Album Review: Boogie – Everythings For Sale
Album Review: Boogie – Everythings For Sale
Boogie, the Compton born rapper, first started gaining attention from rap fans back in 2015, when he released his single Oh My. After releasing numerous mix-tapes after that, on the 12th of October 2017, he got signed by Eminem to Shady Records. Since then, people have been anticipating his first studio album which finally dropped on the 25th of January 2019. The album is called Everythings For Sale and has a lot of features which got the rap community excited, including Eminem and JID.
Tired/Reflections: A great song to open the album with. It has a very relaxed beat over which Boogie raps about quite emotional topics, such as not allowing people to step all over your, but he performs it in a much more lyrical way than I just phrased it!
Silent Ride: This was the final single before the release of the album and it’s easy to understand why; it’s an outstanding song. The entire song has a very chill vibe to it which is partly because of Boogie’s amazing flow on it, over the beat. The hook of this song is very catchy. It certainly made the song stand out and showed us Boogie’s abilities as a singer as well as a rapper.
Swap Meet: This song is very relaxing and it could easily be listened to on a rainy day (no put intended…you’ll understand later!). It has a very nostalgic feel to it because the beat feels like it could’ve come out in the 2000’s. Boogie’s singing in this is actually very pleasing to the ear and he could easily release more songs with him just singing and they would still be just as good.
Lolsmh – Interlude: This is a very well placed interlude as it allows you to relax a bit before getting onto the rest of the album, whilst listening to Boogies story-telling. The song unravels a story of a troubled person who shares problems that the majority of us face today today – “Too much pressure to be on socials.” In this song you can hear that Boogie is saying everything straight from his heart as he probably relates to the things he says throughout the song.
Soho (feat. JID): This song includes the two people who have the potential to take rap forward, JID and Boogie. Even though JID’s verse was quite short it was still amazing, with great lyrics and a very unique flow; the exact same can be said for Boogie. Both rappers speak about staying true to the ‘hood’ even with all the opportunities outside it. The song is very energetic and I can easily hear it playing in clubs around the world, especially with its very energetic beat.
Skydive: The song is very smooth and heart warming. The chords in this song make it very calming and work well with Boogies voice. Boogies delivery sounds completely effortless, whilst being exceptional at the same time. Boogies lisp can makes certain parts of this song hard to understand, but it isn’t enough to detract from the enjoyment of the song. The entire melody is what makes it good. Even though I enjoyed this song due to how calm it was, it wasn’t one of my favourites and I don’t think it has a lot of replay value to it.
Rainy Days (feat. Eminem): This was the song that most fans were waiting for after seeing the track-list because of the Eminem feature. Eminem came with a lot of great word play and three different flows which were quite well received by the majority of people, however, the credit here has to go to Boogie. He had a very lyrical verse, with some great metaphors but also made the song very pleasant to listen to thanks to the great hook. The beat on this song was possibly the best one on the entire album as it could be described as quite ‘epic’.
Skydive II (feat. 6LACK): The entire song sounds very ‘heavenly’. The song is very ‘clean’ and has a nice interlude from Boogie in the middle. 6LACK had a really good verse on this song, just like you would expect. You could argue he sounded better than Boogie here but that’s mainly because Boogie only had a very short verse, with his main contribution being the amazing chorus for the song.
Whose Fault (feat. Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah): The song starts with an argument between a couple where Boogie switches between the male and the female to show us both of their perspectives. This showcases Boogies outstanding story-telling skills, which he already proved earlier in the album. The song is actually quite emotional and shows the struggle some people go through in their relationships.
No Warning: This can easily be considered as a love song by rap standards, which tends to be frowned upon by rap fans, yet this is not the case for this song. The song is actually very short and could possibly be longer, it is just Boogie singing/rapping a letter he is sending to his significant other where he is expressing his emotions and questions their love.
Self Destruction: This was the first single released to promote the album and it has received a great reception from everyone. The song had an amazing beat as well as flow, however this is not what made it such a great single. The extremely catchy hook of the song made the song as successful as it was, with over 2 million streams on Spotify. The lyricism in this song wasn’t anything special but it was still quite solid. Personally, I would have to say this was my favourite song on the entire album, party due to the hook being stuck in my head for as long as I can remember.
Time (feat. Snoh Aalegra): This was a great way to end the album. Boogie went back to being more energetic, which is when I think he sounds best. The way Boogie flows on this song was great and it also had some great lyrics. The vocals from Snoh Aalegra were also great and made the song even better. The ending of the song made me feel like this is the end of a beautiful performance and it was just very soothing.
Overall, this album has the chance to become a rap classic. It if full of a lot of great songs which have meaning but also includes a few songs which you can vibe to. I expected more energetic songs as I believe those are the ones where Boogie sounds the best. After hearing this album a few times I really believe that sooner rather than later, Boogie will become a world renowned rapper and I can’t wait for his next project.
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