Atlanta rapper SahBabii dropped off his latest project Barnacles late last night, a follow-up to the criminally underrated 2018 effort Squidtastic and 2017’s S.A.N.D.A.S. His lineage is straight from the Young Thug family tree, but he’s separated himself from the pack of rappers with that melodic auto-tuned DNA thanks to some of the most memorable one-liners of 2020 and impeccable beat-selection. He toys with new melodies and displays some updated vocal range throughout the 15 new tracks. Barnacles is at times triumphant and at others exceedingly hilarious.
The concept that he wants his diamonds racist on the fourth track “Racist” is hip-hop absurdity at its finest. “Aye my diamonds on Donald Trump/ Your diamonds not white, they are Uncle Toms/ I cannot hang with no Disney n*ggas/ Rats, goofies and Donald Ducks.” This effortless structure and framing of concepts mirrors the rest of the album and only gets better through the 41-minute runtime. His beat selection borders on psychedelic and dream-like allowing him to float over the instrumentals with relative ease. He’s joined by brother T3 on “House Party” but otherwise keeps Barnacles flowing as a solo affair with backing from producers WhipGotTheSauce, Foreign Vu, AyoWithTheMayo, Teezr and Lincoln.
He is undoubtedly one of the horniest rappers as prominently displayed in his bars, something that’s reminiscent of some late 2000’s Lil Wayne or even the aforementioned Thugger but we won’t get into the lyrical particulars here. This effort is endlessly quotable and the instrumentals create a backdrop warranting more than one listen through. The cover art is a takedown of The Birth of Venus, just with Sah surrounded by four amphibious multi-colored vixens. It’s a fitting representation to his other-worldly surrealism and his penchant for absurd proclamations.
Stream Barnacles below and watch the new visual for his lead single “Tongue Demon” above. In more music updates, Pusha T and Young Thug are feuding over Pusha’s Drake diss on a posthumous Pop Smoke track that ultimately resulted in the song not releasing.