Featuring the embattled Gucci Mane, “Up & Down” is Metro Boomin’s latest cut off the impending 19 & Boomin project. Though it was most likely recorded some time ago, “Up & Down” sounds strikingly appropriate to the life and times of Mr. Mane today. He’s not hating on Waka yet, and still shouting out Bricksquad, but the chorus couldn’t be more applicable.
Laugh all you want at the guy, because let’s face it, he basically exemplifies a tragic-comedy. He sounds sane here (and Not. Like. Someone. Who tweets and texts. Like. This). That last “when you down they smile” echoes off into oblivion and feels especially forlorn, even for Gucci.