Lute is a 32 year old rapper from Charlotte, North Carolina who came up almost a decade ago as a member of the short-lived Forever FC as well as his debut mixtape West1996 a little bit after their disbandment. This would catch the attention of local legend J. Cole & he would sign Lute to his Interscope Records imprint Dreamville Records the very day the label dropped their 2nd showcase compilation Revenge of the Dreamers II in December of 2015. Fast forward to his full-length debut a couple years later being a respectable sequel to his breakout tape but now, he’s enlisting Rapper Big Pooh to oversee this sophomore album of his.
“100” is a dreamy boom bap opener about keeping it real whereas “G.E.D. (Gettin’ Every Dolla)” has a bit of a lush trap instrumental speaking on making the money. “Myself” addresses being extroverted with a meditative Trox beat, but then “Be Okay” has a bit of an R&B-flare optimistically looks forward to the future in the midst of dark times.
Meanwhile on “Eye to Eye”, we have Cozz tagging along for a piano ballad about how real recognizes real just before “Changes” vibrantly details that he’ll never switch up like a lot of other cats did. “Ghetto Love” is a decent romance cut that I can do without whereas “Amen” with fucking Little Brother gets on the boom bap tip takes another whack at it doing a much better job with it’s spiritual references.
Saba comes into the picture for “Birdsong” to talk about living how they want over an alluring vocal sample leading into the dusty, boastful “Flossin’” featuring Shady Records’ very own Westside Boogie & produced by Marco Polo. The song “Life” vulnerably details how he handled the hurdles 2020 threw at us while the penultimate track “Overnight” is a guitar ballad reminder that Rome wasn’t build in a day. “Crashing” serves as a cloudy finisher saying he’s been stuck in his ways & been in control of his own faith.
For anyone who enjoyed the West1996 duology, I think you’re gonna like Gold Mouf just as much if not even more. Big Pooh brings in a gang load of fresh faces behind the boards to demonstrate their talents, the features are well-picked & Lute’s at his most honest lyrically.