It’s no secret that I havn’t been a fan of these artists. A$AP Ferg’s lyrics are a permanent-cringe amount of crude, and his choruses are so repetitive that it makes listening to his eighteen track albums all the way through a near impossible task. Dave East, a promising prospect and Nas co-sign, very rarely delivers, and Lil Uzi Vert, who just had a huge surge with “XO Tour Llif3” and Migos’ “Bad & Boujee,” has yet to prove to me that he has what it takes to make a compelling album. With their new releases in 2017, it’s time for their chance to prove me wrong.

Most of Dave East and Lil Uzi Vert’s work remains the same, as the monotony of Paranoia, or that which exists beyond a couple three-minute-long skits, disappoints with stale flows over wasted production, and a Nas feature that doesn’t amount to anything more than DJ Khaled screaming “We the best!”

Lil Uzi Vert, a contemporary of artists such as Future, Young Thug, and Lil Yachty, gave off similar sentiments with the release of Luv is Rage 2, a record that takes its upbeat, autotuned pop style of rap way too seriously. Future’s image is the closest to that of a “stereotypical rapper,” Young Thug became a “singing artist” with an interesting inclusion of acoustic guitar, and Lil Yachty took a more positive and heartwarming approach, embracing the sound and feel of his music. Lil Uzi Vert, on the other hand, seems to be juggling all three personas, and he has yet to find a new way to showcase his talents as well as he did on “XO Tour Llif3.”

Ferg on the other hand, while staying true to his description as one of rap’s most vulgar lyricists, somehow busts out a good amount of tracks here on Still Striving. His lyrical material hasn’t changed, but his production and penchant for melodies has greatly improved. I can’t condone the abhorred lyrics, but what I can say about the music and melody is that it’s deserving of the name “Trap Lord,” a title Ferg gave himself, and I can’t deny his success in forming the best sound of the genre.

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