The Crunk fad may have died down some, but that hasn’t stopped Atlanta’s Lil Scrappy from releasing his latest project, Silence And Secrecy: Black Rag Gang—a collaboration effort featuring himself along with a couple of other artists (namely Young Vet and Pooh Baby).
The album contains the expected elements that mainstream Atlanta Hip-Hop has now become, (via fight-music type-production and four-liner repetitive hooks).
Things get under way with ‘Crank It Up’ and lines like, “Yeah, I’m talkin’ rich sh*t/all because I’m rich b*tch/holla at ya boy/maybe I can throw you rich d*ck.”
Following that masterful piece of lyricism, [that’s sarcasm of course] is the decent sounds of ‘Gettin’ Money’ equipped with its Auto-Tuned hook.
‘Cell Phone Watch’ gives off that ‘Money In The Bank’ feel at times, and the unimaginative chorus doesn’t help the situation either. ‘Hangtime’ is a reference to how “long” your money actually is, while they opt for a Chopped & Screwed hook to accompany them.
On ‘Damn’ they actually manage to tear themselves away from the whole “getting money” theme to try and serenade the ladies instead. Even though they come in with the best of intentions, the choice of words they use in attempts to swoon their women would make Pinky The Porno Star blush. The remainder of the album is filled with more money and drug-oriented subject matter like ‘Gas,’ ‘Lick Gone Bad,’ ‘Grustle Or Not,’ and ‘Big Rubberbands.’
Although Silence And Secrecy: Black Rag Gang isn’t a “bad” album per se, it’ll probably be more appreciated in their home state of Hot-Lanta, rather than in plenty of other regions.
The biggest problem with the album is the fact that after a while all the material starts to sound identical; especially when the majority of it has to do with nothing but spending money, having money, shoving your wealth in other people’s faces, selling drugs, or just moving onto the next hustle in general.
But like all collaboration albums, this was more of a platform for the artists under Lil Scrappy to speak their mind—and hopefully with their next go-around, they’ll have their minds (all three artsits) a little more on track with a wider range of subjects to touch on.