MITMondays: 21 Savage Switches Up His Style
Last Friday, 21 Savage released his major label debut entitled Issa. On this new project we definitely see a different side of 21 Savage. This is not the “Murder Music” we are accustom to seeing from him. On Nothing New, he even points out, “They thought I only rap about murder and pistols.” There have been a lot of dope releases this summer from Hov to SZA to Chainz and 21 Savage is another name to add to that list. With that being said let’s take a look into this new 21 Savage.
The intro track, Famous, starts off with a little self-reflection over production from the dynamic duo of Metro Boomin and Zaytoven. We find Savage looking back over the darkness of his past life and how different his life is in the present day. This is an interesting contrast because even though his situation changed his mindset is still the same. Here we the typical "you can take the boy out the jungle but you cannot take the jungle out the boy" syndrome and he indicates this to us with the line “ Yea I’m a street nigga, yea I’m famous.” And he also reminds us that “The internet won’t help you understand me.”
Another stand out track on this album was Thug Life. For a minute it was bothering me that I couldn’t figure out the sample. It turns out they sampled En Vogue’s Giving Him Something He Can Feel. It caught me off guard because for a song entitled Thug Life I was not expecting this type of beat. This is one of my favorite songs off the album. I love the beat more than anything. Not only is the beat hard but the lyrics are dope as well. Here is another reference to how things have changed, “We used to jump niggas now we jump in crowds.” One line that is very relatable for many in this time is that, “If he had the password to the phone he wouldn’t have cuffed you.”
One the next song we get a love song from 21 Savage. I never thought I would ever say that let alone hear the track. This is definitely something different from 21 and it’s really good. We allow been there before though. After a lit night trying to text, you get straight to the point and just FaceTime shawty. The only critique I have for this song is that the singing wasn’t really the best but that’s something minor. Lastly, shout out to Amber Rose, without her this song wouldn’t be possible.
Issa was something different from Savage Mode. I like to artists branch out and dibble & dabble in order to make their music. Granted it doesn’t have the hits like Savage Mode all in all it was a solid project with a good amount of songs that will be on repeat all summer 17. As Always…