Published Oct 15, 2018It's his debut collection of tracks branching off from the Migos, but Quavo necessarily grabs a handful of heavyweight features to help him carry the weight of his first solo album, Quavo Huncho. The Quality Control artist manages to beef up his project with healthy features from 21 Savage, Drake, Travis Scott, Kid Cudi, Davido and of course, labelmates Lil Baby, Offset and Takeoff. Impressively, Quavo Huncho also represents with a powerhouse of female features from Normani, Cardi B, Saweetie and Madonna. Yes, Madonna is on a Quavo track, and it's… interesting.
The album begins with the lackluster "Biggest Ally Oop," giving off the vibe that a solo Quavo track might be even more boring than expected. He successfully draws listeners back in with the 21 Savage-assisted "Pass Out," and even though his verse is just okay, it's good to have 21 back.
On the cheeky third track "Huncho Dreams," Quavo spills the tea with a nod to Nicki's "Barbie Dreams," where she playfully jokes "Somebody go and make sure Karrueche okay though. I heard she think I'm tryna give the coochie to Quavo." Quavo responds by revealing that he bought Nicki two Chanel bags, calling her out by name and eventually apologizing for any bad blood, "If I hurt your feelings, I am truly sorry, I'm straight out the jungle, no Safaree."
"Flip the Switch" wouldn't have been the same without Drizzy's touch, while "Workin Me" is one of the few tracks where Quavo holds his own without any features. The strip club anthem-worthy "Go All the Way" is another strong track where Huncho didn't need to hide behind another man's verse, boasting quotable lyrics like "What's up now? Pop out. If you a bad bitch, say Ow."
"Champagne Rosé" starts off with a hook from Madonna that has her sounding like an out-of-place robotic Geisha, and gets even weirder as she tries to rap, but ends up single-handedly making Auto-Tune uncool again. God bless Cardi B though. She comes in and saves the track, but with the shortest verse in Cardi B history.
"Fuck 12" is Quavo at his most woke. The song is introduced with a sample from a Malcolm X speech where he speaks on human rights and skin colour. Offset comes in hard with his verse alongside a punching hook that chants "Fuck 12! Fuck 12! Fuck 12!" This is the 2018 mumble rap version of "Fuck Tha Police" and to be honest, it's catchy and hard to hate.
Lil Baby snaps on "Lose It" while Travis Scott overshadows Quavo on the Huncho Jack reunion track "Rerun." By the end of the project, Quavo Huncho begins to feel more like a mixtape, with Quavo popping out to add a few unenergetic verses and repetitive adlibs rather than a strong solo debut. Quavo Huncho's individual features provide more of a draw than every solo track combined, proving that Quavo still needs some time to grow and develop as a solo artist. (Quality Control/Capitol/Motown/Epic)