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Album Review: DS4EVER

Sergio Giavanni Kitchens, better known as Gunna, is a professional rapper from College Park, Georgia. Gunna, 28, is beginning to get his shine in the limelight after dropping his second consecutive number one album entitled ‘DS4EVER’ on January 7, 2022. The album consists of 20 songs and is 58 minutes long. The cover of the album is an interesting statue of the artist with a few deep scars on both sides of his jaws and one on the shoulder blade. On the cover Gunna is also wearing a pair of very dark shades with a huge chain around his neck that says his name.

Gunna likes to have a good number of features on his projects from his circle of friends and peers in the industry and ‘DS4EVER’ is nothing different. The album has features from Future, Young Thug, 21 Savage, Lil Baby, and Kodak Black to name a few. With this album, Gunna’s intentions were to give the world an insight on who he really is and to build a deeper connection with his fans and he did just that with songs such as “You & Me”, “Missing Me”, and “Private Island”.

One of my favorite songs from the album is “You & Me” featuring Chloe from the group Chloe x Halle. I like this song because it shows a different side of Gunna by displaying his ability to sing. Another interesting aspect from the song is that it has a sample from Jon B’s hit song “They Don’t Know”. Chloe was the perfect feature for this song because of her soft voice and melodic delivery. This song displays the type of range that I’d like to hear from Gunna in the future.

Another song on the album I like is titled “Private Island”. This song has more of a chill vibe and has no feature. I think by this song not having a feature it gives the listeners a chance to dive into what Gunna is trying to convey to his fans and makes the song have a more personal vibe. This track gives us insight on Gunna’s past and how he was once a drug dealer and the maturation process of him evolving into a man and all of the successes that he’s been able to accomplish. This is a song for relaxation and reflection.

A song I did not like was “Thought I Was Playing” featuring 21 Savage. The song has a nice beat and was produced by Mike Will Made, but for some reason it did not live up to the hype of the three involved. The song does not have a concept or message and is a typical Gunna track before his evolution.

Gunna is still trying to find his lane and identity in the industry. ‘DS4EVER’ shows his versatility but it also shows where he needs to improve at to get to a higher level.

Ivan Walker
Ivan Walker is a Senior Mass Communications major from Isola, Mississippi. He will be a contributor for The Campus Chronicle for the 2021-2022 school year.

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