It seems to be a growing trend for artists to release deluxe versions of their albums. Sometimes, it can be a good thing, with Lil Uzi’s LUV Vs. The World 2 being a good example. In fact, I found it much more enjoyable than his highly anticipated Eternal Atake. Of course, deluxe’s can be a bad addition to a project as well, and there is no better example of this than NAV’s newly released Brown Boy 2.
Although the project is introduced with some promising songs, by the time Frequency rolls around, the album declines tremendously. Tracks start to blend together due to NAV’s lack of lyrical diversity, and his terrible lyricism which becomes too apparent to ignore. As I stated in my Good Intentions review, NAV lacks the ability to carry most songs by himself, so his saving grace is the features he includes. However, on this project where only two of the fourteen tracks include guest appearances (which aren’t even very good), it makes for a difficult listen.
In conclusion, there is not much to say about this album because it is so lack-luster. NAV recycles flows, instrumentals, and subject matter so much throughout the course of Brown Boy 2 that when a track ended and it moved onto the next one, I did not even realize it. Overall, this project felt like a compilation of throwaways that were strung together last minute to help Good Intentions debut at number one on the Billboard top 100.
Worst Tracks: Yessir, Frequently, Free Santana (feat. Lil Duke), Bag