21 Savage and Metro Boomin team up again for ‘Savage Mode 2’

21 Savage and Metro Boomin team up again for ‘Savage Mode 2’

Owen Sanford '21, Staff Writer

‘Savage Mode 2’ was released on Friday, Oct. 2, and it took no time to climb the charts, debuting at number one, as it earned 182 million streams and more than 22 thousand copies downloaded.

The second full-length album collaboration between Atlanta rapper 21 Savage and St. Louis producer Metro Boomin came in with high expectations from many, and it did not disappoint. With 15 tracks spanning 44 minutes, this album is enjoyable from start to finish.

Perhaps the most anticipated part of the project was Morgan Freeman’s involvement, which is revealed in the opening seconds of the first track, which is the intro. Freeman brings the listener in with his monologue, which he reads in his voice that is perfect for narration.

Freeman’s role in the album is to narrate, creating a clearer picture of the meaning behind the project as a whole. Freeman also jumps in from time to time between tracks in the middle of the album, and he closes the album out with a brief monologue at the end of the last track.

Going beyond the added greatness that Freeman brings to the table, the actual songs throughout the album do not disappoint. After the intro, the first song on the album, ‘Runnin,’ opens the album with a high energy track which features a sample from Motown legend Diana Ross’ ‘I Thought It Took a Little Time.’ The Diana Ross sample is what opens the song, but her vocals are apparent throughout the track, which contributes to a masterfully crafted instrumental from Metro Boomin.

The next highlight in the project comes from the fourth track, ‘Mr. Right Now,’ which features Drake. For this track, Metro Boomin provides a catchy, carnivalesque instrumental which gets stuck in your head from the first time you hear it. The performances from 21 Savage and Drake both exceed expectations, making for a catchy track that you’ll keep coming back to.

The next five tracks are all good, but they aren’t the standouts of the album. My favorite one of these tracks was the fifth track, which features Young Thug. The instrumental is incredibly catchy, and it fits the vibe of the lyrics to perfection. Young Thug also puts in a solid performance, giving the track a little bit more flair with the change in pitch that he brings to the table.

Although this album is enjoyable from start to finish, the weakest tracks are definitely the tenth and eleventh in the album. These songs don’t contribute anything new, and I found them to become repetitive even before the first listen was finished.

However, after the weak tracks, the last four tracks in the album close the project out in a strong manner. My favorite of the last four tracks has to be ‘RIP Luv,’ where 21 Savage brings a more somber tone out while rapping to a calm instrumental produced by Metro Boomin with the help of Zaytoven. This is the first time, besides Morgan Freeman’s interlude, that the album sees a more somber tone, and it’s executed very well.

The last track, ‘Said N Done,’ which is also a strong track, ends with another Morgan Freeman monologue, which is the perfect way to conclude the album. Freeman leaves us with a parting message of “until next time, stay in savage mode because anything else would be too civilized.”