Review of Yeats new album: 2 Alivë

By: Bret Russell


Yeat, an up-and-coming rapper in today's music industry, has made a significant impact with his latest album. After releasing his hit songs “Money Twërk,” “Sorry bout that,” and “Monëy so big,” Yeat gained immense popularity. His true claim to fame comes from the app “Tik-Tok'' where Yeat's music, and himself, gained influence. With over 300 thousand separate videos made using Yeat’s music on Tik-Tok, he quickly gained a “cult” following. Yeat has been known by his fans for having insane instrumentals. Modeled much after 2010 Atlanta rap, you can find influence in Yeats beats in songs such as “Versace” by Migos, or another heavy influence that we can see is 2016 Metro Boomin, with his song “No Heart” as an example. 2 Alivë was a much-anticipated release by music fans around the world. After many leaked songs from this album, listeners around the world waited anxiously for this drop. His predecessor album “Up 2 më” was his first album to chart hitting number 183 on the official charts. Under extreme pressure from the music community, Yeat did not disappoint. As Yeat is a less lyrical rapper, his instrumentals always will shine above all. Yeat, However, has occasional lyrical “spouts” in his songs that never fail to hit the same every time you listen to them.

Yeat starts this album off with his song “Poppin.” This song immediately captured my attention, with its highly intense beat, and upbeat tempo. Yeat's opening track not only got me hype for the rest of the album, but the lyrics “We just countin’ racks, yeah, all day, don’t play,” circled throughout my head for the rest of the album. This song also had great success, peaking at 91 on billboard's top 100.

“Outsidë,” Yeat’s second song is a great predecessor to his first. The beat smoothly transitions from the first song into this one, leaving me with almost the impression that they are one song. Towards the end of this song, I was truly wondering if there would even be one bad song on this album.

Yeat’s spirit-lifting song tempo and the intense style continued in his song, “Rëal six.” This song talks about the hard lifestyle of part-taking in illegal activities, and the use of drugs. He also brags about the riches that come with it, hence the lyrics: “My wrist livin’ underwater might as well call this kelp.” This means that his watch is so drippy (expensive) that his wrist is “underwater.” He also says, “Yeah, all of my brothers we rich, been rockin’ that Chrome Hearts.” This refers to how he wears expensive designer clothes, further implementing into the listener's head how truly rich he is. This constant reminder of his wealth across the album truly humbled me and made me realize how broke I really am.

The song, “Nvr again,” has one of the best beats I think personally in the album. The producers Trgc, and Bart How, who have produced for big names such as Lil Yachty and Trippie Redd. Their beat style worked extremely well in this song, fitting into Yeat’s style of music seamlessly. “Nvr again” truly showcased Yeat’s lyrical ability as well as ad-libs. Rapping about his come up from his once impoverished home life to his now lavish lifestyle, the words: “Every diamond on me is so flawless, it’s extravagant.” Truly left a mark on me.

My mood instantly shifted as soon as, “Luh gëek” started playing. The song instantly started off with an almost “dark” beat. However, slowly it got back to the almost upbeat theme that we see across this album.

“Rackz got më” was one of Yeats's most anticipated songs. With the feature of Gunna, listeners had huge expectations. Ever since I learned that Yeat would have Gunna featured on 2 Alivë, my expectations shot through the roof. After listening to this song it is easy to say that the two artists did not fail to succeed my expectations, making this my favorite song with a feature by far on this album.

Another one of Yeat’s highly anticipated songs, leaked last November, was “Doublë.” This song, was produced by Synthetic, who also worked on producing “Still Countin.” Along with working with Yeat, Synthetic has also worked with big-name rapper Lil Uzi Vert, and many more. The hard bass used in this song filled my ears with joy and put a smile on my face. By no surprise, the verse in this song, stuck out to me like a single cloud in the blue sky. Although a very different song style, I quickly became acquainted with this song and it grew on me instantaneously.

After listening to “Doublë,” I expected “On tha linë” to match this song. I was disappointed to say the least. With a disappointing verse, short, then coming to an end. I dreaded the next one minute and 15 seconds of my life I would spend listening to this painstakingly long chorus.

After two disappointing songs though, it is safe to say that “Jus bëtter” easily flipped my mood right around. Once again picking up the high-intensity beat, Yeat goes back to rapping about the usual, money. Yeat also raps about his recent success in the music industry, and as the title suggests, he is “just better” than the rest.

