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"Hoodie SZN" A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie

by Christopher Suarez - Campus Talk Editor
Tue, Feb 5th 2019 04:00 pm

 The Bronx rapper has now become a household name with his fourth studio album “Hoodie SZN.” Artist Julius Dubos, also known as A Boogie Wit da Hoodie, has been making a splash in the rap game for over three years. A Boogie made his first appearance in the music scene with his debut album “The Artist” in 2016. The melody filled album showed the world how talented and emotional the Bronx rapper can get. With hit songs like “Still Think About You” and “My S***,” A Boogie captured the attention of the music world.

Then in 2017, he released “The Bigger Artist” solidifying his name as one of the biggest artists to come out of New York City. The 15-song album included hits like “No Promises” and “Drowning” and featured artists like Chris Brown, Trey Songz and Kodak Black. The second album allows the growth and maturation of the young rapper to shine. 

A year later he released “International Artist” and his name started going global. The album featured major artists such as Nigerian superstar Davido, Jamaican icon Alkaline and Latin star J Alvarez. In my opinion, it was the weakest of all his albums.

But his latest album “Hoodie SZN” makes up for the lack of success he had in “International Artist.” The 20-track album was a combination of everything he released prior. Songs like “Swervin” and “Startender” show A Boogie’s ability to make club hits while also maintaining his original melody. “Swervin” features now incarcerated rapper, Daniel Hernandez, also known as “6ix9ine.” “Startender” featured chart toppers like Offset from the group Migos and Tyga. 

But what A Boogie is mostly famous for is his deep and emotional side. This album is full of songs that show that side of A Boogie. In my opinion, songs like “Come Closer” featuring Queen Naija, top the list. The slow acoustic beat works perfectly with A Boogie’s melancholy flow. Adding Queen Naija’s soulful sound makes for a good balance of both artists. 

However, the song that stood out to me is “4 Min Convo (Favorite Song).” This song combines all of A Boogie’s best features in a 4-minute song. In this day and age, a song longer than two to three minutes is frowned upon.  Especially coming from a rapper like A Boogie who most will label as unconventional or “new school.” 

The song touches on the handling of his newly acquired fame and attributes to his idols who he looked up to growing up. Rapper, Future was his biggest influence growing up despite them having two very different styles of music. Another artist he mentions is Drake. A Boogie’s first performance in Madison Square Garden was an opening for a Drake concert. 

This album as a whole is a complete representation of A Boogie’s sharpening of his craft. The sky is the limit for the Highbridge rapper and I cannot see anyone stopping him anytime soon.