FAV TRACKS: How Did I Get Here (feat. J. Cole), Lick, Tats on My Face, Wild Wild West (feat. Gunna), North Star (feat. CeeLo Green), Don’t Lose Me, Legacy (feat. Travis Scott & 21 Savage), Red Room
After Quavo and his nephew, Takeoff, dropped their solo debuts in the latter half of last year, the Migos’ third member finished off their solo album ventures with his own, FATHER OF 4. It’s been almost ten years since the famed Atlanta trio made their debut in 2011 with Juug Season, yet Offset shows no signs of aging or slowing down with this latest release. Despite the album’s personal edge and multi-flow wielding MC, Offset, much like his fellow members, fails to hold his own for an entire album.
The album begins with a two minute spoken word intro by Big Rube of Dungeon Family fame, who has done album intros for artists and groups like Future, Outkast, Goodie Mob, Killer Mike, and more. It also sets a loose theme for the album, which is mostly focused on his children as well as his turbulent relationship with fellow artist, Cardi B. This ultimately takes form on the ninth track on the record, ‘Don’t Lose Me’, which is an apology track to his wife. “I wanna be with you when we old (When we old)”, he raps. And almost without fail, he manages to mention Patek Philippes in the song. Offset is clearly making an effort, although it may be a while until he actually comes into his own lyrically and starts rapping about something other than foreign cars and watches. This effort is seen even from the beginning of the album, with the Atlanta rapper tapping Dreamville’s J. Cole for a feature on the second track, ‘How Did I Get Here’. Furthermore, the lead single produced by Metro Boomin, ‘Red Room’ is another introspective track, in which Offset raps about his near-death experience in a car accident, as well as the pain and suffering he sees around his neighborhood.
Overall, Offset’s FATHER OF 4 is nothing groundbreaking, but the album’s introspective and personal feel makes it stand out over the other two Migos solo outings and makes us more hopeful for future solo work by the father of four.
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Written by: John Yu (@stimyulus)