Father of 4: Offset’s Confessional

With the other two members of the Migos group (Quavo and Takeoff) already having released solo albums, fans were excited to see what Offset’s project could offer.

Father of 4 was promised to be more content and less “bubblegum rap”…but did Offset really deliver?

On the title track, Offset delivers on his promise to provide content. He openly raps about his children, something he has admitted to purposefully keeping out of the media. He even reveals to his daughter, Kalia, “I missed the first years of your life, I’m sorry. Tell the truth, I ain’t really know if I was your father”.

Seeing this honest side of the successful rapper was great to see, especially on the intro to his solo project. He delivered with humility and self reflection that is rare to see in a world full of FOMO and “instagram reality”.

The album continues with impressive features such as J. Cole, Travis Scott, 21 Savage and Cardi B. Despite all this, at times throughout the album, you can’t help but wonder if Offset has the skill to carry an album alone. His lack of shift in tonality on tracks like How Did I Get Here (feat. J. Cole) and Tats on my Face, make the songs fall flat.

The beats on both songs are dark and heavy hitting- something that wasn’t expected from the rapper. The production level is on point. J. Cole’s feature on How Did I Get Here seems to breathe life back into the track, but Offset should be meeting him with that same energy.

The theme throughout the album is self reflection. Offset tires to cover a wide range of his life. He starts with being a father as a teenager, to being sent to jail, to his infidelity as a celebrity.  This conversational, confessional style of music has something to be said for it. Offset wanted to provide fans with an insight into not only his life, but his own struggles and insecurities.

Although at times, this concept falls flat and the tracks feel more scripted, all are honest acknowledgements from Offset about mistakes he has made and the life he leads. His apology to Cardi B for cheating and trying to keep his family together on the track, Don’t Lose Me, leaves the listener wanting more than a play by play of what happened, and more of a revealing emotional response.

Father of 4 may not be the open revelation that fans were hoping for, but Offset provided on tracks with beats that were different to his usual production style with Migos, and gave fans hope that he could continue to rap more about serious topics and continue to grow as an artist.

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