By Kaelin Maloid

The 2016 XXL freshman class and Atlanta-born rapper 21 Savage has been in a rising star in the rap game for the past year. At 23, the young rapper is already making strides to becoming one of the greatest rappers out of the state of Georgia. In 2015, 21 dropped two mix-tapes, The Slaughter Tape in May and Slaughter King in December.

It’s his recent project, Savage Mode, that has him trending in the music world, though.

Savage Mode, the collaborative project from 21 Savage and Metro Boomin’, dropped July 15, seven months after 21’s December mixtape, Slaughter King. Savage Mode is pro-violence, pro-trap, and he reminds everyone he’s an original in this rap game, and everyone just wants to be like him.

Metro, as usual, is nothing but greatness on the beats, making 21’s unique voice stand out over the less adrenaline-infused beats.

The 9-track project has only one feature, and that’s Future in the song ‘X.’ The high-bass instrumental gives off an eerie vibe, although the song itself isn’t dark. In fact, ‘X’ is all about 21 and Future stunting on their ex-girlfriends with new women and new diamonds. The song also seems to be a back-and-forth conversation between Future and 21 about women.

“21 Savage: Hold up, she love to let me paint her face.
Future: Hold up, fell in love with some good throat.”

The song gives off vibes of Future being a “big brother” to 21, and wouldn’t it be cool for him to mentor the rising artist?

My favorite on the project is ‘Feel It,’ which I can only describe as a trap love song. In ‘Feel It,’ 21 takes on a softer stance to describe how he fell for another (not as great as him) man’s woman and took her. “Now first of all where I’m supposed to star/ When I first met you, man another n**** had your heart,” 21 raps.

He follows with telling the story of how, as a player, he just did what a player is going to do and used smooth-talking to get the girl. The girl he describes is a true ride or die as she’s out there “stealing cars” with him, and even though hr family said they wouldn’t last, they did.

“I’m a savage to these n*****, but to her I’m gentle.”

The anticipated project is more than worth listening to. Having only recently—like last week—listened to 21, I’ll admit this was a pleasant surprise that made me a fan.

I give it a 4.3/5.

Album is available for streaming on iTunes and

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