The launch of A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie’s latest album coincided with three holidays: Valentine’s Day, the fourth anniversary of his debut album, and his daughter’s birthday. As just mentioned, “Artist 2.0” is the clear successor to his first album simply titled, “Artist.” Packing in a whopping twenty tracks with features from Khalid, Lil Uzi Vert, Summer Walker, Young Thug, DaBaby, and others, it’s clear that A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie wanted to cover all the bases and leave his fans with plenty to chew on before going on a break from music.
In an interview with Billboard, Boogie had this to say when asked if he felt like the King of New York, “Realistically, I’m not there yet. I still have some growing [to do]. Until I feel comfortable to say it, I’m not saying it… I have the stats, but I’m not finished. I practiced. I didn’t master it. I mastered recording, I mastered certain things, but I didn’t master everything yet.” With his style flying around the industry and many feeling that other artists have been emulating the sound Boogie has pioneered for the past four years, Boogie had to work to establish his dominance with this powerful set.
He stats that building this album was more difficult than his past ones as he tried to balance his new and old sound while making sure he accounts for what his fans expects. He told The Rolling Stone that, “I couldn’t give them exactly what they wanted, because I can’t go back in time. They want the old me. No one can go back to the old you.” But given the overwhelmingly positive reception and millions of collective streams thus far, it’s safe to say that he nailed that balance perfectly.
Making sure to include a wide variety of style and influences, “Artist 2.0” goes down perfectly as the culmination of Boogie’s work so far and established the foundation for the legacy that will only continue to grow while he pursues his other ventures. When asked about the break, he says, “There’s a lot of things I want to do in life and it’s just moving too fast for me to focus on everything at once. But I will never let my fans down. When you need me most, I’ll be there.” Be sure to take the time to go through Artist 2.0 but be sure to not rush into it as it might be a while before new music comes in from A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie.