Review: 21 Savage/Metro Boomin — Savage Mode II

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Thursday, October 15th, 2020 at 3:07 PM
Review: 21 Savage/Metro Boomin — Savage Mode II by Steven McGarvie

Nearly four years after their first project — “Savage Mode” — producer Metro Boomin and rap artist 21 Savage released sequel “Savage Mode II” on Oct. 2.

After their first album together, I was hooked; I’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of another collaborative work between these two talented musicians. I never thought it would be this long of a gap, though, and unfortunately “II” wasn’t worth the wait.

The record is comprised of 15 tracks and features three other rap artists. While there's a few enjoyable songs, none jumped out at me like “No Heart”and “X (feat. Future)” did on their first project together. 

My favorite song from this new release — and the only one that made its way onto my playlists — is “No Opp Left Behind.” In this track, Metro Boomin puts down a fast beat and 21 Savage is able to pick up on it and deliver lyrics that fit very well. My favorite line is undoubtedly, “Focused on my bag, focused on my money / I done had dark days, I done had some sunny.” My main goal in life has always been to make sure that I have enough money saved up in case of emergencies; hearing this line and the beat matching the mood made this song very well done.

My least favorite songs on the album were “Runnin,” “Mr. Right Now (feat. Drake),” and “Many Men.” Both “Runnin” and “Mr. Right Now” performed well on the charts, both making appearances on the iTunes top 150, but I just didn’t get the hype. While I enjoy listening to 21 Savage, my main criticism about his music is that he can sound far too monotone at times. His voice was too flat in all three songs, enough to make me skip to the next track before they even finished.

Initially, I was excited to see a Drake feature on this record, hoping he’d use the opportunity to go back to his original style. Instead, he chose to continue producing music that has a pop-y vibe to it, which is not my cup of tea.

Nearly four years of waiting for “Savage Mode II” proved to be pointless. The album was disappointing and fell short of every expectation I had going in. While there were a few salvageable songs here, most were a lost cause. 

Steven McGarvie is a staff writer for The Spectator. He can be reached at edinboro.spectator@gmail.com.

Tags: album review, rap

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