The song, “Jump” After saying the word jump sixteen times in the matter of the first four lines, really put me into the mood to jump. Jokes aside, this song gave Yeat a chance to once again showcase his beat-making ability. With an arcade-style beat this whole song, you almost get the sensation that you have listened to the same words over and over for a whole three minutes and thirteen seconds of your life. Oh, that's right, you did.

“Dnt lië,” another song about being rich and doing drugs, somehow doesn’t feel repetitive. With two separate verses in this song, along with an interesting chorus, this song kept me on my toes the whole time. After three disappointing and repetitive songs in a row, it was nice to hear a change and be entertained again.

On the other hand, “Rollin” is the opposite of a boring song. Yeat raps about his sudden rise to fame, by mentioning “Everything I do be going viral.” He also talks about the wealth he has claimed from this sudden uprise. However, the highlight of this song is every time Yeat says “Brr.” Not only did this send chills down my spine, but it also made me instantly rewind the song just to hear the magical sound roll from his mouth once more.

The song “Taliban,” however controversial, is undoubtedly one of the more exciting songs on this album. After hearing Benjicold’s producer tag, I let out a sigh of relief knowing that this would be a good song. Benji, making features in Yeat’s songs, such as “Poppin” and “CHanëlly,” has more than enough experience to make this song good. After listening to this “high pitched” song, I truly thought to myself, “When will that Yeat x Shitty boys collab happen?

With the song “Narcoticz” coming next, I felt like the feature of Young Kayo truly added something that we have not heard with yeats music. The way that the beat just so slightly changes, and the song slowly becomes more upbeat and active, after Young Kayo starts rapping, really left an impression on me.

“Call më” ended up being one of my favorite songs in this album. Not only started off with a great beat drop into the song, but also it started off with a completely different vibe from the start. I also think that this is one of Yeat’s most meaningful songs in the album, rapping about his feelings for a girl, and how he wants her to “call him” hence the title.

My feelings for the song, “Kant dië” are extremely indifferent. I truly can’t decide if I like this song. With the more amiable and warm beat, it’s most definitely a different environment. Out of all of the songs in 2 Alivë, I think that this is Yeat’s most relaxed and laid-back song. I felt as if this song was a PG-13 lullaby.

With “Gëek high,” I felt Ken Carson fit in extremely well with Yeat’s music style. Although this is not my favorite feature on the album, I would say that It still had a lasting effect on me. After listening to Ken Carson's album Project X, I was almost disappointed to not see a feature with Yeat. Not only would he fit in well with the style of this album, but I think he would particularly work well with Ken Carson's songs “Clutch” and “Run + Ran.”

After listening to the whole album, “Luh m” is my second to last favorite song with a feature, falling far behind “Rackz got me” with Gunna. After listening to this song, the lyrics, “You know what else is crazy? My money eight-foot-two,” Left a stain on me. Although I do not relate to these whatsoever, they still gave me hope that one day I will grow up and live a lush style as Yeat does.

“Smooktobër,” at first listen I would say that this is probably one of my least favorite songs in this album. With the producer change to F1lthy for this song, I felt as if almost this song fit oddly, if at all into the album. I immediately realized the shift in not only the beat but just general energy for this song when it opened with the producer's tag “Wake up, F1lthy.”

On the other hand, however, “Still countin”ended this album extremely well. With the sudden shift to Yeat's usual style of rap, I was instantly satisfied. This song lyrics, however, have to deal with Yeat's lavish lifestyle, this was still regardless one of his most successful songs on the album. Yeat even had a music video made for him by Cole Bennett, and posted on Lyrical Lemonade’s youtube channel.

Overall, Yeats's album met and even exceeded my expectations. With the incorporation of a beat style not seen by any current rappers in the game and the combination of both hype and popularity, it's safe to say that Yeat will be staying in the industry for a while to come. From the very instant, I clicked play on the first song, till the ending of the last song I was immersed. Yeat’s choice to start off this album with the song “Poppin” was more than acceptable, instantly overflowing my brain with the sound of the bass, and just the beat in general. It is safe to say that Yeat has found his niche in this industry, and he has done extremely well capitalizing on his newfound fame and current hype; Yeat always delivers the best pump-up song for workouts, pre sports games, or throwing on the aux when I’m with friends. Overall every occasion yeat brings energy and excitement through my headphones or car speaker and every experience is elevated by his music.


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