Gunna Continues to Excel


Steven Moore, Assistant Editor

St28 year old rapper, Gunna, is one of the most popular rappers in the game right now and he has taken over the industry in these last couple of years. His highly anticipated album, “Drip Season 4,” released on Friday, Jan. 7. I have not been more excited for a release since Drake’s “Certified Lover Boy,” which was released Sep. 3. Gunna is one of the more intriguing young artists that attracts a lot of listeners due to his chill voice and flow, in addition to his versatile beats and surplus of features. I was looking forward to seeing who he would have featured on this album with him and once I saw the list, I was not disappointed. He had a number of solo tracks, plus high-profile collaborations with rappers Lil Baby, Chris Brown, Young Thug, 21 Savage, Kodak Black, Future and more. 

Gunna opened the album with more up-tempo and fast paced beats which really set the tone for this album. He was able to add more melodic and calm beats towards the end, thus creating one of the most versatile albums of the year. My favorite three songs from this album were “25k jacket” (ft. Lil Baby), “South to West” and “Alotta Cake.” My clear cut favorite was “25k Jacket” with Lil Baby, not only because I admire the change of pace in the song, but because when these two guys hop on a track together the flow is immaculate. They combine a perfect mix of lyrical excellence with a very fitting beat. It is a perfect song to listen to when warming up for any type of sporting event, which I can appreciate. Number two for me was a solo “South to West.” He has an amazing flow change about 40 seconds into the song which really exemplifies his talent. Additionally, this song has yet another adaptable beat that Gunna absolutely killed. Lastly, the third best song in my opinion was “Alotta Cake.” This song is an absolute head-nodder with the best beat in the album. The first ten seconds of the song provide a beat drop like non other. Gunna is known for music that is beautifully produced, and this did not fail to meet standards. 

On the flip side, there were a couple of songs that I was not too fond of. “You and Me” (ft. Chloe) and “Die Alone” (ft. Yung Bleu and Chris Brown) were two songs that really stood out. I felt as though Gunna was trying to expand his way of rapping by adding some of these features and I did not really like how it turned out. His song with Chloe was not very lyrically pleasing and the two artists did not mesh well on a track together. Additionally, having Yung Bleu and Chris Brown on the same beat as Gunna just creates a crowded track and does not allow any artist to really set a tone for the track. I felt as though I was listening to three different songs at once and I was not a fan.

Overall, outside of a couple songs, Gunna’s new album was everything and more I could have asked for. He is such a versatile and talented rapper and he has nothing but bright things coming for him in the near future.