Ranking Every Track From Lil Baby and Gunna's 'Drip Harder' Album


For years, Atlanta’s rap scene was constructed on destroying the favored conceptions and limits of hip-hop. Future’s creation of a brand new type of hard-edged R&B blended with lure sensibilities, Migos’ reinvigoration of the triplet circulate and Young Thug’s dissolution of lyrical and stylistic construction spearheaded an period of innovation. Then the disrupters turned the institution. The pop interlopers went from being shunned to embraced. In their wake, a void wanted to be stuffed.

Enter Lil Baby and Gunna's collaborative venture Drip Harder. Across 13 tracks, the duo refines greater than they reinvent. From a enterprise standpoint, it is smart. Baby is signed to Quality Control, the identical label dwelling to Migos and Lil Yachty. Gunna is probably the most profitable member of Young Thug’s YSL imprint. Both younger males fill related functions for his or her respective homes: workman rappers who forgo eccentricity in favor of relatable music that rides traits as an alternative of bucking them. Baby and Gunna’s tales by no means appear unattainable or farfetched. Their music sounds of the individuals.

So far the formulation appears to have labored. Drip Harder is projected to promote 115,000-125,000 equal album models in its first week. When in comparison with the first-week tallies of their mentors — Future & Thug’s Super Slimey offered 75,000, Travis Scott & Quavo’s Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho offered 90,000 — it’s spectacular. Baby and Gunna have constructed a cult following primarily based on their chemistry.

Here are the songs (ranked from worst to finest) proving the 2 are sometimes higher collectively than they’re aside.

13. “Seals Pills”

Best Line: “Heard you hire wasn't paid, want a lend/ Just like Frito-Lay, I'ma feed my pals” — Gunna

Worst Line: “Rich rollin', I'm a star, don't take pictures from the bar/ But I'm ballin' like Lavar” — Lil Baby

“Seals Pills” suffers from monotony and an absence of momentum. The ethereal and haunting Jet-produced beat clashes with Gunna’s overly processed vocals. The subject material — you guessed it: drugs — is a drained idea. A line like “Need to free my dawg, he's locked behind the partitions/ Numb to the ache, I can't really feel shit in any respect” ought to have an emotional heft to it, however it’s delivered by the YSL rapper with the identical lifeless drawl as the remainder of the music. Lil Baby’s closing verse finally ends up sounding like an afterthought on a music that does little to promote their innate allure.

12. “Style Stealer”

Best Line: “I hold syrup in my bottle, I get mind from a mannequin/ I obtained inexperienced avocado, drug lord like Pablo” — Gunna

Worst Line: “Designer to the ground/ I clear up like a washer” — Gunna

It isn’t onerous to guess why “Style Stealer” is buried towards the tip of Drip Harder. Gunna’s hook is uncharacteristically listless and droning. For a music about stealing kinds, it’s not clear why somebody would need to chunk any a part of this three-minute monitor.

11. “Off White VLONE” that includes Lil Durk & NAV

Best Line: “In Dior they name me Mr. Baby, they know who I’m” — Lil Baby

Worst Line: “Gotta suck dick in your interval/ You can't say, "No," I ain't hearin' it” — Lil Durk

“Off White VLONE” is a plodding, dreary, and repetitive slog of a music. Lil Durk and Nav couldn’t be extra completely different than Baby and Gunna, the previous pair managing so as to add nothing noteworthy or thrilling to their transient cameos. Who let Durk get away with a line like, “Gotta suck dick in your interval / You can't say, "No," I ain't hearin' it?” The Chicago rapper’s misunderstanding of consent is troubling and makes Drip Harder’s intro much more pointless.

Turbo’s ominous beat, Gunna’s easy hook, and Baby’s braggadocious verse had been the one elements “Off White VLONE” wanted to be successful. Drip Harder deserved a greater intro.

10. “World Is Yours”

Best Line: “I fucked her like Thugger, simply need me some intercourse” — Gunna

Worst Line: “They assume I'm racist, my white gon' be Off” — Gunna

Gunna’s stylistic consistency is a present and a curse. At his most potent, the Atlanta rapper has a present for sing-song raps that flip each a part of a music — hook, verse, adlibs, bridge — into the catchiest a part of the monitor. On the opposite facet of the spectrum, Gunna usually leans into an analogous rhyme sample and supply, which makes it tough to remain engaged over the course of a venture. The wealth and extra raps of “World Is Yours” don’t add something new to Gunna’s discography.

9. “Belly”

Best Line: “Spend hundreds on perfume, she fuckin' my odor” — Lil Baby

Worst Line: “Too many vibes, they assume I'm R. Kelly” — Gunna

One of the most important drawbacks of Drip Harder’s first half is the pacing. A music like “Belly” isn’t unhealthy, however it’s varied elements by no means equal one thing higher than the entire. The Turbo produced-beat sounds nice in a vacuum, however the harshness of the principle melody battles with Gunna and Baby’s voices. At varied factors the music devolves into hypnotic white noise.

eight. “Underdog”

Best Line: “My garments ain't wrinkled, however I gotta persist with that iron” — Gunna

Worst Line: “Money comin' in, like I play ball, however I don't play ball” — Lil Baby

“Underdog” has an epic high quality lacking from the primary half of Drip Harder. Part of that’s because of the June, Mattazik Muzik, and Wheezy beat. The combination of flutes and onerous hitting drums drive Gunna and Baby out of their consolation zone. Where Gunna’s voice typically operates at a snail's tempo, “Underdog” pushes the velocity up simply sufficient to provide the music a pleasant edge.

7. “Business Is Business”

Best Line: “Still eat fettuccini, I'm caught in my methods” — Gunna

Worst Line: “My circulate a illness, kill these rappers like AIDS” — Gunna

“Business Is Business” is a lure western. Gunna and Baby gallop over the guitar stuffed beat like outlaws planning a swift escape. Gunna’s hook effortlessly transitions into his verse and the YSL rapper sprints via the music at a dizzying tempo. Drip Harder isn’t a venture preoccupied with exhibiting off the duo’s conventional expertise, however in some way “Business Is Business” accomplishes that with out attempting. Gunna’s supply is exact with the ending syllable of every bar coalescing right into a rhythm that momentum of the drums. Someone get this music on the following season of Westworld.

6. “Deep End”

Best Line: “I obtained them throwin' salt, they regular tryna fuck up my recipe” — Lil Baby

Worst Line: “If she discover out I been creepin', she gon' homicide me” — Lil Baby

Lil Baby raps about his tragedy prefer it’s a foregone conclusion. During the opening of “Deep End” he sings, “I do know they ain't feelin' my ache, I obtained codeine inside my veins,” prefer it’s one fact amongst many he’s come to phrases with, however isn’t fascinated about exploring a lot additional. From there a narrative filled with the attainable demise, relapses, and infidelity unfolds. Somehow, Baby’s struggling barely peeks via. There aren’t many who could make stoicism sound this thrilling.

5. “My Jeans” Featuring Young Thug

Best Line: “I purchased some Gucci socks so lengthy they will attain my knees” — Gunna

Worst Line: “I'll be the FN, you be my holster/ Tell town 'bout my love, I even publish her” — Lil Baby

Young Thug was the primary one via the wall. His penchant for slippery melodies, absurdist lyrics, and vocal acrobatics modified the muse of 2010s rap. That fixed experimentation and prolific launch schedule has earned Jeffery unbridled respect within the trade, however has left him adrift when it comes to reputation and gross sales.

“My Jeans” is proof that even when the scholars have handed him commercially, they haven’t creatively. All Thug wants is a refrain to show his indelible fashion is reproducible, however hardly ever mastered. Thugger flirts between singing, rapping, and mumbling. The ad-libs crash towards his hovering vocals. He juggles all of it and finally ends up creating the album’s finest hook within the course of. The function is so efficient it’s simple to overlook Baby and Gunna make a contribution to the monitor.

four. “Drip Too Hard”

Best Line: “Drip too onerous, don't stand too shut/ You gon' fuck round and drown off this wave” — Lil Baby

Worst Line: “I really feel like a toddler, I obtained boogers within the face/ Diamonds dancin' within the dial like this shit is a parade” — Gunna

“Drip Too Hard” is the head of Baby and Gunna’s chemistry and the guts of Drip Harder. There is a fluid nature to the duo’s artistry, the place one begins and the opposite picks up isn’t essential. Instead, their music works like an limitless surge of power, at all times being performed and remade. 

