Thursday, January 13th, 2022

Enny ft. Odeal – Bernie Mac

We close out Sound of 2022 with a song that’s gonna stick around the sidebar for a while…


Jacob Sujin Kuppermann: Enny & Odeal have an easy chemistry — they both hit just the right balance of imposing and funny that the spaghetti-western-by-way-of-the-dancehall beat demands. “Bernie Mac” is fun without demanding too much emotionally or intellectually, the pop equivalent of an excellently crafted airport novel.

Will Adams: That Enny and Odeal trade verses so effortlessly here makes me wish there were more collaborations that feel like a conversation rather than label match-making. Their entertaining chest-puffing exists between a boast and a threat, over an appropriately thunderous beat.

Nortey Dowuona: Dense, rapid raps from Enny and Odeal? Low, rumbling bass lurking over sidewinding drums? Nice.

Samson Savill de Jong: When you get to the heart of the matter, this is just another brag rap song that isn’t really about that much. But I do not care at all, because when you’re bragging this well and it sounds this good, the song completely justifies itself.

Edward Okulicz: The risk with trying to brag and sound dangerous is overdoing it and descending into parody. Both Enny and Odeal deliver as if they don’t give a damn if they sound tough, making them sound natural and utterly cool. They also fit in with the catchy menace of the beat, never overshadowing it, letting it do its thing while they do theirs, as if it’s easy. 

Katherine St Asaph: Both laid-back and vicious, and a good time being had by both.

Ian Mathers: The kind of great production that feels like it’s elevating the performances, and the kind of great performances that feel like they’re elevating the production. Or maybe the kind of pairing of performance and production that makes both feel even better. Or all of those!

Reader average: [5] (1 vote)

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