I recently received an email from a management team submitting a song review for an artist from Baltimore named Malik Ferraud. I misread the email and ended up reviewing the entire mixtape. It was a great few hours spent.
Malik Ferraud kicks off the tape with sounds clips of multiple scenes with the word “Damn” from the Friday trilogies. After the funny intro, Ferraud wastes no time giving “Flowers to the Competition” as they love to hate him and hate to love him.
As Ferraud next tract comes in to share a story of struggling to cope with life, I can’t help but wonder what this guy is about. The following “Around the World” gives insight into that very question. I love this type of laid back track that makes me think there’s nothing that any man can’t accomplish.
“Mental Thoughts” and “Burns and Scars” displays Ferraud’s lyrical ability excellently. These two songs showed he can switch up that laid back, almost lazy, flow that he brings and really excels with what he does.
In “You’re Making Me High,” Malik Ferraud shares his love for and thoughts on weed. No need to ask him about it, listen to this song to understand his views. His smoking devotion is on a whole ‘nother level when it comes to this Tony Braxton sample.
Ferraud’s “Traffic Jam” is one of the best songs on this tape. He perfectly uses a metaphor of traffic to explain his life. If you say that you can’t relate to this track, please exit the room. Phil Ade provides an excellent verse similar to Ferraud’s. However, Phil Ade brought a different flow and energy to this song that elevates this song to a hit. The tape, up to this point – subtracting “Mental Thoughts” and “Burns and Scars” – had been a “watered down” version of this song.
Lastly, I couldn’t decide which song I wanted to write on since Ferraud stepped his game up with the last third of his tracks making it so hard to choose.
I’ll just close it with saying the mixtape is a great compilation of songs that’ll most likely go excellent with a long drive, a good smoke or some deep thought. ‘DAMN’ that was good!
Listen to the Phil Ade featured, Nefarious produced “Traffic Jam” below:
Download Single: http://soundcloud.com/malikferraud/malik-ferraud-phil-ade-traffic
Alternate Download Mixtape: http://malikferraud.bandcamp.com/