On this solo effort, Quavo displays ability to create killer hooks over slick trap beats, but unfortunately this is proof that he will never be an album guy. The absence of his fellow Migos members is felt hard and despite glittering moments, the album reeks of mediocrity.
If you follow the commercial music scene of recent times, you will surely know of the name Quavo. One third of rap group Migos, Quavo is the melody man who offers up catchy hooks and stellar features on some of the biggest hip-hop hits of the past few years. So when news came of a debut solo album I was excited because there was always going to be hits on it, but obviously I had my doubts regarding him making a solid full length project.
I may as well start off with the positives on this album; there are some seriously strong songs on here. Flip The Switch with Drake is an understandable anthem given the chemistry between the two and the star power possessed by Aubrey, Rerun with Travis Scott goes very hard and sounds better than 90% of the pair’s 2017 collab project Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho. It’s also worth mentioning Pass Out with 21 Savage, a dirty track with a sinister beat, an environment 21 absolutely thrives in. The main attraction of this album for me, however, comes in the form of Champagne Rose with Cardi B and Madonna. Seeing Madonna’s name on a Quavo tracklist is as intriguing as it is baffling, but she kills the hook with a trippy but anthemic melody.
What do you notice about the highlights of this album? They all have great features. Sadly, Quavo comes up short alone on tracks and relies heavily on guest appearances to help him shine; which isn’t a slight on his performances at all, it is just me saying that he has the best brought out of him by other people’s influences. The songs in which he is featureless see Quavo helped out by a loud and in-your-face beat which can often distract from the actual quality of the song, but there are exceptions to this rule. The album opener Biggest Alley Oop is a flex zone anthem in which Quavo drips with persona and attitude while Huncho Dreams speaks in large detail about his sexual relationship with Nicki Minaj.
Unfortunately this album is just far too long for someone with the skill set and limited diversity of Quavo. Clocking in at over an hour long, it is unnecessarily long and it is painfully obvious as to why he has made it how he has; it is simply trial and error in that if he releases enough music there will always be a diamond in the rough. This album hasn’t done much to derail the fame and fortune of Quavo or Migos, but it certainly hasn’t propelled him to that next tier of rappers above him. Mediocre at best, not awful but certainly not groundbreaking; it is a chameleon album that does nothing more than sink to the annals of simplicity in a year of such phenomenal rap music.