Album Review: DDG & OG Parkers Die 4 Respect Is Full Of Bangers But Doesnt Command The Scene

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Album Review: DDG & OG Parkers Die 4 Respect Is Full Of Bangers But Doesnt Command The Scene

DDG and OG Parke link with Coi Leray, NBA YoungBoy, 42 Dugg, PnB Rock for their 'Die 4 Respect' album.

February 2, 2021 Its such musical range that earned DDG a spot on the 2021 HipHopDX Rising Stars list and gives Die 4 Respect, his collaboration album with veteran Migos producer OG Parker, its most sturdy pillars through waves of middling material. At 23 years young, DDG has conquered the American Dream with the wealth, women and wisdom of a tech-savvy maverick at his disposal boost his raps. His now-classicBlueface duet Moonwalking In Calabasas perfectly captures todays Gen Z exuberance as both stars flex rapid-fire come-up stories over a mandolin trap beat. Impatient featuring the red-hot Coi Leray also speaks to DDGs party skills, as he molds a playful melody on the hook for the No More Parties singer to electrify the track with her impressionable pitchy delivery. Ditching the palm trees and reverting back to the streets that made him result in the albums best track when he opens the album with YoungBoy Never Broke Again on the somber Hood Melody. All of my young n-ggas losing they life/Cause they dont know its life that is outside the trap/N-ggas be tellin us if we dont dribble the ball, then maybe a n-gga can rap, DDG volleys his lyrics for NBA to slam it home with an emotional flood of project drama. Reality sets in again on the albums anchor I Need Security, a cautionary tale for those individuals with assets worth protecting. Still, success cant always cure boredom and instead of elaborating on his unique perspectives that made him a young boss, DDG opts to fall back on nondescript flashy raps on virtually every other song. On Treat Me Right, a drippy R&B stab, the passionate crooning about toxic bitches prevents the project from maximizing its replay value. OG Parker, for his part, supplies a solid batch of expansive sound beds for DDG to use by never allowing the thumping 808s to go without rosy instrumentation to boost the tracks. Yet, the Quality Control producer plays a more subdued role, rarely challenging his lyrical counterpart with beats to push the creatively forward. The bouncy piano loop that funnels through Rule #1 sounds like an obviously TikTok-ploy (Lil Yachtys inclusion gives it away).

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