The New Jim Crow
1. Ferguson, Missouri has a population of approximately 21,000 people — roughly 75% of those residents are Black
2. The Ferguson police department has around 530 cops —less than 5 of them are Black
3. Ferguson had *zero* homicides for all of 2014 —until Michael Brown was murdered by Darrin Wilson
4. Things you should know: Five Myths About Black-on-Black Crime
5. Michael Brown was 18yrs old and was about to begin college. Brown had no criminal record, and despite the Ferguson PD’s smear campaign, Mike Brown PAID FOR the cigars —those facts are all important and should be known, but even if Brown was a high school dropout with prior arrests who stole the cigars, 1) it wouldn’t have made his life any less valuable, 2) we have a court system and those are not capital offenses and 3) it doesn’t change the fact that the cop who killed him, Darren Wilson, had no idea about Brown’s personal history when he executed Brown. Wilson saw only a Black teen deemed either “too uppity” or “suspicious” because of his skin color
6. Five examples: The Militarization of the police
7. It’s deeply Institutional: Police view Black Children As Less Innocent
8. So please - don’t get it twisted
you’d feel like an ocean all reactive
and lucid in emotion why’d you think
Alright, so I’m gonna start doing reviews of tapes from underground artists that I find / enjoy, or not enjoy, just whatever grabs me and makes me feel like writing a review.
Might work on doing maybe two of these a week, but starting off 1 might be the goal until I get into the groove of it. So let’s get to this review.
Space Jammin is a mixtape from Fayde a member of the ATF collective, he’s also a part of Chapter BLK. Space Jammin came out in November of 2013 and is available on Fayde’s bandcamp here. I’ve been listening to Fayde since December of 13, and would consider myself a fan of his work. I get a little hype whenever he drops a new track on soundcloud, and I’m highly anticipating his 3rd tape “Arkillo” which is dropping August 29th.
Space Jammin is Fayde’s Freshman tape, as an artist your freshman tape is an important one, Fayde clearly grasps that concept. Your first tape should be well organized, everything about it should be representative of what your goals are as an artist, even if you haven’t really figured out your whole mission plan.
The first track, the album title track “Space Jammin" can give you a clear picture what Fayde is about right off rip. He takes control of this track all on his own, which is seemingly important as only 3 of the 14 tracks are him by his lonesome. In this opening track Fayde outlines his life. He drops bars to showcase what kind of stuff he is hip to. Being a member of the "Anime Task Force" there is an obligatory dragon ball z reference / punchline. Out of this song you learn that Fayde is a chill guy that came from a place that wasn’t all peaches and cream, so if you fuck around it ain’t gonna be easy goings, his personal style, and lack of care of what’s going on in the fashion world, his taste for gin, that he likes to kick back with his set, and that ATF is here to go for the money.
64 graphics is one of my personal favorites on this tape, domo X is featured on this track, and is prominent on the album, on a total of 4 tracks. domo comes through with good quality verses on all 4 of them. The beat on this track is bonkers, provides a great backdrop for both artists to shine. Which they both do. “Graphics was hella shitty, but fuck it so was my life” is a line that hits you right here if your childhood was anything that wasn’t all flowers. Fayde has lines like this quite frequently, that drop some knowledge on you real fast and move on, which make you contemplate shit and just say “damn”
The Rill features Dash Lee & Ness Tripton, both of which come through with really fun verses, and so far the 3 features all have had their own styles, and the tape begins to come into it’s own and you start appreciate this collective and want to delve into their discographies and show support.
Talented individuals who are not pretentious, just rapping bout what they want to rap about and doing it with skills.
Going into Summer Doe you get a real feeling of how influenced by New York rap Fayde is. Never a bad thing at all, in fact Fayde has lived in Florida for a good chunk of time, and New York, his style is more Northeast, but it blends in some southern style and it’s a good blend. His cadence and flows are usually fun and whenever he gets even a little conscious it adds a significant amount of weight to the lines.
Life (Jensei) features Domo X, I have to talk about how great the beat selection on this tape is. Each one seems to foray into the next one like they were made to go in the order Fayde decided to arrange them. Not every beat is great, but the sounds / feelings of the beats are aligned surprisingly well. “This that first thing on the moon shit, mobbin with my crew shit, never use a blueprint, I ain’t tryna be like you shit”.
Dawgz comes on and Kai Hall comes in first. Now Kai Hall is probably the most prominent rapper in ATF. He’s got this type of arrogance that isn’t dumb trap bravado, he can just create an atmosphere that dominates the track with his voice, and Fayde meshes well with it, this track is another personal favorite, it’s haunting without being overbearing or too brooding, and entertaining.
Half Colombiana features Dan V Hefner, another ATF rapper that has a clear style and maintains a good level of control on tracks. These two on the Green Ranger instrumental is all good fun, Dan actually has my favorite line in this song when he says “Don’t be in the game if you can’t stand the pressure”
Doomsday has got FunkShway on it, he sounds so young compared to his more recent works, but it’s not bad, I like hearing artists that you can actually hear the growth that they go through as an artist. The track has a haunting vibe like Dawgz does, but not as dark, Shway is entirely different than Kai, so the the two songs manage to have the same atmosphere from the instrumentals but the rapping sets them apart heavily.
The rest of the album is just as good as the previous tracks, The features that come up are another two from Domo X, one from SlimB, Blackout, Mac Tutmose, all of them have good verses, Rando is probably my favorite from the last four, Get Jackd is pretty good too.
Overall, the tape is impressive for a freshman tape, honestly for how much attention is not on Fayde I’d be impressed if this was his 3rd or 4th tape. There are parts where the inexperience shows, but those are few and far between. It’s a good fun tape, Fayde isn’t trying to be the best rapper ever, he’s not trying to drop knowledge with every bar, he’s not just rapping to flex, he’s rapping because that’s him. It comes naturally.
The mixing/mastering could be better, but who has a freshman mixtape you can’t say that about.
I’d give the tape an 8.5/10 it is definitely notable, and a good listening experience throughout. None of the features are too weak, only one I wasn’t feeling was Rmani, on “can’t complain” That’s about the only full song I don’t like on this tape. Some features definitely mesh better than others, which isn’t bad, just something I felt while listening. Beat selection is great, except I’m not a fan of the “bean” or “can’t complain” instrumentals. I would recommend this tape to everyone asking except to snobby elitist music listeners.
Again, you can find "Space Jammin" here
It’s free to download, so maybe paypal him a couple bucks if you listen to it and dig it!
Tell me what you think about Space Jammin, and my review skills, maybe even send me some music you’d like me to review! Can’t wait to do more of these, but till next time -
- Totem Romulus
Death Becomes Her 2013
"Once I ruled here, and while Doctor Doom was monarch, this tiny nation was the most prosperous in all Europe."
FANTASTIC FOUR #247 (Oct. 1982)
Art by John Byrne & Glynis Wein