If you were expecting a deluxe version of 21 Savage and Metro Boomin‘s Savage Mode 2 album, don’t get your hopes up. The producer took to Twitter to announce that a chopped not slopped version of the project would be dropping on Monday (October 19), instead of going down the usual deluxe route.
“Chopped up not slopped up tonight paying homage to the OGs and classic hip hop,” he said. “That deluxe shit burnt out #RIPDJSCREW Purple heart.”
Clearly fed up with the trend, Metro looked to shoot down any plans of a deluxe version in favor of the Slim K, OG Ron C and The Chopstars release. He also dedicated the project to Houston innovator DJ Screw, and was inspired enough to consider moving to Space City.
He proclaimed, “Shoutout H Town I’m finna find a house out there.”
— Metro Boomin (@MetroBoomin) October 18, 2020
Shoutout H Town I’m finna find a house out there ??????
— Metro Boomin (@MetroBoomin) October 19, 2020
Deluxe albums have become a common way for rappers to boost their albums back up the Billboard 200 chart, with the likes of Lil Baby, Lil Wayne, Gunna, Moneybagg Yo and G Herbo hopping on the trend in 2020. Artists like NAV and Machine Gun Kelly have even dropped deluxe versions just days after releasing the original project.
In an interview with Complex on Wednesday (October 14), Generation Now founder Don Cannon claimed his artist Lil Uzi Vert inspired the deluxe trend. Uzi dropped Eternal Atake on March 6, followed by the deluxe version known as Lil Uzi Vert vs. the World 2 on March 13.
“Uzi started the deluxe [trend],” Cannon said. “It’s like he’s doing a whole other wave of visionary shit.”
Generation Now’s Leighton “Lakeshow” Morrison also added, “[He] wanted to provide the new feeling of this new Uzi. He made his fans wait so long, but he also wanted to give them a little bit of that old Uzi, too. That’s why the name is Lil Uzi Vert Vs. The World 2.”
Savage Mode 2 debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with roughly 171,000 album-equivalent units earned in the week ending October 8. The following week, it was knocked down to the No. 2 spot after Pop Smoke’s posthumous album Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon returned to the top.
Stream the chopped not slopped version of the album below.