Tha God Fahim – “Dump Gawd: Shot Clock King 3” review

Tha God Fahim is a 25 year old MC/producer from Atlanta, Georgia notable for his affiliation with Griselda Records as well as being 1/3 of the Dump Gawds alongside Mach-Hommy & Your Old Droog. We also can’t ignore the massive discography that he’s managed to build for himself, some of the standouts include Breaking Through tha Van Allen Belts & Dump Assassins. He just dropped his 19th album Dump Gawd: 6 Ring Champ last month & now, he’s re-enlisting Nicholas Craven to close out the Dump Gawd: Shot Clock King trilogy.

“Mr. Microphone Menace” kicks off the EP with some astounding guitar riffs declaring himself as such whereas “World Upside Down” goes into soulful territory talking about those who tried to make his life hell on earth. “Non Stop” has more jazzier flare to it saying he’s back cooking again, but then “Will’z Hand” works in some synths talking about fucking with the wrong one.

The song “Love n Hate 2” is a stellar sequel to a 6 Ring Champ highlight from the “it’s just possible” vocal sample to the lyrics expanding on the predecessor’s concept of how people act towards him while the penultimate track “Flex Brolic” follows it up with a passionate ode to those still striving. “From the Ground Up” ends the EP by victoriously bragging about his success.

Despite being an EP, I happen to like this a tad bit more than 6 Ring Champ because I find it to be a worthy conclusion to Shot Clock King trilogy. Nicholas Craven continues to expand on the sounds that be brought to the table on the predecessors & Fahim lyrically is coming for throats for a good portion of it.

Score: 4.5/5

Tha God Fahim – “Dump Gawd: 6 Ring Champ” review

This is the 19th full-length album from Atlanta emcee/producer Tha God Fahim. Coming up as an affiliate of Griselda Records alongside Mach-Hommy & Your Old Droog, he also has a incredibly vast discography with a couple of standouts being Breaking Through tha Van Allen Belts & Dump Assassins. Last year alone, Fahim dropped his 18th album Dump Gawd: Stock Lord & the 2 Dump Gawd: Shot Clock King EPs produced by Nicholas Craven. However, is bringing him & a couple other producers on board for 6 Ring Champ.

Your Old Droog tags along for the opener “Titanism” as he & Fahim talk about keeping their engines running with a horn sample provided by the latter whereas “Iron Mic” goes into dusty boom bap territory thanks to Camoflauge Monk saying he does this for his own liking. “4 Matic” works in a drumless loop provided by Nicholas Craven to spit some battle raps leading into the chipmunk soul-heavy “Love n Hate” talking about how people be acting towards him.

Meanwhile on “Job Well Done”, we have Droog & Fahim linking back up on some jazzy boom bap shit reflecting on their come ups just before the self-produced “Countless Nights, Endless Days” incorporates some sinister piano melodies talking about being bad to the metronome. “61 in a Game” has a more peaceful tone giving motherfuckers hope, but then Droog returns 1 last time for the dusty “Checkers” clapping back at their competition.

“O.W.J. (Off-White Jordans)” talks about running numbers up all night over a slick Craven instrumental while the song “Stay Down ‘Till You Come Up” is self-explanatory as far as subject matter goes & Fahim himself provides a dejecting atmosphere to it. The penultimate track “Drivin’ Me Crazy” goes back into soul turf confessing how these last few days have been for him & “The Last Shot” is a jazzy finisher expressing his desire to live free of pressures.

Much like Stock Lord & Shot Clock King, I think 6 Ring Champ is yet another example of Fahim leveling up as an artist. He sounds hungrier than ever on the mic & the production is so incredibly consistent whether it be the man himself or the outside collaborators he brought in.

Score: 4/5

Tha God Fahim – “Dump Gawd: Shot Clock King 2” review

Tha God Fahim is a 25 year old MC/producer from Atlanta, Georgia notable for his affiliation with Griselda Records as well as being 1/3 of the Dump Gawds alongside Mach-Hommy & Your Old Droog. We also can’t ignore the massive discography that he’s managed to build for himself, some of the standouts include Breaking Through tha Van Allen Belts & Dump Assassins. He just dropped the Nicholas Craven-produced Dump Gawd: Shot Clock King at the beginning of the month & now they’re ending it the way they started it: A sequel EP.

The opener “Shot Clock Legend” kicks things off with a soul sample & Fahim proclaiming himself as such whereas “Hard to Digest” works in a flute to start bragging. “Hall of Fame” has a bit of a more glossier feel musically to say he gives listeners a piece of his mind when he spits just before taking an ominous bap turn for “Megatron” saying he ain’t doing none less.

Meanwhile on “Sketch”, we have Fahim jumping on top of a moody boom bap instrumental saying he don’t wanna talk too much because of trust issues leading into the penultimate track “Wingz Logo” has an eargasmic loop opening up about the world being against him. The closer “Punishment” has some rich piano chords & dusty drums to declare that he’s milking the game until the well runs dry.

Now despite preferring the predecessor, I personally think we got a stellar sequel. Could’ve used a feature or 2 to break up the monotony, but it’s safe to say Fahim & Craven’s chemistry as an MC/producer duo is continually getting better with each project they whip up together.

Score: 4.5/5

Tha God Fahim – “Dump Gawd: Shot Clock King”

This is the latest EP from Atlanta emcee/producer Tha God Fahim. Coming up as an affiliate of Griselda Records alongside Mach-Hommy & Your Old Droog, he also has a incredibly vast discography with a couple of standouts being Breaking Through tha Van Allen Belts & Dump Assassins. His 18th full-length album Dump Gawd: Stock Lord just dropped a little over a month ago & after Nicholas Craven teased a project with him on Twitter recently, we’re finally getting it in the form of Dump Gawd: Shot Clock King.

“Dear Friend” is a beautiful piano ballad to open up the EP with him & Your Old Droog saying they’re always cooking whereas “Look What You Done” takes a more soulful approach talking about being strapped. Droog returns to ask the listener introspective questions on the lachrymose “Lost His Way”, just before dedicating the heartfelt “Wit Out a Question” to his peoples. Especially with the chilling vocal loop.

The song “Big George Bombs” is the only one on the entire EP that Craven didn’t produce, but I love the harmonious sample Fahim flips for him to say he’s loading up like George Foreman did to Joe Frazier. The penultimate track “Crypto” goes into chipmunk soul territory talking about that’s what he blew his $100K on while “Bitter End” serves as a jazzy closer calling out those who’re trying to keep him piss poor.

Stock Lord was good, but I like this a lot more & I’ll even go as far to call it one of the best Fahim projects yet. He’s at his most genuine on some of these cuts & Nicholas Craven continues to solidify himself as one of the best producers in the underground today.

Score: 4.5/5

Tha God Fahim – “Dump Gawd: Stock Lord” review

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.