Lil Baby Sacrifices Grit For Prestige Raps In “IT’S Only Me”
Lil Baby has probably carved out his own niche among all the musicians that have been regarded as Young Thug’s protégés. Although Baby’s flow has echoes of Thugger’s warbling drawl, Baby is far more grounded and straightforward than Thugger, who has spent years operating on his own wavelength as a rebellious experimenter. This has helped Baby become one of the best storytellers in the rap game.
Early skeptics labeled Lil Baby and his contemporaries as “mumble rap,” but Baby uses his voice as an expressive tool that begs for attentive attention: “You gotta really pay attention, I’m not mumbling,” as he says on “Heyy.” Baby expressed a heightened sense of perspective in songs like 2020’s “The Bigger Picture,” expressing his uneasy awareness of the precarity of his existence as a Black man in a racist police state and his awareness of the potential influence of his growing platform to bring about change.
Lil Baby continues to develop as a lyricist and a stylist with the release of his most recent solo album, It’s Only Me, a title that is appropriate for an artist whose music frequently feels so aching and lonely. Lil Baby has struggled to hold on to some of the authentic perspectives that made him so endearing; many of the issues Baby now discusses in songs like “From Now On” amount to the unrelatable struggles of a very rich man.
Baby may now create prestige rap albums, but his work is still superior to the majority of mainstream rap albums because he hasn’t fully lost his identity.
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