Review Summary: Why you do 'em like that, Kirby?
Upon hearing the first track of Trapped In Da 100
, one gets a general idea of this project. Despite the various stylistic choices and thematic differences in songs on the tape, it’s hard to deny that “Why You Do Em Like That Kirby” is an ingenious encapsulation of KirbLaGoop’s unique flow, cadence, and charisma, as well as his ability to curate stellar instrumentals and use them to their full capacity. The Floridian rapper, who has built a cult fanbase through connections and some killer singles, tapes, and albums, has a voice that is arguably the most attention grabbing thing about his music. His high pitched delivery and surreal tone are distinctly his own, but to boil his immensely tight flow and clever wordplay down to his pitch is a disservice to his talents. Songs like “Heaven Vs. Hell” and “Percs” exemplify how technically proficient Kirb is on the mic, bending his flow to the beat, organically melding these elements together.
The instrumentals he has chosen are from a number of producers who have shown their skills in the past, including the ElijahMadeIt, SpaceGhostPurrp, PoshPrada and Keenanza, and convey a variety of emotions to complement the lines from Kirb, as seen on “Lost A Brotha,” which is a heartfelt tribute to Lil Peep, and “Thank Da Lawd,” which has an instrumental that strongly frames the confidence that exudes through Kirb’s words. His ear for winning tracks is something to be admired, as the tracks featured on Trapped In Da 100
cleverly make use of heavy, bassy lows, high energy compositions, and simplistic synth backings to lend to the tape’s dynamic moods and vibes.
On the topic of collaborations, this project features verses from contemporary emcees, including Lil Peep, whose verse recorded is featured here, Chxpo, Ruben Slikk. These guest verses fit perfectly and leave a unique imprint on their songs, without stealing the show on songs like “DawgFood,” which features Chxpo, and the trance inducing “Tag It Up Bag It Up,” which contains bars from Ruben Slikk and Yung Mojo. All these various artists help to strengthen Trapped In Da 100
’s overall experience, but this is all in service of the previously mentioned work done by the main rapper, who dishes out infectious bars with an infallible accuracy and talent. In addition to raw skills on the mic, Kirb uses his performances to paint pictures and convey stories, which is only made more vivid by the atmospheric and layered song compositions of cuts like “5Bricks (JR Smith).” These elements are cathartic and fit together with an impeccable prestige, lending to the electric and extraordinary style that Kirb has coined. Because of this, Trapped In Da 100
is a definitive project for KirbLaGoop, as, much like the vibrant opener, it is remarkable summation of what makes the man and his associated artists so genuinely interesting.