A Not-So-Bumpy Road Ahead For Bumpy 103

Bumpy 103 has been in the game awhile and has recently changed his sound quite a bit. While researching this artist, I found some of his older work mimicked that 50 Cent, hood-sound from back in the day, but Bumpy has recently updated his sound to reach a more modern audience. While I love that throwback sound, I can’t deny that this new sound of his will hit all the market’s expectations for what’s current and trending. Less than a month ago, Bumpy released a new single called “Gas.” The song is layered in reverb and auto-tune, and offers up a more modern sound profile. It is very reminiscent of Juice WRLD’s “Lucid Dreams,” however, this song’s more uptempo beat gives it a less sad feeling than “Lucid Dreams” had, but with all the same elements we love about Juice WRLD. This song was well produced, and the auto-tune was well done. Bumpy’s pitch and cadence followed this instrumental perfectly, which is actually pretty hard to do. Post Malone, Juice WRLD, and J. Cole have all done this to great commercial success.

Bumpy’s cadence follows the pitch of the instrumental, and because he does this naturally well, it allows him to use minimal auto-tuning, giving us the auto-tuned sound we all love but without it being robotic or choppy sounding.

This tends to happen when the artist can’t follow the pitch very closely, and they have to bump up the auto-tuning. The production in this song was well done, with drums sitting above the mix featuring trilling high hats in typical trap styling. Rich layers of sub-bass allow the vocals to feel watery to a pleasant effect, and the synth notes in indistinct arpeggiations give a nice melodic backdrop to the song. In verse one, Bumpy breaks from his flow pattern, which is cool. I wish he would have done that more in his other verses. A lack of distinct verses differentiated from the chorus is somewhat a problem for me, but it is in keeping with the new modern trends. Bringing down the echo and ad-lib volume for the verse track probably would remedy this, without having to change the song structure at all. With the “oo” ad-libs in the background being one continuous level, it sounds a bit like one continuous chorus. The repetition of the flows in the latter verses makes it feel like the song just fades away towards the end. Some change up in flow or more distinct verse/chorus transitions would probably solve this.

This song is also a little lyrically sparse for me, but, as I’ve said before, this is in keeping with modern trends. However, there’s no reason artists can’t be more lyrical and still achieve this laid back autotuned chill vibe. Slump God has accomplished this vibe time and time again, and he’s relatively lyrical when he does it. However, the lack of lyricism in this song doesn’t take away from it being overall a good song. While it may not be my personal taste, I can hear this song on the radio tomorrow. I think the main thing that this song needs is to have a more distinct chorus-to-verse transition. That was really the only thing that made the song feel like it was dragging towards the end. As I said, switching up his flows in verse two and three and turning down the echos and adlib volume in the verses would help make this distinction more obvious.

On Bumpy 103’s SoundCloud page, he has this to say in his bio description: “How does one determine Greatness? In a genre Filled with mediocrity and Foolishness, it seems that record sales and ring-tones have dominated the way business is conducted and has begun to overshadow the importance of one’s craft.” I couldn’t agree more, and the fact that Bumpy’s head is in the right place will do a lot for him in this highly competitive industry, where so many wash out, trying desperately to achieve that mainstream sound and losing all originality in the process. The fact that Bumpy is focused on honing his craft rather than on making the next hit-song speaks volumes for his character, which is probably why his song somehow sits leagues above its competition, even while sounding so similar. When the person making the song cares about what they’re doing, as an end in and of itself and not just as a means to an end, that shows. The audience hears that. I heard that. So, I have no doubt Bumpy 103 will go far in this industry, and I look forward to watching his career develope. I anticipate that there will be a not so bumpy road ahead for Bumpy 103.

-ERINEM

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