Ty Farris is a 41 year old MC from Detroit, Michigan who came up under the name T-Flame. He was featured on a lot of projects throughout the mid-2000’s until the very end of the decade where he started to put out solo stuff at a prolific rate from Tyrant to Room 39. But with his profile continually increasing within the last year or so & dropping Practice Raps back in January & then No Cosign, Just Cocaine 4 in November, but is now preluding the 5th & final installment with his 3rd EP produced entirely by Italy’s very own Slim 1.
“Glorious” is an appropriately titled opener as Ty hops on top of a bare orchestral loop shoving his greatness in everyone’s faces whereas “Here’s the Shovel” works in some foreboding horns talking about being self made. The song “Sure Shot” brings back the strings with some piano chords describing being the product of a poor block while the penultimate track “Scary Jungle” goes into angelic boom bap territory talking about never crumbling. The EP ends with “Highly Favored”, where Bub Styles & Mickey Diamond join Ty over some alluring choir vocals to gloat their big dog statuses.
Ty has pretty much proven himself to be one of the greatest MCs to ever come out of this reviewer’s hometown at this point & for him to give us Moments of Mayhem as a prelude to NCJC5, the fans will absolutely be satisfied with it. I’m very much looking forward to hearing who else Slim 1 will be producing next because his sound goes hand in hand with Ty’s raw lyricism.
This is the 10th mixtape from Detroit emcee Ty Farris. Starting out under the name T-Flame, he was featured on a lot of projects throughout the mid-2000’s until the very end of the decade where he started to put out solo stuff at a prolific rate from Tyrant to Room 39. But with his profile continually increasing within the last year or so & dropping Practice Raps back in January, he’s rounding out the year with the 4th installment of his famous No Cosign, Just Cocaine series bringing along a notable cast of guests & producers for the ride.
“Slow Down” kicks the tape off with a synth heavy instrumental from Bozack Morris talking about being here for a reason whereas “Off With They Heads” goes into a boom bappier direction with the help of Wavy da Ghawd spitting that battle rap shit. “You Should Be a Shame” talks down on those mad at him over a darker beat from Black Milk leading into Big Twins tagging along for the wavily-produced “Over” talking about their upbringings.
Meanwhile on “Scary Times”, we have Substance810 alongside Dango Forlaine & Mickey Diamond joining forces for aggressively boasting their lyrical prowesses just before “Brands of High Quality” weaves in a cinematic Big Ghost Ltd. instrumental rightfully saying anything with their names on it is the shit. Stu Bangas’ production on “The Sicilian Defense” kinda gives me old school Wu-Tang vibes comparing life to chess, but then “Suffer” takes a soulful route talking about watching people in his life suffer in front of him. UFO Fev comes into the picture for the demented “Back Blocks” produced by Finn speaking on being products of such whereas “Anonymous Millionaire” leisurely talks about wanting to become one.
Vanderslice laces in some violins for Ty & Bub Rock on “Who Really Got Ya Back?” looking back on friends becoming enemies while the song “Run Through My Mind” with eLZhi is a calmer cut talking about them sitting on the porch with their thoughts. The penultimate track “Deemed Us Useless” finds Nicholas Craven behind the boards to spit some food for thought over a drumless sample & the Apollo Brown-produced “This is For All of Y’all” finishes the tape by giving flowers to his supporters.
Ty’s been one of the illest MCs to come out of this reviewer’s hometown for a while now, but goddamn has he leveled up so much on here. He drops some of the wittiest bars of his career throughout, the features all come correct & the production is just absolutely superb.
Ty Farris is a veteran MC from Detroit, Michigan that originally started under the name T-Flame. Despite being featured a lot throughout the mid-2000’s, it wouldn’t be until 2009 that he would start putting out solo stuff at a prolific rate. This includes Tyrant, The Barcode, Room 39, Ramen Noodle Nights & No Cosign, Just Cocaine (to which this new project serves the latest installment of).
After the “Addiction, Crime & Death” intro, the first song “1 of 1” talks about pushing over some prominent horns. The track “Ride Thru the Jungle” describes life in Detroit over an eerie instrumental while the song “No Receipt, No Return” recalls his adolescence over a ghostly instrumental. The track “Black Mamba Venom” finds Ty talking about how lethal his pen-game & even though Stu Bangas’ production gives me somewhat of a Hawaiian feeling, it’s still very dope. The track “Money Outta the Ziplock” with Eddie Kaine sees the 2 getting combative over a demented boom bap beat while the song “Killing Fields” details his upbringings over a grisly instrumental.
The track “Sunday with Dirty Diggs” with Eto sees the 2 briefly fusing their gritty lyricism with this calming instrumental from none other than Dirty Diggs while the song “Had to Scheme” with Flee Lord sees the 2 talking about finding a way to make money over a super grimy instrumental. The track “I Pray” talks about hoping to have a better day over a somber instrumental while “The War” with M.A.V. sees the 2 comparing & contrasting them & their competition over some horns & a soul sample. The song “Truth Be Told” gets confessional over an atmospheric Stu Bangas beat while the penultimate track “Made My Grandmomma Cry” talks about the life he lives over a spacey beat. The tape then finishes with “Who I Am”, where Ty talks about the person he has become today over a chilled-out instrumental.
If this is the final installment of the NCJC trilogy, then it’s a solid conclusion & I think it serves as a reminder that Ty is one of the illest MCs in the Detroit underground. I really enjoy how he fused together elements of it’s 2 predecessors into just 1.