Tuesday, September 17th, 2019

Fetty Wap ft. Monty – Birthday

Here, we got you a present! Uh, pay no mind to the score…


Joshua Minsoo Kim: Fetty Wap came around at just the perfect time, crafting radio-friendly pop rap hits that packaged what ATL rapper-singers were doing at the time with sticky hooks and a distinctive, clear, and playful singing voice (did his vibrato presage what we’d get with Post Malone?). “Birthday” has the same familiar melodies that characterized his previous singles, indicating that he hasn’t evolved much at all in the past few years. More concerning is how subdued the song is, its spacious atmosphere restricting the ebullience that his voice can often project. Monty, as usual, is just along for the ride.

Ryo Miyauchi: Fetty Wap sounds more muted than what you’d expect from a celebratory Fetty Wap song, mostly due to the dim anonymous beat, but he continues to show off his vocal play and ear for melody just enough to forgive the not-so-original ways he puts words together. The lack of creativity in both lyrics and flow from his trusted Monty highlights that not everyone can sing his way into people’s hearts.

Alfred Soto: His ear for hooks remains intact, but the larder’s empty. Birthday cards have longer scripts.

Edward Okulicz: One man’s hot track is another’s hot mess, but this particular track sounds as if, for inspiration, something horrible happened to a cat in Fetty’s neighbourhood. Fortunately that bit doesn’t last long, but there’s not a lot else here. Birthdays seem to go so fast, “Birthday” seems a good deal longer than it is because not much happens.

Josh Buck: This song is not good or memorable, but we still did Fetty dirty after 2015.

Andy Hutchins: Fetty and Monty made one of my favorite album cuts of the decade, an effervescent if unnecessary jam that lingers on nothing, runs for every second it needs to and none more, and knows how to stage a dismount. “Birthday” drones to its end despite being 17 seconds shorter, so unconvinced of itself that nearly every bar and line for two whole minutes is followed by an ad-lib or an echo. There hasn’t been an essential “It’s your birthday!” rap song since “In Da Club” repaved that lane with a tank, not unless you count the bizarre uptempo remix of Jeremih’s “Birthday Sex,” and “Birthday” does not break that streak. At least two of the Remy Boyz still have chemistry!

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