Label: RCA Records
Released: May 8
Pi’erre Bourne is a force. The 26-year-old producer has been one of this decade’s chief sonic architects, producing standout songs on Ye and Die Lit, as well as countless cuts for artists like 21 Savage, Lil Uzi Vert, and Trippie Redd. So Young Nudy, brilliant chessmaster he is, snagged Pi’erre for the entirety of a collaborative LP, titled Sli’merre. It’s 12 songs long and the last leg of a brilliant run that has included Faded in the Booth, SlimeBall 3, and Nudy Land over a three-year span. While all of these releases range from good to excellent, Sli’merre is the best project Young Nudy has ever made.
There are too many highlights to mention in a blurb of this length, but we’ll name a few. Nudy trades verses and outraps his cousin 21 Savage on “Mister,” while “Extendo” is the Lil Uzi Vert and Young Nudy collaboration we didn’t know we needed but now can’t imagine living without. Meanwhile, “Dispatch” with DaBaby immediately qualifies as one of the year’s most memorable songs, considering that any song on which DaBaby guest features is elevated to that status. Throughout, Pi’erre’s production is light and smooth—melodic and airy for most of the LP, but piano-heavy and menacing when Nudy moves away from comedy and into subtle death threats and brags of moving weight. Lyrically, Nudy never veers far from these themes, but why bother? He knows what he’s great at, and now he’s one of the best in the game at doing just that. With Sli’merre, Young Nudy has elevated himself from a regional sensation to a new leader of Atlanta’s national renaissance, alongside rappers like Future, Young Thug, and 21. He’s not the same household name that those MCs are, but with a few more LPs like Sli’merre, he just might be. —Will Schube