Review Summary: It's not a revolutionary mixtape that is going to change the rap scene as we see it, but it sure is a ton of fun.
It's pretty pointless to beat around the bush and try to explain who Gucci Mane is, as his rap career is anything but obscure or unknown. The ice cream faced rapper has been making music since 2005, with quite a few chart toppers and financial successes. This time he has teamed up with producer Metro Boomin', who has been making a large name for himself by working with rappers such as 21 Savage, Future, Kanye West, Migos, and many more. His biggest song so far was the mega hit “Bad and Boujee,” which is by Migos and features popular rapper Lil Uzi Vert. These two artists have come together and made Droptopwop, which has been reported as taking two days to make, which is a shocking short amount of time for any musical project.
As for the mixtape itself, it clocks in a 37 minutes and is only 10 tracks long. The songs are about what one might expect from a 2017 mixtape from Gucci Mane, as he hasn't exactly been reserved with his recent releases. Despite this, this tape does not feel tired in the slightest, as Gucci's witty and intentionally humorous one liners and puns. It is quite obvious that Gucci is not taking this mixtape too seriously, as he approaches serious topics with the same smooth flow that is used for the indulgence raps, which describe what Gucci loves about this life he has now that he is made it. These bars are accompanied by the knowingly absurd lines that attract attention, such as “Suck the dick game, she a leech.”
Metro Boomin', who will shoot you if he doesn't trust you, has created a series of dark trap beats that assist Gucci's rapping. These beats makes heavy use of background synths that add variety to the hard hitting beats that demonstrate that Young Metro knows his way around a solid groove, while maintaining a strong sense of dark ambiance on songs like Finesse The Plug and Bucket List. These beats go along very well with Gucci's careless and smooth rapping style that is consistently implemented throughout this release. Both Mane and Metro are compatible with each other and these songs have a cohesive quality that makes this project feel fleshed out and consistent.
This album is not trying to be a masterpiece of epic proportions. Nor is Gucci Mane attempting to speaking the “truth” to the masses and force a view point that the world must see. As we learn from artists like Hopsin, pseudo-intellectual lyrics and attempts at making something revolutionary is not always going to result in a good project. Rather, Gucci Mane and Metro Boomin', along with some contemporaries, made something fun, passionate, and unashamed of what it truly is, and, sometimes, that's all that is needed to make great music.