The Brooklyn-bred Pop Smoke returns with his second project Meet the Woo 2. The original Meet the Woo tape was a solid introduction to the bubbling grime/drill rapper with 2 of his biggest singles to this date in “Dior” and “Welcome to the Party”.
Smoke’s second time around he has 13 songs on the basic version with an extra 3 on the deluxe. The almost doubled tracklist is one difference from his first project, another being this tape is riddled with big features left and right. Smoke managed to get features from Atlanta juggernauts with the Migos’ Quavo on “Shake the Room” and YSL Records Gunna on the Remix of “Dior”. The tape is also scattered with a lot of buzzing New York rappers as well, with Lil Tjay showing up on “Mannequin” and a bonus track “War”. A Boogie had a verse on “Foreigner” and Fivio Foriegn showed out on his verse on personally one of my favorite tracks on the project “Sweetheart”.
The highlights of this tape come from the off-putting caidence of every single track, which is a trademark of Pop Smoke. The beat selection is the strongest part of the tape followed by the ad-lib ridden verses from Pop Smoke. The “weakest” point of the project is the congruence from track to track for the average Hip-Hop fan. This is a drill-tape with nothing but a lot of party songs that don’t try too hard to be a bunch of different things.
This lane that Pop Smoke has been able to carve out over the past year is something that is highlighted in Meet the Woo 2. The tape highlights his ability to coincide and go bar to bar with some of his contemporaries in Gunna and Quavo, over these untraditional beats and shine with his delivery and contagious flow.
Album Rating: 8.5/10
Review By: Amir Wright