Yeat – “Aftërlyfe” review

This is the 3rd full-length album from Portland rapper Yeat. Coming up in 2018 off his debut EP Deep Blue $trips, he would followed up with 2 mixtapes & 3 more EPs before beginning to dominate the mainstream in 2021 whether it be him dropping a total of 4 projects (2 mixtapes, an EP & a debut album) or cosigns from the likes of Drake & Earl Sweatshirt. He eventually signed to Geffen Records, who backed his sophomore effort albeit major label debut 2 Alivë a little over a year ago & then a deluxe EP Gëek Pack shortly after. But coming off “Rich Minion” & his 5th mixtape Lyfë last summer, Yeat’s picking up where he left off with the Aftërlyfe.

“No morë talk” opens things up with some farty synthesizers & hi-hats talking about riding with his demons whereas “Shmunk” embraces the rage as the only legitimate feature on the album YoungBoy Never Broke Again tags along so they can flex their mob ties. “Bëttr 0ff” admits that he could give a fuck less of what others say & has no time for the fuss over a bell-infused trap instrumental from Bugz Ronin, but then “Rav3 P4rty” has a more dance influence to it courtesy of dulio talking about being on the edge.

Meanwhile on “Nun id change”, we have Yeat over a more robotic instrumental wishing that he could feel leading into “Woa…!” talking about how he ain’t friendly nor does he leave the crib without the strap over a wavy trap beat. “Now” comes through with an experimental sound confessing he hears voices when geeking just before “Slamm” throws it back to his earlier work sonically as dude steps on his opposition.

“7 nightz” comes through with some additional synths & hi-hats estimating that he’s been fucked up under the influence for about a week while “Mëan feen” is a piano trap ballad coming around shootin’ & slidin’ all over town. “How it go” is a dedication to the lifestyle that he lives today over a vigorous instrumental while “Sum 2 do” brings back the rage beats so he can remind everyone that he’s the one shaking the game up.

Moving on to “Back up”, things take a more cavernous tone instrumentally as Yeat admits that he’s relapsed on percs while “Split” comes through with an explosive hypertrap jam dedicated to Bentleys & women who want to be as rich as him. The self-produced “Bad bënd (DëMON)” was actually recorded 2 years ago yet it stands as a favorite of mine in the track-listing from the intoxicating beat to the lyrics about doing whatever he wants while “Hëavyweight” declares himself as champion over some bass & hi-hats.

“Watch” has a more minimal sound this time around as he advises those to sit back & see how he does it when he drops while “Shhhh” has a booming bass-line talking about being nowhere near the same level as anyone else in the game. “Back homë” is an acoustic trap cut comparing & contrasting his life then & now while the song “Type monëy” finds him swerving over a melodic beat. The penultimate track “Dëmon tied” opens up about the Devil watching his eyes over a hazy instrumental & “Mysëlf” ends things to a tribute to being true to oneself with a beat kin to “Can’t Stop It”.

This was actually a bit different than what I normally expect to hear from Yeat, but I most certainly welcome it & am curious to hear if he continues to go down this rabbit hole later on in the year. His knack for catchy songwriting remains in tact as the production this time around is significantly more experimental than his previous efforts & the 3 alter egos that he introduces throughout each have their own uniquely distinct characteristics.

Score: 3.5/5

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