After hints that 21 Savage was set to drop a follow up to his debut studio album leaked to social media, fans were lined up in anticipation for what was next. The Slaughter Gang member dropped his latest, I Am > I Was to the masses Friday (Dec. 21) and reaction on Twitter seemingly points to the fact the album is an early winter classic.
21 Savage dropped his debut LP, Issa Album, back in July 2017 and has appeared on records with Gucci Mane, Meek Mill, and Young Thug in recent times. With I Am > I Was, 21 is back to solidify his position as one of the premier rappers of his generation. With production from DJ Dahi, past collaborator Metro Boomin, FKi 1st, Cardo, TM88, Wheezy, and Kid Hazel, the production floats between bass-heavy trap to atmospheric slappers.
Features are just as varied with a scene-stealing turn from J. Cole on the opening track “A Lot,” in where the North Carolina wordsmith references Tekashi 6ix9ine and his mounting legal issues. Offset shows up for “1.5” and the City Girls bless the strip club anthem “a&t” to great effect. Schoolboy Q and Project Pat hopped on “Good Day” and Post Malone gives the help out on “All My Friends.”
Thus far, Twitter fans are giving the album a ton of praise, most especially pointing out the fact that Cole smacked his feature out the park. We’ve collected the best of the reactions and chatter below.
Stream 21 Savage’s I Am > I Was below.
21 Savage and Metro Boomin pic.twitter.com/hBDonHeYbY— milds and Hen dawg (@hennyhouston) December 21, 2018
When you listening to monster from 21 savage new album and you hear childish gambino😭 pic.twitter.com/0Vnso0UhU6— Jaris Gray (@JarisGray) December 21, 2018
21 savage said he rather have loyalty than love And I really felt that— Aasim (@maasimakhtar) December 21, 2018
didn't expect j cole to talk about markelle fultz in his 21 savage feature 😂 pic.twitter.com/gejqHx64lH— drew (@Dcorrigan50) December 21, 2018
21 Savage, Lil Baby, Gunna and Wheezy producing on Can’t Leave Without It pic.twitter.com/jRYSsz56tZ— T (@_Teezus) December 21, 2018
21 Savage : "I got my AK from Osama Bin Laden he signed that shit"— Jay イカ 🦑 (@SQUlDZ) December 21, 2018
CIA : pic.twitter.com/fCxonEvBht
21 savage ft J.Cole on the first track “a lot” is straight 🔥🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/ro8Rv5BzqA— Isaacbastien (@OGisaacx) December 21, 2018
when j cole and childish gambino just popped up in 21 Savage’s new album pic.twitter.com/fW4MgI1GcF— Big Jerm (@ogjermz_) December 21, 2018
Live look at Markelle Fultz jumpshot after J. Cole's verse on 21 Savage pic.twitter.com/pXYXbNrLjW— miltee (@miltee_tdot) December 21, 2018
Me listening to the new Aboogie album vs 21 savage pic.twitter.com/tpDYHhcYlt— Jaime (@ItsJshwavy) December 21, 2018
This 21 Savage and J Cole got me like pic.twitter.com/Mrwkrsbjxm— Justin L. Hunte 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@TheCompanyMan) December 21, 2018
This first song on 21 savage’s album is beautiful— Kazeem Famuyide 🍎 (@Kazeem) December 21, 2018
shoutout 21 savage for destroying that dusty ass industry concept of not releasing music during the holidays— father (@father) December 21, 2018