In honor of the release of “DS4EVER“, we share the best features from the exciting new album. As the hip-hop community goes head-to-head with Gunna ‘s new “pushin P” language, it‘s safe to say that the YSL Records signature has not successfully rekindled the excitement of New Music Friday in 2022, the latest full-length effort and latest installment in its favorite Drop Season 4 series so far.
From the debate over whether some actions should be approved as “P” to questions about the whereabouts of the Drake-backed track “pussy power,” the hype for DS4EVER has not faltered since its release.
Apart from the more surprising aspects of Gunna‘s latest release, the album‘s early release suggests that one of its strongest features is its expertly selected features. From DS4EVER, Chlöe, Kodak Black, G Herbo and Yung Bleu to Gunna‘s other Atlanta-raised artists Young Thug, Future, 21 Savage and Lil Baby, we can see a wide range of artists on the album for guest performances. While this list of features looks great on paper, most – if not all – actually follow the hype.
Thus, to celebrate Gunna‘s third studio album and the commercial climax of the popular mixtape series that helped turn her into rap stardom, here‘s a ranking of the top seven guest features on DS4EVER. Listen to the album here and let us know your selections in the comments.
Chlöe on “you &me“
There were high expectations for Gunna and Chlöe‘s unexpected team on “you and me,” and while the repressed love song isn‘t as solid and meaningful as some might have predicted, it‘s certainly catchy.
Chloe x Halle offshoot‘s appearance on DS4EVER has been reduced to song interpolations of Jon B. ‘s “They Don‘t Know” and Usher‘s “Nice & Slow“, but there is no denying the quality of her vocal performance.
You can see the lyrics here
Don‘t listen to what people say
They don‘t know ‘bout,’ ‘bout you and me
Keep it out of your mind ‘cause it‘s jea
Future on “pushin P”
Beyond the may have already introduced the succinct rap phrase of 2022 by Gunna, Future and Young Thug, the DS4EVER collaboration “pushin P” is an infectious and well-combined track from three Atliens. Somehow, Future manages to steal the show, even if it doesn‘t fully present its own verse, or stop rapping for more than two lines in a row. However, it combines tracks such as “pushin p” growl and “He‘s not a lesbian, turn Pesbian for P“, making his minimal contributions to “pushin P” extremely effective.
Copped new hammers for my P, we don‘t want no peace
Dropped the dot and then we plot, exotic Ps
Lil Baby on “25k jacket”
Lil Baby launches the “25k jacket” with undeniable energy and superior performance. It starts with the reference “pushin P” and, although its strings are clearly solid, it makes the most memorable contribution to the song. Both charismatic and melodic, Lil Baby‘s chorus makes the perfect introduction to Gunna‘s verse and also serves as a nod to the duo‘s long documented chemistry.
Twenty-five thousand for a jacket, wear it before
Niggas acting like they‘re getting active, no they don‘t
She ain‘t tryna live and get it cracking, go head on
Fast car cutting up in traffic, got one of those
We ain‘t nothing like these other rappers, weirdo
You have been tryna save every, she get active, hero
Me and Gunna going back to back, here it goes
Nechie on “life of sin”
Some of the best features on artists’ albums, and what they do best, come from rising artists with a lot to prove, and Nechie’s guest appearance on “the life of sin” marks an impressive debut performance from Gunna’s close collaborator. Arguably the most traditional rap line in DS4EVER, and the way it delivers lines like For those who think about it, we open their breasts and Simon Says-ass, you’re all straight anchors is being revived. Nechie’s feature is fresh, but familiar, and stands out even when stacked next to guest verses of some of the biggest names in the music industry.
Blessings, tryna enjoy the essence of life
Gettin paid off melodies to help my folks see the light
Double M, give me the word and they’ll be gone by the night
Believe it, they need to thank God they still breathing
Young Thug on “mop”
When Young Thug and Gunna wax connect through the “mat” – though not as climatic as “Surf” or “Ski” – they continue their unforgettable collaboration and are very pleased with this situation, and perhaps that’s why the founder of YSL Records brings more energy to the “mat” than the “pushin P”. For the raunchy fourth track in DS4EVER, Young Thug slips over the bouncing production of Dez Wright & Wheezy, and while its bars are as quirky as ever, Thug’s low-key reverence for his hometown in his first verse is particularly enjoyable.
Ridin’ down McAfee (Skrrt, skrrt)
Two gun, Pistol Pete (Mop)
Yeah, real right blood (Blood)
Booling me over my club (Club)
Yeah, spider web spud (Spider)