Does he have a bright future?
Josh Love: Young Greatness is an awful handle (was MC Good Rapper Guy taken?) especially for a dude who’s just now breaking through at the age of 31, but “Moolah” is still a keeper thanks to its sheer incongruity. The rapping’s a hypnotically tight feedback loop that might have been pure boilerplate over a teeth-rattling trap beat, but paired with a hyper-saccharine piano backing the results are arrestingly strange. The emotionalism reminds me of Fetty Wap, though here it’s more suggestive than stated.
Maxwell Cavaseno: The irony is that years and years of the futuristic movement’s utilization of melody and the application of Jazze Pha’s production meant at first I couldn’t tell if we had a R&B singer doing struggle anthems or another Future-a-like that QC was pushing. I couldn’t tell you much more even so. Jazze’s production is pretty to the point, doesn’t offer much new but is an effective banger. And Young Greatness isn’t doing much new; he sounds like Future, Quan, Snootie, Fetty and a dozen other rappers who do the same sort of thing. His bars aren’t worth recalling, and the hook is a one-note affair. A fine outing, but hardly anything that hasn’t been done before.
Alfred Soto: The Jazze Pha production accentuates this New Orleans rapper’s affinities with Future, and while this isn’t an insurmountable difficulty it’s irritating when I’m still steeped in Future shock.
Brad Shoup: I mean, maybe it’s Futuristic if we’re going off timbre. Something like “Turn On the Lights” without the curiosity, or the sense of swimming toward the light. Jazze’s divesting himself of GMOs: that piano chord progression is elemental. Greatness strikes something similar on the hook. Like everything else, it derives, only deeper.
Will Adams: The piano chords are also responsible, but that chord progression is really sad! A vi-V6-I movement upwards falls down to the IV, then tries to go up the hill again. It works pretty well with Young Greatness’ commitment to hard work, even if the song itself is content with being really repetitious.
Iain Mew: The hook is as bright as the crisp production, but comes up so often that by the end of the song I was double checking that I hadn’t accidentally put it on repeat.
Madeleine Lee: Thanks to Jazze Pha’s lightly applied piano chords and Young Greatness’s croon, “Moolah” is a song about being in love with the coco that actually sounds like being in love, or like the pause you afford yourself after a day of hard work to feel proud of what you’ve accommplished.