From the art on the cover to the artistry on the tracks, “Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho” is the best collaborative album of 2017. Legendary artist Ralph Steadman kicks off the experience with a gonzo art cover where Travis Scott and Quavo stand fierce and caricatured.
The album, released on December 21, 2017, was a highly anticipated precursor to Scott’s upcoming “Astroworld” and Migos’ “Culture 2.” The album from Huncho Jack (Scott and Quavo’s name as a duo) debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 with 90,000 units sold the first week.
The production is what really delivers the album to excellence. The first track, “Modern Slavery,” begins the project with a sample of Otis Redding’s “Cigarettes and Coffee” before the beat drops and the journey into an iconic array of Scott beats commences.
Scott and Quavo, however, fail to shine as individuals on the album in an effort to achieve chemistry. After the songs “Eye 2 Eye” featuring Takeoff and “Dubai Shit” featuring Offset, the other tracks seem to fade in memory and become the same couple of songs.
That said, the songs don’t lose personality like some did on “Without Warning,” the collab album between Offset and 21 Savage. However, unlike Future and Young Thug’s “Super Slimey,” the artists’ unique styles don’t come through on the tracks.
Nevertheless, the adlib-laden project is a good stepping stone for each artist’s individual albums.