Without Warning (21 Savage, Offset and Metro Boomin album)

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Without Warning
21 Savage, Offset & Metro Boomin - Without Warning.png
Studio album by 21 Savage, Offset and Metro Boomin
Released October 31, 2017
Recorded 2017
Genre
Length 33:22
Label
Producer
21 Savage chronology
Issa Album
(2017)
Without Warning
(2017)
Offset chronology
Without Warning
(2017)
Metro Boomin chronology
Perfect Timing
(2017)
Without Warning
(2017)
Double or Nothing
(2017)
Singles from Without Warning
  1. "Ric Flair Drip"
    Released: October 31, 2017[1]

Without Warning is a collaborative studio album by American rappers 21 Savage, Offset and record producer Metro Boomin. The album was released on October 31, 2017, by Slaughter Gang, Epic Records, Quality Control Music, Motown, Capitol Records, Boominati Worldwide and Republic Records.[2] It features guest appearances from Travis Scott and Quavo. Meanwhile, the album's production was handled primarily by Metro Boomin, alongside Bijan Amir, Cubeatz, Dre Moon and Southside. Without Warning charted at number four on the US Billboard 200, and received generally positive reviews from critics.

Background[edit]

On October 30, 2017, Epic Records was announced Without Warning, along with the album's collaborators.[3][4]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?7.4/10[5]
Metacritic78/100[6]
Review scores
SourceRating
Consequence of SoundB+[7]
Exclaim!7/10[8]
HipHopDX2.8/5[9]
HotNewHipHop84%[10]
Pitchfork8.0/10[11]
Pretty Much AmazingB+[12]
RapReviews.com6/10[13]
XXL4/5[14]

Without Warning received generally positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 78, based on nine reviews.[6] Sheldon Pearce of Pitchfork praised the chemistry between the rappers, its Halloween aesthetic and Metro Boomin's production, stating: "It's short and cohesive, an enjoyable and uncomplicated 33 minutes of sheer exhilaration, filled with stings, itches, and cold chills. In one form or another, the collaboration comes as a surprise to all of us, arriving suddenly and carrying within the electricity and satisfaction of a good scare."[11] Marshall Gu of Pretty Much Amazing said, "The best song comes early in "Ghostface Killers", with an excellent rapped chorus from Offset that's been running through my head since the tape dropped and Travis Scott sounding excellent as always even if he doesn't say much anything at all."[12] Gary Suarez of Consequence of Sound said, "Where the Super Slimey too often felt like a requisite Xanax-blasted victory lap, one notably soft on hooks [...], Without Warning exudes vitality and menace."[7] Online publication HotNewHipHop stated that Without Warning is "the rap equivalent of a slasher flick: gory, over-the-top, and a lot of fucking fun. Most of the horror vibe comes from Metro, who expertly throws in demented laughing, chainsaws, gunshots, wolf howls, creepy music boxes, and Rosemary's Baby-level haunting backing vocals as backing tracks to his instrumentals. And goddamn, those instrumentals. Big bells, eerie piano, reverby bass, and sci-fi synths set the tone, but the way he deploys them shows the most progress. There are no predictable build-ups, and the way he tailors the ins and outs of his beats to each rappers' flows and emphases is impeccable."[10] Chris Gibbons of XXL said, "Without Warning is more than a Halloween novelty. Offset and 21 Savage turn their differences in delivery into an undeniable chemistry, while Metro Boomin's production gives the project a proper Halloween-inspired sound so their comparisons to classic villains like Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees aren't in vain."[14]

Andrew Matson of Mass Appeal gave the album a favourable review, commenting: "It's a bit weird to joyfully toast an album that's so dark, and contains a lot of murder/guns talk. But what's most apparent here is two artists in love with their art, rapping from gangster/villain points of view. Both are experiencing crazy levels of success they might never have imagined, both are carving their own unique lanes through rap while staying true to their styles. It seems to have worked out naturally that they make music that can be extremely Halloween-ish, and that's the day we get Without Warning. What else can you say about why this project works? Sometimes shit lines up, and that's a beautiful thing."[15] In a mixed review, HipHopDX's Trent Clark stated: "Like most projects that get recorded without the guise of a meticulous A&R, Without Warning's billing never exceeds the expectations of any artist—rapper or producer—let alone offer a glimpse of what allows these individuals to rank amongst 2017 Hip Hop's most popular figures."[9]

Accolades[edit]

Publication Accolade Rank Ref.
Billboard Billboard's 50 Best Albums of 2017
49
Complex The Best Albums of 2017
40

Commercial performance[edit]

Without Warning debuted at number four on the US Billboard 200 with 53,000 album-equivalent units, 11,000 of which were pure album sales.[18] It is 21 Savage's second top 10 album, and Offset (as a solo artist) and Metro Boomin's first top 10 album.[18]

Track listing[edit]

Credits were adapted from Tidal.[19]

Without Warning[2]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Ghostface Killers" (featuring Travis Scott)Metro Boomin4:28
2."Rap Saved Me" (featuring Quavo)
Metro Boomin4:17
3."Ric Flair Drip" (performed by Offset and Metro Boomin)
  • Cephus
  • Wayne
  • Bijan Amirkhani
  • Metro Boomin
  • Bijan Amir
2:52
4."My Choppa Hate Niggas" (performed by 21 Savage and Metro Boomin)
2:28
5."Nightmare" (performed by Offset and Metro Boomin)
  • Cephus
  • Wayne
Metro Boomin2:27
6."Mad Stalkers"
3:22
7."Disrespectful"
  • Joseph
  • Cephus
  • Wayne
Metro Boomin2:40
8."Run Up the Racks" (performed by 21 Savage and Metro Boomin)
3:09
9."Still Serving"
  • Joseph
  • Cephus
  • Wayne
  • K. Gomringer
  • T. Gomringer
  • Metro Boomin
  • Cubeatz
3:51
10."Darth Vader"
  • Joseph
  • Cephus
  • Wayne
Metro Boomin3:48
Total length:33:22

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[21] 39
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[22] 49
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[23] 101
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[24] 5
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[25] 8
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[26] 24
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[27] 13
French Albums (SNEP)[28] 76
Italian Albums (FIMI)[29] 77
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[30] 15
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[31] 7
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[32] 13
UK Albums (OCC)[33] 41
US Billboard 200[18] 4

References[edit]

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