Lil Tracy is, without any question, an established forerunner of innovation in the hip hop realm. His earlier projects led to the rise of alt-rock-fused and emo-fused rap music. “Like a Farmer” tied elements of country music together with modern hip hop, long before Lil Nas X broke through the charts with his own take on the idea. Tracy’s influence is so prevalent that it has single handedly shaped a good fraction of the sounds coming out of the underground hip hop scene for the past couple of years.

Fans may be wondering what comes next from the creative, and whether he plans on taking a whole new route to music entirely on his next releases. With Anarchy, the latest album from the artist however, Tracy remains in his pocket and does what he is great at: delivering a highly polished version of the rock-rap fusion he is known for, showing us (and the thousands of copycats on his trail) how it is done. 

“Alone in my Castle” is a beautiful introduction, and here Tracy goes more in depth about his feelings of loneliness, detailing his alienation from both lovers and platonic companions. Anarchy is rife with these themes of loneliness, failed relationships, faked companionship, and trying but failing to fill these voids with consumerism. Meanwhile, “Shame” and “Beautiful Nightmare” bring the energy level up a notch, featuring amped-up, distorted electric guitars with braggadocious lyrics peppered throughout. 

These more upbeat lyrics stand alongside somber statements that provide an explanation as to why Tracy feels the need to make a spectacle of his wealth. Throughout the album, we can observe that he enjoys the luxuries that his newfound wealth has brought him, but these material possessions do not change the fact that he often struggles with scars and emotional trauma from his past and present life.

Collective Neilaworld can be found on a majority of the production credits, with star producers EQMadeIt, Skress, Fadedblackid, Nadir, Callari, and Lukrative working together for most of the album to create a cohesive backdrop.Yet, the consistency of this project is both a blessing and a curse; at times, the 8 track project feels like one long song with every single track featuring similar sound selection and similar drum patterns. Tracy and the producers involved with Anarchy are clearly great artists, but it feels as if the project simply consists of multiple above-average guitar beats with an above-average vocalist, slightly tweaking the rock-rap formula between tracks without much variation.

In addition, the fusion of rock and modern hip hop has been done so many times by other artists that some may perceive Anarchy as lacking in innovation. Perhaps Tracy suffers from the Seinfield effect in this case, but at the end of the day, Anarchy is still a solid piece of work to be proud of. The musicians involved may benefit from fleshing out new ideas and carving out new paths, even if they are already the best at what they do right now.

Listen to Anarchy below.