Written By: Brandon Basile
The Dutchess Double Dutches
Originality: (4 / 5) Vocals/Flow: (4 / 5) Lyrics: (5 / 5) Production: (5 / 5) Average: (4.5 / 5)
Fergalicious! Sorry I had to do that just to give you a good time travel. You need that every now and then. And you know you got a few good guilty dances to that song. Don’t worry your secret is safe with the rest of us nerds. But it has been a while since we heard another album by the Hip-Hop/Pop sensation Fergie. The feminine vocal energy of the funky feel good group, The Black Eyed Peas, she has charted many successful hits with the group and as well as by herself. Her previous solo album, The Dutchess released in 2006, was a major success charting multiple catchy hits such, as “London Bridge”, “Glamorous”, “Clumsy”, and the infectious “Fergalicious”, Since The Dutchess, the Ferg has rejoined the B.E.P.’s group successes and in 2010 she forayed her celebrity into the release of her debut fragrance, Outspoken, followed by three more. Eleven years of riding the wave later Fergie hits us with the double step with Double Dutchess. What’s good with the raps doe? Is we sinking or swimming?
The Ferg puts its down. The album opens with Hip-Hop boss and baller for all time, Rick Ross, over a familiar Ross or Jay-Z inspired type of beat as Fergie says “Hungry not thirsty, just hungry” in the most motivational and seductive way that ambition has ever been laid over a heavy trap beat. Fergie’s rhythms, rhymes, and flows are all in order as she raps and sings witty lines about life and struggle as well as telling the girls, “Ladies!! Feel on your titties! Ladies!! Feel on your boobies!” It seems that the title, Double Dutchess, is meant to suggest that Fergie keeps the money and the music moving like double dutch because that is very apparent as she raps and flosses fluidly on tracks with Nicki Minaj and YG.
With as much of the old school vs. new school drama in hip-hop it is honestly refreshing to hear the Fergie’s imposition of classic hip-hop references like the samples to “Top Billin’” on “Like It Aint Nuttin’”. Known to be a true school hip-hopper since her rhymes with B.E.P., even her self-anthem “Fergalicious” features musical and lyrical allusions to J.J. Fad’s “Supersonic”. Fergie even nods to Savage Life rap artist Webbie’s “Independent” on her trap rap single “M.I.L.F.$” Fergie pays homage to the craft with solid rhymes and songwriting showing the importance of deep lyrics and emotion in music.
Double Dutchess features only four artists besides Fergie herself as she sings and raps with different vibes like the sunshine guitar feels of “Life Goes On” and the dreamy pop melodies of “Enchante”. If you like all that other trash on the mainstream radio then do yourself a favor and get a dose of this higher grade of pop with some flare and some swag dripped on it. Double Dutchess also gives some of those hypnotic spiritual chant vibes reminiscent to Kanye West’s cuts like “Clique”. Does Fergie know Illuminati rituals to bring about success? Sound more like hard work and self love actually do pay off. Who’d’ve thunk it? We can check her ritual background later, but for now I’m hungry as Ricky Rozay for some cookies and MILF money.