Ian D’Hulster, Staff Writer
Miami-based rapper and songwriter, Lil Pump, recently dropped his first full length mixtape. His debut features both of his SoundCloud singles, new material, accompanied by the backing of the major label Warner Brothers Inc.
Along with his contemporary Smokepurpp, Lil Pump has been leading the charge of SoundCloud rappers into the mainstream with this new self titled mixtape. It has reached #3, and its leading single, “Gucci Gang,” is also peaking at #3 on the billboard charts.
Although this new album has been a hit, I do not see how Lil Pump can follow it up in the years to come. Every song follows the exact same melodic format— this new mixtape sounds like a continuation of his single “Elementary,” which, although it is not on the album, would likely have been good for promotion purposes. Moreover, all of the beats he raps over have obnoxiously loud bass drops during the song; while it could translate perfectly into any meme, personally, it has implications of music becoming a part of meme culture rather than a medium to be taken more seriously.
Apart from Lil Yachty’s feature on the song “Back,” and Smokepurpp’s feature on “What U Sayin’,” the album would have been best if solely left to Lil Pump. Once again, the last track on this mixtape, “Pinky Ring,” finishes with the exact same melody used in the verse of “Gucci Gang.” Replacing “Pinky Ring” with the last two words from any line “Gucci Gang”’s verse makes their sameness easily identifiable.
On the flip side, the beats Lil Pump raps over are some of the best I have heard all year. I’d go as far as to say that if the ones used on “Damn” are a 10/10, these might be a 7/10. With the exception of perhaps “Gucci Gang,” Lil Pump’s album would not be half as decent if it weren’t for these beats.
Overall, I give this album a 5/10. There are a few good tracks, but as a whole, the debut would be better if it were released as an extended EP. As a parting note, though: I recommend that if one makes music, saying one’s own name at the start of every song is not the way to go.