Album Review: Bhad Bhabie – 15

Bhad Bhabie - 15 Artwork

Danielle Bregoli, more commonly known by her artist name, Bhad Bhabie, is an American rapper and internet personality, from Boynton Beach, Florida. I have reviewed their music before, and you can check that out by clicking here. Today, I will be reviewing her debut album ‘15’ which was released on September 18th 2018 and features numerous other popular rap artists. I decided to review this today, in honour of her 18th birthday, so Happy Birthday, to Bhad Bhabie, and I hope you all enjoy this review. 

‘15 (Intro)’ opens with a dark and heavy melody, heavy on the bass, before Bhabie comes in with the sharp vocals, the tempo is surprisingly mellow, but it works, the track has weight and a good rhythm and kicks off the album well. It’s also interesting how many rhymes she can form around the number 15, and they work quite well, showing the attitude for which Bhabie is well known. 

‘Juice (featuring YG)’ has a similar dark undertone to the intro track, but with a faster bass and faster vocals, delivered against a more percussive backdrop. It’s also catchy, sometimes with tracks that have a heavier core melody, you end up vibing to that rather than the lyrics, but this track manages to balance that well. I also liked YG’s contributions to the track, his deeper voice, counterpoints Bhabie’s well, and he features in the track without overpowering the lead artist. 

‘Gucci Flip Flops (featuring Lil Yachty)’ slows things down a touch, using reverb and echo well in the intro, and it’s not something I usually notice, but Bhabie has superb diction, each line is delivered clearly, with the right level of oomph to make it work. Again, the beat and the vocals support each other really well. I also liked Lil Yachty’s breakdown, and I’ll be checking out his music in the future as well. 

‘Affiliated (featuring Asian Doll)’ has a striking chord opening, that’s almost unsettling before Asian Doll (who i’ll be reviewing in the next couple of weeks) explodes out of the box with some heavy and fast paced vocals, her more mature voice and deeper, huskier voice work well with Bhabie’s, speaking of which she really knocks it out of the park for this track, I mean I’ve heard most of Bhabie’s discography at this point but I was particularly impressed with her vocals and rhymes in this track, a particular highlight of the whole track though was Bhabie and Asian Dolls harmony towards the end. 

‘Geek’d (featuring Lil Baby)’ I love the slow build of the intro, and how Bhabie’s vocals themselves seem to be building in pace, as more elements such as percussion merge with the original melody, until you get something with some bounce, and a real beat to it. This is still slower in tempo than the previous track and I really liked that, it shows a balance in tone and tempo throughout this album. Lil Baby’s voice also works well with Bhabie’s, he has more high-toned vocals than some of the other featured artists on this album, but he has a sharp and tight delivery that is superb. 

‘No More Love’ has a more melodic intro than the previous few tracks, the piano, and organ tones especially really changed this one up, and it really gives us a chance to hear a whole different side to Bhabie’s vocals, a resonate and soulful side, that easily blends with her harder rap style, in fact she does that throughout, even blending in some vocal modulation that I’m not usually a fan of, but nonetheless I think it really works in this track. 

‘Thot Opps (Clout Drop)’ returns things to a more familiar mark, starting off fast, a lot of repeating lines, and rhymes that blend throughout, and seriously, maybe this is because rap is not my genre, but I am consistently impressed by the quality and complexity of Bhabie’s lyrics. 

‘Yung and Bhad (featuring City Girls)’ bounces forward, two chords opening, before being built on by a deeper percussive drive that helps things flow, I like that this has some harder percussive notes under the end of lines to add emphasis, it’s really clever, and works really well. I think this has my second favourite harmony between Bhabie and the featured artist(s), second only behind Asian Doll and Bhabie on ‘Affiliated’ above. It was really close, but even though this had more variety and energy in the harmony, I just felt that her and Asian Doll just really brought it home together. 

‘Count It (with $hirak)’ is another darker, bass driven track, with plenty of electronic, synth to back it up, and Bhabie is excellent at confrontation and power in her rap, it’s impressive, and all things considered since she is/was still learning, it’s all the more of an achievement. Closing in on the last few tracks, I also need to note that while there is an overarching similarity in her music, I wouldn’t say that any of her tracks are particularly samey, and have an appeal beyond simple novelty. 

‘Famous’ just straight up bangs, I just finished saying how none of these tracks stick too closely to the same style of energy, this one really shakes things up and it’s also a stark look at her outlook on fame and her own popularity. It’s easily one of the strongest tracks on an impressive first album.

‘Hi Bich’ is much simpler compared to the previous song, less intense and more playful, it’s got a great bass heavy undertone that works well with the looping chorus. 

‘Shhh’ emerging from the previous track, this one captures the darker, heavier melody of the earlier tracks, but has some of the almost playfulness of ‘Hi Bich’, but again i’m truly impressed by the delivery and the complex lyrics and the narrative that Bhabie manages to integrate into her music, and in particular tracks like this. 

‘Trust Me (featuring Ty Dolla Sign)’ starts with lighter, melodic, electronic chords that flow into, the vocal modulation changes Bhabie’s voice a little too much in this track, I wasn’t honestly 100% it was her singing straight off the bat. It does mellow out a little as the track progresses, but that aside, it’s a strong track, with both Bhabie and Ty Dolla Sign both showing off a melodic side to their rap. 

‘Bout That’ changes things up drastically, the warning horns, the laughter, and the electronic chords create a feeling of unease, and then riding that, Bhabie explodes in, her voice harder than the past couple of tracks, sharp and confrontational, driving forward backed up by a surprisingly light backing track, but for all of the energy this track has, it’s also catchy, something about it just sticks in the mind after it’s done. 

‘Bhad Bhabie Story (Outro)’ is incredibly real and raw, it sums up her story so far, with a nice flow and energy that is incredibly memorable. For all the potential issues Bhabie may or may not have, what do i know, it’s not for me to judge, no one can fault her for being brutally honest about her actions, her flaws and also the trials and pitfalls of fame. Personally I really liked this as a conclusion to the album, and felt it was a very powerful end to it. 

So that’s what I thought of Bhad Bhabie’s album ‘15’ and if you want to check that out then head on over to Spotify. Make sure and support the artist by following them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can also keep up to date with Bhabie, by visiting their website.

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