Internet Money is a group of producers founded by Taz Taylor. They’ve risen quickly in mainstream hip hop, working with massive names like Post Malone and Juice WRLD. This week, they have released their first-ever compilation album titled “B4 The Storm”. With features from Wiz Khalifa, Don Tolliver, Future, and many more, will they be able to make the ultimate trap experience, or will it be just another generic record in a genre lacking creativity?
This album right here is a looming cloud of mediocrity and an unsuccessful attempt at garnering radio play, to put it bluntly. Internet Money has features galore on here, but the majority fail to make any sort of impression, good or bad, upon the listener. Each artist lacks originality, lyrical ability, or much else besides a decent flow. These artists’ one common saving grace is their melodic ability, which can make for a decent hook. The production is so dull and bland, I cannot tell you how many times I heard the exact same drums on a different song. By the time I was finished listening, I couldn’t differentiate 80% of the songs as they are all so similar, and it takes a strong verse (which this album mostly lacks) to make any track memorable. One of the only cuts that stood out to me was the intro “Message” with Ty Fontaine as his intense delivery made me falsely excited for what was to come.
Other notable moments were “Thrusting” with Swae Lee and Future and “Blastoff” with Trippie Redd and Juice WRLD. Swae Lee kills his vocals on “Thrusting”, and while the production is nothing special, it’s a much-needed change of pace. On “Blastoff”, the beat was just as boring as most of the production, but Juice had one of his best performances in recent memory. As a whole, the vocals and production are so messy its truly hard to pinpoint any of the records redeemable qualities.
In conclusion, “B4 The Storm” is one of the saddest attempts at a compilation album I have seen in a while. The lack of lyricism is expected from a record like this, but everything else is so lazy and unoriginal it hurts. When I tell people trap is dying, it is because of projects like these.