by Andrew Menjivar
Famous Bronx rapper A Boogie released a surprise album on Valentines Day this year, signaling it to be a potential heartbreak album. In “Artist 2.0,” he did exactly that. The album features a plethora of features with names like Khalid, DaBaby, Young Thug, Gunna, and more. However, the best songs that appear are the ones with almost no features at all. These are the ones where the fantastic beat and rhythm of each individual song blend perfectly with a more somber tone that A Boogie presents. The songs “Thug Love,” “Me and My Guitar,” and “Streets Don’t Love You” are arguably some of the best we’ve heard from the Bronx artist in a long time. Reminiscing about his past relationships and childhood, themes that he has repeatedly talked about in previous songs such as “Still Think About You” and “Let’s Start Over,” he talks again but his struggles with failed relationships and a difficult upbringing. Overall, “Artist 2.0” is a healthy mix of catchy party songs that’ll keep us dancing all night long and more down-to-earth songs about the problems we can all share.
While his most popular songs will continue to be the ones played in every club across the country, his most thought provoking, meaningful, and simply relatable songs are often the most overlooked. Although not every song has the potential it could have, A Boogie releases an album that’s original and a fantastic transition back to his roots about young love, heartbreak, and growing up in the Bronx.