A number of years in the past, you’d be forgiven for considering that BabyTron and his Detroit-area trio ShittyBoyz had been an elaborate spoof. With mixtape titles like Dookie Brothers 2 and an entourage frequently known as the Canine Shit Militia, Tron and his collaborators veered dangerously near branding themselves as a parody-rap outfit. However using an upswell of listenership, Tron appears newly eager on the big-time and, on his new tape Bin Reaper 3: New Testomony, it’s clear he’s able to be taken—if not severely—no less than serious-ish.
BabyTron first appeared on the Detroit scene in 2019 with ShittyBoyz compatriots StanWill and TrDee. Alongside scam-rapper Teejayx6, they ushered in a wave of deadpan, reference-heavy flows about embossing debit playing cards and ripping off the aged. However the place Teejayx6 favored narratives and sometimes detailed directions, BabyTron and the ShittyBoyz most popular sample-heavy beats and mile-a-minute non-sequiturs about basketball, cartoons, and money-making. Within the years since, BabyTron, the clear break-away expertise, has launched over a dozen initiatives both solo or together with his group and garnered a cult following. Enter Bin Reaper 3: New Testomony, a pure title for the fourth entry in his Bin Reaper sequence, following final October’s Bin Reaper 3: Previous Testomony.
If the serialized title and relative promptness of New Testomony’s arrival suggests an album of castoffs, BabyTron does his greatest to show these presumptions improper. The extra industrial beat choice, high-profile options (together with Lil Yachty, Babyface Ray, the ever-present ShittyBoyz, and a high-energy flip from Rico Nasty), and BabyTron’s personal giddy confidence all counsel a premeditated stab at crossover stardom. Thankfully he’s nonetheless rapping about NBA stars, SpongeBob, video video games, and (for some cause) Shameless, but it surely’s accompanied by a newfound sheen and his greatest cosigns but.
The South Park-referencing “Mr. Hanky,” as an example, contains a tougher beat than BabyTron has ever tried, stuffed with sinister piano and sampled vocals. Overtop, he delivers droll schoolyard taunts by the use of the automotive dealership: “This life shit up and down, kinda like a seesaw/Aston Martin with the horses, pull off in a yeehaw/Threw your album within the dumpster, that shit sounded weak sauce.” Gone are the times of ShittyBoyz’s dinky manufacturing: Producer Bye Kyle! brings an air of professionalism to the beats, which are sometimes darker and extra aggressive than BabyTron’s previous instrumentals.
Continuously on New Testomony, BabyTron sounds invigorated, persevering with to ship a number of the greatest one-two punch(strains) in rap. On “RIP Hutch,” additionally that includes Remble and Rico Nasty, he raps, “Obtained it off the hustle, off the muscle, I ain’t purchase fame/Feelin’ like Sub-Zero, masked up in these ice chains.” BabyTron has all the time flexed, however contemporary off his inclusion in XXL’s 2022 Freshman Class and an uptick in streams on each his newer materials and intensive again catalog (notably 2019’s “Jesus Shuttlesworth”), his big-upping and trash-talking carry new weight. That is the primary BabyTron album the place a line like, “Shit, I’m getting 30 for a verse, I received the reward of gab” is even midway plausible.
New Testomony’s main problem is its runtime. At 26 tracks, and with this a lot gimmick, there’s sure to be some skips. BabyTron doesn’t stray from his dry, wry movement fairly often, as a substitute leaning on mid-song beat switch-ups for many of New Testomony’s dynamic modifications. His uncanny deadpan is flexible sufficient to deal with jarring instrumental shifts, however typically fails to have interaction on slower cuts, as on the mid-tempo, jazz-inflected “Beetleborgs,” that includes Cordae. It’s a snoozer, and Tron doesn’t appear able to altering his have an effect on sufficient to make a mellow tune sing.
At its greatest, although, Bin Reaper 3: New Testomony marries BabyTron’s idiosyncratic regional model with newly targeted ambition. On “Subsequent Stage 2,” when requested “Tron, what make you completely different?’” he replies, “‘With out I, you may’t even spell dedication. Do you get it?” BabyTron might rap some foolish stuff, however at 22, he’s found the central reality to leveling up as an offbeat act: You gotta decide to the bit.