“Drip Too Hard” isn’t Baby or Gunna’s finest music (that’d be “Life Goes On”), however it does illustrate what makes their musical bromance particular. Rap is a style birthed within the embers of timeless competitors between friends, however Drip Harder makes a case that fusion might be way more fascinating than separation.

three. “Close Friends”

Best Line: “I even did the unthinkable, and I'm sorry for what I did to you/ Take me again, if I used to be you and I did what I did / I in all probability would, I in all probability wouldn't” — Lil Baby

Worst Line: “But rattling what them broads say, I fucked all of them the primary day/ And that's why you trippin' anyway, like after I fuck 'em I don't pay” — Lil Baby

Lil Baby is a romantic at coronary heart, however man does he wrestle with the constant act of being trustworthy. The Harder Than Ever rapper is at his most compelling when he’s coping with his demons and “Close Friends” is Baby at his most private. Over a somber Turbo beat, the younger rapper seems inward.

When Baby goes backwards and forwards about whether or not he’d settle for his accomplice again if she cheated — “I in all probability would, I in all probability wouldn't” — it’s a second of susceptible honesty. He is aware of he holds the lady in his life to a special customary and has issue reconciling that fact together with his actuality.

The narrative arc of “Close Friends” isn’t good. When Baby raps, “But rattling what them broads say, I fucked all of them the primary day / And that's why you trippin' anyway, like after I fuck 'em I don't pay,” it’s a cop out. Nevertheless, “Close Friends” is a uncommon second of introspection on an album that isn’t essentially geared towards embracing the complexities of affection.

2. “Never Recover” Featuring Drake

Best Line: “I convey up hits and so they change up the subject/ I obtained a 19 and it fold in my pocket / One hell of a 12 months and a nigga nonetheless droppin' / They needed to cease it, however they couldn't cease it” — Drake

Worst Line: “Gave her a dime, instructed her repair up her abdomen/ By the time she get again, I'ma swap up my quantity” — Lil Baby

Urgent, exact, and unrelenting, Drake’s Drip Harder contribution reeks of 1 all-consuming objective. Don’t get outrapped by Baby and Gunna. Luckily, the chances had been in Drizzy’s favor the minute the “Tay Keith fuck these niggas up” drop landed. Their rapper-producer chemistry has birthed among the finest rap songs of the 12 months — “Look Alive,” “Nonstop,” and “Sicko Mode.”

Nevermind that Drake employs the precise circulate he used on Baby’s “Yes Indeed” or that his verse is filled with his prototypical 2018 subject material — extra potential Kanye subs, gangsta rap fetish bars about soiled cash, and résumé studying ripped straight a Wikipedia entry. Even if at instances it’s drained, the formulation nonetheless will get the job performed.

Baby and Gunna cruise at their customary frequencies for the remainder of “Never Recover,” which is ok. Why drip tougher when you may drip smarter?

1. “I Am”

Best Line: “Christian Dior on my sneakers/ They price a band, I prolly received't put on once more” — Lil Baby

Worst Line: “My cash lengthy because the yellow bus” — Gunna

Lil Baby is a blacksmith. At his peak, the Atlanta rapper transforms each phrase, bar, and phrase into small strikes that mildew an already scorching music into one thing scorching.

“I Am” options Baby juxtaposing his clean, processed vocal supply towards snarling bars about overpriced vogue attire, his hood, and up to date come up. In a brief period of time, the Quality Control rapper’s verse hits a crescendo the place he particulars the violence threatening to boil over at any second. Baby closes his verse warning others to maintain their distance (“Don't come too shut, my dawgs wan' buck”) and assuring listeners if rap doesn’t work out his again up plan isn’t removed from the streets he simply escaped.

Lil Baby is an everyman and “I Am” demonstrates that relatability as his core energy. Gunna does his finest to maintain up, however “I Am” is firmly Baby’s world.