Wifisfuneral & Robb Bank$ – Conn3ct3d
Released: 11 January 2019
★★★★★: Best in show; pinnacle release from an all-time great artist.
★★★★1/2: Stellar example of genre; peak potential.
★★★★: Excellent; recommended to all fans of artist or genre.
★★★1/2: Very good; a few bland songs or minor flaws throughout.
★★★: Good; fans of the artist will find value here.
★★1/2: Average; does little to establish the artist or maintain quality.
★★: Unexceptional; a few highlights but otherwise bland.
★1/2: Weak; unrecommended for anyone but major fans of the style and/or artist.
★: Seriously flawed; very poor work but relatively listenable.
1/2: Terrible; a true embarrassment and akin to audio masochism.
In recent years, Hip-Hop fans have been increasingly active in their demands for collaboration albums between their favorite artists, most notably the infamous Kendrick Lamar/J. Cole collab album first mentioned almost 10 years ago in 2010. In 2015, we saw What A Time To Be Alive between Drake and Future, released to mixed responses. In 2017, we saw the Migos’ Quavo with Travis Scott on Huncho Jack, also to mixed responses. We even saw Young Thug and Future collaborate on the Super Slimey LP – also released to mixed responses by fans and critics. Many of these collaborations were born out of curiosity, because these artists occupied similar fan market share, and not necessarily because the artists make good music together.
But in some situations, artist collaboration throughout an entire album, while less requested than megastars like Drake and Travis Scott, makes more sense. See: Wifisfuneral and Robb Bank$ on Conn3ct3d.
Save A Hoe: 2.75/5
Can’t Feel My Face: 3/5 although the content is immature, the chemistry between Robb and wifi here is undeniable
Like Me: 3.75/5
La Familia: 4/5
Movin Slow: 3.5/5
Carro: 4/5 (“I keep it 100 like a Pokémon center” shoutout to Robb!)
Nauseous: 4/5 (Wifi skates all over this)
Total: 3.59/5 (★★★1/2: Very good; a few bland songs or minor flaws throughout)
Conn3ct3d is quick 30+ minute adventure into the drug-and-women ridden imaginations of Wifisfuneral and Robb Bank$. Cris Dinero’s trap-inspired production provides a steady, cohesive feel through the LP with his intense hi-hats and heavy-distorted bass. Conn3ct3d peaks in quality in the 2nd half, specifically following track #3 “Can’t Feel My Face“. Thereafter, the synergy between Wifi, Robb, and Cris Dinero enters cruise control, and listeners are treated to a seamless sequence between tracks 4-11.
There’s a good amount of redundant drug talk and “fucking your bitch” talk on Conn3ct3d, but it is gift-wrapped in well-delivered hooks and song structure; quelled by an obvious tight-knit chemistry between Wifi and Robb (and also Cris Dinero).
I‘m not sure if “Save A Hoe” is the optimal intro to start the album. It’s the weakest song on the album and any other song from tracks 4-11 would serve as a better first impression; there are much better songs on the project. “Save A Hoe” is mostly a non-sequitur swag/charisma-carried song. Whereas on other songs, Wifi and Robb Bank$ lyrical ability shines. On “Neglect” and “Nauseaous”, Wifisfuneral hook-ability and flow allows him to skate effortlessly between the beat. Cris Dinero’s trap-inspired production provides a steady, cohesive feel in the LP, with his intense hi-hats and heavily-distorted bass.
The duo doesn’t overstay their welcome on Conn3ct3d, it feels like the perfect length and doesn’t drag-on or wear on the ears on one full listen. There’s enough music and bars here from both Wifi and Robb to pique your interest, and at the same time, it doesn’t feel like they’re force-feeding songs to maximize streaming profits.
★★★1/2: Conn3ct3d is a fun listen and Wifi and Robb are no slouches on the mic in their own right; some of the immature messaging and content may wear on listeners, but songs like “Neglect” provide an introspective balance. Give it a go!