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Make way, bro. The greatest fucking rapper of all-fucking-time is coming through. Like, don’t even @ me, dawg. Nah, nah for real, though. My man’s really said “And my niggas gettin’ ignorant / Like a lighter bitch we ignit.” I bet that went over all of you haters’ heads. All these haters, man, they’d rather sit at home on their Twitters and shit hating than recognize a true trapper. Y’all don’t understand genius-level bars. Ever since Pump came out he changed the game. While your broke ass sat in your cubicle Pump was out here stacking up, copping ice. Splish-splash, HOE! What you know about ice dripping off your ice? Yeah, that’s what I thought. Lemme know when you do. When you fall asleep with two bust-down Rollies on your wrists lemme know. When you’re a millionaire before age 20 lemme know, bitch! I told y’all, don’t @ me!!

… Aight, who let that dude in? Sorry, let’s begin the review. Lil Pump’s sophomore effort Harverd Dropout is not fire whatsoever. Despite his lack of any kind of lyrical substance, I enjoy Pump’s energy. Additionally, his beat selections are usually quite complementary. His self-titled debut featured high-octane, short-lived bangers. His lo-fi brag rap was charming in its own way. However, with this sonically refined production behind him, Lil Pump sounds out of his element. Nevertheless, there are songs I like here. The album starts off with a decent cut. “Drop Out” has a driving synth beat with sick bass. It’s very “Lil Pump.” So, in that sense, I think it’s a good intro. Of course, if you don’t like him you’ll hate this album too. This album just ain’t for you. Yet even for those of us who tolerate or love him, Harverd Dropout does little to advance his appeal.

As hype as “I Love It” with Kanye West is, it hardly lasts two minutes. Most of the time I am completely fine with Lil Pump songs being on the short side. Actually, I prefer it. But this album is not substantial at all. There are about six songs’ worth of legit material here. He works best when sharing the spotlight. “ION” with his best friend in music Smokepurrp is the first promising moment. However, I am much more interested in Purrp’s career moving forward. He has creative vision, even if his bars align with most new-age rappers. Also, “Multi Millionaire” with now-retired Lil Uzi Vert is the only track to which I jam on a consistent basis. I liked it when it came to YouTube last year and it still satisfies me today. “Be Like Me” with Lil Wayne was cool too.

Although it isn’t the best performance from either party, they fulfill competent roles on top of a bouncy piano-banger type beat. Another instrumental that struck me was “Racks on Racks.” It made me feel like I was in a car chase, but the person chasing me didn’t realize I was filming a music video. Perhaps that’s a cliche. I enjoy the sound regardless. Conversely, I did not enjoy the overall vibe of this album. There are slick transitions from track to track. Most of the songs feature a smooth studio polish that ends up exposing Pump’s songwriting ineptitude. In spite of solid production value, Harverd Dropout fails to deliver the goods in terms of simple hit songs. All of his solo tracks underwhelm here. Some artists sound better with a dirty aesthetic. If he’s not careful, Lil Pump will phase himself out with more albums like this one.

 

Album Review: Lil Pump - Harverd Dropout
N/ASome Hype BeatsSeamless Track Transitions
Lackluster Song StructureHit-or-Miss FeaturesRedundant Lyrics
4NEGATIVE
Production7.4
Songwriting3.3
Substance1.2