Yung Skrrt
Dumbass Genius


4.5
superb

Review

by Aberf USER (12 Reviews)
April 8th, 2020 | 26 replies


Release Date: 07/13/2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: True Genius behind Dumbass branding

Based on the name, I thought Yung Skrrt would be more of a parody than a legitimate project. Out of all the possible combinations for a typical hip-hop alias, choosing the overused ad-lib as a project name seemed to be a recipe for flavorless bits — that is until I listened to the album and my perspective immediately swung 180 degrees. Indeed, the record is still archetypical of Soundcloud rap, although the tropes of the niche tendencies are elevated to the maximum level with a cutthroat musical production. Dumbass Genius is eclectic in its approach and cohesive in its execution, a new realm from its genre to unravel.

“SKRRRT”

...goes Yung Skrrt. That ad-lib, the frequent opener to his songs, is a warcry to his verses. While Yung Skrrt’s production seems to do most of the heavy lifting, it’s not as if his vocals fall short or end up as mumble-jumble. In fact, he channels a variety of moods over his maximalist beats. The lyrical content is also surprisingly introspective and moody at times. Not so often do you find Soundcloud rappers so pragmatic in their quests for fame and glory. A high level of self-awareness is apparent, radiating throughout Dumbass Genius. Yung Skrt doesn’t try too hard to be insightful in any particular way, yet he also doesn’t wallow so much in incoherence as to become meaningless. This makes the record ambitious, and colorful to behold. As can already be summarized, the main focus of Dumbass Genius can be split into 3 categories: introspective, melancholic, and pure banger. For a 15-track album (including 4 fillers) condensed into 35 minutes runtime, it strikes a well-balanced approach without overpowering or overstaying its welcome.

All I want is to find my calling

After all, Yung Skrrt understands how far his endeavor can take him. The revelation of his self-oriented motives in “Calling” also teases his mastery of autotune applications. Autotune serves as a pair of wings that allow him to acrobatically glide through ranges of emotions. For the melancholic side of the album, it’s a vocal range extender, a sad boi vibes amplifier. For other tracks, it’s a flavor enhancer for the hooks and verses. In “Fault on Me”, as an instance, every time the rhyme hits and sparks an overdub, causing a melody that sticks to your ear like a flex tape. The catchiness also extends to all choruses within this album. Although, “Chia Sceptre” takes the cake for the most infectious track, bordering on the psychedelic with its barrage of rhyming sections, a flood of ad-libs, and explosive percussion.

Just drowning underwater, drowning underwater, yeah

The feeling of knowing somebody far above your league results in critical damage to Skrrt’s self-esteem, leading to his attempt to suppress his feelings in “Joan of Arc”. And yet, the repeating line of “What I'd be right now/ What I'd be without you girl” in “Beright” negates it completely. The paradox becomes even more complicated once “Till Midnight”, a perfect breakup song is taken into consideration. Well, regardless of their overarching theme, this trio of moody pop-rap exemplifies Yung Skrrt’s ability to flesh out melancholic vibes, once again assisted through his use of autotune.

When will it turn to what I'm tryna be?

It’s too easy to get distracted sometimes, especially when things are progressing slowly. The fear of uncertainty could strike at any time, and so Yung Skrrt asked himself, “F*ck what it be?”. “Codematch” is his narration of the path he is taking. The chorus splits into 2 parts: a lamentation of his struggle, followed by a projection of his successful future that casts a self-encouraging bluff. The verse in this song is the extension of the former expression. The weariness in his delivery thickens as his voice turns more robotic as it flows, painting progress or lack thereof within Yung Skrrt’s career. And with every thump of the trap snare, his insecurity grows, but the show has to keep going, in the pursuit of decoding the code, to find the match within the success that he envisioned.

I'm gonna take my time/ To make sure I’m honest/ To make sure I’m on it, yeah

There is no chorus in the closing track “Finally in Love”; instead, a synthpop-flavored electronic passage fills in. As though words are not needed to describe the euphoria of finally reaching the point that Yung Skrrt has yearned for all along. It’s his self-realization; for every hardship, moments of ease will follow and “Finally in Love” is the sound of celebration. Maybe the success that Yung Skrrt envisioned isn’t the fulfillment of his quest, but rather his musical progress that he made along the way.

Dumbass Genius is indeed a dumbass record if mistaken for something other than a simplistic moody indulgence of trap music. The way Yung Skrrt capitalizes on its simplicity is genius, turning the album into an art piece that resonates easily with those prepared to embrace it. Or maybe it’s simply genius music for dumbasses like me.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Aberf
April 8th 2020


3414 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Only dumbasses allowed here



Chia Scepter: https://youtu.be/qSfyurXLT5w

Codematch: https://youtu.be/sYEGiJnIT8U

Digging: Dabin - Wild Youth

Aberf
April 8th 2020


3414 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

should be up your alley, my dude.

Aberf
April 8th 2020


3414 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

aight

bloodshy
April 8th 2020


1955 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

pos'd

Aberf
April 8th 2020


3414 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Not sure if gusta indeed.

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
April 8th 2020


28711 Comments


ratings chart = horns

Digging: ZOMBIE-CHANG - TAKE ME AWAY FROM TOKYO

Aberf
April 8th 2020


3414 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Damn I got 2 negs, not sure what's up with that.

MiloRuggles
Contributing Reviewer
April 8th 2020


803 Comments


Seems likely that it's more artist than review that's being voted against. Sputnik is a fickle beast

ian b
April 8th 2020


931 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

pos'd, mildy confused, but entertained nonetheless

oltnabrick
April 8th 2020


39891 Comments


this is not good tbh


tripping

Digging: 7candystars - Cherish

StarlessCore
April 8th 2020


7615 Comments


whack dope review tho

Aberf
April 8th 2020


3414 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

That's fine, I have a wackiest taste in hip-hop anyway.

bloodshy
April 9th 2020


1955 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I can appreciate its uniqueness, at the very least.

parksungjoon
April 10th 2020


21697 Comments


if oltna doesnt like it, its probably doing something right

pos'd

Lord(e)Po)))ts
April 10th 2020


58986 Comments


lol good review. that first para made me almost check this but i changed my mind right about here


“SKRRRT”

...goes Yung Skrrt. That ad-lib, the frequent opener to his songs,




Aberf
April 10th 2020


3414 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

lmao. I admit the line is kinda cheesy, but that's almost a signature move that I had to include in the review.



Check any of those two I included in the first comment tho. If none of those hits you, then just forget about this.

Archelirion
April 11th 2020


6088 Comments


ngl this sounds absolutely bloody awful, but i may give a track or two a go as it's you abe bby

sweet to see you reviewing dude, this is probably my favourite of your writeups so far :]

parksungjoon
April 11th 2020


21697 Comments


can we get the troll negs wiped

Aberf
April 11th 2020


3414 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"ngl this sounds absolutely bloody awful."

Me reviews don't lie bby. Cheers tho, I've been trying to write more often.



@park, wipe me clean fam

BlushfulHippocrene
Staff Reviewer
April 15th 2020


3413 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

...this is a really good review, dude, amazed by how far your expression has come. Keep it up. So tempted to check this because of the write-up, but I know I'll probably hate it... Or I'm worried I'll like it, aaa.



Watch out for small bits of unclear expression, e.g., "In “Fault on Me”, as an instance, every time the rhyme hits and sparks an overdub, causing a melody that sticks to your ear like a flex tape," which is an incomplete sentence. Rather than causing, it should probably be "it causes". Also, that assumption that this would be parody I wish would've been brought up more -- you make an interesting point about it in the end, but I wish that discussion was a bit lengthier.



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