Anthony Dixson, better known as, Boogie, is a rapper born and raised in Compton, California. Everythings For Sale is the full-length, studio album debut from Boogie. He has previously released three mixtapes in the past: Thirst 48(2014), The Reach(2015), and Thirst 48, Pt. II(2016). In 2017, Boogie announced that he signed with Eminem’s record label, Shady Records. This was a signing that at first didn’t seem like the right fit because Boogie is a more of a laid-back rapper who uses more lo-fi and melodic beats, while other Shady Records signees like 50 Cent, D12, and Bad Meets Evil are more on the hardcore, in your face, loud side of the hip-hop spectrum.
The great thing about this combination is that this new album, Everythings For Sale, sticks to Boogie’s laid-back side, which is a breath of fresh air for the record label and for the current state of the rap genre. The sound on this album ranges from melodic trap to spacious jazz instrumentals like on the track, “Whose Fault”, which features some exquisite trumpet playing from Christian Scott. With that being said though, the pretty instrumentals on this project are contradicted with very dark, dejected, and depressing storytelling from Boogie. The opener to this album, “Tired/Reflections” discusses Boogie drowning in his own negative thoughts and emotions. He addresses his friends’ and family’s poverty, his rocky relationship with the mother of his son, and unfortunately, being too stuck in his own feelings to care for his own son. That’s pretty much what Boogie address throughout this entire album. If you are not into some introspective lyricism or listening to some of Boogie’s own thoughts for 45 minutes, then this is definitely not the album for you. In terms of singing, Boogie is just fine, although it does sound pretty nasally. He sounds a lot like Chance The Rapper when he sings. There are some solid features on this project like rising star, J.I.D. on “Soho” and crooning rapper/singer, 6LACK on “Skydive II”. Snoh Aalegra also has a feature on the closing track, “Time”, but unfortunately doesn’t have a big role in it.
Overall, I highly enjoyed this debut album from Boogie. There is a lot of room for improvement in terms of his line delivery and singing, but the lyricism itself was strong and I enjoyed the melodic and smooth instrumentation across the entire project.