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Hoodie SZN (pronounced "Hoodie Season") is A Boogie wit da Hoodie's second studio album which was released on December 21, 2018 by Atlantic and Highbridge Records.

TracklistingEdit

  1. Voices in My Head
  2. Beasty
  3. I Did It
  4. Swervin (featuring 6ix9ine)
  5. Startender (featuring Offset & Tyga)
  6. Demons and Angels (featuring Juice WRLD)
  7. Love Drugs and Sex
  8. Skeezers
  9. Savage
  10. Come Closer (featuring Queen Naija)
  11. Look Back at It
  12. Just Like Me (featuring Young Thug)
  13. Bosses and Workers (featuring Don Q & Trap Manny)
  14. Need a Best Friend (featuring Lil Quee & Quando Rondo)
  15. The Reaper
  16. Uptown / Bustdown (featuring Lil Durk & PnB Rock)
  17. Billie Jean
  18. 4 Min Convo (Favorite Song)
  19. Odee
  20. Pull Up (featuring NAV)

Album BackgroundEdit

On December 3, 2018, A Boogie wit da Hoodie released the album's artwork to his Instagram page.

The artwork was described by XXL Mag as "rhymer, cloaked in darkness, in the soaking rain wearing a Highbridge the Label hoodie with the actual Bronx High Bridge in the background."

In December of 2018, he said that the album's recording process took over a year to complete.

On social media, A Boogie wit da Hoodie posted that "My Sophomore Album #HoodieSzn drops 12/21/18... It took me over a year to complete and I can’t wait for you all to hear it. This is for my Day 1’s. Thank You for riding with me."

Chart PerformanceEdit

"Hoodie SZN" debuted at #2 on the US Billboard 200 with 90,000 album-equivalent units (including 6,000 pure album sales) in its first week of release.

During its second week, the album remained at number two on the chart, earning an additional 58,000 album-equivalent units.

In its third week, the album ascended to number one on the chart, earning 58,000 album-equivalent units with 823 copies in traditional album sales, becoming A Boogie wit da Hoodie's first US number-one album.

In its fourth week, the album remained at number one for a second week, moving 56,000 album-equivalent units with 749 in traditional album sales, making it the lowest-selling number-one album since Billboard began using Nielsen SoundScan to track unit sales, bringing its four-week total to 262,000 album-equivalent units.

On June 26, 2019, the album was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for combined sales and album-equivalent units of over 1,000,000 units in the United States.

As of June 2019, the album has earned 1,000,000 album-equivalent units and sold only 7,000 copies in pure album sales in the United States. The project was the biggest rap album in the first half of 2019.

Critical ReceptionEdit

"Hoodie SZN" was released to a generally positive reception from music critics.

Elias Leight of Rolling Stone gave the album a three-star rating and said that the album "is fashionably long, but A Boogie’s childlike bitterness stays cutting throughout."

Alphonse Pierre of Pitchfork wrote: "Hoodie SZN does not offer any new realizations about A Boogie. The Bronx rapper hardly breaks from the moody, tough-talking to hide his heartache sing-rap formula, but with A Boogie that’s when he works."

Robert Blair of HotNewHipHop wrote in his review of the album: "All things considered, the combination of A Boogie’s dichotomous nature and knack for unique melodies alongside those calling cards of subversive flows and vocal affectations ensure that Hoodie SZN is an immensely listenable project that reasserts his position among his classes’ elite."

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