After hearing the greatness that was Bad Luck, I wasn’t really sure where Sonny would go from there. It was a rich, vibrant project that was packed with emotion and showed Sonny’s impressive story telling abilities with tracks like Channel 9 and exhibited his ability to make moshpit bangers like Thirteen, but the future held a lot uncertainty and potential for him. And after a series of pretty spectacular singles like Gone and a short and sweet 2 song EP entitled Apex, we’ve gotten the second full-length batch of songs from Hatesonny in the form of Good Luck; that proves once again that there are absolutely no limits for the up and comer hailing from Chicago.
Bad Luck left a huge impact on me, causing me to play it over 200 times just in the first few days, but this new one surpasses his previous effort, expanding on the sounds he explored on his last entry while heading into some unconquered territory, especially on the latter half of the tape. There’s so many tracks where I got goosebumps because the this part of the project reminds of an era that was sorta glossed over, the early 2010 period where we had artists from all over popping up, but most importantly, Chicago was on the map. From Vic Mensa to Chance The Rapper, Chicago was at the forefront of that “blog rap era,” and this tape reeks of inspiration from both those days and the mid 90s, with him making some beautiful tracks with a wonderful vocalist named Shayla Jay on Smoke Dancing and 2008. Her voice is simply ravishing, and will blow you away on first listen, I guarantee it. In fact, many of the guest appearances on Good Luck are 10/10, and to be frank I was a bit skeptical about the number of features, but they all turned out to give great performances. From the likes of Drew, Kari, Celia Benito, and Nate Haymes, they all help bring this ambitious project to life and reach it’s fruition, with them helping back up Sonny on tracks like Sun that feature Celia’s soft, sweet vocals as they linger amongst the background as the track goes on.
Both halves of Good Luck are practically polar opposites, with Sonny going bonkers, wrecking havoc on every track, hitting the listener with bar after bar, busting out an assortment of flows to go along with his well-constructed verses that go behind some intricate production. Between Handstand, No Smoke, and Hotbox, all of the first 8 tracks are some of Sonny’s hardest in his catalog, with him spitting straight from his soul on each song. At points I even found myself taken back, especially around the :58 second mark on No Smoke. He hits an amazing flow and rhythm on the track, spewing cutthroat lines like:
“Bro pass me the liquor/I go smack me a nigga, I ain’t never gon rap to a nigga/No internet cap to a nigga/ won’t mess with a nigga/Lil boy only trap but I bet you gone tell on the bro/He don’t want no smoke, he a fucking choke/He a hoe, keep it on a low, might pass a nigga bitch to my bro/Go tell on bro.”
With his amazing rhyme scheme and magnificent delivery packed right in front of the masterful production by MyFriendNate, the result is amazing. The entire track sounds like it could fit right into the soundtrack of an action blockbuster like Mission Impossibe, especially with the breathtaking beat breakdown that features these haunting, earth-shattering sounds that feel like a conductor abruptly moving his stick from left-to-right in front of an orchestra. Tracks like these, along with the brilliant use of samples like on “Holy Grail” make Good Luck one of the top projects this year. I really can’t name many that hit home as hard as this. The nostalgia, the blissful production that screams summer, to the careful feature selection and a performance by Sonny on every track that perfectly captures his versatility, knack for bars and melodies, along with his ability to craft a concise project in a matter of months; that would normally take most people years to reach this level of quality and depth in their songs.
From front to back, this really might take project of the year. With songs like Solace and Dollhouse filling up the tracklist, this is the ideal project to play all summer, and with Good Luck coming at a time where I needed Sonny’s soulful rhymes the most, this’ll for sure act as a soundtrack of sorts for the next few months for me, and for that; I thank you Sonny. Everything about Good Luck is everything I imagined and more, the production sounds like it could make me cry at any god-given moment, and the rhymes and flows on here make me jump out of my seat; all of it, all 33 minutes and 53 seconds of it are entrancing and a pure joy to listen to. Go do yourself a favor and check it out below: