Who's Gonna Get Fucked First?
Father - 2015
It's safe to say Atlanta's rap scene has gotten pretty weird over the last few years. You've got Future and his minions (Young Thug, Rich Homie Quan), who's robotic, electrifying rap-crooning has taken the top 40 by storm. You've got psychadelic hip hop wunderkind iLoveMakonnnen, who's practically the Ariel Pink of rap music. But none is weirder than underground alt-rap powerhouse Awful Records. The clique ranges from glitchy trap to dark R&B and back, and they've put out their fair share of great tracks and projects (KeithCharlesSpaceBar's "Drink My Spit", Slug Christ's "EGO DEATH"). But none of the Awful crew's been as recognizable or consistent as it's leader, Father. His beats sound like a mixture of Metro Boomin and whoever used to produce for Soulja Boy. His favorite topic is sex, but he makes sure you know it's consensual and he refuses to slut-shame. His hooks are obviously influenced by Lil B, but his slinky, casual flow is easily rap's most enjoyable to listen to. All of those wonderful qualities have shined through on his last two projects, Young Hot Ebony and Lil Diddy, as well as spawned a string of underground hits that peaked with "Look At Wrist", quite possibly the catchiest song of last year. With the success of "Wrist" and everything that's happened to the Awful crew in the past year, Who's Gonna Get Fucked First was Father's biggest chance yet to blow up. Unfortunately, WGGFF is more of a regression than a progression for Father.
For every reviewer, there are two types of albums: ones that you give a rating dissapointed it wasn't higher, and ones that you give a rating happy that it wasn't as bad as you thought. I'm giving WGGFF three stars wishing it was four, not satisfied it wasn't a two. WGGFF isn't a "bad" album by any means, and it won't cause Father to lose any momentum. But; this isn't on the level Young Hot Ebony or Lil Diddy before it proved Father could get to. There aren't any singles on this sing in the vein of "Look At Wrist" or "Nokia". That's always been the excellence in Father projects: the high points were colossal, and the low points were mere divots. WGGFF's high's are as high as their lows are low; miniscule. It's not unlikeable, but there isn't anything to get attached to. It's the album equivalent to the kid in high school who's got a few friends but mostly keeps to itself; you've got no reason to hate them, but you can't give a reason to like them. WGGFF is album purgatory: it's nearly impossible to have a strong opinion, love or hate, on this album.
GENRES: ALTERNATIVE HIP-HOP, SOUTHERN HIP-HOP, NEW ATLANTA, MIAMI BASS