Evil Genius (album)

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Evil Genius
Gucci Mane - Evil Genius.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 7, 2018
Genre
Length50:38
Label
Producer
Gucci Mane chronology
El Gato: The Human Glacier
(2017)
Evil Genius
(2018)
Delusions of Grandeur
(2019)
Singles from Evil Genius
  1. "Solitaire"
    Released: March 2, 2018
  2. "Kept Back"
    Released: August 9, 2018
  3. "Wake Up in the Sky"
    Released: September 14, 2018

Evil Genius is the thirteenth studio album by American rapper Gucci Mane. It was released on December 7, 2018, by Atlantic Records and GUWOP Enterprises.[1] The album features guest appearances from Quavo, 21 Savage, YoungBoy Never Broke Again, Kevin Gates, Bruno Mars, Kodak Black, Migos, Lil Yachty, Lil Skies, and Lil Pump, while the production was handled by Southside, Metro Boomin, Murda Beatz, Honorable C.N.O.T.E. and OG Parker, among others.[2]

The album is supported by four singles: "Solitaire" featuring Migos and Lil Yachty, "Kept Back" featuring Lil Pump, and "Wake Up in the Sky" with Bruno Mars and Kodak Black, and "Bipolar" featuring Quavo of Migos.

Background[edit]

Less than a week after releasing his twelfth album El Gato: The Human Glacier, Gucci Mane announced his next album titled "The Evil Genius".[3]

During an interview with Billboard, Gucci Mane spoke about the progress of album:

In an interview with Zane Lowe, Gucci Mane revealed production from Metro Boomin, Southside, and Honorable C.N.O.T.E. and guest appearances from Offset, Quavo, 21 Savage, Kevin Gates and YoungBoy Never Broke Again.[5]

On November 6, 2018, the album's release date was announced, alongside the revealing of the tracklist.[6]

On November 27, 2018, the cover art was revealed via Instagram, with a short album teaser on Twitter.[7]

Promotion[edit]

The album's lead single, "Solitaire" featuring Migos and Lil Yachty, was released on March 2, 2018.[8] The music video was released on May 22, 2018.[9]

Followed by the second single and the album’s bonus single, "Kept Back" featuring Lil Pump[10] was released on August 9, 2018 and the music video was released on October 17, 2018 for Mane’s “National 1017 Day” to celebrate the day in 2017 he married Jamaican model Keyshia Ka’oir. The third single is called "Wake Up in the Sky" with Bruno Mars and Kodak Black on September 14, 2018.[11] The music video was released on October 31, 2018.[12]

"I'm Not Goin'" featuring Kevin Gates, was released as the first promotional single on November 15, 2018, along with the music video.[13]

"Bipolar" featuring Quavo, was released as the second promotional single on November 30, 2018.[14]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic78/100[15]
Review scores
SourceRating
Consequence of SoundC+[16]
Exclaim!8/10[17]
HipHopDX3.6/5[18]
NME5/5 stars[19]
Pitchfork6.5/10[20]

Evil Genius received generally positive reviews from critics. Evan Rytlewski of Pitchfork generally praised the album, giving it a 6.5 out of 10, but noted that although "it's one of his most considered and carefully curated projects, Gucci plays it uncharacteristically safe for most of it."[21] Aaron Williams of Uproxx praised Gucci's effort, saying that "On his latest project, Gucci Mane may not break much new ground, but he's reached the point in his career where he doesn't really need to, because he already has."[22]

Commercial performance[edit]

Evil Genius debuted at number five on the US Billboard 200 chart, earning 51,000 album-equivalent units (with 5,000 in traditional album sales) in its first week, becoming Gucci Mane's fifth top-ten album on the chart.[23]

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[24]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Off the Boat"
3:45
2."By Myself"
  • Davis
  • Massey
  • Marii Beatz
  • Bone The Producer
2:54
3."BiPolar" (featuring Quavo)
3:34
4."Just Like It" (featuring 21 Savage)3:03
5."Cold Shoulder" (featuring YoungBoy Never Broke Again)
Earl the Pearll3:19
6."On God"
2:06
7."Father's Day"
1:51
8."Outta Proportion"
  • Davis
  • Chris Rosser
Quay Global2:24
9."Lost Y'all Mind" (featuring Quavo)
  • Davis
  • Courtland Johnson
  • Marshall
Spiffy Global2:35
10."I'm Not Goin'" (featuring Kevin Gates)
3:16
11."Wake Up in the Sky" (with Bruno Mars and Kodak Black)
3:23
12."Solitaire" (featuring Migos and Lil Yachty)
2:16
13."This the Night"
  • Davis
  • Luellen
  • Robert Curti
  • Southside
  • Swede
2:48
14."Mad Russian" (featuring Lil Skies)
  • Murda Beatz
  • Rex Kudo
2:21
15."Hard Feelings"
2:46
16."Lord"
  • Davis
  • Luellen
  • Avery
  • Martinez
  • Southside
  • DY
2:34
17."Money Callin"
  • Davis
  • Johnson
Spiffy Global2:46
18."Kept Back" (featuring Lil Pump) (bonus track)
Murda Beatz2:57
Total length:50:38

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[24]

  • Eddie "eMIX" Hernandez – mixing (tracks 7, 15)
  • Serban Ghenea – mixing (track 11)
  • Kori Anders – mixing (track 12)
  • Colin Leonard – mastering (tracks 7, 12, 15)

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[25] 142
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[26] 15
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[27] 49
French Albums (SNEP)[28] 149
US Billboard 200[29] 5
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[30] 3

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Zidel, Alex (November 6, 2018). "Gucci Mane Teases "Evil Genius" Tracklist With Quavo, 21 Savage, & More". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  3. ^ A., Aron (December 28, 2017). "Gucci Mane Announces New Album "The Evil Genius"". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  4. ^ A., Aron (June 27, 2018). "Gucci Mane Says He Trying To Make "Evil Genius" One Of His Best Project Ever". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
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  9. ^ A., Aron (May 22, 2018). "Gucci Mane, Migos & Lil Yachty Get Iced Out For "Solitaire" Music Video". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
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  11. ^ Goddard, Kevin (September 14, 2018). "Gucci Mane, Bruno Mars & Kodak Black Team Up For New Song "Wake Up In The Sky"". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  12. ^ Zidel, Alex (October 31, 2018). "Gucci Mane, Kodak Black & Bruno Mars Are Vintage Soul Stars In "Wake Up In The Sky"". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
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