Now picture that being Young Thug with Lil Baby and Gunna. Young Thug just dropped his new album So Much Fun last Friday, with contributions from the likes of Lil Baby , Nav , and Future Now, he’s released a video for Surf” (ft.
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As a kid growing up just south of Atlanta, rapper Gunna, a.k.a. Sergio Kitchens (born 1993), used to practice what he and his friends called six-month runs”: cut all extraneous spending for six months and save, save, save. Gunna takes AstroWorld with Travis Scott, Trippie Red, & Sheck Wes this Fall. He has been a close friend of Young Thug and signed to the rappers YSL imprint. On Friday, February 22, Gunna released his studio debut, Drip or Drown 2, via YSL and 300 Entertainment.
Sergio Giavanni Kitchens, better known by his stage name Gunna, is an American rapper and singer. Best known for his collaborations with rappers Lil Baby and Young Thug, he is signed to 300 Entertainment and Young Thug’s record label, YSL Records.
Looking at the tracklist for Drip or Drown 2 reveals only three features, which makes it largely a vehicle for Gunna alone. The additional names, by extension then, are meaningful; of course, there’s Young Thug and Lil Baby, but there’s also Playboi Carti They make for a thrilling combination – Gunna’s futuristic warbling, Carti’s pinky-up sniveling – that’s worked previously on No Time” (from Carti’s 2018 album Die Lit, on which they turn up the personality to 11). On Gunna’s latest, they return with Same Yung N-a.” Me and Carti are both from the Southside of Atlanta,” he said of their chemistry. That’s one of the main reasons that we clicked so well. Before I got on, we were already cool because we went to high school together.” That connection can be heard in how effortless their voices play off each other and they build upon the other rapper’s foundations.
Throughout his career, Gunna has ensured that those coming up behind him are well taken care of. During an interview last month, Lil Baby explained how much of an influence Gunna has had on his career The “Close Friends” spitter reflected on a time where Gunna would write his rhymes to help him practice. Based on this kind gesture, Lil Baby was able to establish his own flow.
The seventh edition of Life Is Beautiful will bring three days of sunny, celebratory fun to Downtown Las Vegas this weekend. This year’s lineup features some of hip-hop’s hottest stars—from Friday headliner Chance the Rapper to Lil Wayne on Saturday to Post Malone closing out the festival on Sunday. And scheduled for Friday on the Downtown Stage is none other than Sergio Giavanni Kitchens, better known as Gunna.
Gunna has a penchant for rapping over beats that include guitar, like on Richard Millie Plain,” but he doesn’t use them for rock scabrousness. Instead, they’re caressing, soft-edged beds, elegant accompaniment for a rapper who makes his points with textures more than words.
Drip or Drown 2’s biggest weaknesses stem from the repetitiveness of the songs within the album. The album fails to differentiate itself notably from the original Drip or Drown and much of Gunna’s previous work. Aside from his increased use of vocal melodies and novelty beats, the album blends in considerably to the contemporary trap and mumble rap scenes that Gunna could — and arguably should — be advancing given his talent. Even his use of singing could be seen as an imitation of his influences like Young Thug and therefore not necessarily a significant contribution to the genre.
The production by Wheezy and Turbo the Great is exceptional, adding delicate string flourishes – like a koto, or an echoing guitar that sounds like Arthur Russell’s cello – to the spacious trap architecture. The result is a gentle, poised record: the perfect rap album for a bruised America.
I’ve been doing rose and white,” says the 25-year-old rapper of his jewelry. He gestures toward his Cuban link chokers in the same color scheme. Today, his Dolce & Gabbana high-water chinos frame his Gucci socks and Christian Dior dad trainers. Seven years ago, he showed that same attention to detail, as his personal style and adolescent drip (True Religion jeans, Gucci shoes) helped him land Best Dressed” honors in high school.
During a sit down with 16 Bars, the Atlanta rapper revealed that he used to pay his pal $100 to write his songs for him which helped develop his spitting skills.
G: My latest project, Drip Season 3. I put it out February 2018. I had non-stop hits on there. It did real numbers. My whole city got behind it, then the world got behind it.
As both are lovers of high fashion, it was only right that Moneybagg Yo and Gunna linked up for the flashy “Dior,” off Bag’s 43VA HEARTLESS project. The Atlanta native rides the icy piano keys for another swaggering assist. Even though it’s technically Bag’s record, Gunna is really the one setting the tone by handling the first half of the chorus and opening verse.
