Marv Won – “Hagler” review

Marv Won is a 40 year old MC/producer from Detroit, Michigan who came up as a part of the world famous Fat Killahz. He’s gone on to become well respected in the battle circuit & has released a total of 4 solo albums, with the previous one being Sooner Than Later last winter. However just a few months after dropping his 2nd EP Rabbits Can’t Shoot over the summer, he’s ending the year by dropping his 3rd EP.

The title track is a perfect opener with it’s boom bap production paying homage to the Marvelous Marvin Hagler himself whereas “Bread Crumbs” takes a more melodic route saying he don’t know why he would want to be like other cats & The Olympicks’ production has this jazzy undertone to it that I just love. “King & Duck” gets back on the boom bap tip as his partner in rhyme Quest MCODY helps take their battle bar skills on wax very well, but then “Salt N Pepper” switches things up by emotionally talking about his father’s death.

The song “Holy Spirits” has a fitting organ-laced instrumental throughout powerfully comparing a liquor store in the hood to a church while the penultimate track “Back at It” by the Twin Towers weaves in a more uncanny beat talking about how it’s all trouble when they get together & rightfully so. Finally, the Chanes-produced “Heavy Bag” couldn’t have finished off the EP any better by sending warning shots at those who want beef with him.

Although I loved the previous EP, Marv really outdoes himself with Hagler over here. It’s refreshing to hear him bring outside producers into the fold with his lyricism being a healthy mix of battle raps & some personal confessions of what’s happened in his life within the last few months.

Score: 4/5

Marv Won – “Rabbits Can’t Shoot” review

This is the 2nd EP from Detroit emcee/producer Marv Won. Coming up as a part of the world famous Fat Killahz, he has gone on to become well respected in the battle circuit & has released a total of 4 solo albums, with the latest being Sooner Than Later this past winter. But out of nowhere, Marv has decided to drop Rabbits Can’t Shoot on Bandcamp for 24 hours only just to see who really fucks. with him.

The title track at the very start of the EP has a soulful boom bap instrumental criticizing the saying “ain’t no fun when the rabbit got the gun” whereas “E.A.R. (Everybody A Rapper)” is a grimy shot at wack emcees. Clemmye, Guilty Simpson & Ty Farris tag along for the cold blooded “Harmony Korine” leading into him proclaiming that he speaks in “Divinity” accompanied by an angelic beat.

The harmonious “Raise a Glass” calls out those praying on his downfall & still being here while the penultimate track “Spin the Block” works in a soul sample talking about getting money for all intensive purposes. The closer “Like My Daddy” with Ro Spit is a beautiful piano ballad looking back on their childhoods.

For a surprise release, Rabbits Can’t Shoot absolutely delivers. Marv gets a lot off his chest through the pen, almost all the features come correct & I still maintain his production is the best it’s ever sounded after all these years in the game.

Score: 4/5

Marv Won – “Sooner Than Later” review

Marv Won is a 39 year old MC/producer from Detroit, Michigan who came up as a part of the world famous Fat Killahz. He’s gone on to become well respected in the battle circuit & has released a total of 3 solo albums, with the previous one being Soundtrack of Autumn in late 2016. However after this new full-length effort of his was set to drop next weekend, Marv has decided to put it out on his Bandcamp a week early.

The album kicks off with “Workin’”, where Marv talks about staying on the grind over a glistening beat. The next song “G.T.F.O.T.W. (Get The Fuck Out The Way)” talks about being beyond rappers over a grimy instrumental while the track “Twin Towers” showcases the titular duo consisting of Marv & Fatt Father over sinister boom bap beat. The song “Camp Low” talks about taking his own route over a soulful instrumental while the track “Lenny Cooke” talks about how he used to be the best kid in the class over a forlorn beat.

The song “Lay You Down” talks about living in a bucket of crabs over a gloomy instrumental while the track “Streets” talks about how you already know what it’s like in the gutter over some keys & a soul sample. The song “Clock on ‘Em” talks about putting cats under the gun over a dusty boom bap instrumental while the track “Nautica Van” talks about how that’s all he ever wanted over a lavish beat. The penultimate track “Raynathan” with Willie the Kid finds the 2 talking about those who want them to fall over a relaxing instrumental & then the closer “Rose” talks about appreciating loved ones before they’re gone over a glamorous beat.

Marv has always been one of the illest to ever come out of Detroit & this album is just a reminder of that. Dude’s production has only gotten better with time & his pen-game on here is powerfully thought-provoking.

