YFN Lucci might not be the most widely-known name in rap at the moment, but his music has been nearly ubiquitous recently. From “Key to the Streets” to “Everyday We Lit” and “Boss Life”, Lucci has produced several catchy hits that are recognizable even if the artist behind them is less so. But the Atlanta-born rapper has also been highly prolific in the last year, releasing an EP and three mixtapes since the beginning of 2017, the most popular being the most recent Wish Me Well 2. Last week, Warner Brothers released his debut album Ray Ray from Summer Hill . If you’re only familiar with Lucci’s work on “Everyday We Lit” and “Boss Life”, here are four worthwhile songs from his rookie release that showcase a surprising range for a debut album.
1. Too Much
YFN Lucci is at his best when his finds the middle ground between the slow, hyper-auto-tuned rut he sometimes falls into and tracks that lack his signature blend of singing and rapping. “Too Much” finds a comfortable middle ground that is Lucci’s sonic sweet spot. He also selects the perfect feature for this type of track in Wale, who we haven’t heard from enough recently.
2. The King
If you’re here for the hits, this is the song for you. The King has a pace and sound that’s reminiscent of Boss Life, but it’s a track without features, which is a risky decision for Lucci to make with one of the best beats on the album. Yet the track is solid, and though it’s under three minutes, he is able to carry it alone. There is a crowd-pleasing balance of his sing-song signature tone and more traditional verses, and if there’s anything on this album with the potential to blow up, it is this song.
3. Street Kings
It’s a Meek Mill feature in 2018. Who knows how many of those we will hear? A must-listen for that alone.
Like “Too Much,” this song is just a good fit for YFN Lucci’s voice. The lyrical content isn’t anything special, which goes for the rest of the album as well, but it’s an enjoyable listen nonetheless. It’s the eighteenth of twenty songs on the album, but it feels like a natural bookend in that it points to Lucci’s strength, making music that is uncomplicated and enjoyable, and weakness, which is a lack of differentiation from other artists with the same sing-song sound. If YFN Lucci can build on this very listenable foundation while carving out a more personal sound, Ray Ray from Summerhill might be remembered as the debut of another Atlanta artist on the rise.