Written By: Okla Jones

In February of this year, the increasingly popular rapper Blueface, released his breakout single, “Thotiana.” Six months later, the Los Angeles native presents to the world his first official release since signing with Birdman’s Cash Money West imprint last November. As of late, Blueface has been the topic of many discussions, and his new EP, Dirtbag, may prove to be another reason why.

Following his previous mixtapes Famous Cryp and Two Coccy, this 8-track EP fits in the gray idea between cohesion and redundancy. While Dirtbag stays true to the artist’s West Coast roots, many of the tracks have similar production and it takes away from the project’s variety. The success of “Thotiana” may have influenced EP’s sound, but none of the songs have the power the replicate its success.

Dirtbag contained features from some of hip-hop’s most famous artists. The Migos’ Offset provided a standout verse on the track, “Bussdown.” Rich The Kid and Lil’ Pump assisted Blueface on “Daddy” and “Bussin”. Respectively, The Game showcased his uncanny lyrical ability on “Stop Cappin.” The Bay area bred Mozzy added a unique element to the banger, “Gang,” as well.

Blueface’s new release isn’t an amazing project, but it was better than expected. In a climate where lyricism has slightly moved back into the forefront of the genre, he still has a lane of his own where he can continue to flourish. Where Dirtbag lacks in depth, it makes up for with catchy hooks and upbeat tracks that you can ride to.

3 OUT OF 5 STARS.