Reviews: Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka Flame - Ferrari Boyz

Published in the August 18-25, 2011 edition of NOW Magazine

Gucci Mane & Waka Flocka Flame - Ferrari Boyz (Warner)NOW Rating: NNN
By Anupa Mistry

Are rap buddy albums a thing now? Ferrari Boyz is the mentor-protegé showpiece of Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka Flame, top billers for the successful Atlanta crew 1017 Brick Squad. With Gucci fresh out of jail and one-album Waka dodging retirement rumours (his sophomore, Triple F Life, is due this fall) Ferrari Boyz is both a promotional tool and the coming together of the current crown princes of the South.

Skittish hi-hats, body-throttling bass and cartoonish, sometimes sinister melodies come courtesy of in-house producers Drumma Boy and Southside. But it’s the merging of Gucci’s grizzly, muddled lyrics and Waka’s unbridled energy that makes Ferrari Boyz a solid though sometimes glib listen. Both specialize in rousing you – from sleep, from seats – but in different ways: Gucci spews absurd, nihilistic imagery that demands attention, while Waka’s penchant for repetition and siren-call ad libs can be magnetic.

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