A Boogie Delivers on His Debut Album


Album artwork from “The Bigger Artist,” by A Boogie with the Hoodie, released by Highbridge The Label

Dominic Costa, Staff Writer

Born Artist Dubose, New York rapper A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie has been quickly gaining popularity over the past year.  After gaining a massive following on Soundcloud and finding success with his mixtape, it was only a matter of time before Dubose released a full album.  On September 29th, 2017, he released his debut album “The Bigger Artist.” Through this album, he analyzes his wealth, fame, and sense of self.

The album starts strong with “No Promises.” Dubose raps about a relationship that failed, despite how well he treated the woman.  He explains the struggles of living a wealthy lifestyle, such as, an inability to make promises.


“I made a milli in less than a year and I blew that on stupid ****.

Typed it in like ‘How to make a milli’ I used to google it.”


He continues to talk about how far ahead of everyone else he is with the help of 21 Savage on “Undefeated.” He explains in the infectious hook that his wealth is catching up to him, and he feels alone. “Undefeated” is followed by “Drowning,” which reached #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 after its release as a single earlier this year.  On this track, A Boogie enlists Kodak Black.  Kodak Black raps over an emotional piano riff, he projects his feelings, as if he’s drowning in his money, jewelry, and fame. He also discusses the challenges he’s overcome as a musician and a person.


We went from chillin’ in the projects, to making projects.

We was tryna get to the top and they tried to stop us.”


It says a lot about the album and A Boogie’s consistency that despite how good “Drowning” is, it still has competition as far as being the best song on the album. “No Comparison” is another great song, in which Metro Boomin provides an impressive beat for A Boogie to show off his lyrical strength. He explains how no one compares to him in one of the album’s more energetic songs.


“Look at my chain, I embarrass em,

…It ain’t no comparison.”


About halfway through the album, it transitions into a series of surprisingly strong emotional R&B songs. These songs bring some major features with them, like Chris Brown and Robin Thicke. A standout track from this is “Stalking You,” a ballad about how A Boogie feels like he is stalking a girl on social media.


And I swear, that’s why I’m watching your snaps

I’m stuck on your Instagram

And girl, I don’t even follow you, I can’t

Too busy calling you back, sometimes I don’t understand

I feel like I’m stalking you”


In “The Bigger Artist,” A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie proves that he is in fact a bigger artist than he was when he released his debut mixtape, “Artist.” This is a great album to listen to while doing homework, working out, or just relaxing. Even if you’re not a fan of his previous music or haven’t even heard of A Boogie before, you should give this album a shot.