LOLA ETHRIDGE/ Staff Writer
Offsets solo album Father of 4 has arrived. Streaming on all platforms, the rapper dropped his first solo studio album on 22 February at 1AM. The album is stacked full with impressive features including Cardi B, Travis Scott, 21 Savage, J Cole and more. This lineup created much anticipation surrounding Father of 4. I too was very interested in what this album would offer, considering it was not only postponed, but is Offset’s first attempt at going solo.
While the Migos are not in my absolute favorite genre of hip-hop, I have always loved them as a guilty pleasure and appreciated their ability to hook listeners with a complex beat and touch on topics ranging from drug use and money to sex and parenthood. I was looking forward to seeing how Offset would bring those elements, and differences, of his own into his solo work.
The album is written as a story through his journey from boyhood to manhood, rags to riches, and his attempt to be a better man for his children. While he aims to tell a tale through time, this concept does not land. Offset is very allusive and oblique in his lyrics about his personal life, leaving much to be desired as the album goes on. His title track serves as an apology to his four children for his sins and inconsistencies. He calls his children by name again and again to honor their apologies. And while the album overall is vague, the further in the deeper and more vivid the imagery gets as it is scattered through the album. In his track entitled “Don’t lose me”, he speaks on his recent Grammy winning wife, Cardi B and their relationship highs and lows. These themes of guilt and love show that Offset is trying to get more personal in his music as he is very private in the public eye.
When Offset takes the focus off his children and wife, he gets a bit more jumbled and directionless. In his track “North Star” Cee Lo appears as a feature. Comparing himself to the North Star comes across as more silly and not well thought out rather than resilient. Offset goes on to use not unbearable, somewhat predictable rhyme schemes and cliches but because of his cadence and smooth delivery, Offset compensates for the seemingly average flow. My favorite track off the album is “Tats On My Face”. With a somewhat ominous and gritty beat, this song takes a stance as a stand out on the album. Overall, Offset is a powerful artist. With experience and swag, honestly anything with him on it is enjoyable. Is this album a classic? No. To me, this album was not done cooking, and while elements of Father Of 4 are excellent with catchy and cutting edge beats and features galore, it just sounds like it could have been better with more time and revision to liven upon the dullness of some verses and concepts.