Gucci is back…again! This time the Atlanta trap legend is back with arguably the top producer of the past two years, Metro Boomin. Metro Boomin has finally strayed away from his trap wonder twin, Future, to embark on a joint mixtape Droptopwop with the new and reformed Gucci Mane.
Let me start off by saying that I am extremely proud of Gucci’s transformation. The beer-bellied, word-slurring, violent, and drug-addicted Gucci Mane came out of his prison stint with six pack abs, a set of beautiful pearly whites, and a clear-eyed and positive outlook on life. Not only that but Gucci also made it official with his gorgeous entrepreneurial fiancé, Keyshia Ka’oir, and they are even set to have their wedding televised on BET this fall.
Gucci is clearly in love and professes often via extremely cute and loving Instagram comments that are filled with heart eye emojis. Gucci clearly is a changed man and has learned from his mistakes (take notes, Chris Brown). Why am I saying all of this? Because I would like to hear more of the new and reformed Gucci’s take on life in his albums. Although his flow is much more pronounced, the subject matter is still pretty much the same as pre-prison Gucci. We hear a little about Gucci’s change in “Tho Freestyle” in the lyrics, “People say they cloned me because I changed my ways, though”, but that’s about all we get.
Other than my desire to hear at least one or two tracks from Gucci that truly encapsulates his new demeanor and journey into marriage, I still have love for the grimy trap Gucci and Droptopwop has plenty of that. “Hurt A N**** Feelings” features ominous 80s horror movie synths and a penetrating bass that Gucci does a great job of doing the beat justice with his flow switch ups that he does from the hook to the verses.
“Helpless” is another hit on Droptopwop that brings the heat, Metro showcasing his ability to keep a minimal beat very interesting throughout. Migos member Offset turns “Met Gala” into pure gold, going into his signature triple syllable timing flow right off the bat and bringing some heat. In fact, between Offset’s first verse and the hook, I kept forgetting it was a Gucci track and kept thinking it was a Migos song.
Track after track, the album is definitely the turn-up joint of the summer. It was actually hard getting this review done because I kept stopping to twerk and milly rock. I can definitely see this mixtape having a lot more replay power than some of his earlier efforts, such as The Return of East Atlanta Santa.