Release Date: Dec 21, 2017
Record label: Virgin EMI
Expectations sure are a bitch. Though long rumored and mentioned, Travis Scott and Quavo's Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho materialized rapidly late last year. Not quite without warning (respect to Offset), but it felt like a gracious gift to close out a great year for Migos-adjacent content. Then, the fans reacted: overall, it seemed, with a .
ollaboration albums are all the rage in Hip Hop right about now. This year alone, artists like Young Thug and Future, DJ Quik and Problem, Big Sean and Metro Boomin and RJMrLA and DJ Mustard — among others — have all combined recipes to cook up auditory gumbo. Quavo and Travis Scott are the latest theoretical dynamic duo with Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho, an album that basks in each artists’ signature sound to the benefit of its groove and detriment of its creativity. Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho conveys exactly what fans might expect from two of the hottest trap rappers out. Soaring, robo-rhythmic tunes? Check.
The Lowdown: Hip-hop has already taken some new and interesting turns over the past two years. What do Quavo and Travis Scott have to add to the conversation since Culture and Birds in the Trap? The answer for both is, unfortunately, nothing new. That.
Last year’s palatable string of album-length collaborations from the South featured Future and Young Thug dropping Super Slimey as a welcome surprise following their cold war, while Offset, 21 Savage, and Metro Boomin’s Without Warning was a Halloween gorefest that transcended its gimmick. Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho—Travis Scott and Quavo’s much ballyhooed team-up—was slated to be just as formidable, if only because the duo’s working relationship goes back longer than most of their contemporaries..
Denizens of Rodeo and the hype surrounding the ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy of trap’ will likely remember “Oh My Dis Side” as Travis Scott’s crowning, collaborative achievement; a track driven by a subtle, prolonged beat switch and a rap dynamic with Quavo, each exchanging ad-libs and quotables with ease similar to the whole of Migos. As each played the other’s hype man, emphasing their own best qualities and cutting dead lines for efficiency and listenability, an outline was paved for Quavo to seek a solo career, and for Travis Scott to write his so-called ‘trapsterpieces. ’ And so the promise has fizzled, where a handful of connections has led the two to Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho, a competent collobarative tape that nevertheless proves that Quavo should stick to Migos and Travis to curating his own albums.