Bankroll Fresh's first and final posthumous album, In Bank We Trust, was delivered today exactly four years after the Atlanta rapper was shot and killed in an altercation with a childhood friend.
Around 2014, when the Atlanta scene was buzzing with trap sounds like church bells, splashing open hats, earth shattering 808s and trap snares, Bankroll Fresh emerged as a key figure within this rising rap style. As his sound started to take shape, he linked up with several of the scene's hottest artists and producers, including Gucci Mane, Future and Metro Boomin', and Mike WiLL Made-It. In the midst came his viral hit "Hot Boy" – "Balling like a Hot Boy, Hot Boy, Hot Boy, Hot Boy" – which propelled Bankroll onto many rap fans' radars.
He quickly capitalized on his newfound wave with a self-titled album in 2015, which included a guest appearance from 2 Chainz. The Fader published a feature that referred to him as "Atlanta's Most Distinctive Rapper." Drake even shouted him out on Instagram.
But just as he was bubbling, he was taken away. At only 28 years old, he passed away from a gunshot wound stemming from a fight with a friend named No Plug. Several years later, the Atlanta news outlet 11Alive shared a video of the incident, showing Bankroll just minutes before the shootout started.
While his camp has dropped a handful of singles since, fans were pleasantly surprised to hear about In Bank We Trust earlier this week. His mom made the announcement in a touching video.
The popular hip-hop sound has shifted away from trap in recent years, but Bankroll Fresh still sounds, well, fresh. On the opening track "Mind, Body & Soul," we can hear his unfettered hunger and faith led by a beat reminiscent of "Versace" by Migos. "Days I ain't bathe, but made profit / Everyday I pay the game knowledge," he raps.
Surprisingly, the album lacks notable features – Boosie Badazz is the only big name. It's unfortunate his team couldn't wrangle a high profile Atlanta artist like Future or 2 Chainz for such an important release. Still, Bankroll holds his own on a few other standout tracks like "Extra" and "Right On."
Give In Bank We Trust a listen below.