A fresh new artist has entered the hip-hop ring, and his name is Lil Pump. Originally from Miami, Florida, the 17 year-old has made quite an entrance to the rap game. After releasing his first single, ”Gucci Gang”, on August 31 he announced on Twitter that he, “dropped out of Harvard to save the rap game.” While this has yet to be confirmed, the bold statement about the whole genre needing his help has labeled the young rapper as eccentric. This tenacity matches his aggressive music style with sharp background noises, a deep base, and animated vocals.
“Gucci Gang” is currently sitting pretty at number six on the “United States Top 50” chart on Spotify. This song is only 2 minutes 4 seconds, and half of it is Lil Pump saying “Gucci gang/ Gucci gang/ Gucci gang,” but the simple beat and repetition make it an easy and welcome listen. It will immediately get stuck in your head-- and besides, you need to listen to it over and over to try and figure out what exactly Lil Pump is mumbling besides, “Gucci gang.”
On October 13, Lil Pump released his freshman, self-titled album. Lil Pump has already collaborated with some of the most popular names in current hip-hop. Features include Gucci Mane, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Lil Yachty, and Chief Keef. While Lil Pump may never make it number 1 on the charts to its juvenile sound, there are a handful of songs that are bangers. The overall vibe is intense, yet energetic. My top three favorites (besides the obvious “Gucci Gang”) are: “Back” ft. Lil Yachty, “Molly,” and “Iced Out” ft. 2 Chainz.
If you’re looking for a new song to add to your workout (or pregame) playlist, you’ll want to check out “Back.” The song is fast-paced with a hypnotizing beat in the background. Lil Pump seems hyped up with a series of aggressive and loud vocals—almost like he’s yelling at you that “all [he] do is count racks.” The track “Molly” hosts a similarly sound to “Back,” but with a stronger base. “Iced Out” has more pinball-like noises in the background, and 2 Chainz’s verse creates much needed break in the action. Together these three tracks sum up Lil Pump’s aesthetic.
From a critical standpoint, Lil Pump definitely has his work cut out for him. His first album is elementary sounding, with low-key and simple beats that resemble a cat walking over a keyboard and choruses that are overly repetitive. Many songs sound alike with a basic beat and mumbled lyrics layered over top. While some lyrics are witty, none make you think—that is, a lot of telling and no showing. They are predictable and cover everything a young rapstar with a little money in his back pocket would rap about—diamond chains, women, drugs, and so on.
Lil Pump is definitely no Kendrick Lamar or Kanye when it comes to musical intelligence, but he still is a force to be reckoned with. The newest rapper to the hip-hop game has a fireball personality and matching vocals, so whether you love him or hate him, you’ll be hearing him over the airwaves soon enough.