Release Date: Sep 22, 2017
Record label: Retrofuture
Genre(s): Pop, Rap, Pop/Rock, Dance-Pop, Pop-Rap, Contemporary Rap
The Californian singer’s second album finds her teeming with ambition: opener Hungry is all sassy delivery and theatrical production that prove Fergie an unstoppable force of hip-hop-infused pop. It’s a strong start, though what follows is surreal – be it alluding to Pharoahe Monch (encouraging ladies to “rub your boobies”) or the jarring juxtaposition of hyperactive single MILF$ leading into a power ballad. But with sumptuous, old-school beats, plus guest spots from Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj and Fergie’s toddler son, Double Dutchess is fun and gloriously confident, cementing Fergie’s place in pop royalty..
It’s been roughly a decade since Fergie dominated the pop charts without the help of the Black Eyed Peas, and she wants you to know that she’s still “ambitious, still hungry” on “Hungry,” the opening track of her long-awaited sophomore effort, Double Dutchess. But like Gwen Stefani, who also broke ranks with her famous band in the mid-aughts and attempted a comeback at least five years too late, Fergie struggles to balance the new with the old throughout the album. Where Stefani’s raw confessionals helped distinguish This Is What the Truth Feels Like, though, Double Dutchess is stuck in the past.
After keeping the world waiting for over 11 years, Stacey Ferguson, known to the world as Fergie, at last released her second solo album, a visual album called Double Dutchess. Admit it to yourself or not, The Dutchess slapped; even Vince Staples agrees, and he’s right about everything. The Dutchess, which combined elements of pop, hip-hop, rock, and even a pinch of Motown, turned Fergie into a bonafide solo act.