The Score: Gucci Mane & Waka Flocka Flame, "Ferrari Boyz"
Tuesday, Aug 9, 2011 11:45AM
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Two of the South's most popular acts have united to ride dirty on their first retail collabo project, Ferrari Boyz: a 15-track ode to all things fly, flashy and dangerous.
Brick Squad members Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka Flame revealed that the duo completed their entire album over the course of 2 weeks.
This week's second most important album by a pair of rappers with a sometimes contentious mentor-protégé relationship lacks the scale of the winner in that category, "Watch the Throne" by Jay-Z and Kanye West. It also lacks its pomp, the anticipation it's build, and its affect of relaxed achievement.(New York Times)
Ridin' alongside the Boyz are fellow Brick Squad-ians and affiliates such as Slim Dunkin, YG Hootie and Rocko.
There is one more guest feature on this track from Rocko and he does his thing, but for me Gucci Mane really shined as the all-star on this joint. I'm pretty sure that by now, most people will understand the direction of this album: straight up real raps for the streets over fire instrumentals.(Yung Drew)
Critics looked harshly on the album's production, citing lack of creativity as a major setback.
The production is so recycled from the typical street albums and anthems, that it's watered down, redundant and kinda annoying. It has comes to a point in hip hop to when you hear one "club banger" then you heard them all. Then they have a song called "Young N*ggaz" where they state "My pants sang low like a young n*gga." no comment, all I'm saying is, don't get mad if V-Nasty or any other white person singing this song, because we as a whole brought this on ourselves. I take it back, I have to comment on this trash, on my young n*gga sh*t, really, really? I guess it's not for me since I'm on my grown man shit, epic fail of a song.(Prolific Movement)
Earlier this week, Gucci gave his Top 5 reasons why Ferrari Boyz is a project worth copping.
The third reason is if you want to know what's going on in the inner city and don't know, then you're a square. But if you're just not in-tune with what's going on, you're definitely going to get informed by this album. It's very informative on what's going on in the city and in the hood. You're gonna learn about the latest trends, what's hot and what's not, when you get this album. I really want people to check out the song "Stoned." I feel like it's gonna be a really big record. I feel like "Stoned" is the first hit me and Waka are gonna get together as a group. It's about being in the club, having fun. It's just about going out, balling. I think a lot of people are going to feel the song. It's going to hit the radio really hard and we're gonna follow it up with a video.(5 Reaons Why You Should Buy My...)
While the albums is sprinkled with a few noteworthy tracks, reviewers agreed the album's overall sound is ultimately a ride through familiar territory.
Don't expect innovation from these titans of Southern rap. Instead, brace yourself for chanted celebrations of money, cars, cocaine, and Waka and Gucci themselves. Gucci delivers mush-mouthed lines like "I'm not a blogger/I'm not a jogger/More like a mobster." Waka raps circles around him on songs like "Suicide Homicide," but nothing rises to the level of Waka's thunderous 2010 solo album -- maybe because young-gun producer Lex Luger is absent. Instead, the tracks are pale imitations of the hyperspeed high-hat-and-bass sound Luger originated -- fitting accompaniment for two MCs coasting by. (Rolling Stone)
It's a simple fact of the passing of time: Gucci made hits, but never changed his method, and in the era of new sounds, it's come to be the simple law of evolution--adapt or fail. These are songs we've heard before with slight altercations, sounds you could find on Waka's Salute Me or Shoot Me mixtape series, Writings on the Wall 2, Gucci 2 Time, Mr. Perfect, the Burrrprint tapes, on and on. DuFlocka Rant was Waka's greatest release since Flockaveli, and Ferrari Boyz only walks backwards. It's only worth a glance at best, and while there's a ready crowd willing to embrace the album, it won't find much more than the usual fans. (Ology)
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Preview tracks from the album below: