Tha God Fahim is a 26 year old MC/producer from Atlanta, Georgia notable for his affiliations with Griselda Records as well as Mach-Hommy & Your Old Droog. He also has a incredibly vast discography, some of the standouts include Breaking Through tha Van Allen Belts & Dump Assassins. He & Droog just dropped their collab effort Tha YOD Fahim back in February & after taking a 4-month break, Fahim is making a comeback with his 18th full-length album.
The opener “Lonely Girl” details a woman acting crazy cappin’ over some jazzy keys & dusty drums whereas “Grassroots” works in a soul sample with Fahim saying he’s got something to prove. He later takes things into luxurious boom bap territory to declare himself as the “Future of the Game” as well as telling his competitors that they have no style on “Logos” & the sound Camoflauge Monk goes for feels like some Italian mobster shit.
Your Old Droog makes his first of 4 appearances on “Bubble Rap” with Fahim working a melodic vocal loop in the beat before detailing that he lives, loves & learns for the low-spirited “Long Term Goon”. Things take a more mellow turn on the boastful “Pay-per-View” leading into the piano heavy “Rhyme Equity” detailing the story of black man who rose above all evil in the world.
Meanwhile, Droog returns for the hypnotic “Check Up” saying their moves can’t be copied just before the self-explanatory string/inflicted “I Prep’d It”. He later flexes his rapping prowess on the Sadhugold-produced “Penalty” with Thrasherwulf coming in the picture to fuse a bass-line with train sounds for Fahim to say he’s “Stuck in My Dumpin’ Ways”.
“Pick a Side” is a jab at people living in disguise accompanied with a somber instrumental whereas “All These Gems Precious to Me” speaks on not wasting spare time & the drums on here just hit you in the chest. The piano/boom bap vibes continue with “Ain’t Nobody Safe” once again going at any opposition & I love the harp on “Prestige Fabric, which is a statement of Fahim’s uniqueness.
Your Old Droog pops back up for the orchestral “Closed Curtains” saying they keep a certain dialect & makes his final appearance on “Fah Knew”, which has a woodwind-infused beat & is about how “their messages are testaments for how the real represents”. Then there’s “I Been Made It”, which contains a mind-altering instrumental & speaks on being established for a minute.
The song “Ain’t No Skipping Leg Day” brings in the violins spitting that goon talk while the penultimate track “It Iz What It Iz” is a summery response to those who be wasting his time. Finally, the closer “1 Luv” serves as a hand-out to those in his life whoever need backup with a rich beat.
It’s been a little over a year since this guy has dropped a solo project & Dump Gawd: Stock Lord serves as a pretty solid comeback effort from the man & it makes me hope that we get Don’t Get Scared Now 2 sooner rather than later. I think it could’ve been trimmed down by like 6 cuts, but Fahim’s pen-game is just as sharp as production skills.