Everythings For Sale | Revisiting Boogie’s Shady Debut
Everythings For Sale has been out since January 25th, so almost a year now. I’ll be honest, I was sleeping pretty hard on Boogie.
Not to say that I ever thought Boogie wasn’t a good rapper, but I also never really spent the proper time listening to his music. I originally heard of him on Royce Da 5’9″s album, Book Of Ryan.
When I found out that Boogie was releasing his debut album on Shady Records, I knew I had to listen. I did play Everythings For Sale once or twice, but that’s about it.
“Soho” featuring J.I.D., and “Rainy Days” featuring Eminem, both made it into my Spotify playlist. The rest of the album basically went in one ear and out the other.
Why I Went Back To Listen
I guess you could say I felt guilty. You see, Spotify orders your music library alphabetically by artist name. For me, I choose to filter my library by only showing the albums that I downloaded to my phone. Otherwise it would just take too long to find my favorite albums.
So Boogie obviously ends up towards the beginning of my library, his name starting with “B” and all. For months and months and months I would just scroll right past him. It would make me feel bad every time.
Recently Boogie helped to break in Sway’s new studio with a dope freestyle. That was kind of the last straw that convinced me to give Boogie another chance.
Everythings For Sale (10 months later)
Right off the bat, Everythings For Sale starts with an amazingly introspective song that really should have captured my attention 10 months ago. “Tired/Reflections” boasts the most powerful hook on the album (in my opinion).
Come and help me, I feel threatened
I think I ran into a dead end
Ain’t no point in using weapons
Cause I’m at war with my reflection
The verses have Boogie exploring his inner turmoil. He discusses the techniques he uses to disguise his pain outwardly. “Tired/Reflections” almost feels like a self-motivating song, along the lines of someone like David Goggins.
Goggins is an ultra-marathon runner, ex-special ops veteran, and motivational personality. His approach is brash- he often refers to his “weak side” as his “inner bitch”. Boogie seems to treat his weakness in a similar fashion, even threatening to kill it, and himself in the process.
“Silent Ride” and “Lolsmh – Interlude”
I grouped these two together, because to me they kind of go together. They’re both relationship songs and deal with the difficulties of being honest and vulnerable in a romantic relationship.
The idea of a silent ride home isn’t a foreign concept to anybody who’s ever been in an adult relationship. Maybe you argued over dinner at a restaurant, or had a spat at a friend’s get-together. Whatever the case, silent car rides are super uncomfortable, yet very relatable.
The ride was long, I slept for five
She got my phone, I’m petrified
She read my texts, I read her mind
I don’t know about you guys, but I can definitely relate to this!
“Lolsmh – Interlude” is weird to me for this reason: it’s the longest song on the album, yet it’s the only “interlude”.
The song covers a good amount of ground, but the main theme is the difficulties of a romantic relationship, both for men and women. This does also include cheating, or in Boogie’s case, sleeping with taken women.
As of right this minute, “Swap Meet” is my favorite song. I love the analogy that Boogie uses to describe his feelings. He uses extended metaphors to describe a woman he desires as if she were an item for sale. Remember, everythings for sale!
Your love like gold, what you charging?
Just keep it low ’cause that’s a bargain
Tellin’ me so and I went all in
Just keep it low ’cause that’s a bargain
Boogie also gets to show off his surprisingly good singing voice on “Swap Meet”. I have to laugh at myself, because I always try to sing along with Boogie on this joint, but I know I sound like a cow fart.
I’ll clean you up myself
Won’t have you on the shelf
And treat you like an antique
I hope you understand me
Cause, shit I’m sold on you
I don’t mind, I’ll buy your time
I’m sold on you
“Soho” and “Rainy Days”
Again, I’m lumping these together because they’re pretty similar. Both songs are your typical rap collaborations. J.I.D. and Eminem both killed their verses, and Boogie did his thing as usual.
What I did like was that Boogie seemed to keep his verses fairly consistent with the theme of the album, rather than just rapping to show off on a collab.
I personally prefer “Soho”, but both songs are dope. I’ve also already talked about both joints on this blog before, so I don’t really feel the need to deep dive into these.
This is probably my second my favorite song at this moment in time. According to Genius.com, “Skydive” is about Boogie’s unsureness and insecurities in a relationship. I’ll be honest, that’s not how I interpreted it.
To me, “Skydive” was actually the opposite. It felt like Boogie was saying that he’s ready to jump, or fully commit, regardless of the unknown. My personal favorite part of the song can also help my argument a bit:
Mama called me stupid, she keep telling me
“Boy, stop, don’t drop,” yeah yeah
“You’re playin’ with fire, child”
“Boy, stop, don’t drop,” yeah yeah
“Just wait til’ it die”
But you don’t know shit ’bout this flame
It’s lit in the midst of a rain
Of bein’ addicted to pain
That’s why I ain’t ask to be saved, ayy
There’s a certain confidence that comes with denying advice from others. I think that if Boogie were truly unsure and insecure, he wouldn’t be so confident skydiving.
I’ll keep this one short because I don’t really feel like there’s a whole lot going on here. Boogie basically says that he wants to fuck a whole bunch of women, without getting in trouble with his girl.
Also, he breezes over some other general themes, like being broke and using your pain to propel you forward in life. If anything, I feel like the message is a bit recycled from other songs, but the beat is good, and the hook is catchy.
“Skydive II”, “Whose Fault”, and “No Warning”
I do actually feel bad about this, but these 3 songs play in a row, and I tend to skip all 3 of them a lot. This isn’t to say that any of them are bad, I just don’t really vibe with them like I do the rest of the album.
Also, “Skydive” is sooo much better than “Skydive II” that I just don’t bother with it. “Whose Fault” has some powerful lyrics, like:
We in darkness, but we addicted to it
You say my son got a game and I need to get him to it, uh
Though I miss him, I say, “Shit, no I ain’t finna do it”
‘Cause I’m too pissed, I say, “No, bitch, go tell your nigga do it”, uh
Another stereotype that I couldn’t prove wrong
Cool with doin’ me, but just not tryna let you move on, uh
It’s definitely a good song, just not one that I listen to as much as the rest of the album.
“No Warning” only has one verse, but it’s packed with some beautiful imagery. The song is about Boogie’s relationship coming to an end, and how they both need space to breath and get away from each others’ toxicity.
Always make excuses when you wanna put time in
Talkin’ bout next week, I feel like I ain’t gonna be alive then
She said she ready to see us die then
Say you got all the controls, just pull the fire-pin
“No Warning” really is a beautiful song, and I for sure need to give it some more spins that I have been.
The truth of why I tend to skip these 3 songs is actually pretty simple. I really just want to hear “Self Destruction”, and that’s what comes after “No Warning”.
“Self Destruction” is definitely one of my favorite songs on the album. The beat is dope, it’s kind of a trap beat I guess. Boogie matches that energy perfectly, by making what he calls an “ignorant song”.
Just to paraphrase, Boogie describes the motivation in a very relatable way. He says that a lot of the time, we do dumb shit that we know is dumb while we’re doing it, but we can’t admit because that would make us look even stupider.
I think that’s something we can all relate to, right?
“Time” is the closing song on Everythings For Sale. He keeps with the album’s theme, as he discusses a teetering relationship. Boogie describes his lust and how he selfishly uses the relationship to his advantage. He admits to knowing his wrong-doing, but isn’t ready to change.
Or maybe he’s just struggling to change. The song ends with a female perspective that mirrors Boogie’s. She says that she can’t let him go, even though he hurts her and they aren’t right for each other.
Again, these are all universal themes of human relationships.
Well done Boogie!
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