For the past couple of days, I have been seeing Gucci Mane everywhere. Be it my YouTube feed, Spotify notifications or even Twitter (for some weird reason). Whenever I see an artist being shoved down my throat in such a manner, there is only one thing that comes to mind; an album is on its way. The album did indeed come and here I am about to tell you what I think about it. This is Gucci Mane with his fourteenth studio album Delusions of Grandeur
Yes you read that right. This is album #14. The man is always usually dropping music every five minutes or so, I can’t keep up with the man, One thing that I do appreciate is that he is like the Godfather of trap music. Trap music wouldn’t be a thing if it weren’t for him.
Do I consider Gucci a good rapper? Yeah, he’s quite good. He can also be very funny with his hooks and bars which makes me love him even more. But, this doesn’t stop the fact that he makes trap music and I have a love-hate relationship with the sub-genre.
One thing that I do like about Delusions of Grandeur is the gritty production. This must be heaven for bass-lovers who’ll enjoy it from beginning to the end. You have beats from familiar producers like Zaytoven, J.White Did It and Murda Beatz. The beats are actually the best thing about this album. Everything else depends on your perspective.
For starters, I don’t like how long it is. I keep rambling about how tiring it is to listen to long albums. This one is 20 tracks long and lasts 2 minutes shy of an hour. Were it not for the good beats, I would continue complaining till thy kingdom come.
Second, the features are just fine. I don’t think there would be much difference if they were excluded from the songs. To my surprise, Justin Bieber is featured in the record and his auto tuned voice is annoying. The man can sing so I see no point in him making his voice sound like Siri.
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Last but most important is what he talks about in the album. There is nothing of importance that he talks about; just some bragging and some affection here and there but then goes back to bragging. It’s basically your typical trap album. I do get that after doing 10+ albums, there is nothing much an artist has to prove to anyone. They’ll just make songs how they want and when they want it.
To be fair to Mr. Gucci Mane, he has been quite consistent since the 00s. There have been a few legal problems here and there but the man still grinds hard on the trap and that’s worth giving my respect. But, I should point out some corny lyrics because this man can be hilarious. Exhibit A:
You keep sucking that **** like that, you got potential
You got potential (Hah), you got potential (Yeah, yeah)Gucci Mane, Potential
I genuinely laughed at this line. How does this man come up with some lyrics? This part explains everything (Exhibit B):
I freestyle, don’t even write, don’t even think no more (I ain’t writin’ down shit)
For the record, the man is in the best shape of his life. Remember back in 2013 how he looked like? Yeah, let’s hope nobody ever brings it up again. Anyway, he says how he doesn’t think anymore. Isn’t that something of concern to you Mr. Gucci Mane?
So, is Delusions of Grandeur any good? To some point, yes. Gucci Mane is just being himself here, as he has always been for many years. Long time fans will appreciate another release from him. What I do know for sure is that there are more Gucci Mane projects coming in the near future. 7/10