Lil Pump Drops “Harverd Dropout”
By Yonatan Derbew
“Harverd Dropout” is Lil Pump’s second studio album and was released on Feb. 22, 2019. The reason why Harvard is misspelled is because Pump did not want to receive copyright issues with the university. On his intro track, “Dropout,” Pump raps about the main joke with this album: that he “dropped out” of Harvard University to save the rap game. In this track, he mainly talks about how he dropped out of school at a young age and how he has flourished in the rap game. Pump mainly repeats the words, “Dropped out, then I got rich (Yeah) / Dropped out, then I put a Patek on my wrist (Brrr).” This is what Pump is known for: short, speedy verses, repeated in a machine-gun-like repetition. The intro track does an effective job of previewing the rest of the album and Pump’s rapping style.
The success of the songs on the album comes from the featured artists on the tracks. The song “I Love It,” which features Kanye West, was released months before the album came out and was a major hit. The music video for the track, which featured Pump and West in block-like suits, was made into a meme due to the absurdity of the costumes. Another song, “Too Much Ice,” features Quavo, and his addition does not allow Pump to shine. He shifts his rap style to fit that of Quavo’s but gets lost in the rapper’s smooth verse at the end, leaving listeners to wonder why Quavo outshines Pump in his track. This happens in Pump’s other tracks on the album, where the featured artist outshines Pump and makes him appear smaller and less talented. Although this undermines his role on the album, it also helps puts Pump’s tracks over the top and helps them to be noticed.
“Harverd Dropout”is an album that reflects Pump’s well-known rapping style and his use of various drugs. In this album, Pump changes his rapping style to suit the artists he is working with. This shows that Pump is growing as an artist and that he is experimenting with different styles of rap to find one that fits him best. Although this album is much like his first, Pump relies more on the featured artists for the success of this album, causing him to take a backseat on his own album.