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SoundCloud Rapper, Lil Pump

March 18, 2019


Perhaps the most recognized name in SoundCloud rap, Lilliam Pumpernickel aka Jetski aka Gazzy Garcia aka Lil Pump recently has been creating track after track of pure gold. Almost every single he released, including his self titled mixtape, was complex in its simplicity and intelligent in its stupidity. The mixtape, released when he was only 17, included features from the likes of Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz, and Lil Yachty, as well as production from big names such as BigHead and Ronny J. Molly and Boss on the project were notable for their raw production and childlike energy, however, the true highlight of the mixtape was Gucci Gang, now a mega-hit and a meme. With over 500 million listens on Spotify, the infectious lyrics made everybody want to be a part of the super cool Gucci Gang! Although Mr. Pump had already shown a great amount of talent, I found myself a bit skeptical about this new release. I was afraid that the rawness and the dumb fun found on his previous releases would be lost in the mix of flashy overbearing production and maybe even a newfound sense of maturity.

I was wrong. So very wrong.

With Harvard Dropout, Lil Pump masters his craft, releasing by far his project yet, solidifying himself as the king of hip hop, maybe even of music in general. As soon as I heard the first single, the second one, the third one, the fourth one, the fifth one, and the sixth one, I knew for sure that Gazzy had something special for us. Right off the bat, Pump begins the album with “Drop Out,” he touches on a subject that most rappers wouldn't dare to discuss: the seemingly low correlation between intelligence and success. Many tracks on the project, such as “Nu Uh” or “Vroom Vroom Vroom” may seem like they feature annoying hooks to the average listener, are actually brilliant uses of onomatopoeia. Also, the obvious hidden meaning behind “Vroom Vroom Vroom” was so perfectly orchestrated in that I felt Lil was just trying to “Vroom Vroom Vroom” away from his past. The wonderfully braggadocious attitude displayed in tracks such as “Fasho Fasho,” “Racks on Racks,” “Too Much Ice,” and “Who Dat” present a much needed message of self love, especially in adolescents, his main audience. Mr. Pump knows his audience and knows exactly how to speak to them personally. The feature is possibly the most impressive of anyone of his age. Expected features from his contemporaries appear on the project, such as Quavo, Offset, Lil Uzi Vert, and of course Smokepurpp, whom he has unmatched chemistry with on every track that they’re together. However, the stand-outs features on the album are from some of the most influential hip hop legends of all time, who definitely noticed the genius of Lil Pump and wanted to be on the record. YG has a killer verse on “Stripper Name,” which features by far the most creative beat on the album that only a visionary could ever create. Lil Wayne’s flow on “Be Like Me” is some of the best I’ve heard from him in years, even better than any of his flows from his long awaited album he released last year, “Tha Carter V.” Of course, how can I not mention his ridiculously unironically amazing track with Kanye West, “I Love It”(I loved it), attached to a magnificent music video. Last year, Kanye produced, wrote, and released almost 50 songs, and this one deservedly was by far his most listened. Although all the tracks on this mixtape are nothing short of masterpieces, my favorite on the album is the penultimate track, “Esskeetit.” This may be Mr. Pump's hardest banger to date, beautifully incorporating his signature catchphrase. I have had this song on repeat ever since I heard it, and I most likely will be listening for years and years. In short, this mixtape blew me away. The trap influenced hi-hats of his production and the varying vocal inflections in his masterful flows. Lil pump will forever be known as one of the greats, along with some of the rappers that he had featured on this album, and I wouldn’t be surprising if he picks up a few Grammys' next year. Lol dude, this album wasn’t that great


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