July 17, 2016

Fetty Wap - Fetty Wap (2015)


Young Thug, Rich Homie Quan, and Future have all received some critical acclaim for their unique combinations of mumbles, punctual shouts, and simultaneously obnoxious and abstract lyrics. A lot of people--including myself--are loving this right now, but because this style appears to be a get-rich-quick route, people think that spraying a bunch of unintelligible bullshit into a microphone is going to sound fantastic. Absolutely not, contrary to the general public's belief, this is not an easy aesthetic to pin down; an artist needs to understand the logic behind why it works--and this is precisely why Future fucking sucks and the new Rich Gang has that flame. It's nonsensical to compare Fetty Wap's exact aesthetic to Thugger, but it obviously flaunts that influence and generates the same appeal. I don't know if it's because his popularity is more far-reaching than the more intense Rich Gang music, but I hardly see the same kind of love for this album as something like Barter 6, Slime Season, or DS2. On music-based social media sites like RateYourMusic, reviewers unfairly label this debut as inconsistent even more than they do for All Eyez On Me. Like I was getting at before, Fetty Wap's delivery isn't just a lazy shot in the dark, and while the high-charting singles are fantastic, I think the full length debut actually gives him room to demonstrate just how well-developed his delivery is. One of the most cohesive and emotionally diverse albums from this current hip hop era, give it a shot.