesn’t necessarily need to bring together people from different parts of the world for it to be a quality record—as evidenced by Without Warning, the latest project featuring Atlanta rappers 21 Savage, Offset [of the rap trio Migos], and acclaimed producer Metro Boomin.

withoutwarningThe new hip-hop collaboration comes just a few weeks following the release of Super Slimey by Future and Young Thug and serves as the follow-up to 2016’s Savage Mode. With the help of friends Travis Scott, Quavo [of rap trio Migos] and Grammy Award-winning producer, Andre Proctor, the “now” rap trio have scared together 10-solid tracks into what can only be described as a hip-hop horror film.

“Young” Metro Boomin steals the show from the very start, mixing in church bells to give the Wu-Tang Clan inspired track, “Ghostface Killers” a sort of Alfred Hitchcock-vibe. The frightening “Rap Saved Me” features two-thirds of Migos over a chainsaw-tinged beat. Offset steps out on his own with tracks “Ric Flair Drip” and “Nightmare,” while Savage shines on “Run Up The Racks” and “My Choppa Hate N****.”

“Mad Stalkers” sounds like the trap remix of any horror film from Italian film director Dario Argento, with its almost Goblin-esque keys and creepy laughter. The album closes with the spaced-out Star Wars-themed track “Darth Vader,” which dropped with just enough time to be released before The Last Jedi is released on Dec. 15th.

But what really makes this album stand-out isn’t the Halloween theatrics, it’s how each song on the album was built around one of two samples… according to WhoSampled, all ten tracks feature either “Jumpman” by Drake and Future, or “Some More” by Young Thug, or both.

Mixing trap beats with classic slasher movie elements, from such films as Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street, makes this album the perfect addition to spice up any Halloween playlist. However, in the greater scope of hip-hop collaboration albums, Without Warning lacks the same type of cohesion you might hear on other albums like it.

RATING: 3.5/5

STREAM: 21 SAVAGE, OFFSET, METRO BOOMIN – WITHOUT WARNING

 

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