Chief Keef
The W


4.0
excellent

Review

by Bloon CONTRIBUTOR (64 Reviews)
November 19th, 2017 | 65 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Devil on his Shoulder.

To call Chief Keef’s Thot Breaker one of the year’s most interesting, vibrant, and important hip-hop releases would be an understatement, as its bright and fun beats and unconventional approach to bars makes it stand out among a sea of well done rap projects from 2017. Keef’s lyricism walks the line between unconventionally sweet lyrics and braggadocious genre staples with the gracefulness of a trapeze artist, while the beats bolsters the fun loving feel of the album. The W, however, is the polar opposite of Thot Breaker in terms of feel. Whereas the latter is as close to an angel on the shoulder Sosa could have, with songs like “Can You Be My Friend” and “Whoa” containing surprisingly sweet lines, the former is easily the devil on Sosa’s other shoulder.

This devil indulges in a different kind of lifestyle, one involving drugs, worries, crimes, and sex. This revelling style of lyricism is far from new ground, especially for Keef, but the amazingly clever writing in these bars proves that Sosa is still extremely in touch with his wittiness. Keef also surrounds himself with extremely talented producers, such as Zaytoven, 808 Mafia, and CBMix, who know how to make frantic, engaging, dark, and melodic beats with the use of sharp cymbals and banging snares, accented by stranger percussion elements. These not only bring out the best in Sosa’s iconic flow, which truly shines on tracks like “No ID,” but also layer over each other, creating a certain obtuseness that adds to the bizarreness. The W embodies a foreboding and night-like nature, with it’s dark piano and synth leads, but still maintains a sense of cohesion, with Sosa’s chilled out energy and the enigmatic and consistent percussion progressions. The enigmatism comes from how disjointed and off-kilter many of the performances and instrumentals are, like the bombastic “Never Had A Job,” the surreal “Milk Me,” and the flowing “Musky.”

The varied and fresh nature of The W proves that Chief Keef can take a style that has been done to death, like dark and vibed out trap and still innovate on the sound with eccentric tendencies. Sosa is still as vibrant and attention-grabbing as always and knows how to craft amazing hooks and verses that are as profane as they are ingenious. Everything featured works in an impressive conjunction, with nothing feeling out of time or placement. With all of this, the Devil on Sosa’s shoulder proves that it can still have and make a good time, regardless of how hedonistic that time may be.



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Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
November 19th 2017


1066 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Check the album out here: http://www.datpiff.com/Chief-Keef-The-W-mixtape.857686.html

dope shit

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Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
November 19th 2017


1066 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks a ton to clavier and bbgames for helping me out with this

BlackwaterPork
November 19th 2017


3630 Comments


Nice review mate, pos

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DoofusWainwright
Contributing Reviewer
November 19th 2017


17709 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Best stuff I've heard from him so far on this one

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Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
November 19th 2017


1066 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks man :]

Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
November 19th 2017


1066 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

doofy that rating is whack

AsleepInTheBack
November 19th 2017


5406 Comments


Top notch work as always, mate. Makes me want to check this. Did enjoy thot breaker, so curious as to whether I'll dig a different style of Mr sosa

Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
November 19th 2017


1066 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

If you liked Thot Breaker, there is a good chance you'll like this.

DoofusWainwright
Contributing Reviewer
November 19th 2017


17709 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I'll prob revisit this one soon, will check review at the time and maybe bump rating accordingly.



I hated the chirpy vibe of 'Thot' so found this preferable by quite some degree.

AsleepInTheBack
November 19th 2017


5406 Comments


Review says a whole lot of something imo, but each to their own

Papa Universe
November 19th 2017


12011 Comments


Chief Keef released a good record? Hilarious.

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Ryus
November 19th 2017


15999 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

get outta here old man

StallionMang
November 19th 2017


8265 Comments


goofy

StarlessCore
November 19th 2017


5749 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

dedication poised to beat this tbh

StarlessCore
November 19th 2017


5749 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

no minute on it tho, sad, wanna see that make a release as its top tier 2k17 sosa

StarlessCore
November 19th 2017


5749 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

why wasnt mr cleaner on thot breaker

hal1ax
November 19th 2017


10439 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

kinda proud of u doof for keeping up with the new keefzz



even if ur rates are a travesty



this time next year tho you'll be droppin 4+s . believe

TheMrAlexK
November 19th 2017


9379 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"To call Chief Keef’s Thot Breaker one of the year’s most interesting, vibrant, and important hip-hop releases would be an understatement"



Keef rn is the least relevant he's been since before he broke out (outside of his cult-fanbase that is), so I feel like calling Thot Breaker one of the most important hip hop albums of the year is a bit of an overstatement, regardless of how good it may or may not be.

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sixdegrees
November 19th 2017


3085 Comments


the L?

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
November 19th 2017


16640 Comments


the T

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