Hot” comes off Young Thug’s album So Much Fun , which dropped in August. The album hit No. 1 on the RS Albums Chart the following week, earning nearly 150 million streams in its week of release. It marked an important moment of success for Young Thug, who also featured on Ed Sheeran‘s Feels” from his No. 6 Collaborations Project earlier this year.
Ahead of So Much Fun, Young Thug released a music video for The London” which featured J. Cole and Travis Scott He also made an appearance on Post Malone ‘s recent single Goodbyes” So Much Fun is Thug’s first full-length solo project since Beautiful Thugger Girls, but he released an EP called On The Rvn last year, along with the YSL compilation Slime Language To promote that album, Thug sent our office a friendly snake named Digits,” and sent other snakes to Noisey, Mass Appeal, and The FADER.
Prior to his performance next Thursday (Sept. 19) in his hometown as part of the Billboard Hip-Hop Live series , we break down the 10 best collaborations in Gunna’s discography thus far.
As you may expect from a Gunna project, Drip or Drown 2 does have its fair share of creative and interesting beats, with Who You Foolin” sampling a unique guzheng instrumental from Chinese singer Tong Li. For returning Gunna fans, the album is also chock-full of dynamic, hard-hitting bass rhythms that the MC is well known for rapping over.
Let’s face it, menswear luxury brands will have to embrace rappers if they want any credibility with that generation, but it needs to be authentic. Gunna is authentic. He has appeared sporadically on numerous Young Thug songs, as well as collaborations with Gucci Mane, Playboi Carti, Lil’ Uzi and a handful of others. Thanks to his latest tape and installment in the series, Drip Season 3, the 25-year-old rapper is in for something special, as are his fans. On top of his solo project, you can find him on critically acclaimed projects like YSL’s Slime Languagehosted by Young Thug and Travis Scott’s ASTROWORLD. Gunna currently averages approx. 3 Million monthly listeners onSpotify.
With a series of mixtapes and one studio LP under his belt, Gunna has entered America’s mainstream in part due to his ability as a prolific collaborator, which has resulted in numerous show-stealing performances. Whether that’s handling silky chorus duties on Travis Scott ‘s “YOSEMITE,” or letting the hip-hop community know there’s a changing of the guard coming on “Drip Too Hard,” the 26-year-old’s affluent rhymes can sound at home on just about any new record.
One strength of the album is the ease of listening and consistency that a playthrough delivers, making it perfect for playing in the background of any relaxed situation. Gunna’s adherence to his melodic roots means fans of his early work will almost certainly appreciate the album, while those unimpressed with the simplicity of mumble rap may want to look elsewhere.
But this rapid growth has possibly led Gunna into a realm of clout privilege” that he hasn’t deserved just yet. One artist who has utilized his clout privilege is Drake. After taking years to gain global popularity, Drake is able to release projects like Scorpion” that are also filled with a mix of throwaway and memorable tracks.
Young Thug performed his recent single Hot” on The Tonight Show with the help of featured artist Gunna and Temple University Diamond Marching Band. The performance featured the marching band playing in a semi-circle as the rapper appeared behind them, spitting the song’s lyrics in a fog of smoke. Gunna joined midway through for his verse, the smoke rising over the musicians as the song came to a climax.
G: The song, YSL that I did with Playboi Carti is like a vibe. My label is YSL (Young Stoner Life, Young Thug’s record label). I wear Saint Laurent, that essentially is YSL so it’s just a vibe that I heard in the beat and it just came about. YSL, it was easy.
As Young Thug’s protégé, and a force in the new wave of trap coming out of Atlanta, fans should not be surprised to find out that Gunna and Young Thug have a collaborative project ready and waiting to be released.
Considering Gunna and Young Thug have incredible chemistry together, their joint project would be nothing if not a step into the mind of two trap royals.
Additionally, I was disappointed with both the Lil Baby and Playboi Carti features. The now iconic duo of Lil Baby and Gunna did not produce one of the classics we have come to expect from such a collaboration, with Lil Baby unimpressively appearing in Derek Fisher.” Similarly, Playboi Carti’s appearance is lackluster and falls short of what a unique and genre-pushing artist like Playboi Carti can add to a project. Due to the minimal number of features on the album, these appearances could have been utilized better in bringing much-needed variety to the album.
