Savage Mode Review

21, 21, 21! 21 Savage teams up with Metro Boomin to deliver his best project yet- Savage Mode. The Zone 6 native doesn't hold back and continues to drop lengthy bars about murder, lean and an array of criminal activities. Between his recent interviews about his self-defense acts and his family members and friends who have been lost to the Atlanta underworld, it would be wise to remain on his good side. 

The 9-song EP has many hard hitting tracks from the anthem, "No Heart", to the radio single "X" featuring Atlanta mogul Future. 21 glides over these mellow and dreary Metro beats and creates a dark, twisted blur that makes you constantly rewind the track and ask yourself, "Young Savage why you trapping so hard?". You can't help but bob your head to each beat and pay attention to some of 21's more gruesome and cringeworthy lyrics. 

With the help of Metro Boomin's hold on the trap-rap game, this EP gave 21 a chance to reach a wide audience. For example, I played "No Heart" in a bar in Athens, and the stereotypical frat star with his New Balance and Khakis came out and rapped the song word for word. The Savage Mode is crossing racial as well as class boundaries and is becoming more mainstream. I am also proud to see that 21 is taking this opportunity to escape the imminent danger of his childhood to create something for him and his neighborhood.  

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