In a sentence:
Smokepurpp’s latest mixtape ‘Deadstar 2’ continues to mark him out as one of Florida’s finest new wave rappers.
A prominent figure in the explosion of hard hitting, bassy
new wave sounds that having been coming out of Florida the past three years or
so, Smokepurpp entered the hip-hop landscape with youthful resilience and an
uncaring demeanour that perfectly pandered to veracious rap audiences.
Typically known for his catchy flows, materialistic content and a penchant for
abrasive beats, Smokepurpp encapsulated what was so fascinating about the
Soundcloud wave on his 2017 debut album Deadstar. A blend of
relentless bangers, songs like ‘Bless Yo Trap’ and ‘Krispy Kreme’ will
definitely have your speakers knocking, and more Auto-Tune leaning songs like
‘To The Moon’, purpp showcased why he’s an artist to watch. On Deadstar 2,
he builds on this versatility.
Employing more syrupy and sorrowful tones on songs like
‘Matrix’, a song that merges lavish living with existential nods to being lost
in a ‘matrix’ of dependent drug use, and the Trippie Redd assisted ‘All For
Me’, a slow moving but passionate ballad that puts forth a lover’s ultimatum
intermixed with frivolous but genuine set of reveals, the emotional growth
Smokepurpp brings to this album is commendable. No longer set on a simply
promoting a boisterous image his overly indulgent style of swag rap seems less
like that of a ‘florida jit’ but of someone who’s become wary of what his fame
and success has brought him. This is most apparent on ‘Robbin Robbin’ which
sees Smokepurpp reminisce on his life prior to blowing up. With soft starry
chords and wishful murmuring, the song acts as crux for his current position in
life and details the highs and lows of said position.
This being said, Purpp still offers the usual brashness he’s
become known for. On ‘Left, Right’ he reunites with frequent collaborator and
close friend Lil Pump for a manic b2b which features some pretty unforgivably
crass and anachronistic lyrical highlights like, “There’s a witness on the
stand so I shot the jury” and “I bust in her face, now that lil’ bitch
look like a Toaster strudel”. But he also puts forth an ode to one of the
songs that blew him up (‘Audi’)
in ‘Audi II’, an upgrade
from his past efforts that reflects how he’s now set and can buy more than just
Smokepurpp also shows off his vast knowledge of trends and
great ear for production. On ‘Ariba’ he employs his most daring use of
auto-tune over sweet and exotic guitar loops, although the obvious pull from
the Playboi Carti flow spectrum diminishes the value of the song. Enlisting
help from revered producer Kenny Beats, ‘What I Please’ acts as
a gunblazing, fuck-what-you-think anthem that is simple but bangs effectively.
With a spooky melody and very solid verse from Denzel Curry, the song is hard
Although lacking in depth and abundant in materialistic
content, Deadstar 2 is a fairly enjoyable album that continues
Smokepurpp’s trajectory as one of the most sonically relevant new wave rappers
out right now. With another project already announced Smokepurpp’s career seems
stronger than ever. (6/10) (Daniel Antunes)
Listen to Deadstar 2 by Smokepurpp here via Spotify, and tell us what you think below!
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