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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the Atlanta rapper features guest appearances from Childish Gambino, Gunna, Lil Baby, Offset, Post Malone, Project Pat, ScHoolboy Q, Young Nudy, and City Girls' Yung Miami.
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ASMR
Y'all know what's goin' on 21 Gang 'til I'm gone 4L Gang 'til I'm gone If Young Metro don't trust you, I'm gon'— Roll the window down, stick the... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Jan 2, 2019
    85
    Despite all the high-profile guests, it’s actually on the soulfully inventive “Ball w/o You,” “Gun Smoke” and the sensual “Out for the Night”--which all feature 21 Savage on his own--that “i am > i was” is at its best and most dynamic.
  2. Jan 2, 2019
    84
    At 15 songs and 51 minutes long, it’s an enjoyable listen with good pacing, filled with the right amount of vulnerability, heartache, menace, and savagery.
  3. Jan 4, 2019
    80
    There is a slight uptick in vocal musicality compared with his previous work. ... He has plenty of average lines--almost as offensive as the rightly controversial “Jewish money” lyric in ASMR is the weakness of “you get burned like toast” as a simile--but his catchy flows always make him magnetic, especially when paired with universally brilliant production from Metro Boomin, Kid Hazel and others.
  4. Jan 2, 2019
    78
    i am > i was shatters the notion of 21 Savage as a specialist with a narrow purview and audience, and recasts him as a star in waiting, all without forcing him into unflattering contortions. It also cements him as a far more original stylist than other hopefuls from Atlanta.
  5. Jan 11, 2019
    75
    Overall, it’s a massive improvement on the disappointing Issa Album, with 21 Savage showing maturity whilst keeping his dark humour and persona.
  6. 67
    21 Savage’s ability to express a variety of feelings allows the music to stand out at times and become more than a generic gangsta rap presentation. It’s unfortunate, then, that the record finds itself held back by unfeeling and monotonous takes on issues like gun violence. Overall, i am > i was is a mixed bag of experience that offers enough solid tracks to keep fans latched on.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
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  1. Feb 9, 2019
    9
    The album title speaks for itself. The first half of the album starts off with some heavy trap street beats and lyrics, and later becomesThe album title speaks for itself. The first half of the album starts off with some heavy trap street beats and lyrics, and later becomes more somber and lyrical in the second half. Easily his best work to date.
    Best Songs: 4L & out for the night pt. 2.
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  2. Jan 7, 2019
    9
    21 is making a bigger name for himself with a pretty solid album. Some of tracks might be a little to much but those songs are saved by21 is making a bigger name for himself with a pretty solid album. Some of tracks might be a little to much but those songs are saved by brilliant features such as Childish Gambino, Post, J. Cole, and Travis “la flame” Scott. 21’s work deserves a lot more notice. Expand
  3. Jan 7, 2019
    9
    This is a very solid album. Great production throughout and 21 shows a lot of maturity. “Gun smoke” and “4L” are absolute BANGERS. The featureThis is a very solid album. Great production throughout and 21 shows a lot of maturity. “Gun smoke” and “4L” are absolute BANGERS. The feature with J. Cole is excellent (“a lot”), as is the one with Childish Gambino (“monster”). He has several tracks where he appears solo (like the aforementioned “gun smoke”) and one of my faves on the album is “out for the night”. Whether you prefer old or new school, this album will appeal to you. Overall, in my opinion, his best effort yet. Expand
  4. Jan 7, 2019
    8
    Such a great work by someone like 21 savage. He is greater than he was, just stuck in the mainstream commercial spots in the past, he was anSuch a great work by someone like 21 savage. He is greater than he was, just stuck in the mainstream commercial spots in the past, he was an image in the mumble rap game. But now, with this album, you can clearly see his evolution and maturity, how his music evolved, better lyrics, better beats, a better production in general, making him a fine artist that has something to say. With that being said, probably the features and collaboration with other artists really helped him gaining something more during the album, but in general, it's a great piece of work. Expand
  5. Feb 3, 2019
    7
    21 Savage's latest album delivers on its title.

    FAV TRACKS: A LOT, A&T, 1.5, GUN SMOKE, GOOD DAY, BALL W/O YOU, LETTER 2 MY MOMMA LEAST
    21 Savage's latest album delivers on its title.

    FAV TRACKS: A LOT, A&T, 1.5, GUN SMOKE, GOOD DAY, BALL W/O YOU, LETTER 2 MY MOMMA

    LEAST FAV TRACK: CAN'T LEAVE WITHOUT IT
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  6. Jan 4, 2019
    4
    I don't know why the album has such good reviews. There are a couple of interesting tracks, but I didn’t have enough beats and melodies.