On RUDEBWOY CJ Fly fused his reggae roots with classic boom bap drums and soul samples under signature Pro Era/ Beast Coast flows, with “Bamboo Tree” Fly brings back the vibrance of hot summer days and nights with a full dive into the Jamaican riddim your hear outside in Flatbush.
Why We Like It
The heavily gospel-inspired production of “No Assistance” is textured by a harmonizing church choir and light keys, but Call Me Ace stands out distinctly with an aggressive delivery. His passion is religious, his zeal is clear, and his bars are tight.
“High Life” measures up to a luxurious mantle. The synth-anchored chipmunk soul of the instrumental offers a sound foundation for Lionel B to spit a tribute to coming from nothing and reveling in the excesses of long-coming success.
“Dreamers” is an intense experience. Lou Berry crafted a dreamy landscape for vocalists Gracy Hopkins and LYNN to escape into. The blend of soul and rap gives the landscape a textured feel, the details are constantly evolving.
The gospel inspired “Heaven Looks Like” visualizes the afterlife as gathering around the table with beloved friends and family. Milla Thyme raps about finding heaven on Earth among the people who mean the most to us.
Songs like “Dedication” are rare peaceful moments that can compel us through the turbulence. Mark Ferg says “the best way for me to contribute to what’s going on right now in the world is to reflect and document it through my art.”
If “My Way” could be said to move, it’d slink, graceful and surreptitious, like the lingering electric guitar at its heart. OFLO sings “More than friends but less than lovers” with a smooth elegance that indulges in the sultry side of the track.
In a video centered around boxing, VIBE WORLD ORDER returns with “Fosho.” The single is yet another heavy hitting rap that highlights the collective’s versatility and cohesion. The emcees flow light on their feet but ready to deliver a knock out.
Musical power-couple, JUICYPEAR, sing about the ups and downs of marriage as if on a “Rollercoaster” of rises and falls. The thing about roller coasters though, even the anticipation at the height of the ride is unmatched by the overall thrill of the experience.
In an age riddled with cynicism and disbelief, an earnest expression of hope is a radical thing, and whilst Audrey channels her soft-spoken affirmation through soft soul palettes and duelling vocal lines, you can’t help but feel there’s an edge to her restrained reminder.