Throughout January 2020 I’ll be going through about 15 artists who I believe were strong feature artists in 2019, and presenting a case for why they’re in the running for ‘Best’ feature artists of 2019. Today is the 5th instalment, and today I’ll be talking about Californian rapper Guapdad 4000.
Guapdad 4000 is a 27 year old rapper from Oakland, California, and since bursting onto the scene in 2017 has had an incredibly fast rise to fame. Guapdad dropped his first solo song in June of 2017, and followed it up by releasing his debut mixtape ‘Scamboy Color’ in December of that year. Scamboy Color generated some buzz but remained relatively unknown to the majority for a while after release, and in 2018 Guapdad didn’t have much of a presence at all, dropping no projects and only appearing on a couple of tracks, most notably ‘Shameless’ by Buddy.
2019 was the year everything started to change for Guapdad, largely due to his invitation and presence at Dreamville’s ‘Revenge Of The Dreamers 3’ recording sessions. This gave him the chance to work with a plethora of other artists such as J. Cole, JID & Ski Mask The Slump God, and he ended up making the final cut on 3 tracks on the eventual album. The album ended up being a hit and did a wonderful job at shining the spotlight on a range of up and coming artists, Guapdad included. Throughout the rest of 2019 Guapdad released a steady stream of solo music as well, dropping 5 singles in anticipation for his debut album, including ‘First Things First (ft. Reo Cragun & G-Eazy)’ & ‘Gucci Pajamas (ft. Chance The Rapper & Charlie Wilson’. His debut album ‘Dior Deposits’ dropped in October, and by then Guapdad 4000 was well and truly on the radar of myself and many other hip hop fans, and not only because of his hilarious name and solid singles. A large part of the buzz generated around Guapdad was also due to how strong he was on features throughout 2019!
But was Guapdad 4000 One Of Best?!
And that brings us to our main topic! I strongly believe Guapdad 4000 had a super strong year of feature performances. He was popping up on singles and albums fairly regularly and I was almost always impressed. In 2018 when I first heard of Guapdad I refused to listen to him because of his meme-y name (lame reason I know), but whilst listening through Buddy’s 2018 project I heard a verse from him for the first time and was pleasantly surprised. From there it kind of snowballed, with me being more intrigued and more impressed by each feature performance he gave in 2019. And I think thats one of the main reasons I consider him for this list, because similar to DaBaby he went from someone I barely knew in 2018, to someone I would see everywhere by the end of 2019.
Below are the tracks I’ve taken into consideration whilst writing this piece. All of these tracks are from 2019 and have Guapdad as a feature artist. I haven’t included songs with him listed as a main artists such as his collaborations with Yung Pinch and Cool Kids. I’ll include a small note on why I consider some ‘bad’ for clarification
The Good! (Above average song and Guapdad feature)
• Higher Brothers – Need Me Now (ft. Guapdad4000)
• Dreamville – Costa Rica (ft. Bas, JID, Guapdad4000, Buddy, Jace, King Mez, Reese LaFLARE, Smokepurrp & Ski Mask The Slump God)
• Dreamville – Wells Fargo (ft. JID, EARTHGANG, Buddy & Guapdad4000)
• Dreamville – Don’t Hit Me Right Now (ft. Bas, Cozz, Guapdad4000, Yung Baby Tate & Buddy)
• Buddy – Link Up (ft. Guapdad4000, Bas, JID, Kent Jamz & Ari Lennox)
• JP Saxe – Women Who Look Like You (ft. Guapdad 4000)
• Nilly – In The League (ft. Guapdad4000)
• Destiny Rogers – Lo Lo (ft. P-Lo & Guapdad4000)
• Nitti Gritti & HoodLit – Ballin’ (ft. Guapdad4000)
• Stockz – Hate Meeting New People (ft. Guapdad4000)
• AD & Sorry Jaynari – Dolemite (ft. Guapdad4000)
The Bad! (Bad song, bad Guapdad feature, or both)
• Childish Major – Feelings Hurt (ft. Guapdad4000) – Guapdad sounds like I what I expected when I first saw his name, amateur or something
• Ymtk- Handful (ft. Rexx Life Raj & Guapdad4000) – actually a nice song, but guapdad has an average verse, and the hook drags on a bit
• Twelve’len – Thank The Gang (remix) (ft. Guapdad4000) – didn’t mind the Guapdad verse, didn’t like Twelves’ parts tho
• Hakim – Love ‘Em (ft. Guapdad4000) – Good guapdad feauture, dislike the hook and the Hakim verses are just ok
• Eric Bellinger – Champagne (ft. Wale & Guapdad4000) – very minimal features from wale and Guap, probs guapdads least memorable feature
Overall I personally was super impressed by Guapdad 4000 in 2019, and think he aced one of the most important things which is showing growth and improvement from one year to the next. In 2018 I had him pop onto my radar only once, and in 2019 without even going out of my way I came across songs featuring him 11 times. In 2019, Guapdad appeared on 16 tracks total, and of those I thought 11 were great tracks with above average Guapdad features.
Aside from having a decent presence throughout the year (I would call around 10+ features a year a ‘decent presence’), Guapdad actually delivered an impressive performance on almost every track he appeared on. He flexed his strong ear for pleasant melodies by providing catchy hooks for songs such as ‘Costa Rica’ & ‘Don’t Hit Me Right Now’, & supplied some killer verses spitting bars on songs such as ‘Dolemite’ & ‘In The League’. Not only has Guapdad had a solid presence and been consistent with his performances, but he has a great variation among the songs he is featured on and artists he collaborated with. He had an amazing melodic verse on ‘Need Me Now’ by Chinese group Higher Brothers, had amazing chemistry with r&b/pop artist JP Saxe on ‘Women Who Look Like You’, and even sounded at home over the dubstep production on ‘Ballin’ by Nitti Gritti & HoodLit.
So I’d say in summary although Guapdad 4000 wasn’t as consistent as some other artists, and didn’t have as many features as others, he still deserves to be considered among the best feature artists of 2019. He had a good mix of quality and quantity, a number of really memorable features, and I’d say by far his most successful and impressive year yet. If you’re not on the Guapdad train yet this is a good time to hop on, I have no doubt this is just the beginning of what could be quite an exciting career!
My Favourite Features from Guapdad in 2019 were ‘Need Me Now’ by Higher Brothers, ‘Costa Rica’ & ‘Don’t Hit Me Right Now’ by Dreamville, ‘Dolemite’ by AD & Sorry Jaynari, & ‘In The League’ by Nilly.
What were your favourite Guapdad features in 2019?
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