The rapper’s third album further demonstrates his gift for turning dreamy darkness into Top 40 gold.
The scope here is narrow, a distillation that clearly brings West some measure of comfort, but it comes with a simplification of the music itself.
Easily one of the best rap records of the year, it’s the sound of a skilled artist becoming a vital one, and asserting her place not only in the genre but in the world.
While his melodrama tends to grow old over the course of a 22-track, 72-minute album, it is captivating in small doses.
This overpowering 18-minute release reveals Rico and Kenny to be the most high-voltage rapper-producer combo around.
The 13-member “boy band” zips between sounds, signifiers and moods, usually staying on the surface but sometimes showing real depth.
DaBaby was born for stardom, and, judging from KIRK, he seems to love it.
Across IGOR, he achieves a happy balance by tempering his wonky song structures bordering on the surreal and dogged pursuit of synthgasms with a clear narrative arc and careful calculated swerves in tone and texture.
The album feels like a hinge, a turning point, for better or worse, as Thug has finally garnered the mainstream acceptance and exposure to match his talent.