Updated: Apr 14, 2020
"Yo Pierre, you wanna come out here?"
This ad lib is currently one of the most popular producer tags in pop-culture, but who is Pierre? Jordan Timothy Jenks, also known as Pierre Bourne, is an American record producer, rapper, songwriter, and audio engineer. Pierre has worked with multiple artists over the past years and produced the famous tracks "Magnolia" by Playboi Carti, and "Gummo" by 6ix9ine. Both of those artists currently have a huge presence in pop culture. They both received a lot of props and clout from those records, but there was someone in the background waiting to "come out here". Pierre has been known as the main producer for Playboi Carti in particular. His tracks have a sound that differs from most sounds in hip-hop/rap. It is exciting, bubbly, uplifting, and fresh. This sound has attracted a lot of listeners to Playboi Carti's music. Until, Pierre made an album all about him. This is an album where Pierre not only produced the tracks, but he's rapping on them too. This is a review of the 2019 album "The Life of Pi'erre 4".
Okay, so we all know Pierre can produce some raw sounds. The sounds on each track are the same type of sounds we would hear on Playboi Carti's album and instantly make us dance. If you do not know what fabulous sound I'm talking about, please go listen to any song produced by him and ignore the words; you will see it too. There is simply not much to say about the sound because it speaks for itself. On our Intersect 1-10 rating scale, the sound would get a 10/10.
Pierre's sounds are always fabulous like I said in the last section. You can never deny his talent when it comes to production, but does his voice compliment his tracks? Pierre usually works with rappers that have unique voices, and those voices float on his beats. Playboi Carti makes random high pitched noises, raps in a high pitched voice, and repeats words in the best of ways. 6ix9ine literally screams. Pierre himself on the other hand, has a normal voice that he used a lot of auto-tune to try to change into that unique voice, and I'm not sure that it worked. I'm sorry Pierre, we just really love your beats themselves. When listening to "Life of Pi'erre 4", I found myself holding onto the beginning of the songs before he started rapping. His voice ended up being a distraction from the sounds. The words themselves were not bad however. The topic of the album is like "I glo'd up from when I was younger. I get hoes now. I get money, and fuck the hoes who slept on me, but I'm still sad." That's my summary of the lyrics. But at the same time, they give me a sad-boy vibe similar to that of Juice WRLD. So, the lyrics themselves are not bad at all but I do feel as if his voice drags when reciting them. On our Intersect 1-10 rating scale, the rapping would get a 5/10. The five points lost go to the rapping being a distraction to the sound, him not really saying anything, and his voice not complimenting the track.
THE ART BEHIND THE ALBUM
But is the album a raw work of art? Yes. Some things that determine how artistic an album is to me is the order of the songs and the hidden meanings. On "Life of Pi'erre Bourne 4" the order of the songs is beautiful. Since he is a producer and an audio engineer he made it so each song previewed the sound of the next song and I love that. Yes, other artists do this too. No, their tracks don't sound the same as Pierre's. The feeling that I get when I hear a preview of Pierre's tracks/sounds, is unbeatable. It makes me instantly start hitting my little dance moves. He even has this guy's voice on most of the tracks that sounds like some type of news reporter or a man selling something in a commercial. He says things like "Please stop by for twelve flavors of unlimited sauce". I personally love the entry of random voices/voiceovers in music because it makes the music more fun and relatable. Along with the random man's voice, Pierre's own voice speaking casually comes up throughout the album. He has little conversations with waiters, salespeople, etc. It is just the "funnest" thing ever to me. Along with the order of songs, the meaning of the album cover being potentially connected to lean is awesome. And an even better theory, is that it could be related to Playboi Carti's upcoming album "Whole Lotta Red". Instead of messing with red showing that he is still super connected to Carti and under his shadow, he has his own color, purple. I don't know if any of my theories are correct, but I do know that this album is raw because it made me think and interpret what things could/should mean. On our Intersect 1-10 rating scale, the art behind the album would get a 8/10. Two points would be lost to the lyrics not making me think/interpret much.
MY TOP TRACKS ON ALBUM
Guillotine, Doublemint, Juice, and Feds
APPLE MUSIC'S TOP TRACKS ON ALBUM
Poof, Try Again, Feds, Be Mine
I would recommend listening to Pierre Bourne's "Life of Pi'erre 4", but I really think his rapping lowered the rating on his album. If you love his tracks, go listen, but you may get a little headache because the album has a lot going on. The overall Intersect rating for "Life of Pi'erre 4" is a 7.7/10. Listen to the album below.