Death, taxes and Gucci Mane releases. Since the Atlanta rapper burst onto the trap scene in 2005 with ‘Trap House’, Gucci has released 10 studio albums, 4 EP’s, 2 collaborative albums, 3 compilation albums and 45 (!) mixtapes. If Gucci isn’t locked behind bars, rest assured he is recording them over booming trap production. His most recent release, ‘Woptober’, is no different.
The Atlanta Trap God brags, boasts, and flexes over signature production from some of his favorite producers including Zaytoven, Metro Boomin, London on da Track, and Southside, amongst others. Notably missing, however, is hit-machine Mike Will Made It. Mike produced nearly all of ‘Everybody Looking,’ Guwop’s July release, but this super-team of trap carpenters rarely miss a beat. Zaytoven’s signature piano rifts are laid cleanly over booming 808’s, while Metro Boomin continues his trend of producing high-profile beats for high-profile stars. Still, the production can become a bit stale towards the end of the album, as no variations of chord progressions exists and no sound experimentation is attempted. It’s a trap release full of traditional trap beats, which is fine, but may require listeners to give up halfway through and pick up the second half at another time.
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Lyrically, listeners are given exactly what they should expect form a Gucci Mane release. If you’re looking for heavy doses of introspection, self-doubt, and grand themes, those won’t be found on ‘Woptober.’ But then again, one shouldn’t go into a Gucci Mane record expecting that. What fans have grown to expect is bragging about an extravagant lifestyle, with a strong dose of humor. On the ‘Intro: Fuck 12’ Gucci ends the first verse by rapping, “These niggas say they getting money, I can’t really tell / I made more money than them and I was in a jail cell.” On the Rick Ross-assisted ‘Money Machine’ Gucci spits, “My money counting machine sound like a sewing machine.” On ‘The Left’, arguably the best song on the album, Gucci gives us the gem, “Wrist so fucking rocky I can’t even take a selfie.”
While in the past Gucci has teetered the line between complete glorification of his hedonistic lifestyle and an understanding and acknowledging the murkiness that lies beneath it, ‘Woptober’ seems to show the 36-year-old rapper completely submerged in it. While that’s completely understandable, there’s a bit left uncovered happening inside the psyche of the rap legend. Aside from the Travis Scott-featured ‘Last Time,’ Gucci raps the hooks on every track on ‘Woptober.’ The end result can get a bit monotonous and tedious to sit through. So, while Gucci’s raps are on point and the production can keep the listener interested for most of the runtime, this record doesn’t even currently stand as the best Gucci album released in 2016. Still, it’s nice to hear Guwop releasing music again.