The year was 2016 when Atlanta rapper 21 Savage and St. Louis producer Metro Boomin first came together to share their breakout album Savage Mode as the most unexpected rapper-producer duo making music unlike any other pair.
With the release of Savage Mode 2, the rapper-producer duo is back to stirring the headlines and chopping it up with a new 15-track album featuring Drake, Young Thug and Young Nudy. We all know they had to make this release one of the biggest of the year, which included an exclusive trailer, merchandise line, including a limited-edition behind-the-scenes coffee table book.
This album brings out the best of 21 Savage and Metro Boomin as they demonstrate their musical growth as collaborators and solo artists. Metro Boomin outdid himself with the layered sounds pushing through the 21 Savage’s chill lyrical approach. Drake’s feature in “Mr. Right Now” reveals a hidden secret on this lively track about his past relationship with SZA, which she confirmed on Twitter was in ‘09 not ‘08. The track remains a highlight on the album that’ll keep listeners bumping along to each beat.
“Many Men” is dedicated to all the onlookers waiting for his downfall includes a trap instrumental that supports his “I’m top of the world” vibe. “RIP Luv” and “Said N Done” gives the album a softer touch as they close out the hard-hitting album all running on Metro Boomin’s diverse and engaging production.
Fans have been hit with a special guest appearing as its unlikely narrator throughout the album. Morgan Freeman joins in with high-quality monologues defining simple yet intricate such as defining the phrase “savage mode” in the album’s trailer as, “Savage is defined as fierce, beastly and untamed. Mode is defined as a way of operating or using a system. So to be in savage mode is to go hard, not allowing anything to stop or deter you from your mission. Basically, this means if someone is in savage mode, they’re not to be f***** with.”
Argumentatively speaking, Freeman’s best monologue appears on “Snitches & Rats (Interlude)” where he details how snitches and rats differ from one another. As he eloquently explains, “The difference is, at least a snitch is human, but a rat is a f***** rat, period.”
Savage Mode 2 is ultimately a great listen for all hip-hop connoisseurs. We get a restorative blend of satisfying humor, lyrical instrumentals, along with some of the best performances from 21 Savage and Metro Boomin.