The London native’s mixtape debut is a reintroduction of her experimental pop sound.
Runway’s release is a reintroduction to her distinct artistry which reimagines pop. Throughout the project, the London-bred artist surpasses the limitations of her sound and experiments heavily. That experimentation can be heard on the first track “Apeshit” but especially on “Little Nokia” with Rico Nasty.
“Normalise calling Bree Runway a popstar,” she tweeted back in September. This tweet speaks to her acknowledging her ability to shapeshift within pop, trap rap, and rock. In a recent interview with gal-dem, Runway expanded on this notion, “I hate my artistry being reduced to one genre because the proof is in the pudding, there’s no way I can be called just a rap girl or an R&B sensation.” She also added, “I would say my brand is completely plastered in popstar goodness – it’s fashion, it’s drama.”
The most memorable tracks on the mixtape are “ATM,” “Damn Daniel” and “Gucci.” “Apeshit” is also a really, really good introductory track. “ATM” has a specific je ne sais quoi that makes it work. Missy Elliott’s flavor is inflected with a touch of energy that only she could add to a song. The duo’s chemistry is admirable.
“Damn Daniel” just works. On this cut, over an energetic beat, Bree daringly raps and divulges about the men she deals with. Yung Baby Tate injects her sound via a fitting feature. We wouldn’t be surprised if Khia’s “Don’t Trust No Nigga” served as an inspiration for this song.
2000AND4EVA thrusts Bree amongst a gamut of her genre-blending peers including Yung Baby Tate, Doja Cat, Junglepussy, and even the OG Nicki Minaj. The release proves Runway is willing to be unique amongst a sea of rappers and singers that are comfortable shelling out music that sounds and feels safe.
Stream 20004EVA below.