By Shawn Morris
Bronx-native Artist Dubose, better known as A Boogie wit da Hoodie, released his third studio album, “Artist 2.0,” on Feb. 14. The album contains 20 songs and spans 59 minutes total. Fans of A Boogie wit da Hoodie will notice that this album has returned to the naming convention of “Artist,” “The Bigger Artist” and “International Artist.” Hoodie’s 2018 album, “Hoodie SZN,” is his only project to deviate from his naming convention.
When I first listened to “Artist 2.0,” only a couple of songs stood out to me. I was somewhat disappointed, because I had been really excited when it originally dropped.
However, I had felt an urge to listen to it again a few days later. After listening to the album a second time, it began to grow on me, so much so that I’ve been playing it nonstop for about a week now.
“Hoodie SZN” was different in more than just naming convention alone. The album involved Boogie leaning into music with a harder sound, more resembling music that you would expect from an artist from the Bronx.
“Artist 2.0” demonstrates Boogie returning to his normal self, once again baring himself to his listeners through R&B. He transitions from singing to rapping effortlessly throughout the album, most notably on “Me and My Guitar” and “Blood on My Denim.”
The Bronx rapper includes a number of high-profile features on this album, such as Young Thug, Gunna, Roddy Rich and Lil Uzi Vert. The features add star power and their own unique voices and styles to Boogie’s tracks.
Although there are a good number of well-placed features on the album, the songs I enjoy most are just Boogie by himself on the beat.
I absolutely love 10 songs on the album, and like about five or six of the others. The remaining songs are mediocre, in my opinion. One of these is “Luv is Art,” featuring Lil Uzi Vert.
I know other people enjoy this song, but I don’t really feel the same way. For those who enjoy it, it provides a taste of Lil Uzi Vert that leaves his fans impatiently anticipating the release of his album, “Eternal Atake.”Personally, I enjoy “Reply” with Lil Uzi Vert as a feature, much more than “Luv is Art.”
One critique of the album I have is its cohesiveness.
Boogie has a natural talent for making catchy anthems, but “Artist 2.0” sounds more like a collection of hits than an album. Some albums tell a story and weave a narrative, but this is not one of them.
Although he is not necessarily a lyricist, Boogie delivers some lines throughout his album so effortlessly that they indicate his potential. In “Hit ‘Em Up,” Boogie boasts, “We might not be big, but you can’t fight no bullets, so don’t try to bully us.”
Overall, I find it very hard to rate this album. For an actual album, you could validly argue that it is decent at best, but Boogie’s natural talent and knack for making hits just leave me unable to stop listening to the album.
If I were pressed to rate it, I would give it a nine out of 10. There are ways he can improve the album, such as making it more cohesive and shortening it, but overall, his talent overshadows all of the flaws.