EST Gee has been on an insurmountable rise over the past few years. He’s arguably one of the best and most consistent bar-for-bar lyricists in rap right now, he comes from Louisville which isn’t widely known for its hip-hop output (which could very well be changing with the recent explosion of both Jack Harlow and EST Gee, among others), and most importantly, his music stands on a level of focus that very few artists are touching at the moment. Every new verse from Gee feels like he’s trying to bring the house down, and this concoction of deeply vivid street tales and hard-nosed deliveries has anointed Lousiville’s own as the next superstar in rap. Today, he places an exclamation point on an incredible run of albums over the past few years with his major label debut, Bigger Than Life Or Death.
After giving this one a thorough first-listen, I scrolled through Twitter this morning to read a tweet comparing the album to a project from the classic Gangsta Grillz series, known for its ability to bring out the most focused and hungry version of some of the best rappers alive. I don’t think I can come up with a better way to summarize this one. I’ve listened through the album a few times at this point, and have to come to realize that what makes Bigger Than Life Or Death so special is Gee’s dedication to the formula that has made him one of the most exciting rappers alive. On his major label debut – a project backed by serious money and resources, meant to shift him further into the spotlight – Gee triples down on his style rather than diluting it for mainstream appeal, leaving it all on the floor with one of the most thorough, consistent, vivid, and (I’ll say it again) downright hungry albums I’ve heard in recent memory. He’s worked for this moment for years, and now given the chance to put on a show with the world watching, Gee has delivered all that and then some with his latest album.
An all-star cast of Lil Baby, Future, Young Thug, 42 Dugg, Pooh Shiesty, Yo Gotti, and Rylo Rodriguez all make appearances, and with the exception of just 5 songs, a majority of the production on the album is handled by EST Gee’s main producer, ForeveRolling, whose tag has become synonymous with many of EST Gee’s best performances.
To break this one down track-by-track would almost take away from the listening experience, so I’m going to let the music speak for itself here. EST Gee is the one, and Bigger Than Life Or Death is the action-packed debut that declares such. Give this one a few listens at the link below, and be sure to pay close attention the lyrics. I truly can’t name many other artists doing it like EST Gee right now.