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Westside Gunn Peace “Fly” God Album Review

Peace “Fly” God

Westside Gunn

  • Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap
  • Release Date: 2022-07-08
  • Explicitness: explicit
  • Country: USA
  • Track Count: 10
  • ℗ 2022 Griselda Records

Westside Gunn Peace “Fly” God Album Artwork

Westside Gunn Peace &Quot;Fly&Quot; God Album Review, Yours Truly, Reviews, August 18, 2022
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Peace ‘Fly’ God sees Westside Gunn, on almost every track, spitting bars with rappers Stove God Cook$ and Estee Nack, who have been a part of his extended network for some time. Ten songs total on the album, four of which feature Stove God and three featuring Nack. Gunn occasionally makes only fleeting appearances. Stove God in particular really stands out in this spotlight-sharing; it works so well.

Because his 40th birthday is at the end of the month, he’s celebrating a bit early by releasing his 9th mixtape. He last appeared over a year ago with the double disc conclusion to the Hitler Wears Hermes mixtape series, with Side B being better than Side A.

Tracks and Features

Beginning things on the album is “Peace Flygod”, with Bro. A.A. Rashad, the first album feature, easing us into the album with some hype talk, the same way DJ Khaled goes about his. For the duration of 2 minutes and some seconds, he keeps going steady with some street-esque inspirational talk.

“Jesus Crack” comes next in line, also starting off with talk just like the first track. This time Estee Nack and Steve God Cook$ talk with a rhyme over a song sample buzzing in the background. The song is basically an ode to cocaine, like the track title suggests. “God so loved the world, He gave us cocaine,” a line on song goes. Besides that, it’s just great production with unnecessary intermittent transitions, slick talk and subpar delivery.

Going in on “Ritz Barlton” with Estee Nack making another appearance, Gunn spits slick talk all over a lofi-esque track. Unlike what they’re rapping over, they somehow find a way to make the entire song a tad noisy, especially when Gunn came on. At some point, you kinda lose interest in listening. This song makes you want to skip to the next. Great instrumentation as usual.

If that skip happens, you land on a “Big Ass Bracelet” where you’ll hear Gunn rapping about some slick but mostly his crazy life experiences. “Who that nigga in dat big ass bracelet?” asks a silky voice female voice. A nice touch. Steve God Cook$ comes in this time with the raw sauce, upping the vibe from mid to high. Also the slow-paced sample they’re rapping over helps to make the song an easily likeable one.

Estee Nack comes back swinging on “Bobby Rhude” spitting some game about the hood-cum-thug life and violence and all the perks of the fast life. Some braggadocio shows its head along the way too. The sample used on this track helped set it on its way to redemption but just couldn’t save it in the end. The song’s a bit basic. Kinda hard bars, yeah, but something just wasn’t holding together.

“Derrick Boleman” walks onto the scene, shakes its head and says, “Nah, I’m cranking things up.” Stove God Cook$ lends a helping hand, blessing the song with some fiery, mature vibe contained in his bars. Gunn also understood the assignment, seeing as he opened the floor, setting the stage for Cook$. If you’ve got a good ear for great rap music, you would feel the expertise displayed in their delivery. Funny how they decided such a hard jam with some comic relief that helps you transition into the next track.

Steve God Cook$ continues from where he left off, taking care of the chorus. And his singing was not in the least terrible. They set things off, rapping about violence and homicides in the hood. Not a bad song, not entirely wonderful either. But it does end with an audio version of an auction event for the bougie. Your imagination could spice things up.

“Open Praise” sees another side of Westside Gunn. A vulnerable side where he can be heard rapping about betrayal stemming from envy. The body of work ends with with “Danhausen” and “Flip Vs. Phil”, which both sound alike in terms of braggadocio and slick talk.

Tracks

NO Title
1 Peace Flygod
2 Jesus Crack
3 Ritz Barlton
4 Big Ass Bracelet
5 Bobby Rhude
6 Derrick Boleman
7 Horses on Sunset
8 Open Praise
9 Danhausen
10 Flip V. Phil

Production Credits

The 10-track project features production from Madlib and Daringer, as well as Conductor Williams and Don Carrera.

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