By Brandon Gutierrez
Album: Drip Season 3
Release Date: February 2018
Music Label: 300 Entertainment/YSL Records
Georgia’s fabrication of rap stars never stops. It’s like someone pushes a button annually that manufactures and creates a star that is introduced to the world right on time. Gunna is Georgia’s latest phenom. The southern rapper released his 3rd project, Drip Season 3, earlier this year and its received love among many. Gunna is signed to Young Thug’s label YSL, and if you were to ask for any rap artist from Georgia for a cosign, Young Thug is definitely in high respects. With that alone, people were curious to hear from Thug’s camp and Gunna stepped up to the task. The album itself features some top acts in the hip-hop world; Lil Uzi Vert, Nav, Metro Boomin, and of course, Young Thug. With names like those on a “debut” album, people are bound to give it a look, and those like me who gave it a listen have had the album on repeat since the release.
Drip Season 3’s theme is one of a rapper who is experiencing all of his dreamt successes. Buying jewelry, getting designer clothing and driving foreign cars are all part of the new found flex Gunna has, yet the thesis is much greater than that. You begin to hear Gunna’s code of hustle and his journey of mistakes that led him to success. Mixing those two themes in one makes for catchy melodic songs that are heartfelt and inspiring yet energetic. Gunna introduces the album with “Helluva Price,” a song where Gunna gently tells the audience he was made for this level of success and he’s paid the price for wanting to be great. A perfect example is with the lyric, “I’m practicing patience, don’t know how to wait. Some people just trying, don’t got what it take.” My favorite song on the project is “Spending Addiction.” The chorus jumps and catches every aspect of what Gunna represents as far as where in life he was with the creation of this project. At the beginning, he throws in the modest flex, “Ride that Vette’ or the Maybach, depend on my mood” but then ties back to his code of hustle, “Why all the sudden n**** want to be cool. Ain’t giving second chances, I’m no fool.”
Drip Season 3 has addictive lyrics, a bouncing rhythm and overall inspiring advice. From “Drippin’” to “My Soul” to “Drip or Drown,” I can’t help but start my shuffle with this project. Expect Gunna to be touring and performing all over the map this year. Catch him at hip-hop’s biggest festival, Rolling Loud, in Miami on May 11-13.