Written By: Jordan Smith
Originality: (5.0 / 5) Vocals/Flow: (5.0 / 5) Lyrics: (4.0 / 5) Production: (5.0 / 5) Average: (4.8 / 5)
Quavo and Travis Scott teamed up together to release one of the most anticipated projects of the year and to say it lived up would be an understatement. Anyone who had their trepidations about this pairing wouldn’t have been alone, but these two put together a quality EP. Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho sounded refreshing and personally left me wondering if there would be more. The production and sound quality of the album are top-notch too. The hooks from both artists were noteworthy. Travis Scott’s ad-libs gave the mixtape the dark, mysterious vibe shared with some of his previous work like Days Before Rodeo. Another noteworthy aspect of this EP that quite literally appeared out of the blue, is the fact that Quavo sounded relatively cozy being the focal point of most of these songs. Combine that with the fact that Offset & 21 Savage released a joint project this year and you have to be wondering if Quavo’s been pondering the idea of releasing a solo project at some point in the new year.
Anyway, this project may be the most intriguing either has in their catalogue thus far. Both of the artists songwriting seems to have peaked on the production that eerily suits them both perfectly. For two artists to have such different artistic backgrounds to come together and hit on just about every track is remarkable. The production isn’t credited, so it’s hard to go back and say who came up with the best production and that’s unfortunate, because its undeniably among the best-produced hip-hop albums of the last year. The standout songs were “Black & Chinese”, “Motorcycle Patches”, “Saint Laurent Mask” and “Where U From.” The lyrics came off as natural, and creatively it wasn’t hard to tell that Travis was the driving force. The fact that Quavo adjusted so well to these few tracks in particular was impressive, and adds to his artistic repertoire that makes him among the top-3 MC’s of the last few years.
Ultimately, the direction that the project went in was one that balanced taking artistic risks without sacrificing who you are for a boost in streams. Both artists did great jobs of displaying versatility, and a real desire to step out of their comfort zones. To say that it would be a good idea for these two to collaborate again would be a massive understatement. I’m sure that Huncho Jack will leave fans eager to see what else this duo can cook up together.