Tierra Whack
Whack World


3.0
good

Review

by neekafat USER (50 Reviews)
October 4th, 2018 | 11 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: a gimmick // an introduction

Perhaps you’ve heard of the gimmick by now. Tierra Whack, up-and-coming hip-hop artist, decided to debut herself in the most bite-sized way possible; a 15-minute album comprised of 15 one-minute songs. The results are about as one might expect, decidedly mixed, amusing, eclectic, but also surprisingly thoughtful at times.

It’s a decent combination of woozy, tired-sounding rap songs and crazy amusing tracks with an abundance of cleverness and personality to them. After all, this is meant to be more of a straightforward introduction to Tierra than a full on listening experience. The combination of the music and it’s accompanying 15-minute long music video paint a picture of exactly who Tierra wants to be to us, and goddamn is she charming. It’s pretty brilliant too, because even the lowest points (I can’t think of another one-minute song as uninteresting as “4 Wings) don’t last long. The boring tracks are only boring for a minute, and the good songs are good for a whole minute. The album easily invites multiple listens due to fleeting nature, allowing the audience to make choice cuts with ease.

The second half of the release is far more interesting and varied than the first, which dawdles in lame (but still generally solid) RnB and rap combos. Instead, the latter part fancies a more eclectic and comedic approach, such as when Tierra swears in a country drawl over chirping electronics on “Fuck Off” or laments her dead pet over a chorus of barking canines on “Pet Cemetery.” “Silly Sam” works weirdly well as a bluesy drawl with a hip hop beat making probably the most straightforwardly just good track here. Aside from these three tracks (handily all in a row on the track listing), others are sure to find picks that suit their tastes more accordingly; there’s probably something here for everyone.

There’s real effort put into the music too. Her soundscape is often layered and dynamic, even when her lyrics are decidedly simple and stream of consciousness. Her voice is just as varied as the music, slipping in and out of country drawl, bored raps, and up-pitched chirps, sometimes multiple times in one track such as on the atmospheric af “Dr. Seuss”.

In the end, Whack World serves as an intriguing and successful introduction to her career. Even if there are many misses as there are hits, the pure effort that stems from the release acts as a promise that when she’s ready to take things more seriously, we will be too.



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neekafat
October 4th 2018


14274 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"I hope your ass breaks out in a rash / You remind me of my deadbeat dad"

neekafat
October 5th 2018


14274 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

sadbump

Papa Universe
October 5th 2018


19632 Comments


Whack POS, but this seems uttering uncheckable.

Digging: Two People - First Body

neekafat
October 5th 2018


14274 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'd check the music video because it's more palatable than just the LP alone:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=EOTebhPy04g

timbo8
October 5th 2018


628 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice, you beat me to reviewing this. I love all 15 minutes of this.

neekafat
October 6th 2018


14274 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hell yeah dude! I'd love to hear why if you decided to write a review (:

cheapcrayon
October 30th 2018


66 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Way better than a 3.0. Underrated and one of the best albums of the year imo. Especially when coupled with the video

brandontaylor
November 10th 2018


766 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this album is such a tease, not a fan of the gimmick but the majority of the songs are great

neekafat
November 10th 2018


14274 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah I'm half and half with the songs but I think the gimmick works for what she wanted to do with it

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
December 12th 2018


16654 Comments


“cable guy”; “fruit salad” : )

Relinquished
February 1st 2019


38946 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yea much better given how she fused recent trends so well



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