Everythings For Sale Album Review

Everythings For Sale Album Review

Everythings For Sale. Everything.

Everythings For Sale Album Review

Everythings For Sale. Everything.
Boogie
Everythings For Sale
8.4
cathartic

A few weeks ago, Compton lyricist Boogie began his promotional campaign for his debut studio album Everythings For Sale. He assumed the role of a broke artist and gave listeners a chance to hear his album for the LOW PRICE OF $9.99! Boogie then proceeded to keep the change when handed a twenty.

Next up was a series of mock commercials in which Boogie, dressed in his standard business attire of a red suit and a du-rag, promised the hottest deals on the market! Even better, you would snag a copy of his new CD with the purchase of any vehicle!

The anticipated tone of the album was flipped on its head when Boogie posted the cover art a week before its release. He is shown unsurprisingly in all red, but wiping a tear from his eye, contrasting the comedy of the project’s marketing. This was going to be a real album. Not a car dealership commercial.

The opening track, “Tired/Reflections,” starts with a spoken-word vibe as Boogie wastes no time opening up to the listener about his personal life. This song is the ‘thesis’ of the album. While famous artists appear to be living out their dreams, they face difficulties and pressure in so many ways. The main pressure Boogie faces is from the rap industry itself since you “have to lose your integrity to get poppin’,” he says in an interview with Hard Knock Tv. He values his own soul more than the potential profits from being at the top of the music industry, which shows that this man is not a sell-out. But this man is tired of battling himself to stay true.

Boogie’s biggest strength is building songs around realistic situations that make your heart beat. For example, on “Silent Ride” he reflects on a relationship by recalling a time his girlfriend went through his phone and saw some things not meant for her to see. Oops. He showcases his vulnerability so his listeners can easily relate to him. After only two tracks, the Compton artist has already opened up about his insecurity with his music and shared an embarrassing moment with his girl. That sounds like a real person to me.

The 29-year old continues to reflect on his romantic relationships in songs like “Swap Meet,” “Skydive,” “Whose Fault,” and “No Warning.” However, his perspective in these songs looks at the relationships from a birds-eye view. He accepts blame where he is guilty, acknowledges the uncertainties of relationships’ longevities, and realizes that the world does not revolve around him. The realest bars of the album come when Boogie discusses setting a proper example for his son. Love will always prevail, and it seems rare nowadays to hear a rapper share so much of his personal life. Everythings For Sale was not created to satisfy the general rap fanbase. It is a cathartic project.

Boogie does recruit some other artists for features on the album, notably JID, Eminem, and 6LACK. But ultimately, the songs that shine the brightest are Boogie’s solo works. Eminem’s verse on “Rainy Days” sounds out of place in the context of the album, though I do understand that such a collaboration had been imminent since his October 2017 signing to Shady Records.

When you buy a copy of this album, you are buckling up for a ride of relatability. I think virtually anyone can relate to at least one song on the album, as Boogie establishes himself as one of the most down-to-Earth rappers out right now. This project is a culmination of his insecurities, human tendencies, perspectives on the music industry, and prayers for a future he can trust. He put everything he had to give on this record.

Everythings For Sale. Everything.


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