Travis Scott and Quavo disappoint on Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho


Kavya Desikan, Social Media Manager

Travis Scott and Quavo spent all of 2017 dominating the rap game. The release of Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho on December 21, 2017, should have been something similar to a victory lap. However, upon listening to the 13-track album, it ended up being one of the most underwhelming collaboration albums of 2017.

In the past year, it seemed that Travis Scott and Quavo were featuring on almost every song charting this year including Travis Scott on SZA’s Grammy-nominated “Love Galore” and Quavo on DJ Khaled’s summer smash-hit “I’m the One”. The two had also featured together on Drake’s “Portland” and Major Lazer’s “Know No Better”.

The pair were pretty much 2017’s hottest MCs, so it was expected that Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho would be one of the hottest collaborations of 2017, yet it seemed too long and missing the chemistry that other collaborations of 2017 had.

Both Travis Scott and Quavo had similar lethargic and syrupy flows, making their verses almost blur together, as they lacked contrast in tone as the heavy autotune laced their voices. The autotune-heavy verses were broken up only by Quavo’s trademark adlibs, which grew repetitive and annoying as the album progressed. Listening to Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho became chore-like, making it some of the longest 41 minutes of my life.

The album was essentially one long and droning song, broken up only by features from Quavo’s fellow Migos members, Offset and Takeoff. Never in my life did I think that I would be thankful for a Takeoff feature on a song, as he probably is the least developed from Migos; but his verse on “Eye 2 Eye” was one of the few verses on the entire album that didn’t sound lazy and lethargic.

Compared to other successful collaborations like Offset and 21 Savage’s Without Warning, which had both colorful verses and amazing production value, Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho was nothing but a last-ditch attempt from both Quavo and Travis Scott to hold off fans until the release of Travis Scott’s AstroWorld and Migos’ Culture II.

Out of all the tracks on the album, I can confidently say that I don’t have a favorite. This album, despite having great production quality, had no lyrical substance. Individually, songs like “Modern Slavery” and “How U Feel” were actually decent, but together with the rest of the tracks, it just blurred into the rest of the songs on the album.

I would rate Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho a solid 2.5 /5 stars. The album had great production value, and gleaming moments on songs like “How U Feel”, “Modern Slavery”, and “Saint Laurent Mask”, but inevitably suffered as the rappers lacked chemistry on the album which gave them an underwhelming and slow album.

Some albums I would recommend in place of Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho are Offset and 21 Savage’s Without Warning and Big Sean’s Double or Nothing.