As the hip-hop community grapples with Gunna’s new “pushin P” lingo, it’s safe to say that DS4EVER, the YSL Records signee’s latest album has so far succeeded in rekindling the excitement of New Music Friday in 2022. Besides the more confusing aspects of Gunna’s latest release, the album’s early reception also suggests that one of its greatest qualities is the expert choice of its features. Indeed, DS4EVER calls upon a wide range of artists for guest performances and although this list of artists looks very good on paper, most of them, if not all, don’t make noise.
So, in celebration of Gunna’s third studio album and the commercial culmination of the string of popular mixtapes that helped catapult him to rap stardom, here’s a ranking of DS4EVER’s top seven guests.
07. Chlöe on “you & me”.
Expectations were high for Gunna and Chlöe’s unexpected pairing on “you & me,” and while the subdued love song isn’t as robust as some would have assumed, she is very catchy. The appearance of the Chloé x Halle descendant on DS4EVER is reduced to sung interpolations of “They Don’t Know” by Jon B. and “Nice & Slow” by Usher, but there is no denying the quality of her vocal performance.
06. Future on “pushin P”.
Beyond the fact that Gunna, Future and Young Thug may have already showcased the epitome of 2022 rap expression. is the tangible proof. In one way or another, Future manages to steal the show, even if he doesn’t deliver a full verse or rap more than two consecutive lines. However, the villainous way in which he growls “pushin p” and interjects outlandish lyrics like “She not a lesbian, for P, she turn Pesbian” gives the track its full meaning, making its minimal contribution to “pushin P” extremely large.
05. Lil Baby on “25k jacket”.
Lil Baby debuts “25k jacket” with undeniable energy and another “pushin P” reference, and while its verse is solid, its most memorable contribution to the song is the hook. Both charismatic and melodic, Lil Baby’s chorus is the perfect passage to Gunna’s verse, and it’s also a nod to the duo’s chemistry.
04. Nechie on “life of sin”
Some of the best featuring on mainstream artists’ albums come from emerging artists with a lot to prove, and Nechie’s appearance on “life of sin” marks an impressive performance from the close associate from Gunna. It’s arguably DS4EVER’s most “traditional” rap verse, and the way he delivers lines like “For those who got it on they mind, we open up their chest” and “Simon Says-ass niggas, y’all some straight hoes” is invigorating. Nechie’s featuring is both fresh and familiar, and even when placed alongside guest verses by some of the biggest names in the music industry, hers stands out.
03. Young Thug on “mop”
Every time Young Thug and Gunna team up on wax, the magic happens, and “mop” though not as spectacular as “Surf” or “Ski” continues their long streak of memorable collaborations, and c Perhaps that’s why the founder of YSL Records brings more energy to “mop” than to “pushin P”. For DS4EVER’s fourth track, Young Thug skates to Dez Wright & Wheezy’s production, and though his lyrics are still as eccentricThug’s low-key homage to his hometown during his first verse is particularly enjoyable..
02. Chris Brown on “die alone”
Gunna dives even deeper into R&B territory on her new album, and while “you & me” is the appetizer, “die alone,” assisted by Yung Bleu and Chris Brown, is the main course. The three artists are all up to the task on this track, but Chris Brown takes it to a whole different level. The Slime&B artist initially appears to offer background vocals during the teaser, but after Yung Bleu steps down, he steps forward with a verse of his own. By his haunting voice and sultry lyrics, Chris Brown’s performance is simply amazingand as a result, it ends “die alone” with one of DS4EVER’s most surprising contributions.
01. 21 Savage on “thought i was playin”
Finally, the DS4EVER guest verse which blown away countless listeners is that of 21 Savage on the controversial title “thought i was playing”. Confusion over what Gunna is saying near the end of the second line of the song’s hook aside, “thought i was playing” received a lot of praise for 21 Savage’s punchy verse. Casual listeners and longtime fans of Savage Mode II will likely appreciate the audacity and wit of its measures, from the shocking line about Kanye West dumping Kim Kardashian at the hilarious helm on “lip fillers.” But most importantly, the energy is there, and if his verse on “thought i was playing” is any indicator of what 21 Savage’s production will be like in 2022, we’re all in for a treat.