Well, this album has really put me to the test today. After giving it two listens, I have concluded that I do not like trap music. Don’t worry, this will not turn into a rant; I still have to review the album. Let’s talk about PnB Rock and his recent album TrapStar Turnt PopStar. Apple Music went out of it’s way to shove his album to my face. Something told me that I would regret listening to it but I didn’t listen. So, here I am telling you about the experience. It was okay tending more towards stale.
This is an 18-track rap album from PnB Rock, who I’ve never heard of until recently. When I say rap album, I mean trap album because that’s what it is. As a matter of fact, almost all rap songs are adapting to the trap style; I don’t like that. TrapStar Turned PopStar comes in two parts; just like what we saw with Scorpion. I feel like there are a lot of similarities between the two albums and I’ll explain why. Btw, there is a deluxe version which has more tracks. Why? As if 18 tracks weren’t enough .
If there is one thing I like about trap music, it’s their beats. They go hard. I love how the bass comes alive in my headphones. Quite an awesome experience. I’m happy to report that the same is true in this album. While I don’t like the fact that it took me an hour to finish the whole album, the beats are what kept me going.
You get your typical trap beats and a little bit of RnB here and there. This is where my problems begin. For starters, trap artists sound the same so I didn’t find him different from the rest. That’s a shame because he is not bad lyrically; it’s just the delivery that put me off. Second, he sings in those RnB-ish tracks. My problem? He can’t sing. I’m sure he was being sensitive and all but goodness me that voice. It gets worse when he uses auto tune.
What about the features? They’re okay I guess. When you have the likes of Lil Durk, Tee Grizzley, Quavo and Tory Lanez; you already know the kind of music you’re getting yourself into. Speaking of which, why do I have this feeling that PnB Rock is like a blend of Drake and Tory Lanez? Is that a bad assumption?
There is so much that he talks about but they mainly revolve around how he has overcome odds, talk about his riches, his day ones and relationship stuff. What I don’t remember is which song talks about what. As I mentioned earlier, the delivery is the same. I can only differentiate the trap songs and the RnB ones.
Do I have any favorite song? No. They are all fine at best. Nothing I haven’t heard of before. I’d rather listen to the trap songs than him singing. Then again, I’m not a huge fan of trap music. My listening experience was okay but 18 songs later, I was exhausted. This isn’t the kind of music I would listen to; that’s just me. There may be fans out there who enjoy it and consider this a great album but I’m not one of them. This brings me to an interesting conclusion.
PnB Rock clearly wanted to make a trap album and he did just that. As far as expectations go, he has done a good job. But, this is just fine to me. Nothing new here. 6/10