Album Review: Without Warning by 21 Savage, Offset, and Metro Boomin
Let's start with the obvious, Metro once again proves he is nearly 100% responsible for vaulting 21 Savage into superstardom. The production on here is mindblowing and potentially speaker blowing if you're not careful. Now on the other hand the two guys Metro recruited to star on this tape didn't exactly bring their A game. Outside of Offset dominating "Ric Flair Drip", which is far and away the crown jewel of this project, he doesn't bring much to the table. Recycled themes, lines, ideas etc... made this project feel like it may have been created literally overnight. 21 seemed to get more shine on here and his slowed down murder rap cadence certainly stands out at first but quickly dissipates as he runs out of ways to say the same thing 100 times. One of the most frustrating moments on Without Warning has to be "Nightmare". Offset takes a 21 Savage like delivery to the hook which makes no sense considering 21 was obviously available to take this approach himself and begs the question why they didn't tag team this one instead. I mean it is is a collab after all. One moment that did please me was Metro slowing down a beat to 21's pace on "Still Serving" which allowed his calm subdued attack to be consumed in appropriate light. As far as salvageable bangers go give me the opener the closer and as I mentioned earlier the standout "Ric Flair Drip" and I'll walk away with all I need from this Atlanta superteam effort. Overall just some lazy mediocre work layed on top of untapped gold instrumentals.
One Line Summary: A known trapstar with a played out style performs a sideshow while Amber Rose's son mutters and stumbles his way over some beats capable of lighting even the coldest of Alaskan streets on fire.
Best Tracks: Ric Flair Drip, Ghostface Killers, Darth Vader
Worst Tracks: Mad Stalkers, Disrespectful, Nightmare
Overall Rating: 5.8/10