BlocBoy JB has had a rapid ascension to the forefront of rap, first for his new dance craze, then with his Drake assisted single, “Look Alive”, that took things over the top. He wasted no time in capitalizing on all of that new attention with a slew of singles that all eventually led to his most ambitious project yet, Simi. While it was more enjoyable than I would have expected, I can’t help but feel like I’ve been here before. He’s more reminiscent of those Soulja Boy, D4L, “Walk It Out” days than he is of any of the new acts out these days. Whatever song over the past year made you familiar with the Memphis rapper, is exactly what you can expect from the rest of album. He raps with the same flow, same cadence, and the beats all play in that same lane where you can ‘shoot’ to. It’s a safe project that triples down on everything that’s gotten him to this point, but it still remains to be seen if he has what it takes to outlast his own dance craze.
Although it's titled Life of Desiigner, we don't learn much about him as a person but we do get a much better feel for who he is as his own musical entity. None of the seven songs here are as good as even the loosies he's released over the past year but their even to keep me interested in a proper debut.
Rae Sremmurd has proven that they sound fine as solo artists but "Sr3mm", while not musically as good as "Swaecation" and a bit better than "Jxmtro", shows that they still sound at their best when feeding off of each other's energy and what they both respectively bring to the table.
I wasn't sure I'd want to hear an entire project of just Slim Jxmmi rapping but he proves that he's more than competent by today's standards, if not a bit repetitive. But who are we kidding, we don't come to Rae Sremmurd for the lyrics and artistry, we come for the turn up; and in that regards Jxmtro has the most to offer in terms of pure turn up out of the three.
“Pushed me to the edge, so it really ain’t my mothafuckin’ fault Man, I’m not to blame, man, this fuckin’ industry is cutthroat I’m not the same, man, and I could let you check the tag now I’m rockin’ name brand, I’m only chasin’ after bags now”
Have you heard Simi? What’d you think about it? Did BlocBoy JB give you anything unexpected from him? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to leave your own ratings and reactions to the album.
BlocBoy JB – Simi Reaction
BlocBoy JB's album is a safe project that triples down on everything that's gotten him to this point, but it still remains to be seen if he has what it takes to outlast his own dance craze.