MartynGBuckets is like a cross between Young Thug and Future, allowing him to take his music to places other trap rappers would not think to venture toward like his first single “Peso$” and his other recent releases “2 Glock$” and “Vlone4Life”. His effects-filled vocals allow him to make convincing bass rattling anthems. MartynGBuckets’ latest single release, “Real Life Rockstar” produced by Mike Hard, is a certified banger, with its maudlin, off-kilter arpeggiated beat, and its shade of melancholy is a tantalizing way of preventing it from being just a simple club track. MartynGBuckets actually sounds inspired when he’s belting out the lyrics here. Everything about the song clicks, even the peak mumble action at the end of the verses. MartynGBuckets sounds like he’s melting into the track with his hypnotic auto-tuned slurs.
MartynGBuckets is great at spontaneity. His mic presence is captivating and energetic, his style is unpredictable, and his songs can give the impression that they were recorded in one take in the heat of the moment, which is extremely attractive to the ear. The song’s production is spellbinding, filled with emotive moans and elegiac keys, and MartynGBuckets uses it to forge his technical gymnastics.
He blends his flair and experimentation to prove he’s a rapper who can flow with the best of the new breed of new age rappers, purposely tangling his words to fit them all into a stanza. It feels more like a freestyle with a chorus shoehorned in to perfectly sustain its runtime. And it works perfectly.
If Lil Wayne caterwauled his way to hip-hop rock stardom in the early 2000s, then MartynGBuckets is the next evolution of the rockstar-rapper trope. “Real Life Rockstar”, makes a concerted effort to expand on this narrative, ultimately positioning the Philadelphia creative as a potential high-flying artist on the underground scene.
Worshipping at the temple of opulence, between pussy and money, MartynGBuckets’ unpredictable delivery and natural penchant for entertaining, never becomes stale, in contrast to some of his peers. In truth, left-field singles like “Real Life Rockstar”, only contribute to his growing mystique.
The verses wouldn’t intuitively feel like prime sing-along lyrics, but with MartynGBuckets’ atomic energy, they are. And like the rapper, audio engineer, and songwriter’s mind frame, the project exists on the edge of contemporary hip-hop and something more futuristic.
It’s in that place where MartynGBuckets is able to confront life’s excesses and vices. “Real Life Rockstar” blesses us with his latest storytelling sequel to his previous work. It’s a perfect cultivation of the rock star aesthetic, and it gives us an insightful idea of where he is now, and where he’ll go from here. It sonically spills his thoughts in a surprisingly effective project.