Release Date: Feb 22, 2019
Record label: Warner Bros.
Lil Pump should be every parent's worst nightmare. Sure, there are plenty of rappers these days that continuously spew ignorance into the mainstream but over the past 18 months, Pump has really turned up the dial on not-giving-a-fuck about even a fuck. It's crazy to think that less than three years ago, little Gazzy Garcia was a 15-year-old, single tattooed hype man for Smokepurpp waving around an assault rifle in the "Ski Mask" video.
"Soundcloud rap" is a genre the same way fast food is a cuisine. It primarily exists not to be savored but scarfed down as voraciously as possible to achieve maximum endorphin rush. At its best, you're almost mad at yourself for consuming it. You know that you're reacting positively to an assortment of chemicals and preservatives, but you keep on eating.
Humour is Lil Pump's biggest selling point, but his deliberately misspelled second album proves that his shtick has a limited shelf life. Best not to over-think it People love to hate Soundcloud rappers, whether it's attempting to school them on classic hip-hop, or revelling in Lil Xan's tummy pain after he eats too many Flamin' Hot Cheetos . In most instances of old-guard-shouts-at-cloud-rap, though, it's ultimately a futile task.
Since becoming an internet phenom at 16, it seems like Lil Pump has spent the better part of his life surrounded by yes-men. Every impulse, every idea sprouted from Pump's mind is, without hesitation, ushered into this world on a major label's red carpet. For his 17th birthday, the label rented out a strip club and watched cheerfully as Pump cut into his Xanax-themed cake.