Gloomy Boogie

This first studio album from Boogie truly is engulfed in darkness, sadness and pessimism.

Door Euan Decourt | Video van de dag | 12 februari 2019
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The record is heavily focused on introspection, exhaustion and general negativity as some of the track titles may suggest. Released on Eminem’s record label, Shady Records, the album consists of 13 tracks and includes appearances from Eminem himself (Rainy Days), JID (Soho), 6LACK (Skydive II), Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah (Whose Fault) and Snoh Aalegra (Time). The Compton rapper sets the tone instantly with the opening track Tired/Reflections which is focused on deep introspection, insecurity and being at war with one’s self. The rapper continues in this vein with Silent Ride on which he states “I can’t lie, I’m detached, I need guidance” as he battles with the voice inside his head which is keeping him closed off. Despite all the doom and gloom this is far from a bad album. Boogie displays nice vocal skill (Skydive includes a nice mix of vocals with acoustic guitar backing) and a flow that fits very nicely with the often downbeat and melancholy production. His commitment to the atmosphere of eternal sadness makes the album feel very genuine. For large portions of the record he focuses on a dysfunctional relationship which seems to be falling apart, something that is most clear on tracks such as Whose Fault and Time. Boogie maintains the Compton gangsta attitude but somehow manages to coat it in gloom as he states “got too many b****es in my bed” (something that is often a brag for today’s rappers) and “I been thuggin’ through my rainy days” on Silent Ride and Rainy Days respectively. All in all, a solid first attempt.



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