Review: $uicideboy$ — I want to die in New Orleans

Category:  The Arts
Thursday, September 13th, 2018 at 1:30 PM
Review: $uicideboy$ — I want to die in New Orleans by Jalil Robinson

★★

On Friday, September 7, duo $uicideboy$ released their fourteen-track album, “I want to die in New Orleans.” Going into my first full length listen to a $uicideboy$ album, I knew what to expect, but in a strange way, I also didn’t.

While listening to this album, what I enjoyed the most was the production the melodic, 808 driven beats. They reminded me and made me feel nostalgic for Three Six Mafia’s Dj Paul’s style of production. Some of the cadences were even reminiscent of early Juicy J, Project Pat, and Koopsta Knicca’s rapping styles.

  The Three Six Mafia influences in the style of production was obvious on tracks such as “King Tulip,” “Coma,” and “10,000 Degrees.” However, the overall style of the album wasn’t a complete rip off from their influencers. Through their airy style of production, the $uicideboy$ created their own style by combining new and old school style production. The dynamics of this style made me feel like I was sky diving my way to the pits of Hell.

 The lyrics on the album kept me captivated while each artist was rapping and touching on topics such as suicide, wanting happiness, intoxicating lyrics and being alone. $uicideboy$ managed to do this in an appealing way by boasting about them.

 The hooks on the songs were also appealing, through combining unclean heavy metal style vocals with a hook that rappers might write. Combined with the song structures that constantly changed the mood of the tracks, the hooks were the most worthwhile to listen to on this album.

What I disliked about this album was during my first listen, I felt myself growing bored of the lyrics. I didn’t feel the same energy I had going into the album. During the following listens, the only thing that kept me listening to the project was the production.

Another aspect about the second half of the album that was a turn off was the tone of the voices the $uicideboy$ rapped in. At times, I could predict what approach and cadence that the duo would take during a beat switch.

My overall review of this album would be a 2 out of 5. The tracks I preferred to listen to were “10,000 Degrees,” “Carrolton,” “122 Days” and “I No Longer Feel the Razor Guarding My Heel (IV).” I kinda kept the same outlook of the $uicideboy$ I had previously, which was that the group has amazing energy, but the lyrics weren’t written to stick and the rapping was predictable at best. 

Jalil Robinson can be reached at ae.spectator@gmail.com

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