21 Savage & Metro Boomin - Savage Mode II
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2020 Ratings: #262 / 818
User Score
2020 Ratings: #151
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
NME
Which other rap album in 2020 has production as good as this? Clearly 21 Savage has a point to prove, too, the duo weaving a cinematic odyssey of sound.
88
Paste

Savage Mode II is a worthy successor to the original, building on that initial moment that made 21 Savage a household name. Adventurous, introspective, and thoughtful, it’s just what the world needs from the rapper at this moment, even if we didn’t know it.

83
Consequence of Sound
21 Savage, accompanied by the golden touch of Metro Boomin, have given the hip-hop world their most well-rounded project to date, and they set the bar high for others to measure up to.
80
Clash
‘Savage Mode 2’ matches ruthless entertainment to phenomenal artistry, a collaboration that works on a number of levels. Once more exposing fresh layers to 21 Savage and Metro Boomin, hopefully it won’t take another four years for a third instalment.
80
Rolling Stone

With Savage Mode II, 21 and Metro have created a near-perfect sequel that revisits the moods of its predecessor while simultaneously carving out its own distinctive identity as tribute to the music they grew up on.

80
Slant Magazine
The album is a ratification of “bigger and better,” an example of steady improvement through impeccable craft.
80
HipHopDX
They’re a force on their own, but together, 21 Savage and Metro Boomin are one of Hip Hop’s best one-two combos.
70
The Needle Drop

Savage Mode II is a rare instance of the sequel being WAY better than the original.

67
Beats Per Minute

In the end, you get 44 minutes of solid beats and bars and a handful of songs to put on your best-of playlists for Savage and/or Metro. That’s not the worst thing, but on Savage Mode II it feels like there’s both too much and not enough going on at once.

66
Pitchfork
The sequel to the canonical Atlanta mixtape is meant to be a legacy-defining stamp, but despite all its glossy guest stars (Morgan Freeman!), it never rises above “just fine.”
60
Exclaim!

Whether they hit the mark with their sequel is debatable. While Savage Mode II is by no means a lacklustre album, it may not be the exact product their fans hoped for.

AZIZ
86
I am en route to collect my first body and this is my soundtrack.
Doublez
82
Savage Mode 2 is not as intense and morbid as its predecessor, but it manages perfectly to correct some of the flaws of the past while offering a suite with memorable and much more solid content.

It's never easy to make a sequel, especially when the first one has made an impression. There's not many capable examples that break the rule and to be honest with you, unless the weather changes my mind, I find that this new album is not up to its predecessor (but it's close). I'm aware that ... read more
Case
80
Hearing Morgan Freeman narrate this album is the most hype I’ve been all 2020. Him explaining Snitches & Rats is the best thing ever. What a flex.

Metro Boomin is one of my favorite producers of the last 10 years, and while 21 Savage has had his moments, I’ve been waiting for him to fully capitalize on his potential. I was hoping this would be the moment, as the hype for this album was immense. And while it would be nearly impossible to exceed expectations when they’re ... read more
Chode
78
These mfs got Morgan fucking Freeman to narrate their album. If that isn't the most badass shit I've heard all year then I don't know what is.

I wasn’t sure whether to be hyped for this album or prepare for something mediocre before this released tbh. I hated the first Savage Mode mainly for 21. I thought 21’s half-hearted attempt to be cold-hearted just sounded really monotone and boring, and Metro’s decent but pretty lowkey production that needed a pretty interesting rapper ... read more
TomBejoy
85
donald trump has covid!

Let's be honest, Savage Mode II is a cold-ass album. Personally, though, I THINK the highlight must be Morgan Freeman's narration. It's a huge W. 21 Savage has officially slid into the category of rappers that are not deep lyrically but have bars (ASAP Rocky, Tyler The Creator, Vince Staples, Drake, etc)

The lines are extremely cold-hearted while still being way more emotive and energetic than his previous work. While he still sounds monotone, sluggish and sleepy, the ... read more
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Added on: September 28, 2020