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Yeat is a California rapper who’s been making waves recently with his very current sound and style. I don’t know that much about his music but I do know the song “Money Twerk” from the infamous “Drake the type dude” meme. Other than that, this is my introduction to him so without further ado, let’s get into it.
Let’s talk about the star factor of this album, the production. I think Yeat has a really good ear for beats as he chooses these futuristic, spacey beats with a Nintendo 64 vibe to them. The drums are very pluggy which makes sense for the melodies he chooses but there’s also an authentic factor to it. It gives that vibe of a 2012 mixtape with tubular bells, abrupt intros, and diluted 808s. I’m honestly here for all of it.
Now to the first problem with this record, he digs way too hard on his influences. Artists like Playboi Carti, Young Thug, and Travis Scott are devoted to his style. The instrumentation and drum choice are very similar to the production of Die Lit and Whole Lotta Red. Yeats vocal eccentricity and inflection are very reminiscent of Young Thug and the atmospheric mix and some of Yeat’s melodies are reminiscent of Astroworld era Travis Scott. With this project, he devotes too close to his influences and it kind of drags the score down for me.
Speaking of vocal delivery, I think that he shows promise to be a very unique trap artist but for right now, he sticks too close to the Young Thug-isms. For right now, he honestly just sounds kind of generic. I think Yeat needs to develop more before he sticks out entirely as a trap artist.
There aren’t that many features on this, but the ones that are here aren’t resulting in the best songs. We start with “Outside” with Young Thug which is not the best track on here, but Young Thug does his job. We then get “Rackz got me” with Gunna and Gunna just does his usual Gunna. On the song “Narcoticz”, we get a certified snooze fest but it is instantly redeemed “Geek High” with Ken Carson where both Yeat and Ken kill their performances over this hypnotic beat. With that being said, most of the project is hit or miss, and the features emphasize that big time.
To be honest, I enjoyed this album more than I thought I would. The reason I say that is because Yeat’s style is something I’m interested in, but the problem comes when talking about how varied Yeat is, and he isn’t that varied at all. I will say that Yeat proves himself to be promising but he still needs a lot of developing to do.
Except for a few bangers, a lot of the tracks are just ok. There were no outrageously bad tracks at all but only a couple stood out to me and with this album being a little over an hour, the album does sometimes overstay its welcome. On the other hand, I do like the beats and flows Yeat chooses on this album.