2018 was the year the world was truly first introduced to the artist known as Don Tolliver after appearing on Travis Scott’s hit album “Astroworld”. Since Astroworld, he hasn’t run out of steam, releasing hit singles like “No Idea”, or being featured alongside well-known artists like Kanye West or Justin Bieber. Now the Houston, Texas native is back with his second studio album “Life of a DON”.
The first track to get us started was “xscape”, which introduced us to the album with a very smooth and progressive tone. Paired with a soothing applause and a saxophone in the background, Don comes out with a soft voice. It was a decent song; however, compared to the rest of the album, this was one of the weaker tracks. The lyrics weren’t too captivating, but since they served more as a launching point for the album, it’s a good start.
After the first lead, Don starts the ball rolling. The song from that album that really hooked me was “What you Need”. The intro was awesome and had a gradual build-up, which led to a captivating hook. According to an interview with Hot 106 radio, Don rated this single as his “favorite song,” which makes perfect sense. It’s probably one of the most enjoyable songs on the album, and if you weren’t a fan of “Life of a DON” after the first two tracks, after hearing that, you’ll probably change your mind.
Including “What you Need”, the next track on this album is one of the best of 2021 as the next one is “Double Standards”. Like many other artists, Don in this track was influenced by the historic Memphis rap sound. In this particular track, he sampled the song “groupie b * tch” by Lil Jack. In this track, Tolliver talks about the difficulty of dealing with human vices, and his lyrical and melodic ability was really brought out. Next come “Swangin ‘on Westheimer” and “Drugs N Hella Melodies” with Kali Uchis. Both songs are relaxing yet exciting, which will keep the listener entertained from start to finish.
Of course, these are not the only notable songs from “Life of a DON”. For example, “2am” and “Crossfaded” were great listeners. The album contained many features including Travis Scott, HVN, Sofaygo and Baby Keem (which comes out of his hit album “Melodic Blues”). There were a lot of great songs that made Don’s voice and beat feel like one, not separate. The difficulty with this album is that a few tracks are starting to get mixed up. You can listen to a song without even realizing a few minutes later that you are already on the next song. The album was always filled with fun tracks and songs that were perfect for chilling out.
This album was not revolutionary but not disappointing either. I give it a 7/10.