You probably already know: French Montana tapes are soundtracks for the id. As Freud put it: “filled with energy reaching it from the instincts, but it has no organization… only a striving to bring about the satisfaction of the instinctual needs subject to the observance of the pleasure principle.” In Coke Boys 4‘s bloated 18 tracks, there’s enough bombast to fuel a nice pre-club, Henny-guzzling power hour. (So people still do power hours?) But compared to French’s 2013 studio debut, Excuse My French, which was far bad, Coke Boys 4 isn’t super memorable. There are no undeniable club anthems on the level of “Ain’t Worried Bout Nothin,” “Pop That,” or even “Freaks.” There is, though, quite a bit more of Montana’s soulful side, enabled by producer Harry Fraud and a somewhat awkward Lana Del Rey sample. All in all, it does the job. It’s fun! French isn’t going anywhere.
Highlights: It’s nice to see semi-recent Coke Boy signee Lil Durk so prominently featured here; he pops up on five songs, and his primary showcase, “Act Like That,” is a high point.
WTF: “God Body” has an out-of-nowhere blog-house sample. Chinx Drugz pronounces benevolent “benelovent.”