Offset, born Kiari Kendrell Cephus, is an individualist. It’s secure to say each member of famous person rap group Migos is idiosyncratic, however throughout this present, collective profession arc of solo albums, solely Offset has efficiently created a marketing campaign that facilities across the private.
Just one single—the meditative “Purple Room”—preceeds the discharge of FATHER OF 4, the title of Offset’s oft-delayed solo debut, however primarily based on the tone of his press run main as much as the album’s arrival, there seems to be an emphasis positioned on revealing who Offset is, and what he’s been by way of.
In title, the title is supposed to focus on household and fatherhood. These topics aren’t new territory for the Gwinnett County, Georgia-raised rapper, however exploring intimate matters inside a bunch of three is much completely different than doing so alone.
“Fuck all that stream shit as a result of I do not do music for cash. It is my coronary heart. That is what I consider in. It is my creativity and I do it for the folks,” Offset stated in an interview with Esquire. Let’s go, then.
In traditional 1-Hear trend, the guidelines are the identical: no skipping, no fast-forwarding, no rewinding, and no stopping. Every tune will obtain my intestine response from begin to end.
1. “Father of 4” ft. Massive Rube
Listening to Massive Rube on the intro is a wonderful solution to start Friday. His poetry remains to be so potent in any case these years. “A realitysmith” is a good play on phrases. Loving the bounce. Offset with a contact of Auto-Tune on his vocals. That is good, meditative and confessional. I like how, on the hook, he mentions that his son will scream in the event you don’t play his dad within the automotive. That’s an actual fan. “If I don’t ball all the pieces round me fall.” Father Offset is at the moment my favourite Offset. Keys and strings, is that this Metro on the beat? Yep, positive is.
2. “How Did I Get Right here” ft. J. Cole
Deep down, I want this album had no options. [Editor’s Be aware: It was reported previous to the discharge that the album would don’t have any credited options.] However, one other J. Cole function is one thing I received’t complain about. Man, these keys are chatting with me already. Manufacturing-wise, I’m enthusiastic about extra moody onerous hitters. Metro makes entice beats for October 31 festivities. Some good honesty from Offset. I want his power was a bit greater. Some insightful lyrics combined in with the swagger and hater discuss. Loving all of the references to his upbringing. The places he’s naming is giving the album a setting. Cole! Good stream, sir. He’s working lots of phrases into this pocket. I like how conversational his verses have gotten. It’s very André 3000-esque. This can be a good tune.
Construct up is fairly cool. The drums are hitting. You could possibly begin a Soul Practice line with this bounce. Lyrically, he’s protecting issues targeted and considerate in a really Offset approach. Loving the beat, the best way he raps is such a bonus. This seems like a entice music confessional. “All of the folks I robbed I introduced them down, I repent,” such an fascinating reflection. There’s a maturity right here that’s enthralling, however I want he was higher at projecting these feelings.
4. “Tats on My Face”
One other blistering banger. Now on the fourth report, I’m hoping he finds some distinctive methods of utilizing his voice. As gripping as his voice and stream might be when he isn’t assisted by Quavo and Takeoff, it’s very simple to be trapped in repetition. Wait, this second verse is the change up I used to be on the lookout for. Power and magnificence actually added to the report. I can see “Tats on My Face” being a enjoyable report at reveals.
5. “Made Males”
The Rick Ross tune referred to as “Made Males” is nice, by the best way. Offset acquired the nightmarish entice pack. Southside drums simply hit in another way. Anytime your eardrums really feel like they’re being kicked in, that’s Southside. Not in love with this one, however it does have taste. Okay, this beat actually is leaping on my pores and skin. Offset is a wave rider. His stream, at its peak, walks on water. It’s athletic. A stream that feels bodily, shifting by way of the pocket. Maintaining this one.
6. “Wild Wild West” ft. Gunna
Metro gave him classic Three 6 vibes. Yo, Offset sounds good, however Gunna got here on this report like his voice is dripping in gold. Wow, I didn’t suppose he would match. These two are surprisingly seamless collectively. Offset is taking off. That is entrancing. The hook is missing, however all the pieces else is working like a well-oiled machine. Gunna’s verse is nice. Joyful to say, this album has but to sound like songs meant to be a Migos venture that shaved off Quavo and Takeoff. We’re fully in Offset’s world.
7. “North Star” ft. CeeLo Inexperienced
Whose vocals are these? Okay, Offset. “I acquired scars below my sleeves.” He’s speaking in regards to the blogs and the media. I’d be down to listen to Offset do a blues-esque album as Lil Boosie did. I like this one. A stable change in tone and textures. Talked about a lean habit and the way the drank helps him sleep. This one may’ve been a bit extra heartfelt. CeeLo! He’s singing his soul out. The choir backing him is sending me up, however CeeLo didn’t give Offset a “Tears Of Pleasure” efficiency. Loads of cool concepts right here, memorable, however simply not as hanging because it goals to be.
8. “After Darkish”
Increase like a Travis Scott report. Says he was in Paris recording, after which R.I.P to his brother Paris. Sheesh. Now, this is hanging. His voice has the identical weight that the beat does. Sincere, very trustworthy. Is the hook about breaking Cardi’s coronary heart? Hmm, fascinating. I want Offset would let a subject carry by way of your entire verse. He raps in vignettes like his Migo brothers. This can be a good report. Metro killed the beat. These strings are horrifying. Somebody get Jordan Peele and Metro Boomin collectively.
9. “Do not Lose Me”
A clip of his apology to Cardi. “I wish to be a greater individual.” This album appears to be themed round dealing with his previous and rising up. One other beat! Woooo! Solely Offset would say he misses his spouse over a snapping groove. If you wish to spill out your soul, sure, please, do it over one thing I can shimmy to. Metro Boomin, girls and gents, is the actual MVP. Lure lastly has it’s 4:44. Somebody goes to yell nasty issues in my Twitter mentions for writing that sentence and I deserve each single one for that scorching take, lol. How a lot is Metro paying for these strings!?
Seems like we getting again to the bangers. Oh yeah, that is for the trunks. I can already inform I might love this album extra if this was a 10 monitor album. It’s beginning to drag a bit. “Underrated” may’ve been left off. It doesn’t supply greater than what has already been delivered. No nation for fillers.
11. “Legacy” ft. Travis Scott & 21 Savage
808 Mafia tag! The primary tag I’ve heard all album. Southside tag! Nasty, simply nasty. Travis is available in sturdy. This trio is a robust group. Scott is in his JanSport. “I at all times discuss to myself as a result of it’s solely us.” He tagged Offset in they usually’re operating a poetic triangle offense. Rhyming bando with deserted did one thing to my soul. I like how this report is structured. It’s so compelling. 21! His voice was made for this beat. This can be a good stream for 21, too. His enchancment as a rapper is so spectacular. I laughed on the shot at rappers veneers. “You will get shot within the wave cap.” I might by no means query the authenticity of somebody who talks about capturing folks with such matter-of-fact conviction.
12. “Clout” ft. Cardi B
Keys! These keys! “They do something for clout.” True, true. Haha, I like how he talked about Kim Ok, and made positive to say no disrespect, we love Ye. “I took the crown off the king, like Mike and Elvis.” That is cool, I’m prepared for Cardi. The hook has the potential to make for a cool chant at reveals. Cardi! She confirmed as much as discuss money shit. She has a lot persona, charisma, and presence. It’s formally her tune. Sorry, Set. A stable report.
13. “On Fleek” ft. Quavo
There aren’t any dangerous beats on this album. Everyone seems to be hitting. Not gripped by the Offset efficiency so far. Each stream and content material are on model. Questioning what Quavo will add… He’s arrived! Okay, he truly sounds extra becoming for this one than Offset. “While you get caught flip into singers” was a pleasant approach of claiming snitches be snitching. I like Quavo on this greater than the songs on his solo album, however it doesn’t maintain me.
14. “Quarter Milli” ft. Gucci Mane
Size is what actually hurts the Offset album. There’s not sufficient variety on this report to have 16 songs. Just like the Rolls Royce/Casper line. I’ll say, having the options on the again half offers the latter songs one thing new to look ahead too. Gucci! OH! THIS IS A YES! Gucci’s supply is one thing else. Actually love the best way he attacked this function. Ran off with the tune. That’s what I wished from Offset, extra ingenious rhyme schemes.
15. “Purple Room”
I actually like this tune. It’s a report that’s sluggish and contemplative, like actually moving into the thoughts of Offset. I had a sense the automotive crash could be a much bigger topic on the venture, however it wasn’t. That’s fairly disappointing, would’ve been matter to actually contact on the way it modified his life. “Purple Room” is stuffed with imagery that brings you into his world. “I’m a maniac go loopy for the money.” There’s a depth to this report that’s obvious within the album however isn’t accomplished as properly it’s right here.
16. “Got here A Lengthy Method”
Final tune. “Magic for the streets.” Okay, closing sturdy. I’m proud of ending right here. “I received’t let the celebrity or these chains break the household.” Quite a lot of speak about generational wealth. “Got here a great distance from the chopper within the automotive, after I’m on the Norf they deal with me like Escobar” is an efficient hook. Certainly one of my favorites.
Last (First Hear) Ideas on FATHER OF 4:
FATHER OF 4 goals to peel again layers of Offset’s story as a father who solely needs to supply for his kids, and there are real moments all through the long-winded, 16-track affair the place the individual is separated from the persona. That is noteworthy as a result of the Migos, as a bunch, are identified just for what lies on the floor.
Within the strategy of giving extra of himself, although, Offset failed to understand that it isn’t nearly what’s being stated, however slightly how it’s being stated. Stylistically, FATHER OF 4 finds a pocket and doesn’t divert. A sound and temper are created by way of the manufacturing, however by counting on his comfy and acquainted stream, every tune seems like an extension of the earlier tune slightly than a recent, new report.
If a number of the filler songs have been shaved off, and a extra concentrated effort was made to actually driving house the private narrative of the album, Offset would’ve had a a lot stronger physique of labor. FATHER OF 4 is an album of nice intentions however lacks in manifesting its concepts into nice songs. As soon as Offset figures out how one can emote, sincerely, then he’ll actually be on to one thing.
By Yoh, aka Father of Yoh, aka @Yoh31