Following up his 2020 album, Bankroll Freddie’s newest effort feels like a restart for him. There’s a new fire here that was lacking on his previous effort Big Bank, as this new one is wall to wall on fire tracks. Assisted by the likes of Money Man, Lil Baby, Icewear Vezzo & members of the PRE label, this comes across as one of his more ambitious releases.
On this album, Bankroll Freddie feels like he’s entered more of an OG role. Recalling stories of the years of trapping, he looks back at how far he’s come as a bit of a warning to others that are trying to do the same. “Trap Stories” captures this perfectly, as he recounts the years of making it happen to where he’s at now. He’s able to go into further details on songs like “Da Truth” where he describes the jail time he had to serve along the way.
Bankroll Freddie – Trap Stories
Its possible this stance could have been born out his experiences with Young Dolph. Having a track as far back with him as his first mixtape, there has been a bit of an influence on his music from him. Here its clearer than ever, as this new album sees another team up between them on “Water.” Their chemistry is as strong as ever, as the two rap play off of their jewelry flexes.
Even though this is the only collab on the tape, Dolph’s touches can be felt on other tracks. There is a Paper Route Empire team up on “Pandemic Boys,” seeing the likes of Big Moochie Grape & Kenny Muney. Over a speedy piano beat, some of the best beats Big Moochie Grape goes over, the three of them kill the track with their relentless flows. Seeing the members of Dolph’s label still rapping like its nothing shows off how good an ear Dolph had for talent.
Bankroll Freddie – Pandemic Boys (ft. Kenny Muney & Big Moochie Grape)
It all comes together on “Letter to Dolph.” Dedicated to Dolph, Bankroll Freddie’s tribute is just as strong as his more known closer collaborators. Thinking about what he would’ve done for him in that moment, he also thanks Dolph for the advice he gave him along the way. All over a church choir beat with a vocoder outro, it feels like a heavenly send off to one of the greats.
With this newfound fire within him, Bankroll Freddie sounds as fresh as the day he came out. This album feels like a tease, as there feels like there are so many more stories to tell. A quick peak into his life is sure to capture many, and if not those, the more heartfelt tracks like “Letter 2 Dolph” are sure to do the job. If anything is for sure, Freddie has a long career ahead of him.