On top of the production laced with a dark rhythm and defibrillator-like 808s that shock a pulse into the foundation, Lil Baby follows The Weeknd’s celestial chorus on “Hurricane” by taking his time and delivering meditative bars about moving his life from 0 to 100 through the pain and the gains. Unlike his verse on Drake’s “Girls Want Girls,” which is still a gem but no “Yes Indeed,” here, Baby sounds like he’s absent from overthinking about the effect he wants to create and more concerned with putting words together. His heart runs free on the beat.
At the end of bars like, “Yeah, walkin’ on the bridge, I threw my sins over the deep end/Sippin’ ’til my stomach hurt, this month, I done lost three friends,” he notably uses pitch inflections to emphasize the thoroughness of his lyrics. He’s determined to let his story do the talking, as if “Hurricane” was a lost My Turn cut. And that’s when he sounds the most polished.