@Jwalksonwater head of the http://www.thebeyhive.com/ has slammed down his gavel on FlyKingi's Latest EP 'The Closet Chronicles, Vol.1' find out the 'track by track' verdict bellow!
Track By Track review: The Closet Chronicles, Vol.1
Where the first album felt like a compilation of tracks to showcase
his versatility and what he's capable of.
This mixtape is more centered around a theme.. the theme being the
closet chronicles as the title reveals.
This Project has more collaborations than the first one had... because
it's not just telling his story.
it's telling the story of all OUT rappers.
starts with spoken word intro into a marching band sound and than
progresses into a thumping uptempo.
the production gives me Timbaland vibes, not what timbaland has
become, but from back in the day.
Featuring a new ATL rapper abutta who rides the beat to perfection.
very strong opening number
this is the single and a feel good song. Telling people to unwrap their
mask and feel confident enough to be themselves.
The song features transgender artist 'Hailie', a video for the song is
in the works.
It's a perfect song for the summer to blast while cruising and just
get into the groove.
this is the anti-bulling anthem, it has a strong international allure
due to the European sound.
it's a charity single and features the female R&B singer Tracii who
gives the better featured vocals on the album.
the only thing that could've elevated this even more is if the
flykingI added a little catchy bridge to it.
Big Ole Chain:
Here FlykingI features a sample from Roc Nations Best new artist
grammy nominee and breakthrough rap star of 2011 J. Cole.
The sample is from J cole's breakthrough hit Workout.. all though it here
sounds like a brand new song. FlykingI sings on the bridge here
and it sounds really good. would def want to hear more singing on
Ironically this song couldn't have been made public at a better
time..over what feels like a spoken word intro.
the Flyking talks about the American justice system.. which is
currently a hot topic in America right now.
even tho the album is pact with social awareness messages, even through
the uplifting productions, here everything
is slowed down so people can fully focus on the message.
a clever use of the samples 'Ty Dolla $ign's 'All Star' create a a
catchy anthem (Like T.M.D. was the anthem on the last mixtape)
Featuring a strong verse by 'Out' rapper LastO.
Both of them showcasing that being out isn't keeping them from
delivering on the standout track on the album.
Future single? It has my vote.
Produced by popular ballroom scene producer 'JayR Neutron'
he uses elements of 'Jig Saw' from the blockbuster 'Saw' horror film.
Creating a hypnotic beat. The song is about going out dressed to kill
and I can see many getting dressed for a night out in the town
while this song is on repeat in the background.
My Brother in Christ:
even tho I get the importance of this track and why it was necessary to
touch on this religious subject.
Since the role of gay people in religion is heavily undermined. Using
the story of Galileo as a metaphor for how
people fear what they can't understand is clever..the production is
kept simple and clothes to the sounds one would
hear inside a catholic church, my critique is that it's out of place
right after a hype track like snapped.. it
should've been the album closer. a big conscious moment after all the
bopping and grooving... instead of interrupting the groove midway.
a song about people who like to fake it till they make it, features
female rapper 'BFly' (sister of The Game)
It's an uptempo track ..surely to be played with the volume all the
way up..the homer Simpson sample standout on the hook.
the critique here is that the song could've used 1 more verse..
actually a verse of FlyKing & BFly exchanging words back
and forth would've been dope. that's 1 thing I miss a little on this
album interaction between FlyKingI and the featured rappers.
The teaser track that was released earlier this year, this song
featured Out music star Solomon.
this song is very throwback to the sound of the last mixtape and sound
a little out of place here.
but due to the good reception of the track it's been included here as
a bonus track.
As a cohesive piece of work this mixtape trumps the first 1. The
production work here is better, the build up of the songs is better.
and even tho it has 1 strong theme it still shows enough versatility.
On the next project I would like to see more interaction
with the featured rappers, instead of each doing a verse..some
exchanging of lines and also some add libs to add just a tad bit more
hype to the tracks.