At face value, the collaboration between multi-platinum producer !llmind and Guapdad 4000 seems experimental. But !llmind, who has produced for artists such as ScHoolboy Q and Logic, provides the perfect backdrop for the Oakland-bred rapper to showcase his Filipino-pride on 1176.
Overflowing creative synergy, 1176 showcases !llmindâ€™s adaptive skillset while also spotlighting the self-proclaimed â€œVersace Velociraptorâ€ in his eccentric element, rapping about cultural delicacies like â€œAdobo Chickenâ€ and his introduction to hustling on â€œMuhammad.â€
1176, which Guapdad 4000 explained was the numeric address to his childhood home in an Instagram post on Tuesday (March 17), is an album that summarizes the 28-year-oldâ€™s experience as, â€œA Black & Filipino kid from West Oakland , CA.â€
Guapdad minimizes the scam-rap antics throughout 1176. Across all 14-tracks, Guap provides meaningful commentary to compliment his concepts, which range from hood tales of chasing women and money, to going broke to buy designer and finding his identity as a mixed kid running the streets. As a result, both !llmind and Guapdad 4000 deliver inventive performances, as the â€œLil Scammer That Couldâ€ rapper twists his hybrid rap-sung punchlines over the New Jersey nativeâ€™s diverse sounds.
â€œHow Many,â€ is one of the first examples of a mutual energy exchange, as Guapdad 4000 opens up about his scamming past over the nostalgic beat !llmind cooked-up. As the 808 drums pound and Guapdad delivers his signature raspy rap-sung vocals, the mash-up of these two artistâ€™s sets the tone for the project and invites listeners to lean in.
The celebration of the intersection of Filipino and Black culture begin as the pair turn up on a sequence of sure-fire playlist additions. â€œShe Wannaâ€ featuring Guapâ€™s longtime brother-from-another, Filipino American rapper P-Lo, serves up the hyphy vibes and gets a boost from the bouncy Bay Area materialistic bop â€œCatching Bodies.â€ !llmind also shows out on the banger â€œBig Shotâ€ by gifting Guapdad 4000 the perfect opportunity to floss the new wins he and the scamily are enjoying.
â€œChandlerâ€ keeps pace and picks up from the same point of ridiculous flexing that led to Guapdadâ€™s Grammy-Award winning effort on Dreamvilleâ€™s Revenge Of The Dreamers III album posse-cut â€œCosta Rica.â€ Records like â€œTouch Doughâ€ also briefly resurrect his larger-than-life, silver-tongued scammer-friendly raps, lending 1176 a balanced, yet undeniable energy. By this point in the project, 1176 begins to depict the affect of â€œYay Areaâ€ culture lexicons like rap duo Luniz, on Guapdad 4000 at a young age.
Guapdad dives deeper into the environmental elements that shaped his bold style on the storytelling track â€œUncle Ricky.â€ His menacing verses and street aware metaphors make Guapdadâ€™s bars hit harder than any point on the album, thus far. â€œPlaystationâ€ is also another earnest highlight of the album because of how Guapdad 4000 expands on the strain of chasing his dreams while leaving loved oneâ€™s like his immigrant mother and grandmother behind.
Comprised of catchy, light and airy cadences â€œAdobo Chickenâ€ is a hearty tie-in for the album. The idea Guapdad 4000 is making cash while rapping about how to, â€œMake it in America,â€ as a bi-racial rapper over Filipino producer !llmindâ€™s beat, is like the ultimate personification of of Americaâ€™s â€œMelting potâ€ moniker â€” and is equally evocative of the relationship between !llmind and Guapdad 4000 on 1176.
The main downfall of 1176 is purely rooted in Guapdad 4000â€™s skillset. The true level of lyrical difficulty within this loosely-based concept album is somewhat masked by !llmindâ€™s standout production. 1176 also doesnâ€™t necessarily showcase Guapdad 4000 breaking any of his own artistic barriers â€” heâ€™s basically refined what he is good at stayed within those parameters for the majority of the project.
Guapdad 4000 â€” â€œCatching Bodiesâ€