Nigo plays it safe on ‘I Know Nigo!’

Album: “I Know Nigo!”

Artists: Nigo

Label: Common New music Team

Release Day: March 25

Ranking: 6.2/10

Few names are as important to rap as Nigo. Given that producing the streetwear model Bathing Ape, the designer/producer has tried out his hand in each individual facet of the creative sector. Having served as the DJ to the team Teriyaki Boyz and dressing artists like Lil Wayne and Pharrel by way of his globe-renowned model, it is risk-free to say that Nigo really should have effortlessly been ready to craft a masterpiece when curating his debut album, “I Know Nigo!”

Nonetheless, even with options from Lil Uzi Vert, Pharrel Williams and the late Pop Smoke, “I Know Nigo!” is a mid-level disappointment that fails to provide a task increased than the sum of its sections.

Which is not to say the elements them selves shouldn’t do the job flawlessly. On prime of the aforementioned rappers, 7 of the album’s 11 tracks were generated by The Neptunes — a making duo composed of Pharrel and Chad Hugo. But even with the names connected, the tracks manufactured by The Neptunes really feel decisively low in the rankings of their illustrious output discographies, marking a important disappointment in the professions of all worried with the job. 

The album’s lack of fulfilled possible is obvious in its initial monitor, “Lost and Observed Freestyle 2019.” Legendary friends and collaborators A$AP Rocky and Tyler, The Creator rap about a two-component conquer from The Neptunes in what feels almost like a gimmick. Even though A$AP Rocky’s classically self-assured verse pairs with the uncharacteristically jaunty defeat, the immediate switch to Tyler’s grimier bars mixed with a a lot more aggressive defeat feels like a slap in the face. As opposed to the pair thriving off every other’s power in the 2018 keep track of “Potato Salad,” it feels like a flat-out waste that Nigo did not enable the two go back and forth as they do most effective.

Even with this not comfortable inconsistency of this introduction, Nigo places just one of the album’s ideal tracks correct immediately after. Named immediately after “Game of Thrones” character Arya Stark, “Arya” features A$AP Rocky’s entire swagger as he raps over a lovely piano.Rocky saves his greatest electricity for the refrain, providing some of his most gratifying bars in a long time which very easily float throughout a few verses, referencing every thing from the Apple iphone to 21 Savage.

“Beautiful whips, verify out the tackle, swish / Shooters gon’ swoosh, hitters never skip / Arya, just increase a ton of y’all names to my listing, b—h / Death desire, not to be messed wit’, tested, quiz / They shootin’ photographs, hittin’ bricks, n—s be testin’ the kid.”

A lot in the vein of their previous will work, Virginia-duo Clipse provides a monitor on the spoils of results in “Punch Bowl.” As the duo — consisting of brothers Pusha T and No Malice — spit their bars, one can not assistance but come to feel that the two veterans are rapping to us from their peak, where they are able to relaxation at the prime where they have earned.

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One particular of the album’s biggest flops comes in the type of the solitary “Want It Bad” by Kid Cudi. At any time the outcast, Cudi’s loveably alienistic persona is drowned out by an overload of autotune. What must be a classic anthem about being your self is as a substitute turned into a messy concoction of instruments and lyrics as the Cleveland rapper’s advert-libs come to be incomprehensible.

Under no circumstances one to neglect his mates, Nigo saves area for Japan-based team Teriyaki Boyz, whom he has acted as the DJ for due to the fact their development in 2005, on “More Tonight.” Famous for creating one of the most memed tracks in existence, “Tokyo Drift,” the group seems nothing like the 2006 track, alternatively making a club track that feels as if it is seeking to capture a seem neglected when captivating to the masses.   

Issues carry on in “Paper Plates.” Mixing Pharrel’s singing with A$AP Ferg’s abrasive rapping, it cannot be understated how awkward the vocals are versus the creepy beat. Pharrel repeatedly chanting “paper plates” feels like a horrendous impression of Kanye West on “Praise God.” Ferg’s flow does give redemption, but the verse ultimately fails to produce one thing deserving of the “Plain Jane” rapper’s discography.

Pusha T’s next music off the album, the Kanye-produced “Hear Me Clearly,” is one of the project’s shining times, when Pusha entirely embraces his persona as a badass drug supplier. But the track, even with its energy, feels like it is missing an unidentified component, one that stops it from starting to be famous — significantly like the relaxation of the album.

Read throughout the album, practically nothing feels new. Even with excellent music, minimal threat was taken when crafting “I Know Nigo!” producing it really feel like a sequence of currently tried out-and-real formulas.

Fortunately, Nigo will save the greatest for later on on, worthwhile listeners on one particular of the past tracks, “Remember.” As opposed to the lots of riskless moments that have riddled this album, “Remember” would seem like a track that easily could have failed. The artist of preference, Pop Smoke, has been overused in the earlier yr, with incomplete verses from the late New York rapper doing nothing but tarnish his title as they pop up in the form of characteristics.

Shockingly, Nigo and producers ReddoeBeats and HozayBeats transform what could have been an additional stain on Pop’s title into what will unquestionably turn out to be a sleeper hit of 2022.

It’s difficult to deny Nigo’s effects on this marketplace, which is why the failures of “I Know Nigo!” experience so perplexing. The album’s less-than-predicted high quality and innovation feels all the extra disappointing since it characteristics some of the major talents all over and Nigo’s creative imagination, exemplifying that it usually takes not just creators, but a need to journey into the not known in purchase to make a masterpiece.

Alex Falter is the senior arts editor and can be attained at


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Alex Falter is a senior arts editor at The Spectrum.