Gunna Continues Winning Streak On ‘Wunna’

Gunna Continues Winning Streak On ‘Wunna’

Atlanta has been on fire, especially as of recent time. Last week, Future released his album, High Off Life. The album sold 170,000-185,000 units in the first week, which is the highest selling debut of Future’s career. This was his 8th studio album, and his seventh No. 1 album debut on the Billboard 200 chart. Trying to follow that up is difficult to do. With Future releasing last week, it was Gunna’s turn to drop his album. ‘Wunna’ is the Atlanta rapper’s second studio album, and it debuted at number 1 on Billboard this week.

Gunna had a breakout in the year 2018, when he released his mixtape Drip Season 3, which featured verses from Lil Uzi Vert, NAV, Young Thug, and Lil Yachty among many others. The YSL Records signed artist followed his solo project with a collaborative mixtape with frequent collaborator, Lil Baby. The project was titled Drip Harder, and it featured breakout songs such as “Never Recover” featuring Drake & “Drip Too Hard” which was nominated for a Grammy at the 2020 Grammy Awards for Best Rap/Sung performance. He then went on to be on the cover of XXL for the 2019 Freshman Class. As of late, Gunna has been the feature king when it comes to assisting other artists with verses or hooks. Young Thug’s “Hot”, Roddy Ricch’s “Start wit Me”, and Lil Baby’s “Heatin Up” are all stand out features for the Atlanta MC. 

The album title, Wunna, actually has a deeper meaning to it. It’s an acronym that stands for “Wealthy Unapologetic N***a Naturally Authentic”. It’s an alter-ego based on the rapper’s astronomical sign that correlates with the album’s artwork. The album itself is 18-tracks long, and it includes two singles “Skybox” & “Wunna”, which are back-to-back on the track listing. Some of the songs have been previewed before, which has left diehard fans anxious to hear the final product. Track 5, “Dollaz On My Head” produced by Mike WiLL Made-It & featuring Young Thug, was first featured on Instagram Live back in March of 2019. Track 17, “Do Better” has been teased multiple times since the summer of 2019. Right after the last album released, Gunna started working on this project, while on tour. 

Wheezy has multiple production credits. Other credited producers include Tay Keith, Taurus, Turbo, and Keyyz, among others. “Cooler Than A Bitch” featuring Roddy Ricch, was destined to be a hit before even clicking play. The two both delivered on the Dunk Rock & TrePounds produced instrumental. Interscope Records artist, Nechie has been featured on Gunna projects since his debut mixtape back in 2016. The two rap about adderall, and drugs in general, on the track “Addys”. Houston’s Travis Scott has put out his best music of the year in the last couple of weeks, and he continues that run on “Top Floor”. Lil Baby & Gunna shines as usual on “Blindfold”. Young Thug is featured for the second time on “Far”. Gunna shines on most of his solo tracks as well including “Met Gala”, “I’m On Some”, “Nasty Girl / On Camera” and “Feigning”. Gunna is waterskiing on beats, always dripping, but never once drowning.

This is a version of Gunna we haven’t heard before, a more mainstream approach than he has previously. This correlates to where he is currently at in life. With Future dropping last week, Gunna this week, and Lil Yachty next week, the Peach State remains in good, sanitized hands.

Noah Soria

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