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Review: 21 Savage the “american dream” album offers unique look at personal life

Shayaa Joseph, also known as 21 Savage, dropped “american dream” in the beginning of January. As this album just recently dropped it has many popular artists featured within this album. “american dream” consists of fifteen songs only hitting fifty minutes within all of them.

The first song on the album (“american dream”) starts off with a heartfelt speech spoken by his mother about what she has done and the sacrifices made to bring him to where he is now. Adding this to the intro of his album gives the listeners a look into his personal life, and starts the album with a good hook. Additionally, 21 Savage also announced the release of his new movie “American Dream: The 21 Savage Story,” which was later revealed to be a parody. 

If you’re an average 21 Savage listener, this album will not disappoint. Every song on this album is different: while his flow might stay the same, the backing tracks make every song unique. 

The artists featured in most of his songs make the album. Without their collaboration and individual uniqueness, the album would be boring and repetitive.

The best song on the album is “redrum.” The beginning of the song is a string-based instrumental, eventually getting into the beat drop that starts off the song. 21 Savage songs are usually a little too fast and complicated to sing along to, but the repetition of words makes it easier.

My absolute least favorite song on the album is “n.h.i.e.” Featuring Doja Cat was a mistake: she killed the song by using a weird baby voice throughout the end. Doja Cat also repeatedly says “adlib” which makes absolutely zero sense. Her constantly saying this ruined and threw off the feel of the song.

“american dream” is definitely explicit, but that can be said about every 21 Savage album. Although it is one of my favorites, he could’ve left out some profanity so I wouldn’t feel as uncomfortable listening to this in front of my family. 

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