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21 Savage’s i am > i was received commercial and critical acclaim, debuting at number-one on the US Billboard 200 chart and lauded with an 81/100 Metacritic score. Home to great cuts like the J. Cole-assisted “a lot” and the spine-tingling “monster” featuring Childish Gambino, Savage’s sophomore album effort distanced him from the competition, framing him as a formidable MC with an enticing story to tell.
But the i am > i was greatness isn’t exclusive to guest-featured tracks — he puts on a great solo display, as well. Songs like “break da law” will break your speakers; other likes “ball w/o you” reveal Savage’s more sentimental side. Recently, the “Bank Account” star delivered the visual for “ball w/o you,” joining other i am > i was videos like the well-received “a lot” one.
Materializing the relationship between love and loyalty, Savage’s latest video’s narrative is constructed by interspersed footage of hip-hop’s anti-hero rapping tucked away in the Hidden Hills with the girl in question slipping further and further into a drunken stupor.
Throughout i am > i was, we peel back the dense layers of the 26-year-old’s traumatic past to understand where he’s been to better acquaint ourselves with where he’s going. With the “ball w/o you” video, we know the premium that Savage places upon what he’s perceives as the greatest commodity: loyalty.
Watch the “ball w/o you” video below: