by Brian Conway
Is it getting cold in here or is it just me? Burr. It must be the new Gucci Mane album, Woptober, the second LP from the Atlanta rapper since he was released from prison. While out of the big house, Gucci’s been pushing for a new, healthier lifestyle prompting some fans to believe that whoever got released is actually a clone (I’m on the fence).
But, Woptober is as vintage Gucci as it gets, as he glides through trap beats referencing his ice, his millions, and his superiority to other rappers. And when you think about it, you can’t blame him. Gucci has been one of the main influences for some of the hottest rappers in the game right now, including 21 Savage, Lil Yachty, and Migos. His relevance is at an all time high and while many might not realize it, the man is trap royalty.
The album features bangers with a distinctly dark tone. The standout here is definitely “Bling Blaww Burr,” produced by Metro Boomin. the track features heavy, primal synths that feel as if they’re rising throughout the track. The Zaytoven/TM88-produced “Aggressive” is also a favorite with its organ-influence and catchy hook. Gucci does most of these beats justice with good flows and charisma, but he never strays far from the sometimes formulaic topics that made him successful in the first place.
While the production is on point for a good half of the record, it loses a lot of its steam throughout the backend of its 13-track length. The songs start blending together, and with only two features on the whole record (unlike his previous album this year, Everybody Looking), the variety is severely lacking. At the end of the day, Woptober won’t blow you away, but it’ll keep you cool nonetheless. Burr.