Dreezy is one of my favorite rappers, ever since “Chiraq” I have been following her. Last year’sFrom Now On was a great project at only five tracks it left me wanting more and she delivered it in spades with No Hard Feelings. It is the most cohesive and complete rap album this year.
The album starts with “Wake da f*ck up” a skit intro that begins the story that this whole album is wrapped around and woven through. Dreezy’s man is cheating on her. So she grabs her best friend and Gucci Mane for “We Gon Ride”. It is a banger too, the bass is dirty grabbing most of the space and rattling speakers. The rest of the drums hit hard and the little touches of risers, keys, and sound fx are perfectly placed. Dreezy and Gucci deliver strong verses that keep the whole thing moving smoothly. Dreezy’s ad-libs on this track are immensely fun and keep the song interesting. When Dreezy arrives at her man’s crib on “Dat’s My Cousin” she starts going crazy on him and her. “Spazz” is one of the hardest songs on the album. The beat from the 808 Mafia is incredible, delivering supreme bass and some dope keys. Dreezy takes advantage and lays down some great verses as well as an infectious hook. “On any n*gga I spazz/ On any b*tch I spazz”. The thing that has always impressed me about dreezy was her inflection and the way she can shape words. She pitches up at the end of words in certain phrases and slithers from syllable to syllable making it seem as if at any moment she could get to a next level.
“Body” with Jeremih is one of the pop offerings on the album and it really grew on me. The production is excellent and both Dreezy and Jeremih seem to have fun. After another skit, “Drunk Jamal”, we are blessed with one of my favorite songs this year “Wasted”. I love the production on this cut, but the story she tells on it is the reason that I love this track.
“You only want my time when you're wasted
You only hit my line when you're wasted
You tell me you love me when you're wasted
I'm only on your mind when you're wasted”
Hearing about this guy that is so infatuated with being inebriated that not even Dreezy knows whether he wants her in actuality or just wants her when he’s drunk. It’s interesting how something so inessential can bring out the worst tendencies in people. “Afford My Love” is another enjoyable song that keeps the album moving. “Don’t Know Me” is another awesome song, with killer production. Dreezy makes it a more autobiographical cut about how she got to this point, even with people that can't be relied upon and don't give the respect she deserves.
After “Da Guys” skit we get another banger in “Bad B*tch”, which finds her lurking and ready to slay. Over a dark and aggressive beat Dreezy comes out swinging against the fake. Instagram models, your favorite rapper, and others should be aware that they ain’t real. “Worth It” shows a slightly different side of Dreezy, it is a little softer and more personal. “I’m not perfect/ I have flaws/ But i’m so worth it.”
“Close To You” is the one record on this album that I think shows that Dreezy is so much more than a rapper. The first time I heard I did not believe it was a song of hers. The beat is so smooth, lush horns and synths fill out most of the track. Not to mention Dreezy’s singing is actually superb. “Ready” continues that trend and is generally great.
The “Sean vs. Jamal” skit took me off guard the first time. I thought the two men vying for Dreezy’s attention would just get in a fist fight. No, one of them pulls out a gun and seemingly kills the other. “Breaking the News” is the apparent story ending, Dreezy is still having a hard time choosing just one. So she decides to keep one of them as a sidepiece that the other can not know about.
My favorite song on here “Invicinble” closes out the album. It doesn’t fit well into the story of the album, but it is an awesome song. It will have you doing this, the beat is amazing, the horn line is one of the catchiest things I have heard in awhile. The bass knocks and the drums are fantastic. The verses about how she has come this far while no one has believed in her the way she did is inspiring. Her calling out the publications and people that asked her to pay for a spot on their lists or shows is a cool shedding of light on how lists like XXL freshman list come together. This song is just awesome and I’m glad it’s here.
No Hard Feelings is one of my favorite albums of this year. The production is beyond excellent, the mixing and mastering is superb, and dreezy is at her best here. Hopefully she will continue to grow and give us even better albums in the future. For now though this is fantastic and deserves a listen.
by Addison Garry (@addisonagarry)