Lil Pump’s second studio album “Harverd Dropout” fails to live up to anticipation after a mixed bag of tracks.
The title of the track is a play on the running joke started by Pump himself, claiming he dropped out of Harvard to “Save the rap game.” Pump, not known for his lyrical abilities, often relies on his songs having a catchy hook to get stuck in the listeners’ heads. Pump also relies on his producers to make a beat that will make the audience want to replay these tracks over again.
This formula is used far too much throughout the new album released in February.
Many of the better tracks on the album are often nice or replayable songs because of the featured artist. In “Multi Millionaire,” “I Love It” and “Be Like Me,” Lil Uzi, Lil Wayne and Kanye West are the best part of the songs. To add onto this, many of the album’s best tracks were released as singles—not many new songs on the album are of the same quality of his already released songs such as, “I Love It” and “Esskeetit.”
Pump does produce some solid songs on the album such as the aforementioned “Multi Millionaire,” “Esskeetit,” “I Love It,” “Be Like Me,” “Butterfly Doors,” “Too Much Ice” and “Drug Addicts.” However, the other half of the songs on the 16-track album aren’t very strong.
The album is simply too repetitive. Many songs almost blend together because they follow a pattern of below-average lyrics, a thumping abrasive beat and the repetition of a word or phrase. The repetition happens all too often on the album, and at one point, four songs in a row had this repetition. It grew tiresome after about two songs, especially when Pump’s biggest hits already follow this formula.
Pump’s best songs off this album may have some repetition, but at least he sounds interested.
The reason the album is a large letdown is with some of his latest songs being an improvement in quality compared to the songs he released around the time of his first self-titled album. Pump fails to move forward or progress as an artist on the album, and he doesn’t try anything new. All Pump does throughout is sound as if he is desperately attempting the recreate his 4-time platinum record “Gucci Gang.” It begins to feel tedious listening near the middle of the album and when the lyrics have no substance.
The production is done nicely for a lot of the album being the high point with different sounds featured throughout. Certainly it’s the most quality and consistent element. Unfortunately, the effort feels wasted—the beats are drug down by the previously mentioned elements.
Based on sales, the community listened and rightfully turned off this mediocre album. The album can easily be described as uninspired. Pump didn’t have much to say with most tracks clocking in around the 2-minute mark; short in comparison to most hip hop songs today. Sadly, the short songs are a benefit, so the album will be over quicker and some of the headache-inducing songs are over with more quickly.
Considering the best songs have been heard for weeks or even months, the album isn’t interesting. He fails to even muster the same energy he brought to his first album. Pump seems bored and content. Content to create one style of music until people no longer have any interest because he continues to fail to even try and do anything new. Fetty Wap comes to mind when speaking on the subject.
A rapper who put out a few hits, then proceeded to try and put out songs that sounded exactly like the ones he already produced, Lil Pump is in danger of falling down the same, slippery slope. There are no new standouts on this album. None of these songs strike me as radio hits that will play all through spring and summer. The album came and went, leaving little to no impact on the hip hop community.