If ‘Drip Too Hard’ didn’t get stuck in your head at least once this year you’re doing something wrong. Georgia-based rapper Gunna became interested in music and rapping as hobby in his early teens. Things blew up when he was introduced to Young Thug. I didn’t take long before he lent a verse alongside rap superstars Gucci Mane and Travis Scott. That feature was enough to get him signed to Young Thug’s YSL imprint where he released Drip Season 1, 2, 3 and his latest album Drip Harder as a collaboration with Lil Baby.
The YSL Records protegé dropped a teaser for the next track early Tuesday morning (Sept. 10). As expected, the visuals are pretty lit. The Drip Too Hard” rapper gave an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look into what they are cooking up for fans. Unlike the tropical beach front of Surf,” Thugger and Gunna are going for a Mad Max-esque dark fantasy with lots of pyrotechnics.
He spent the rest of the year becoming rap’s most loaned-out voice, appearing on songs by Tory Lanez (Miami”), Travis Scott ( Yosemite ”), and Mariah Carey (Stay Long Love You”) — one of his career favorites so far. (His mom loves listening to her.) Now, Gunna’s hard work has paid off. His debut studio album, Drip or Drown 2, is the second in a series, the first of which came out in 2017. Drip or Drown 2 is more me, more songs,” he said when comparing the two installments. I enhanced it more, even with the cover itself. It’s more provocative, and this promotion scheme was super original.” He had an aquatic motif for the album seen through the album artwork itself — one of the hardest of all time — that captures him standing underwater with an umbrella. Gunna also threw a listening party at the Georgia Aquarium.
The support is part of community-focused spirit that goes beyond helping out local rappers. This past holiday season, for example, the rapper held the first Gunna’s Great Giveaway , treating dozens of shoppers to gifts in his hometown. Gestures like these help keep him grounded in the face of jet-setting stardom. Even if he’s fond of rapping about his latest luxury-brand acquisition, Gunna’s greatest asset remains his relatability.
Hoping to extend the party one more night? Gunna’s got you covered. The Atlanta rapper performs again on Monday, September 23, at the official LIB closing party inside Marquee Nightclub at the Cosmopolitan.
This summer, the Atlanta rapper hit the road for the Harder Than Ever Tour with special guests including City Girls and received a glowing review from Billboard. It was also just announced that Lil Baby has been nominated for Best New Hip-Hop Artist at this year’s BET Hip-Hop Awards.
Gunna dropped his debut mixtape Drip Season in the autumn of 2016, with efforts Drip Season 2 and Drip or Drown following up in 2017. His most recent mixtape Drip Season 3 was released in early 2018 and peaked at 55 in the Billboard 200.
In his latest album, Atlanta rapper Gunna provides a familiar throwback to his 2017 Drip or Drown EP. Released last Friday, Drip or Drown 2 is a sixteen-song project with features from Lil Baby, Young Thug and Playboi Carti. Gunna continues to deliver more of his patented, subtle orations over laid-back instrumentals with an emphasis on traditional Atlanta trap themes.
A sequel followed six months later – and by the time he released the third installment in 2018, Gunna was attracting features from A-list MCs like Lil Uzi Vert and Lil Yachty and beats from in-demand producers like Metro Boomin and Weezy.
None of the songs Gunna wrote for Baby were actually recorded. They have used more as reference tracks. But their Drip Harder collaboration project is a clear demonstration that Gunna is actually a pretty good teacher.
At the beginning of 3 Headed Snake,” from his new album, Drip or Drown 2,” Gunna is beautifully mumbling. Words are in there somewhere, but they’re genuinely of no concern. Rather than use a mumble to signal confusion or disorientation, he treats blurry words as a thing of exuberance. For him, the dance of pure syllables is almost peppy.
But with each successive entry in his catalog, Gunna proved he was more than a straight-laced rapper. He could harmonize pretty well, too. Drip Harder , a joint mixtape released in October, put the best parts of him and Lil Baby (Gunna’s drip, and Baby’s street raps) on display. A month later, he switched up his flow on Metro Boomin’s Space Cadet,” a song that’s equally gaudy and galactic—and stark opposition to his charm on Mariah Carey’s Stay Long Love You.” His most recent feature, however, is more than a collaboration. It’s a cosign from the Atlanta native whose fingerprints are all over trap music. A spot on Future’s The Wizrd , along with fellow collaborators Young Thug and Travis Scott, is a big fucking deal.