On June 9th, BROCKHAMPTON made a splash by dropping Saturation, a 17 track rap album that was a huge step up from their debut, All-American Trash. For those of you that are unfamiliar with the self-proclaimed “All American Boyband”, the diverse group is composed of rappers, producers, designers, artists, who all pride themselves on their uniqueness and close bond with each other. Their debut, in my opinion, had its fair share of flaws, but they seem to erase everything that was hindering them in Saturation. “Saturation” is one of those albums that’s just piles good track after good track. The tracks “STAR”, and “FAKE”, highlight the first half of the album which is loaded with bangers. The chemistry between the rappers, along with excellent hooks by the groups’ lead man Kevin Abstract, makes these songs very hard to hate. But this album encompasses more than just bangers. Tracks like “MILK”, and “SWIM”, show a deeper, more emotional and, more personal side of the group. Although a couple of their lyrics can come off as cheesy, and blunt throughout, the group provides the listener with a very genuine, personal, and catchy album. I would definitely recommend checking this album out first if you haven’t already.
Hits – “STAR” “FAKE” “GOLD” “MILK”
Now, most artists would be content with releasing one album in a year, but BROCKHAMPTON isn’t like most artists. The group went out and dropped the sequel to Saturation in less than three months after the first. On Saturation II, BROCKHAMPTON seems to fully captivate all their strengths shown on “Saturation” while sticking to a very similar formula that worked on its predecessor. It starts with a killer, and memorable track in “GUMMY”, and keeps the momentum going with “QUEER”, and “JELLO”. The fourth track, “TEETH”, changes things up, thanks to a very intense and memorable verse by Ameer Vann. The album continues to impress through the middle with tracks like “SWAMP”, “TOKYO”, “CHICK” and “Junky”. The latter portion of the album doesn’t disappoint, with another memorable Ameer Vann performance in “FIGHT”, and the highlight of the whole album, “SWEET”. This song brings all of BROCKHAMPTON’S best features into one track. With a catchy hook, an instrumental that makes you just want to dance, and great vocal and lyrical performances by Kevin Abstract, Matt Champion, Merlyn Wood, Don McLennon, and JOBA, there is not much more that you can ask for in a track. The next two tracks, “GAMBA”, and “SUNNY”, were a little more slow-paced, and personal tunes. The closer to the album, “SUMMER”, isn’t necessarily a bad song, but definitely could have been stronger, in my opinion.
Hits- “GUMMY” “TOKYO” “FIGHT” “SWEET”
Overall, these are both very good hip-hop albums. Saturation II is a little more consistent and complete than the first, but is also very much of the same that we saw in Saturation. I definitely recommend checking out both albums, as they are both very enjoyable listens.
By: Daniel Lopez