LUCKI, the talented rapper, showcases his creative best in his latest album “s*x m*ney dr*gs.” In this album, he opens up about the two sides of himself – the cool and rising rap star, and the timid, anti-social individual who seeks solace in sex, money, and drugs to escape the limelight.
Taking inspiration from Lil’ Kim’s “Hard Core,” LUCKI delves into themes of vice and self-indulgence. He explores a world of painkillers and Actavis, where gluttony becomes his escape. The album feels detached, with LUCKI’s voice staggered and monotone, serving as an unreliable narrator drawing from scattered memories to find redemption and self-worth.
With tracks like “Tunevert,” “No Bap,” and “Mubu,” LUCKI reveals his struggles with manic and depressive states, using Xanax and other substances to cope. He delves into the conflict between his success and inner doubts, and the producers seem to be the ones who truly understand him.
The album’s sequencing reflects a seasoned rapper’s setlist, with constant shifts in flows and melodies. While some tracks might resemble his previous work, LUCKI’s lyrics remain strong and evocative, creating a raw and vulnerable atmosphere.
Through “s*x m*ney dr*gs,” LUCKI responds to his path to commercial success, revealing a sense of emptiness amidst the fan adoration. He lays bare his struggles with drug-induced paranoia, mania, and depression, leaving him questioning the meaning and direction of his life.
In the end, the album is a powerful and introspective journey, painting a complex self-portrait of LUCKI, the artist, as he navigates the blurred lines between fame and vulnerability, seeking his own truth.