Score: 4/5

Fatt Father – “King Father” review

Fatt Father is an emcee from Detroit, Michigan who came up as a member of the world famous Fat Killahz. He eventually started building a solo discography in the mid/late 2000s with projects like Tales of the Childless Father, his eponymous full-length debut, You Are the Father!, Fatherly Advice (The Legend Of James Evans Sr.) & Fatherhood. Last we heard from him was in 2016 with Veteran’s Day but with his Middle Finger Music debut Soccer Dad on the way, he’s preluding it with his 4th full-length album.

After the “Defined” intro, we dive straight into the first song “King Talk”. Where Fatts reclaims the throne over a rowdy boom bap beat from Blizzard. The next track “We Go Hard” with DJ Oreeyo is a father/son cut about how no one can do it like them over an infectiously rhythmic instrumental while the song “Look At Me Now” talks about the person he has become over a wavy beat from Marv Won. The track “Growth” speaks on his evolution over a sorrowful instrumental while the song “When It Goes Down” with Sugarae & A-Minus sees the 3 talking about throwing hands over a rugged instrumental.

The track “Bundle Up” talks about being prepared for whatever over a melancholic instrumental while the song “Burn Sumthin'” comes through with some menacing battle bars over a settle yet bleak instrumental. The track “Ok Wit That” brushes off his haters over a moody instrumental while the song “Old Future” with Isaac Castor sees the 2 talking venting about their stresses over a despairing boom bap beat from Foul Mouth. The penultimate track “Dreamin'” with Finale & Quelle Chris finds the 3 getting on the conscious tip over a preachy instrumental that enhances the mood fantastically & then there’s the closer “Keep Living”, which talks about looking forward to better days over a calming instrumental.

Fathero made a pretty solid comeback on here if you ask me. Could’ve been a little bit longer as it only runs at about 34 minutes but it’s mature, he sounds refreshed & really does manage to remind us all of his rightful place in the Detroit hip hop scene as one of the city’s most skilled MCs. Can’t wait to see where he & Foul Mouth take it next on Soccer Dad.

Score: 3.5/5

Bang Belushi – “The Adventures of Bang Belushi” review

Bang Belushi is an MC from Detroit, Michigan who came up as 1/4 of the world famous Fat Killahz. Since the group’s hiatus beginning in 2011, he’s released a few EPs with 2 of them being under his own name & the other one being a collaborative effort with fellow Fat Killah King Gordy. But now with just a few days left in 2018, the newly founded Middle Finger Music is helping him in giving fans his long-awaited full-length debut with the label’s co-founder Foul Mouth producing it in it’s entirety.

After the intro, we go into the first song “Gotta Go”. Here, Bang gets boastful over a smooth boom bap beat. The track “That Loud” is a weed anthem with a prominent flute while the song “I Love Fast Food” pretty much speaks for itself over a grimy beat. The track “Do the Bang” is a charismatic party anthem while the song “DrinkSmokeWeedFuck” vividly describes his Saturday nights over a boom bap beat with some vibraphones. The track “Simple” with Nolan the Ninja sees the 2 getting on some fly shit over some funky guitar licking while the song “I Think I’m ODB” with A-Minus talks about how wreckless they are over a boom bap beat with some horns.

The track “For Years” talks about his place in the rap game over a soulful beat while the song “Rhyder Daddy” is a heartfelt tribute to Bang’s daughter complete with a settle beat. The track “Shooter” with King Gordy & Guilty Simpson sees the 3 getting vividly murderous over an organ-inflicted boom bap beat while “The Zone Out” with Isaac Castor sees the 2 talking about relaxation over a spacey yet jazzy beat. The song “Blowed Everyday” speaks for itself over a laidback beat while the track “Bloodsport” feels like a perfectly haunting sequel to “Bang & the Barfly” off of Aztek the Barfly’s latest magnum opus Line King. The album then finishes with “Middle Finger Rap”, where Bang fantastically sets the vibe complete with some eerie choir vocals.

It’s been a long time coming & at the end, Bang’s magnum opus is over here is a fantastic example of why I think Middle Finger Music is starting to become one of the most consistent labels in hip hop. There are a couple features that I personally didn’t care for but other than that, Foul Mouth continues to prove himself as one of the best producers in the game today & it suits the raw unfiltered lyricism that is displayed from beginning to end.

Score: 4.5/5