21 Savage's 10 Best Songs: Critic's Picks

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21 Savage performs in Concert at CAU-EPPS Gymnasium on Oct. 19, 2017 in Atlanta.

21 Savage’s rise to prominence as of one of trap music’s brightest stars has been a monumental climb. From his early days as mainstay on underground blogs and YouTube to catapulting his career along with co-signs of Atlanta’s super-producers, the 24-year-old has turned his cult following into serial success.

Since delivering his debut album, Issa Album, Savage has continued to cement his star power with the recent addition of his first No. 1 record with Post Malone's “Rockstar”. Here’s a look back at the 10 best 21 Savage songs to date in his promising career. 

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10. 21 Savage - "Skrrt, Skrrt"

As the first track off of Savage’s debut project, The Slaughter Tape, “Skrrt Skrrt” served as a formal invitation into the grim world of the Atlanta trap star. The title which owes its name to the sound of tires burning, or in Savage’s case a fork scraping the sides of a dope-coated pot, was the most widely used ad-lib over the past year.

9. 21 Savage - "Red Opps"

Fresh on the heels of the release of his debut project, Savage returned several months later to gift fans with the Sonny Digital-produced Free Guwop EP. “Red Opps” is by far his most riotous song with it’s menacing lyrics and isolated keys. All the rage is in the hook, with which he begins and ends on this 21 Savage song. Earlier this year, the club banger earned the 24-year-old his third platinum plaque.

8. 21 Savage - "Lord Forgive" 

In spite of his graphic lyrics, Savage continually indicates throughout his music that he possesses a certain level of self-awareness. Throughout the Fukk 12 production, he asks for redemption and a few moments later raps "I can't help it, I'm a street n---a,” making it clear that he’s not living a life of sin, but rather embracing it.

7.  21 Savage - "X"

Backed by the ominous production of Metro Boomin', Savage Mode cemented Savage’s star power. As the only guest feature on the joint project, the Future-assisted single showcased the rare chemistry being channeled between the two ATL loyalists. The modern-day breakup anthem spent 31 weeks on the Hot 100, peaking at No. 1 36 on the Hot 100.

6. 21 Savage - "No Heart" 

On this 21 Savage song, his monotone delivery and equally icy lyrics on the Metro Boomin’ instrumental are the perfect pairing on this Savage Mode standout. In the first verse, Savage offers a wonderfully concise bio, beginning with his expulsion from high school and then outlining the heartlessness that formed within him. The answer to "Young Savage why you trappin' so hard?" so evidently lies in the track's title.

5. 21 Savage - "Savage Mode" 

Over an eerie Boomin’ production, Savage explains how his harrowing past filled with poverty, drugs and gang violence influenced him to enter “Savage Mode.” But, his adversity only bred his success as he boasts about his indulgent lifestyle on the title track, which peaked at No. 43 on the Hot 100. 

4. 21 Savage - "Ocean Drive" 

An ode to Miami’s buzzing beachfront area, the Southside-produced banger is a testament to Savage’s rags to riches story. While he boasts about being able to afford designer linens, things weren’t always so cash-friendly for the Atlanta trapstar. “Came from nothin', ni--a we was poor / Eviction notices all on the door /Take out trash for some school clothes, I'm the one that the streets choose,” he raps on the opening verse.

3. 21 Savage - "Dip Dip"

Under the production of Zaytoven, the Slaughter King deep cut is a plodding-yet-bouncy record. In between lyrics about designer duds, jewels and guns galore, the catchy chorus finds Savage detailing his vices: women, money and violence.

2. 21 Savage - "FaceTime" 

Issa Album, particularly “FaceTime,” is proof that 21's artistry can extend beyond ad-libs and gruesome catchphrases. The DJ Mustard production juxtaposes his typically hardened sound with the Atlanta rapper tapping into his versatility. Savage revealed earlier this year that the auto-tune infused ballad was initially rejected by his label, but he still chose to add it to the project.

1. 21 Savage - "Bank Account" 

One of his biggest hits to date, the infectious record finds Savage taking on reins of his growing empire. The production comes courtesy of the rapper himself and is a fitting match for Savage’s jarringly detailed way of discussing his penchant for violence. The Issa Album standout peaked at No. 12 on the Hot 100

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