21 Savage's "I Am > I Was:" The 5 Best Features

21 Savage's "I Am > I Was:" The 5 Best Features


Tis the season the place males are made, boys are born, and girls are netted within the kind silk reserved for dignitaries. The “featured artists” that seem on 21 Savage’s  I Am > I Was are as huge league as they arrive, give or take just a few noticeable absentees.

For  I Am > I Was, 21 Savage rolled out a plan, and the label complied, overlaying all of the bills incurred by the visitor checklist. The run-through you’re about to learn might sound somewhat spellbinding at first, however hear me out. This is the unficial “ficial” checklist to trump all different lists projecting essentially the most spectacular collaborative moments on I Am > I Was, beginning with Yung Miami within the 5 spot.


Nobody cared to ask Yung Miami what she thought all these marriage proposals. That’s why she let the ball from her arms into 21 Savage’s idle possession. “a&t” is a gender-related epithet, which one. In view that, “ass and titties” was all the time going to be pointed within the route the male gaze. But 21 discovered a intelligent workaround to the double normal by together with a feminine voice, as a result of when the enjoying discipline evens out, and the door closed shut, all people and their uncle likes to joke about personal components with the blind ignorance a baby.

Yung Miami’s message is obvious: she does not thoughts indulging your fantasy, however the second anyone together with 21 Savage, loses sight the endgame, the bubble goes pop, and we’re again to sq. one. By all accounts “Free JT” is a worthy trigger by its personal admission, however by God did it ever do Yung Miami some good to acquired it alone for a short time, particularly once you add “a&t” to the working tab.


As humorous because it seems to be on paper, Childish Gambino is definitely a gel-fit subsequent to 21 Savage on “monster.” If in any respect conceivable, Glover could have inadvertently fired f his manifesto in a semiconscious spell, illustrated by a need to attach with the common American. On “monster,” he finds yet one more vessel to string the message alongside.

On the flip aspect, Gambino could be compelled right into a binding scenario earlier than later. “Coming from the filth” might lose its resonance as a tradeable expression as he continues to modify between mediums. Childish Gambino is tactfully enjoying a high-risk recreation, the place the expectations he locations on himself stick with him regardless his place. But for now, “monster” retains the new streak alive, at an impossibly excessive price pace, particularly when you think about the constraints he was working with: another person’s imaginative and prescient. 


Project Pat wasn’t the one visitor performer to shine on the Ice Cube-inspired “good day.” A famous technician like ScHoolBoy needed to be egregiously unhealthy to overlook out on the shortlist. His intro verse strikes me as the proper illustration “dissonance” successful out in shut encounters. When completely different types collide, it forces a bizarre middle-ground – which is precisely what occurred when 21 & ScHoolboy shared the identical platform for the pre-chorus, giving technique to a scathing verse the place the TDE rapper warned towards the hasty use “Twitter Fingers.”

Project Pat’s verse could have been extra memorable within the broader context the entire undertaking, however ScHoolboy’s contributions to “good day” are equal to a significant organ working issues obsequiously. 21 Savage was sensible to let ScHoolboy assume management when and the place his contact was wanted.


Don’t mistake this for Project Pat-inspired heritage second. His work price hasn’t diminished over time, and fairly actually, the breakup Three 6 Mafia in all probability did him extra good than unhealthy – akin to a dissected specimen that’s solely discernible beneath the correct gentle. Project Pat’s potential to make idiomatic language out nothing is what units him aside amongst the opposite A-List visitors.

After years campaigning with the perfect within the discipline, Project Pat holds the key to creating an enduring impression. As a lyricist, precision and language are inseparable. Today they name it “the lingo” – the faster you latch onto it the higher. Project Pat is not a novelty decide for the sake inclusivity, however slightly a well-earned effort. Why accept a Horrorcore replica when the unmitigated model is ripe for the taking?

1. J. COLE

J. Cole closing stanza on “quite a bit,” is by far essentially the most publicized function on day one, thanks partly to his dealing with “trending points” in 32-bars or much less. His message goodwill in direction of Markelle Fultz pushed the embattled NBA sophomore into “trending territory,” with out trigger for interference. Just earlier than referring to the Fultz drama, he motioned to Tekashi 6ix9ine in an identical vein. As you would possibly anticipate, Cole’s most suitable choice on “quite a bit” was to tread flippantly within the fewest phrases potential, so the nuances  his message might develop on their very own. J. Cole is already an higher echelon lyricist by nearly each stretch the creativeness, however on “quite a bit” he was lastly in a position to grasp the lacking piece in his repertoire: the artwork “much less is extra.”

With that beneath his belt, J. Cole was in a position to convey a brand new sense finality for Tekashi, Fultz, and most significantly, for his personal self-regard. His insistence on utilizing troubled figures as fashions “cognitive remedy” helps to disguise his motives. What are these motives, you would possibly ask? The reality is difficult to swallow as a result of his motives will not be an imposition. Together, 21 and J. Cole create an excellent second suspension throughout the opening measure the album.