Wednesday, November 27th, 2019

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie ft. Lil Uzi Vert – Reply

Just pretend Raye did the answer song


Thomas Inskeep: A record of its era: “If I write you girl, tell me would you reply?”, “You only want me ’cause my life is televised,” etc. Mercifully, however, this rides a fairly simple boom-bap beat (which greatly pleases this 40-something hip-hop fan), with some little keyboard burbles underneath Uzi’s second verse that grab me. Both Boogie and Uzi, rappers I initially resisted, have good flows, and even though they’re both ostensibly rapping to a girl (or girls), it also sounds like they’re having a conversation. There’s a warmth to this record I can’t pin down but really appreciate.

Edward Okulicz: A text message that massively overshares in song form. There’s just too many words spewed out in an arrhythmic fashion, like a late-night text message that is about four screens in length.

Oliver Maier: I love the increasing trend of rappers slipping offbeat into more impressionistic, emotive flows, but the appeal is lost when in service of puns like “like a ticket, you’re fine” or the noxious shit that Boogie and especially Uzi come out with here. It’s frustrating, given how good they sound over the glittery beat in isolated moments, that the prevailing mood is aggressively controlling rather than tender. Maybe that sounds like clutching pearls, but I’d rather enjoy this without gritting my teeth every few lines.

Kylo Nocom: Uzi has proven to be a talented performer enough to where hearing a cut this dreary musically and as baffling lyrically (of all the words that could have fit, “comply” is probably the creepiest) pisses me off.

Ryo Miyauchi: Tell me why the credits are swapped for this one? A Boogie hardly contributes a thing besides his own take on the vague “21 Questions” rewrite of a chorus. Lil Uzi Vert ends up carrying most of “Reply,” providing all of its melodic and stylistic thrills. He even outdoes his collaborator’s sleaziness to be the man on top, but this being Uzi, he remembers to sign off by sharing some softness.

Julian Axelrod: So tuneless and amoral it makes me reconsider not only Uzi and the proliferation of sing-rap, but texting as a form of communication.

Katherine St Asaph: Seldom have songs had so concentrated “fuck you, you’re ugly and I didn’t want you anyway” follow-up text energy. The instrumental’s nice.

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