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SoFaygo “Pink Heartz” (Apple Music Up Next Film Edition) Album Review

Pink Heartz (Apple Music Up Next Film Edition)

SoFaygo

  • Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap
  • Date: 11 Nov, 2022
  • Content: explicit
  • Region: USA
  • Track(s): 17
  • ℗ 2022 Cactus Jack

“Pink Heartz,” SoFaygo’s eagerly-awaited first album for the Travis Scott-run Cactus Jack record label has been released. With varying degrees of success, “Pink Heartz” continues to use SoFaygo’s recipe for clear, melodic vocals over 808s and delicate synths. The primary problem with “Pink Heartz” is that SoFaygo doesn’t have enough vocal material to support his very exquisite production choices.

The majority of the songs have a nice beginning since SoFaygo (or his sound engineer) is skilled at writing catchy, brief melodies. The result is monotonous listening since he rapidly settles into the beat and rarely alters his flow or voice patterns. Because most songs lack structure, there isn’t much to distinguish SoFaygo’s lyrics from his hooks. Ad-libs and humming are also frequently used by SoFaygo to fill in silence. However, this is not to imply that the album does not have its excellent sides.

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Album Cover Art

Sofaygo &Quot;Pink Heartz&Quot; (Apple Music Up Next Film Edition) Album Review, Yours Truly, Reviews, February 23, 2024

With his all-pink locs hanging down and falling over his face, Faygo wears a bit of a sombre countenance but does not fail to show off his expensive jewelry as he holds up his iced-out pendant and also gives us a peek into the grills adorning his teeth.

Tracks and Features

The album’s first track, “Transparency,” asks if you can sense his feelings while “Out,” which adopts a more delicate trap sound, speaks about working too hard. To keep things interesting, Ken Carson joins in with the enrage-inspiring “Hell Yeah,” but “Blitz V2” follows with a hazy sequel to “Blitz” off his third EP War claiming that he doesn’t miss at all and that it gets dangerous that he wants to feel a blitz himself.

Lil Uzi Vert enters the scene on “Stay Awake,” imploring their lovers not to doze off on either of them. In addition to the solid production choice, the song demonstrates SoFaygo’s skill at creating the memorable melodies that first made him famous, with just enough variance in pitch and rhythm to keep the listening experience engaging.

The wavy “Me Too” talks about his desire to get f***ed up while under the influence. Just before “Another One” weaves some more synths into the mix and talks about how there isn’t anything halting the cash flow, “Goin’ Back” returns to a cloudier vibe to dump some braggadocio.

While “I’ll Say” brings back the synths once more and talks about having too much cannabis in his system, “Slip,” with Don Toliver, has the two calling out individuals who are capping to their faces over a psychedelic trap instrumental. “Price” takes a more sentimental approach, detailing the drawbacks of stardom.

While “Fasho” talks about already being in the game, “Took Off” unsurprisingly opens with DJ Khaled ranting in free form about semi-motivational stuff. Despite the song lasting four and a half minutes, Pharell’s excellent production and a backend Gunna feature keep the song moving forward. SoFaygo is also at the height of his melodic powers, with calming vocals that make for relaxing listening.

The horns in the song “Greed” are used to address people who are envious of them by merely looking into their eyes, whereas the concluding track, “Marvelous,” has a softer, more melodic beat and talks about doing something outstanding while being on his A-shit. But “Forever” serves as the album’s dramatic conclusion, in which SoFaygo declares his wish to continue living this life indefinitely.

Tracklist

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1 Transparency 2:28
2 Out 3:01
3 Hell Yeah (feat. Ken Carson) 2:48
4 Blitz V2 3:41
5 Stay Awake (feat. Lil Uzi Vert) 3:33
6 Me Too 3:12
7 Goin Back 3:30
8 Another One 3:16
9 Slip (feat. Don Toliver) 4:11
10 I’ll Say 3:36
11 Price 3:19
12 Fasho 4:09
13 Took Off (feat. Gunna & DJ Khaled) 4:36
14 Greed 2:16
15 Marvelous 2:46
16 Forever 2:48
17 Up Next: SoFaygo 3:52

Album Theme

Despite its flaws, the project demonstrates his budding talents and offers some compelling concepts regarding his personal challenges.

Production Credits

Producers on the album include Acqua, Bakkwoods, Bryant Troy, BryceUnknwn, COLDSUMMER, Cozzy Cookin, Crush (Producer), Elias Knight, E.Y., FORTHENIGHT and many more.

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