Gucci Mane
Evil Genius


4.0
excellent

Review

by Sean H. CONTRIBUTOR (97 Reviews)
December 9th, 2018 | 24 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Gucci Mane's a murderer, you sure you wanna marry him?

Gucci Mane’s post-jail rap career has been quite busy, to say the least. 2016 and 2017 were incredibly busy years for the Atlanta rapper, with him releasing plenty of full-lengths, EPs, and singles in that time frame. This isn’t new for Guwop, as a cursory look through any database of his music will show that he’s put out tons of releases out since 2005 with quality ranging from forward-thinking and fiery to underwhelming and uninspired. Definitely an artist of peaks and valleys, it seemed like exhaustion was getting to Gucci’s work in 2017 - the quality drop between DropTopWop and Mr. Davis wasn’t hard to notice for many listeners. Continued with the extremely average El Gato: THe Human Glacier and extremely inadvisable features on songs from artists like Chris Brown and Jake Paul, it was painfully obvious that Gucci was losing steam and hemorrhaging credibility.

An important thing to keep in mind is that Gucci still has a sense of self-awareness when it comes to his releases. As a response to the generally lukewarm reception, he decided to spend the majority of 2018 working on one full-length project. This album, titled Evil Genius was to be the LP that proves that, despite what we saw on in the second half of 2017, Gucci hasn’t gone soft.

Upon release, it’s safe to say Evil Genius succeeded in reselling us the same man that made The State Vs. Radric Davis and Everybody Looking. Sporting a star-studded list of producers (Honorable C.N.O.T.E., Metro Boomin, Murda Beatz, Earl the Pearll, etc.) and features (Lil Pump, 21 Savage, Kodak Black, Migos, Kevin Gates, Bruno Mars, ect.), this full length has a considerable amount of meat to it, containing 50 minutes of dark, lively bangers. From “Off the Boat’ to “Kept Back,” it’s plain to see that that this break brought back a lot of his bite and wordplay, with his patented brand of braggadocios punchlines (take a peek at the humorous similes on “Outta Proportion” and the clever setup-punchline bars on “Bipolar”) back in action with the charisma that drew people in. This reinvigorated energy is clear in the way Guwop works with his features, from the repeat collaborator Quavo to the newer Lil Skies, trading bar for bar with emcees giving their all to keep up with the Mane.

Gucci’s ear for beats has benefited from the long break as well, as each song here features a hard hitting backing track that feels unique on the record but still fits the thematic cohesion of the album. You’ve got bassy, party-ready cuts like “Hard Feelings” and “Father’s Day,” you’ve got sinister, synthy tracks like “Just Like It” and “This the Night,” and (relatively) brighter, single friendly choices like “Kept Back,” “Wake Up in the Sky,” the album’s biggest hit, and “Solitaire.” These all make effective use of samples and sharp, punchy 808 drums, which is a style containing the fluidity needed to keep the tracklist diverse.

It’s impressive to see Gucci Mane return to form on a record as strong as Evil Genius. Unlike many contemporaries that have been around for as long as Guwop, it seems that Gucci took the criticism to heart and re-evaluated the way he creates records. That, in it of itself, is incredibly respectable and shows that he still gives a shit about his output. It of course helps that the fruit of that labor is this thoroughly visceral and gratifying. In other words: La Flare is fuckin’ back.



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Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
December 9th 2018


2426 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/hip-hop/8489206/gucci-mane-evil-genius-album-stream

Gucci's back my dudes

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Hawks
December 9th 2018


67668 Comments


Gotta hear this.

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Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
December 9th 2018


2426 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

its real good

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
December 9th 2018


41213 Comments


sweet review

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Storm In A Teacup
December 9th 2018


26202 Comments


hell yeah, this is the review i've been waiting for from a Gucci album. let's go

Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
December 9th 2018


2426 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks friends

fathers day is one of my favorite songs this year, wish it was longer

oltnabrick
December 9th 2018


36324 Comments


havent liked much that he's put out since Everybody Looking but ive heard good things about this


sucks about the lil skies feature though YUCKY

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Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
December 9th 2018


2426 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you werent a fan of droptop or woptober?

hope you dig this man

oltnabrick
December 9th 2018


36324 Comments


his post 2016 prison stuff is super boring TBH

not as fun as old gucci

Relinquished
December 9th 2018


39000 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

he still has his moments

Arcade
Staff Reviewer
December 9th 2018


121 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

“Father’s Day” is v nice but should have been a little bit longer

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EyesWideShut
December 10th 2018


4877 Comments


WHOPP !

DarkSideOfLucca
December 10th 2018


14595 Comments


Wait, this is good?

Fuck yeah, I'll jam this tomorrow

EyesWideShut
December 10th 2018


4877 Comments


you'll always find some gems with a Guwap album.. Not his best but enjoyable.

betlwedl
December 11th 2018


114 Comments


this is as okay as the rest of his post-prison stuff post everybody looking

Nocturtle
December 11th 2018


929 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

gucci my nigga this is sick

guitarded_chuck
December 11th 2018


16910 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"gucci back"

he never left son

CompostCompote
December 11th 2018


1022 Comments


Sweet tits, shame about his dwarf left arm.

Keyblade
December 17th 2018


26621 Comments


https://twitter.com/TripleKrossKANG/status/1074469092659212288

lmaoo

Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
December 17th 2018


2426 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lmao



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