Booba   ULTRA
Release Date: 2021

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2.5 averageBrendan Schroer CONTRIBUTOR | March 8th 21


2 Bumps | Bump

3.0 goodErwann S. CONTRIBUTOR | March 5th 21

ULTRA is - surprise incoming - neither shit nor an immediate classic. It's an album that, as Booba himself, suffers and shines by its choices. His rhymes and punchlines are still corrosive - using Rwandan metaphors, or urging the listener to engage in a coital act with their female progenitor - and he has mastered over the years the art of creating simple melodies that irretrievably crawl their way up to one's mind. But the one criticism thrown at the album is its morosely low amount of bangers. The Duke has accustomed us to delivering at least one huge club jam per album (like "Kalash" or "92i Veyron"), but it's not the case here. Mind you, this is nonetheless hard-hitting, but no song includes the mindless vibe required to tear the club up, being all locked in seriousness that, although granting a certain solemnity to the project, takes away some of the fun'n'dumb vibes that Booba has always had. This serious approach also becomes indisputable when looking at the beats: if everything is musically butter-smooth, there are few surprises as most of the beats can be grouped under the Booba Type Beats collection. The few beats that do not follow this formula, unfortunately, all fall into a similar "sad piano beat" canvas, and only the short length allows the album to avoid redundancy. Still, the dude's charisma is just too damn high. 3.1


1.5 very poorZombieParty | March 6th 21
1.0 awfulIzzyTomy | March 5th 21

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