Most would agree, Sauce Walka is an unsung staple in today’s hiphop realm fueled by the internet, fashion and flexing. Some would even say he is a founding father to this growing generation of rap. After releasing multiple mixtapes over the past years and spreading his Sauce (a term coined by the Sauce Twinz) throughout the industry, on his debut studio album Drip God, he has claimed his rightful throne at the kingdom of Driptopia. He started off the year swinging with every visual released in 2018  doing over 1 million views, leaving his fans hungry for the full course meal, EXTRA SAUCY… okay I’m done.
Drip God is one of the best albums of the year in my opinion, which not many underground artists can do, to compete with the quality of mainstream rap projects backed by major labels. Drip God is a testament to Sauce Walka’s work ethic, as he has reestablished his sound & owned the lingo that most know Atlanta artists for popularizing. The attention to details are evident with this album flowing flawlessly, making it an easy listen for anyone, and the go-to Sauce Walka project.
The project begins with a smooth trap joint to kick it off, which is renamed after the album. On track 1, Drip God, he speaks about the kingpin lifestyle he lives that other rappers portray or lived in the past. He makes it clear, he had the recipe to “Sauce” before sauce was widely acknowledged and that he has really been living the life he raps about while becoming a self-made millionaire. He moves to then address the issue more directly with Mask On, which was a wave early this summer. It was a play on the famous ‘Mask Off’ rapper, Future’s hit song. I appreciated Sauce’s directness about it because Future is normally credited for creating the terms “Drip” & “Sauce” but never publicly gave credit where it’s due. We need more artists holding other artists accountable the right way, on wax. He continues throwing shots at whoever else has imitated the Sauce Twinz with ‘They Hurt’ and then his first feature, The Recipe with the legend Bun B which makes for a wavy, Texas anthem. Toward the middle is when I feel the energy began to pick up as the project becomes a little more light and fun. On Sauce Baby he reminded us he introduced the culture to things like Ferragamo and Balenciagas in 2013, back “When niggas was waiting outside for Jordans”. The next standout track was the exact next song Voss, which is a hype banger with a hook by the late and great XXXTentacion. It was a short song, but still a potential club smash even though it was clear that X was due to have a verse. As a matter of fact, all of the features stood out to me from Hoodrich Pablo, Sancho Saucy (Sauce Family member) and the living legend, Chief Keef. My favorite solo track was Little Star where he speaks on the way people respond to the stardom of a real one to his stature being in their presence. This project was near flawless for a debut studio album, and even more impressive how he blended his style to some hot artists but still stayed true to his core, and even let some of The Sauce Family (Voochie P, Sancho Saucy) eat. My only true critique would have been to leave off a couple of singles plus maybe one feature to drop after the projects release and feed back into the hype, as well as make it a more concise album in a time where near 20 songs is almost too many. I give this project 4 out of 5 hits to the Splif.