One of New York’s most adored hip-hop stars in the last decade is back to reclaim his throne.
On Sept. 5, A Boogie wit da Hoodie took to social media to share with fans that his new album Me vs. Myself was initially set to drop on Nov. 4, making it his first full-length project since before the COVID-19 pandemic began.
However, after Drake and 21 Savage announced they were changing the release date of their now-beloved Her Loss collab album from Oct. 28 to Nov. 4, A Boogie figured he’d also delay his project. On Halloween (Oct. 31), A Boogie jokingly announced via Instagram story that he had moved his album’s release to Dec. 9, over a month later than it was expected to drop.
Now, all the waiting is over. At midnight ET on Dec. 9, A Boogie wit da Hoodie dropped his fourth full-length studio album Me vs. Myself, spanning an hour and 9 minutes.
Then out of nowhere, A Boogie came right back the next Monday (Dec. 12) for the MvM deluxe, which only includes one song. As a tribute to the slain PnB Rock, three days after what would have been his 31st birthday (Dec. 9), A Boogie added their collaboration “Needed That” to DSPs. Simultaneously with this release, 4 Shooters Only put out a From The Block live performance for the track, where A Boogie croons atop a bridge late at night in NYC.
Caping off his extensive rollout last week on Dec. 6, which happened to be his 27th birthday, A Boogie dropped the LP’s seventh and final single. Celebrating another year around the sun, he delivered the sequel to his biggest career hit titled “Water (Drowning Pt. 2),” which sees him reunite with Kodak Black, who was the star feature on the first rendition of the track in 2017.
A day before this, the New Yorker revealed the 22-song track list for Me vs. Myself on Monday (Dec. 5). Within the song list, seven pre-released singles like “24 Hours (feat. Lil Durk)” and “Man in the Mirror” from his 2021 7-song EP B4 AVA appear, as well as his April 2022 single “Playa (feat. H.E.R.)” as a bonus track. Additionally, another guest verse from Lil Durk is included in the LP, along with features from G Herbo and Don Q.
As part of the rollout, A Boogie released the promotional single “Take Shots” on Oct. 21, which features Tory Lanez and was accompanied by a music video three days later (Oct. 24). As a song that A Boogie had teased previously and that fans had been dying to hear, “Take Shots” is another heater that’s right up the New Yorker’s alley.
Over a slick guitar loop and infectious drums, A Boogie’s crooned bars like “I took too many tonight is a movie” and “we can do a trio, me, you and your migo” build the perfect atmosphere for a drunk night. On top of this, Tory’s dynamic verse where he switches from a high-pitched sung flow to a more stern rapping voice depict the mindset of taking a girl home after a night out.
French bitch from Montana, told her I’ma Shmurda dance in that coochie
Look, f**k all that singing shit, let’s keep it raw and rugged
I wanna see you take shots ’til your body’s all in my covers
And your friends threesoming, they talkin’ all these discussions
And we at the table speakin’ who freaky and doin’ what when we back at the spot“Take Shots” — A Boogie wit Da Hoodie featuring Tory Lanez
Earlier in October, A Boogie properly began his rollout by releasing the lead single “B.R.O. (Better Ride Out)” with Roddy Ricch on Oct. 7. Just days after the clip of he and Roddy bumping the track in the studio went viral on TikTok, “B.R.O.” put fans on notice that the duo was primed to regain their notoriety as two of the genre’s best melodic voices.
Carried by his “If I call you my brother then we gon’ riiide” hook, this pop trap cut establishes excellent chemistry between the NY and LA natives as their second ever collaboration after 2010’s “Numbers” with Gunna.
It’s safe to say that fans were eager to get out of this A Boogie drought, especially when recalling how polished and impressive his 2020 album Artist 2.0 and its subsequent deluxe was. With the project and its deluxe now available after years of thinning patience, it’s relieving to hear that A Boogie is back in his bag with his “bros.”
Check out A Boogie wit da Hoodie’s latest deluxe album below!