The previously unknown stars of “In My Feelings” have finally got a real buzz going on Twitter. And the streets. I think. I’m not there much so I can’t really speak on that but that’s what I’ve been told. Anyways, this project is the City Girls second project the duo has dropped and also the second of 2018, going from complete unknowns to trending topics and the hottest Miami emcees in just a few short months. The duo consists of Yung Miami and JT, the latter of which just went away to prison on scamming charges, but should be out by 2020 to help her counterpart take over the rap game. Unfortunately, JT hasn’t gotten to see many of the fruits of her and her best friends labor because of her legal issues. She should see plenty of benefits as soon as she gets home because this looks like the beginning of a solid run because City Girls are signed to QC, home of the Migos, Cardi B, Lil Baby & Lil Yachty, arguably the best label for up and coming talent in hip-hop. They have the buzz, the ability, and the backing to be hip-hop’s biggest female duo. With all of that said, it’s time to see whats really REALLY good with Girl Code.
- Very influenced by Lil Kim, Trina & Nicki Minaj, both JT and Yung Miami are very explicit with their lyrical content to the point where it may make insecure fuck boys uncomfortable
- They both keep it street and aren’t afraid to be open about their sexual exploits
- Yung Miami has more of an aggressive delivery than JT, but JT still brings the same sort of content within her verses so don’t sleep
- Best songs released before Girl Code: “Fuck that N***a,” “I’ll Take Your Man,” “Period (We Live)“
- Best project released before Girl Code: PERIOD
Here is a reference to how I score tracks and albums, use as needed.
- Intro (#FREEJT): Hard-hitting intro track that reminds us that the City Girls are all about that action. Riddled with skits of jail calls of incarcerated member JT, Yung Miami spits venom over and ominous and dark instrumental. 4/5
- On the Low: A more sexual/sensual song where both JT and Yung Miami talk about their sexual desires with a mystery man, implying that they want to keep all of it on the DL. Good hook from JT, softer touch works well. 4/5 Panties An Bra: More of an ethereal instrumental, stays with the sexy vibe on this one, outwardly display their specific sexual desires with their guy of the moment. Hook from Yung Miami leaves something to be desired considering their subject matter. 3.5/5
- Twerk (feat. Cardi B): This is a bona fide smash once it picks up. Fantastic instrumental from Rico Love & Mr. Nova with the classic Choppa Style sample. Both City Girls and Cardi B deliver their best verses on the project here, keeping it raw all the way through for this soon-to-be-anthem. This is it chief. 4.5/5
- Season (feat. Lil Baby): Upbeat and uplifting instrumental. Both JT and Young Miami talk about how they deserve designer clothes and bags from well-off guys blowing a check on them. QC labelmate Lil Baby gives his own male perspective on the situation. Creative. 4/5
- Broke Boy: Loud and commanding instrumental with plenty of horns and drums. Both City Girls express their displeasure with broke guys that are trying to get with them. They know their worth. 4/5
- Act Up: Simple but bouncy instrumental. The hook is simple from both of the City Girls in a duet threatening a girl that wants to act up. They trade bars in the first verse but also each have their own verses later in the song, good verses but more basic perspective here. 3.5/5
- Clout Chasin’: Another song in a similar vein as the last one, hook confronts and threatens a girl that is chasing clout or fame at their expense. Verses show that they’re bout the life they rap about, many rap cliches and the beat is nothing special. 3/5
- Give it a Try (feat. Jacquees): Softest song on the project, the closest thing to a love song that there is, slow, R&Bish instrumental. Both City Girls give an interesting perspective on their love life, and it’s similar to what most male rappers say; don’t have time and their partners always leave, really like JT’s verse as well, very vulnerable. Jacquees gives us amazing vocals and hook. 4.5/5
- Drip: Another flex song with typical street content. Both girls brag about how they have money and can fuck whoever they want. Hook and beat are very simplistic, the subject matter here is getting redundant. 3/5
- What We Doin’: Upbeat but straightforward instrumental. The song is all about going out on a Friday night and what their normal routine is when they party. The hook is catchy; spoken word from Yung Miami, interesting girls night out perspective. 4/5
- Trap Star: Upbeat instrumental with a nice bounce to it and heavy drums. Girls talk about how their ideal guy is a trap star; one who’s rich off of the drug game and has a nice car so that they can fuck him and take all of his money. Good song but lots of cliche rap stuff. 3.5/5
- Swerve: Another typical rap song including mostly flexes about how much money they have as well as how good their pussy is and how they get guys to trick on them. Nothing special here. 3/5
The City Girls give us everything that we’d expect from them on this short but sweet project. They have a clear identity and sound and stick to it all the way through as street chicks from Miami who’ve just attained a new found level of success and have no qualms about bragging about it and have the utmost confidence in themselves. Unfortunately, even though they have an exciting and different perspective as female rappers, at times they fall into cliche rap flexes and content for much of the project. Their confident delivery lets them get away with it for the early songs, but it gets old towards the end of the project, making the project feel longer than it needed to be even at its short runtime of 35 minutes. The highlights are unforgettable and right up there with some of the best hip-hop out today. “Twerk” is a certified smash, and “Give It A Try” is an introspective song regarding romance where the girls flip the script on what tradition usually dictates. When it’s all said and done, the City Girls successfully show off their raw talent, and if they are able to smooth out some of the rough edges, they have the potential to be a force to be reckoned with in the rap game for years to come as unique, dirty-south, female street voices.
Final Score: 77/100