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by Gunna

Released January 7, 2022 via YSL Records / 300 Entertainment

Reviewed January 18, 2022

Top tracks (based on community voting)
pushing p (51%), thought i was playing (34%), mop (32%)

Gunna is cursed by the quality of his peers. Due to similar popularity, styles, and frequent collaborations, the two people he’s usually compared to are Lil Baby and Young Thug. Unfortunately, Gunna cannot compare to Thug’s uniqueness and Lil Baby’s ability to rap his ass off. If anything, Gunna’s biggest strength lies in his beat selection. On DS4EVER, he enlists an all-star cast of producers like Wheezy, Mike WiLL Made-It, Metro Boomin’, and more—but as far as we’re concerned, some of these beats are completely unprecedented for some of trap’s biggest mainstays. This works hand-in-hand with Gunna’s ability to create a consistent atmosphere in his albums that a lot of his peers lack. The one he creates here is one that better fits his laid-back, lowkey style and voice. Unfortunately, it is hard to keep the listener’s attention for 54 minutes when the “laid back, lowkey” vibe is one of the main appeals. By no means is DS4EVER a life-changing album, but Gunna does just enough to make an enjoyable project with an established vibe and plenty of songs to fill up playlists. And at this stage of his career, you can’t expect much more. – Alan (7.4/10)

DS4EVER is Gunna’s studio album finale to the mixtape series that began in his first days as a Y$L artist under Young Thug. After flashing plenty of potential in the initial release and deluxe version of Wunna in 2020, Gunna has largely recreated what floated his latest successes in his return. The problem is, DS4EVER captures so much of its momentum through a feature-heavy first half––to the point its stalling out in the second half is that much more noticeable. A lot of Gunna’s best moments are alongside prominent features like Young Thug, Kodak Black, Future, whereas his lesser known or solo efforts hit less consistently. One significant shift in this album from the last, is the installment of more melodic and outright R&B-driven tracks, which do provide a needed change of pace for the record. Ultimately, DS4EVER has the stripes of an entertaining, albeit flawed album. – DeVán (7/10)

DS4EVER is an album that’s not intriguing for its lyrics, concepts, or other objective measurables; it’s just an incredibly fun listen. The album starts off hype with “pushin P,” followed by “poochie gown,” and “mop.” While I may be partial to boomin’ 808s, they only add to the energy Gunna was able to provide; the vibes were here and this was easy music to digest. This album isn’t going to change your perspective on societal issues, but it doesn’t need to. Gunna makes simple club music that is meant to be enjoyable at any time of day. Probably his most enjoyable project to date, but the bar was never set very high. – Daniel (6/10)

Alan: 7.4/10 | Dominick: 6.8/10 | Pax: 6.7/10 | DeVán: 6.5/10 | Hadley: 6.5/10

Daniel: 6/10 | Henny: 6/10 | Ben (Synth): 5.5/10 | Pablo: 4/10 | Jared: 3/10


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