Thursday night was a weird night for music fans. Between old tracks mysteriously releasing under the alias Sister Solana, whom we all know as SZA. An even more mysterious project entitled ‘Back Up, Rewind’ released by Queen Carter, which features an odd collection of Beyoncé songs, fans just couldn’t keep up.
However, one thing’s for sure, 21 Savage finally remembered to release his album. And luckily, he didn’t delete it 20 minutes later once news broke.
The sophomore album entitled “I am > I was” displays a more mature side of 21, reflective of the charity work that he’s been doing over the past the year.
The Atlanta rapper also included a red carpet’s worth of featured guests, including Post Malone, ScHoolboy Q, Childish Gambino, and this year’s feature stealer, J. Cole.
Lately, Cole has been notorious for hopping on songs and dropping one verse better than the last. The opening track, called “A Lot” proved to be no different.
The RocNation artist starts his verse by calling out “payola” artists. Asking,” how many fakin’ they streams? Getting they plays from machines.” The rapper claims to be minding his own business but notes he’s fully aware that there are phonies in the game.
Cole later goes on to shout out a few celebrities including recently law-troubled rapper, Tekashi 6ix9ine. He speaks on 69, rapping, “Pray for Tekashi. They want him to rot. I Picture him inside a cell on a cot, reflecting on how he made it to the top. Wondering if it was worth it or not.” The young rapper is currently incarcerated on federal criminal charges.
"Pray for Tekashi, they want him to rot/I picture him inside the cell on a cot/Reflectin' on how he made it to the top/Wonderin' if it was worth it or not"—J. Cole on 21 Savage's new album https://t.co/17rt6lgGCg pic.twitter.com/zW7TTdPGNB
— Pitchfork (@pitchfork) December 21, 2018
His fifth album, KOD, has broken Apple Music’s record for streams in the first 24 hours in the US with 64.5 million streams on its first day. The album later went Platinum despite having no features.