Themes of misdirected love, heartbreak, and early death scatter across this winding collage of an album.
A Love Letter To You 4 (Deluxe) is a behemoth of an album with nearly 90 minutes of music and a visual playlist to match. While the Cleveland-gone-Atlanta rapper pulls together all the familiar elements of pop-ballads, cloud-rap, and angst that he’s known for, ALLTY4 at times felt unsure of itself and I can’t tell if that’s its strength or its weakness.
Songs like “Sickening” (ft. Tory Lanez) and “Bust Down Deux” (ft. Youv Dee) weave together nostalgia-inducing thumbnails and tracks, like “6 Kiss” (ft. Juice WRLD and YNW Melly) and “Even Steven”, open with staticky sound bytes of voices remind me of the cloud rappers lo-fi beginnings.
From here, Trippie Redd breaks off from his underground sound with a few pop-anthems. “Death” hits hard with the opening mantra, “You dig? You gon’ die, You gon’ die, You gon’ die.” While the rappers wordsmithing is nothing revolutionary, his ability to write a catchy hook that carries through really shows here.
In the penultimate track, “Abandoned,” Trippie Redd and Mariah the Scientist muse about the pitfalls of a failed love. Mariah’s performance comes as a refreshing shift on an otherwise male-dominant project. ALLTY4 ends on a high note with “Can you Rap Like Me” (ft.Chris King) and it’s here that some of Redd’s slickest flows make it onto the album.
A Love Letter To You 4 often meanders and changes up genres in a really jolting way. But maybe that was the vibe Trippie Redd was trying to create; after all, whether you’re love-sick or sick of love, things are probably feeling a bit manic and this album does a good job at capturing that.