By: Tommy Rodriguez
Young Nudy swaggers over some hot, Pi’erre Bourne instrumentals
Young Nudy is a perfect example of how to succeed as a straightforward trap star. An affiliate of Playboi Carti and supernova producer Pi’erre Bourne, Nudy has made a name for himself in today’s minimalist rap scene with a unique voice and impressive mic presence; he’s never too complicated, but still manages to stand out as a hip hop menace. Nudy is cocky, always ready to attack the next beat or opp. On Sli’merre, his most widely noticed release to date, Nudy teams up with producer Pi’erre Bourne to make yet another trunk knocking rap album that makes up for its little lyrical substance with pure bluntness and force.
Getting into the gold that Sli’merre offers isn’t too difficult; much of what you enjoy from the project is on the surface. The songs are catchy, oppressive, and bang the bass. Nudy consistently succeeds as a ringleader over Pi’erre’s psychedelic and sinister instrumentals, employing his bravado and high-pitched (yet baritone) growls to add an enjoyable vibe and layer to whichever track he’s on. “Long Ride” serves as an excellent first impression for Nudy’s hit-making method: the somewhat simplistic synth lines of the track are elevated by Nudy’s presence and hungry flexing. His voice is magnetic, especially on tracks like “Black Hippie, White Hipster”, where he surfs on the smokey percussion effortlessly.
While Nudy’s two-dimensional lyrics may be a touch repetitive from track to track, as on the lowlights “Swisher Backwood” and “Hot Wings”, he still manages to work in some ear worm hooks and memorable moments from song to song, like the devillish Uzi collaboration on “Extendo” or the depressed gang imagery on the downright beautiful synth leads of “Sunflower Seeds”. Nudy acts less as a hibbity-hop MC, more as a captain of the beat, directing his vocals to uplift the pleasing aesthetic of the track.
Sli’merre is a collaborative project, of course, and Pi’erre Bourne more than carries his weight throughout. The evil energy of the album lingers, even if it’s masked by some great instrumental ideas. The lush flutes, chord progression, and 21 Savage feature on “Mister” are incredible, showcasing a great chemistry between Nudy, Pi’erre, and 21. “Dispatch” is ambitious with its swirling electronic patches and odd groove, but Nudy manages to ride the beat perfectly to give an assist to DaBaby for a great verse.
The few average beats on the album, like on “Hot Wings” only suffer from a somewhat middling Nudy performance or a lack of instrumental progression; even for moments like this, Pi’erre makes up with it for some great moments. “Call That Bitch a Homicide” is hilariously violent in its imagery, but the true star of the track is its warbling, experimental synth line that sounds completely unlike any modern chord progression. It’s almost as if Nudy and Pi’erre recorded this and other tracks in an intergalactic trap house.
Sli’merre is straightforward; it’s Nudy and Pi’erre relying on their obvious strengths to the absolute max, but it still succeeds on its execution. There’s something intoxicating about the record, either on the bass heavy instrumentals or Nudy’s all-encompassing energy. Despite a few low moments towards the back end with “Gas Station” and “Swisher Backwood”, songs like the trap banger “Shotta” and hard hitting closer “Joker” make the album worth returning to.
With albums like this, I would definitely want Pi’erre and Nudy to come out here more often.
A Slimy Experience/10
Tracks to Save: “Long Ride”, “Mister”, “Sunflower Seeds”, “Dispatch”, “Extendo”, “Call That Bitch a Homicide”, “Joker”
Tracks to skip: “Hot Wings”, “Gas Station”, “Swisher Backwood”
What did you guys think about this album? Much love? Much hate? Let me know below! Sorry I’ve been gone, graduation has been tough on this guy’s schedule…but an Igor Review is coming soon, don’t worry 😉 …