Gunna is back

The Drip or Drown 2 album cover

The Drip or Drown 2 album cover

Atlanta rapper Gunna is back again with new project Drip or Drown 2. Gunna gained traction in the local rap scene in 2017 when he released the album Drip or Drown and ever since, he has been a non stop hit maker. Along with fellow artist Lil Baby, Gunna is growing his fanbase at a rapid pace and this attention is turning him into one of the most prominent young artists out of Atlanta. Drip or Drown 2 made waves on the charts and in the streets by landing at the number one position on Apple Music and racking up lots of positive feedback from fans and critics.

Music industry titans Lil Pump and Migos member, Offset dropped their own albums the same day as Gunna. This lead to skepticism over the overall success for Drip or Drown 2. The album debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 which is Gunna’s highest charting album to date. It is becoming apparent that Gunna is now posing substantial competition in the rap game and making his sound recognisable nationwide. Drip or Drown 2 has a very small yet significant list of additional artists with Playboi Carti, Lil Baby and Young Thug being the  features on the project. This clearly shows an attempt made by Gunna to move away from his general familiarity as a heavily featured artist. A common concern among fans is that Lil Baby and Young Thug seem to be featured on all of Gunna’s hit songs.  

The Atlanta native held his album listening party at the Georgia Aquarium in order to go along with the water based theme of the album. The event was a full house with attendances by big names in the music industry such as Young Thug, Future, Pusha T and Playboi Carti. Gunna then held an album release party in midtown New York City. During the event his fans literally busted through gates of the private venue leading to a stampede that ended with local law enforcement restoring order.

Playing off the theme of the album, the first couple of songs such as “Wit it” and “Richard Mille Plain” have wavy and psychedelic like vibes. This level of musicality and design truly puts the listener in the mood for the project. The songs themselves give off the sensation of being submerged in water and slowly sinking down in an ocean as the listener becomes embraced in the sound. This vibe of the album slowly deteriorates as it goes on and ends up losing that wavy feel with songs like “3 Headed Snake” featuring Young Thug not really emitting that same feel. The later songs on this project transition into formulaic autotuned trap rap with little to no variation or elements that make them memorable. In general, the artistic aspects of this project are solid but are inconsistent in some areas.

Like many of his other projects, Gunna hired a quality production lineup with Wheezy, Tay Keith and Turbo all working on the album. Gunna and his team made a strong attempt to maintain a consistent sound throughout the project. While artists tend to change and grow over time, it is apparent that Gunna is struggling with finding his niche on the rap scene as his lyrics, flow, beats and fashion choices are all quite redundant. If Gunna is aiming for a lengthy career, he will need to start coming out of his shell and take further creative initiative.

Gunna is steadily finding his way in the rap game and as his numbers continue to climb, his style and character are taking shape. Although the album isn’t perfect and could be improved in various aspects, Drip or Drown 2 is a solid step in the right direction for Gunna and his fans should be pleased. 

Gunna on the cover of Rolling Out