Sam Bernstein staff writer
Lil Pump, a Miami-based 17-year-old grunge rapper released his debut album on Oct. 6. The self-titled album, “Lil Pump,” which is available on Spotify and Apple Music, had feature verses from 2 Chainz, Cheef Keef, Gucci Mane, Lil Yachty and Smokepurpp.
Frankly, this album was terrible. It’s a ripoff of everything Xxxtentacion says, does and writes, and X does it better. I’ve known of Lil Pump since before his self-titled song “Lil Pump” came out and I thought his whole act was a gag. From the Skittles hair he sports to the incredible amount of Gucci clothing on his body from head to toe, Lil Pump’s character seems ironic; however, it isn’t. Lil Pump linked up with respected veterans in the hip hop field like Gucci and 2 Chainz. He worked with aspiring stars like Lil Yachty and Smokepurpp. This was a serious display of art and it just didn’t resonate with the average hip hop fan. From the obnoxious use of the N-word (he’s not black) to his whining tone, this album simply just isn’t easy on the ears.
The themes of this album were drugs, money and sex, and that was made obvious in the first song “What U Sayin” (feat. Smokepurpp). Lil Pump said in his first verse “what you gotta say? B*tch you gettin’ paid, b*tch, you gettin’ laid, spend it in a day”, which exemplified two of the three of these themes. In the same verse Lil Pump exclaimed that he “sold you re rock and Robitussin”, which are both narcotics. This song debuted these themes that reoccurred throughout the album. “What U Sayin” is mature in nature and I wouldn’t recommend this, or any other song on this album, for those who are more sensitive.
“Gucci Gang,” the only currently charting song of this album, is Lil Pump’s first massively well known song. It spent four weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, eventually peaking at 46. This was one of the better songs on the album, but it was still hard to listen to. This song was disgustingly vulgar and the violent tone ruined the high production quality.
However, one highlight of this album is how good the production quality is. There are quality beats and good, yet repetitive effects. “Boss” is another banger, but the lyrics aren’t pretty. The main highlight is “D Rose,” which is an incredible song. It’s catchy and the lyrics aren’t disgustingly offensive, and shows the potential of the young Lil Pump.
Lil Pump has musical potential. If his lyrics weren’t repulsive, fairweather hip hop fans would be all over him. His persona, while not relatable, is captivating and he clearly has a quality ear. His production skills are polished and he has an excellent delivery. He just needs to not be gross.
Lil Pump wants you to know that he flips dope and has lots of sex. That repetitive theme was made very clear from the beginning to the end of this monstrosity of an album. This album is ripe with misogyny and hyper masculinity and can serve as a lesson for future releases in the grunge rap genre; do anything but this, because while there were some highlights in this album, the lowlights ruin it. This album gets a zero out of five review.