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Without Warning

by 21 Savage, Offset, & Metro Boomin

Released October 31, 2017 via Slaughter Gang / Epic Records / Capitol Records / Motown / Quality Control Music / Boominati Worldwide / Republic Records

Reviewed November 1, 2022

Top tracks (based on community voting)
Ghostface Killers (77%), Ric Flair Drip (64%), Nightmare (41%)

Released on Halloween, the only collaborative effort to date (sequel when?) between 21 Savage, Offset, & Metro Boomin brought together three of the biggest names in trap for one of the most menacing records of the genre. Metro Boomin’s production deserves most of the credit for creating the atmosphere of Without Warning, putting a ton of effort into the ins-and-outs of each beat as he sprinkles demonic laughs, gunshots, subtle bells, eerie pianos—and just about all the sound effects you’d hear in a slasher flick—atop heavy bass hits and spooky synths. It’s an incredibly fun collection of instrumentals that really sets the atmosphere for 21 Savage and Offset to play off one another as the Freddy and Jason of rap. While the two of them don’t lean into the Halloween theme as much as Metro’s production might, there’s no shortage of dark imagery. Coupled with the typical flexing of jewelry and riches, 21 Savage and Offset center many of their bars around crime, violence, and intimidation. And at just over 33 minutes, Without Warning gets its message across without overstaying its welcome. – Dominick (8.2/10)

Alan: 8.5/10 | Jared: 8.5/10 | Dominick: 8.2/10 | Pax: 8.2/10

Ben (Synth): 7.5/10 | Cam: 7.5/10 | DeVán: 7.5/10

Community Reviews:

Now a must-listen every spooky season. Metro Boomin crafted a perfectly ominous backdrop, while 21 and Offset delivered gritty, cutthroat raps. So many quotables that we’ll be reciting for many Halloween moons to come. – @jake__cp (9/10)


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