Review Summary: Baby I'm a Vampire
Not only did Nacho Picasso release three albums in the past year and a half - he released three brilliantly produced records absolutely brimming with the most innovative punchline rapping known to man. But while For the Glory
, Lord of the Fly
, and Exalted
were technical marvels with respect to quality versus volume, they still lacked a certain distinguishing factor to elevate their content beyond gimmickry. The beats, courtesy of Blue Sky Black Death, effectively dabbled in the still-developing tropes of cloud-rap and trap, yet Picasso's rapping lacked enough of a coherent structure to truly enhance this backdrop to its fullest potential. Vampsterdam
mostly solves this problem by giving Nacho Picasso the energy of Avatar Darko to, well, feed upon. The interplay between the two is natural, giving room on the mic for Picasso to breathe with ample hooks to transition from - as opposed to filling up four minutes with constant punchlines about drugs or dicks/ using them. Araab Muzik, Raised Byy Wolves, and Clams Casino (among others) man the boards alongside a solitary beat from Blue Sky Black Death; the minor stylistic differences between each producer also help to differentiate Vampsterdam
from its predecessors with less slow-tempo monotony. As a whole, the record is a marked improvement that truly showcases Picasso's potential to dethrone Weezy as the king of the punchline (hopefully not too hard now that his brain has been completely transplanted by syzzurp).