The City Girls philosophy, such as it is, is simple: As summed up by the chorus on “Trap Star,” it’s to “f*ck him ’til he broke… then I dash off.” There’s beauty in that kind of simplicity. It’s uncomplicated, straightforward, and honest. What you see is what you get.
That’s the way City Girls’ music is overall; you know what you’re getting going in. Girl Code may only be their second album — both in their catalog and in 2018 — but whether you were a fan of their debut album, Period, or this is your first ride, there won’t be much in the way of surprises. There’s a comforting familiarity to the sophomore project for established fans and a knowing, easy accessibility for newcomers. And while there’s not much in the way of variety or depth, overall, it’s a fun album for nights out from a crew that knows exactly how to deliver what they’ve advertised.
Seeing that quality is likely what prompted Quality Control Music head honchos Coach and Pee to sign the untested Miami rap duo late last year when their first record became the basis for a solid appearance on the Quality Control compilation, Control The Streets Volume 1. “F*ck Dat N—-” resonated so strongly with the streets that the Girls’ studio debut Period was promptly pressed up and promoted throughout the spring of 2018, but before any of the album’s first three singles (“I’ll Take Your Man,” “Sweet Tooth,” and “Where The Bag At”) could gain traction outside of the group’s newly-minted, hardcore fanbase, member JT was arrested and sentenced to 24 months in Miami’s Federal Detention Center for credit card fraud.
Fortunately, the group’s placement on Drake’s summertime album Scorpion on the wildly viral fan favorite track “In My Feelings,” bought JT enough time on the outside to record the entirety of Girl Code, film an unknown number of music videos for the remaining Period singles and presumably at least a few of Girl Code‘s, and deliver a star-making performance at the 2018 BET Awards. A label-sponsored mini-doc detailed the whirlwind, 30-day extension, during which Coach and Pee kept JT and Yung Miami working at a feverish pace to get all the work done on time.
Yet, that breakneck recording schedule hasn’t diminished the quality of the music they delivered for Girl Code. Since they never seemed particularly interested in mining concepts outside of their stoic, “trick these dudes for every last dime” topics, they were already well-practiced in knocking together strip-club ready gold-digging anthems in the vein of lead single “Twerk,” which now features a fittingly unabashed verse from Cardi B.
Pardon the loaded term, but when describing what City Girls do on high-energy tracks like “On The Low,” “Season,” and “Broke Boy” — and do extremely well, might I add — it helps to be as straightforward and unabashed as they are. I don’t know if they’re interested in reclaiming such terms as gold digger so much as they are entirely unfazed by the potential of such invective being applied to them. They’re too busy getting this paper, the best way they know how: By milking their ballerific targets for all the diamonds, designer, and dollars their hearts desire with the enticement of “leave-in” p*ssy, as JT dubs her assets on “Season.”