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21 Savage - I Am > I Was (2018) Published: December 22/18 Released: December 21/18 albumHip-Hop/Rap15 Tracks • 50 Minutes
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    SELECTED LINE: On his highly-anticipated but delayed sophomore album, 21 is better than he’s ever been. -DJ Booth
    I Am > I Was is the second studio album by 21 Savage, released by Slaughter Gang through Epic Records by Sony Music on December 7, 2018.
    1. a lot4:48
    2. break da law2:57
    3. a&t3:31
    4. out for the night2:17
    5. gun smoke2:47
    6. 1.52:28
    7. all my friends3:31
    8. can't leave without it3:25
    9. asmr2:51
    10. ball w/o you3:15
    11. good day4:02
    12. pad lock3:11
    13. monster3:53
    14. letter 2 my momma3:14
    15. 4L4:48
℗ 2018 Slaughter Gang, LLC under exclusive license to Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Critic Reviews (15)

There is no doubt that 21 Savage is the star of the show, and that his style can be pretty dynamic.

70% 3 months ago

The Straits Times The Straits Times (TOP)

21 Savage's latest album delivers on its title.

70% 3 months ago

theneedledrop theneedledrop

Overall, it’s a massive improvement on the disappointing Issa Album, with 21 Savage showing maturity whilst keeping his dark humour and persona.

75% 3 months ago

The 405 The 405

It works, largely because of 21 Savage’s dominating tone and delivery, and makes things stick that may ordinarily not work.

90% 3 months ago

Highsnobiety Highsnobiety

With i am > i was, he’s punching above his weight, releasing a pretty-good album that’s much better than it had to be.

3 months ago

Stereogum Stereogum

The power in Savage’s music still lies in the gulf between what he is expected to feel and what he actually does: that brilliant vocal cadence suggests he is surveying the cars and girls of his new life with numbed distance, even disgust.

80% 3 months ago

i am > i was shatters the notion of 21 Savage as a specialist with a narrow purview and audience, and recasts him as a star in waiting, all without forcing him into unflattering contortions.

78% 3 months ago

A journal chronicling the maturation of the mind and what comes with it.

3 months ago

I Am > I Was is unequivocally the moment we will start to view 21 Savage with a thicker lens, with respect to past misgivings, and most importantly, with a positive outlook on the bright future that lies ahead for the Slaughter Gang initiative.

88% 3 months ago

Overall, i am > i was is a mixed bag of experience that offers enough solid tracks to keep fans latched on.

67% 3 months ago

Consequence of Sound Consequence of Sound

With his work ethic, he’s only going to get better, and this album shows that his potential is off the charts.

3 months ago


A year of anticipation and mystery, 21 Savage’s sophomore album proves he’s a versatile and gifted rapper who has a lot to say.

84% 3 months ago

He delivers something that hints at the new, while flirting with the old.

3 months ago

Rather than stick on the trap track, he finds swerving R&B grooves and melodies that are equally durable.

3 months ago

On his highly-anticipated but delayed sophomore album, 21 is better than he’s ever been.

3 months ago

DJ Booth DJ Booth
User Reviews (0)
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