Release Date: Aug 9, 2011
Record label: Warner Bros.
Genre(s): Rap, Gangsta Rap, Hardcore Rap
Don't expect innovation from these titans of Southern rap. Instead, brace yourself for chanted celebrations of money, cars, cocaine, and Waka and Gucci themselves. Gucci delivers mush-mouthed lines like "I'm not a blogger/I'm not a jogger/More like a mobster." Waka raps circles around him on songs like "Suicide Homicide," but nothing rises to the level of Waka's thunderous 2010 solo album — maybe because young-gun producer Lex Luger is absent.
Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka Flame have always shared a symbiotic relationship. With Gucci frequently in and out of jail, keeping the Brick Squad name and label relevant has mostly fallen on Waka's shoulders, and he's done a more than adequate job, releasing a few legitimate radio hits as well as one of the best rap albums of last year. Waka has also gathered a host of new rappers under Brick Squad's wings-- most notably Slim Dunkin, who appears on Ferrari Boyz twice-- and while likely none of them will end up as stars, the brand extension certainly can't hurt.
Are rap buddy albums a thing now? Ferrari Boyz is the mentor-protegé showpiece of Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka Flame, top billers for the successful Atlanta crew 1017 Brick Squad. With Gucci fresh out of jail and one-album Waka dodging retirement rumours (his sophomore, Triple F Life, is due this fall) Ferrari Boyz is both a promotional tool and the coming together of the current crown princes of the South. Skittish hi-hats, body-throttling bass and cartoonish, sometimes sinister melodies come courtesy of in-house producers Drumma Boy and Southside.
Critical darlings they ain’t, and with a crew moniker that had to have been stolen from some Japanese techno team, these Ferrari Boyz are designed to make the heads of “true hip-hop heads” explode, but this “1017 Bricksquad Presents” product is labeled a “street release,” and on that level, it’s amusing. Why not chuckle when king Gucci offers “Take you to a place that’s real private/Lick you down and let you suck my privates” in a slurry style that Eli Porter would be feeling? Besides that, hearing Gucci and Waka simultaneously do their name-dropping bits is a delicious kind of ridiculous that’s not worth getting stern over, plus the guest list tries hard with lesser-known names like YG Hootie and Slim Dunkin ecstatic to be on such a big release. Without many radio-worthy cuts and both Shawty Redd and Drumma Boy going through their B-list of beats, Ferrari Boyz isn’t impactful enough to make it past the already converted, but that “street release” tag should have already given that up.
The dynamic Brick Squad 1017 duo of Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka Flame came together to release this week’s other mentor-protege collaborative album, Ferrari Boyz. This work, reportedly recorded in less than two weeks, finds two rappers whose reputations precede them, and who maintain cult followings, despite a polarizing response across the Hip Hop landscape. Gucci and Waka have been, and will likely continue to be, most notable for rapping about their unique lives – a fantastical world filled with controlled substances, the finest exotic dancers, and the flyest whips a (t)rapper’s money can buy.
GUCCI MANE & WAKA FLOCKA FLAME “1017 Bricksquad Presents: Gucci Mane & Waka Flocka Flame — Ferrari Boyz” (Warner Brothers) This week’s second most important album by a pair of rappers with a sometimes contentious mentor-protégé relationship lacks the scale of the winner in that category, “Watch the Throne” by Jay-Z and Kanye West. It also lacks its pomp, the anticipation it’s built, and its affect of relaxed achievement. Yet just because “Ferrari Boyz” is a smaller proposition, and Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka Flame not quite the world-killing rappers Jay-Z and Mr.
Though lyrically-challenged, Waka Flocka Flame and Gucci Mane Leflah are becoming like Jay-Z and Nas when it comes to riot-ready music. Even the most unforgiving hip-hop purists have come to appreciate the two Brick Squad standouts’ brand of ruckus-centric raps. With countless collaborations under their belt and a DJ Skinny-hosted joint mixtape already on their résumé, Gucci and Waka up the stakes with a full-length joint LP— 1017 Presents: Gucci Mane & Waka Flocka Flame – Ferrari Boyz.