Style: Hip Hop
Reviewed by Randy Radic
Bronx hip hopper, D. Green, has a new album out. It’s called For the F.E.W. And it’s brilliant! Green’s lyrics are simply dazzling, going far beyond the usual hip hop quatrains. Green doesn’t simply write lyrics, he engages in verbal pyrotechnics. For example:
“I even lost my inspiration and have yet to find it … still
The beauty of this game has been losing its sex appeal.”
The opening track on the album is “FansEveryWhere,” the lone tarnished song on the album. The lyrics, as on the entire album, are excellent. But the beat is anemic and amateurish, not at all indicative of D. Green’s talents. And the melody simply doesn’t exist.
“Ingenuity” is the second track, and it exudes flamboyance held under careful control. Green’s strong tenor voice complements the song’s throbbing beat. The arrangement is spot-on and whoever mixed it at Full Tilt Productions deserves a round of applause. “Ingenuity” is the perfect musical vehicle for the Top 40 playlist. It’s that good.
Another song, probably the best on the album, should also rapidly climb the charts of Pop Music. It’s called “Like This,” and features the crystal clear falsetto of LoVel during the chorus, a chorus that can only be described as Wow! What makes the chorus so wonderful is the harmony achieved by Green and LoVel in conjunction with the melody, which is simply beautiful. It’s a love song that manages to circumvent the usual saccharine clichés and cloying schmaltziness associated with hip hop romance.
“Still” resembles an amalgamation of dub-step, hip hop and electronic dance music. It’s ambitious and original, containing an innovative beat that borders on the ultramodern.
The final track on For the F.E.W. is “It’s Simple,” a straight forward hip hop tune that features the poignant vocals of Katie Frost. “It’s Simple” is a song about remaining true to oneself and one’s roots even in the midst of fame and fortune. Ms. Frost’s voice invests the song with a sense of douceur de vivre, the sweetness of life. During the chorus, her solitary crooning provides listeners with great satisfaction because of its purity.
For the F.E.W, by design or by talent, seems preordained for popularity. It’s mainstream, but doesn’t sound commercial. In other words, it’s not industrial hip hop, the typical overly-stylized rubbish that seems to currently dominate the genre. For the F.E.W. is an excellent album that should appeal to everyone.