“Still Ain’t No Fun” is a hip-hop album by artist Tragman. Over the course of thirteen tracks, Tragman and his crew light up the show with their wordplay, nostalgic rap styles, and stellar production. The themes and subject matter of Still Ain’t No Fun stay coherent, but the production of the songs changes to incorporate different sounds and instruments. I enjoyed what they brought to the table and longed to hear more of it.
The album opens up with Cash Out. It is an energetic start to the album where the central theme is making money. It invokes nostalgia from the early 2000s, and it’s all about doing what it takes. I enjoyed Tragman’s focus on clear and precise delivery. His chemistry with Rachet Princess really paid off as her verse added depth to the song. COB/RSM was another bold addition to the album with minimal instrumental and slight trap vibes. Tragman and Ya Boy Dee had contrasting rapping styles that fleshed out the song’s identity a bit more. Outta Pocket was where I noticed the production change a bit, and a darker vibe was incorporated in the overall tone. I loved how Tragman started the song and quickly made the point that it was about the opps running out of money to really give any competition. It was a song where everybody from the crew showcased their particular strengths and served as their brief introduction. The hook was also a nice touch. Gangstaz had a slow and laidback vibe to it. It had many references to 1990s gangsta rap and it was touching to see Tragman pay tribute to the legends that came before him. Ygd Tha Top Dogg had an inescapable Snoop Dogg influence that added even more character to the song. No Guarantee was where Tragman’s rapping took center stage, and Demetrius’s feature brought in clarity as well as wordplay. They delved deep into the idea of no guaranteed survival during the come up.
Hustla Prayer was a laidback and spiritual song where the immediate atmosphere invoked a darker aesthetic. Tragman’s storytelling was immaculate here. Once in a Lifetime carried a strong soul influence where Tragman shows his more vulnerable and introspective side. Julius comes in with fresh wordplay (I really loved the Queens bar) that changes up the rhythm. Ride had a spacey and modern vibe with a trance-inducing hook. It was a different sound than the rest of the song, and I appreciated the switch up. Tragman knows it’s not always about sticking to one sound but using different sounds to focus on a set of messages. Nobody Cares delves into police brutality and racial tension. The angle taken here was one that was serious and solemn. Peaceful incorporated matured sampling and had a strong boom bap flow to it. Fly Away is a fun song that is about getting high. It hints at escapism through marijuana and delves slightly in that direction. The last two songs, Dirty Scandrals and Still Ain’t No Fun end the album on the strong note. Still Ain’t No Fun capitalizes on one of the album’s themes of paying tribute to legends prior through its lo-fi influence infused with a strong G-funk vibe. It closed on a memorable note and served as a fitting ending.
I enjoyed listening to Still Ain’t No Fun. If you want to delve into nostalgia and listen to a passionate crew about their craft, go ahead and give this album a lesson.