Lil Pump’s newest release Harverd Dropout is extremely formulaic and provides more lackluster performances than his debut. Lil Pump is not a lyrical rapper by any means, let alone a rapper with much to say at all. Going into this project I had no expectations besides having at least a little fun listening to it, especially since this release has been through multiple delays and I don’t feel like I had much fun.
If you’ve heard any of the singles up to this point, you’ve heard nearly every track on this record since they all are structured the same way and contain the same formula. Which results in every new song on this LP coming off more of the same, however, what mostly kills
this record is Pumps most ridiculous bars and awful vocal deliveries such as on the songs Love It, Vroom Vroom Vroom, and Off white, and Who Dat. Drop Out is another example and the opening song on this project that perfectly shows the awful pronunciation you will hear on the previously mentioned tracks, how he says Drop Out is very annoying. The production on this release is filled with run of the mill and average Soundcloud trap beats that have been regurgitated as much as the lyrical content Lil Pump has.
This album also contains features from many large names in rap but, the only real standout features are from Lil Wayne on Be Like Me due to his performance being longer than thirty seconds and Smokepurpp on the track ION which shows great chemistry from everyone involved in its making. There are some Highlights on this release but, a majority of them were the singles leading up to the release of this album with only a few of the new tracks being worthwhile. I’m referring to the tracks ION featuring Smokepurpp and Nu Uh that show Lil Pump coming through with the energy and catchy hooks he’s known for having in his music.
Overall this release feels very uninspired and messy with lackluster performances from Lil Pump along with a few of the features, primarily from Offset and Quavo of Migos. Who recently been producing music in mass quantities with very little quality such as Culture II, the Quality Control: Control the Streets compilation, along with the solo projects from both artists mentioned. These records all illustrate how thirsty the industry is to get money through streaming, and this Lil Pump release follows their tracks.
This album isn’t worth the time, let alone worth the little brain power needed to enjoy it. I believe Lil Pump is somewhat self-aware of who he is and how much he contributes to the current rap game (not a lot). What I really think is missing is some decent bars since a majority of them on this release are terrible. Here are a few examples:
“White rice, Fortnite (Pew, pew, pew), red light”
“I just took Viagra and it turned me to a wizard”
I have no clue what he is saying here, can I get a translator or someone who knows the mind of Lil Pump? There are many more examples I could bring up from this record alone but, those two were difficult to forget. I’ve heard better from uninspired rappers who have no personality like G-Eazy and Gnash, remember them? Hopefully not, since that was an awkward moment in rap. I guess in the future I’d like to see Pump return with the in your face bangers he’s known for instead of a half baked project that has no substance to it.
The Good: Nearly every single besides I Love It, ION, Nu Uh
The Meh: I guess Stripper Name, Multi Millionaire
The Bad: Nearly every new song and I Love It