R&B, rap, trap beats, ambient hip-hop and even some unexpectedly soulful tones find their way into the proceedings as Felo delivers his latest track Came Up. On it he plays with laid back musical and sometimes soulful patterns underneath the confident vocals, and if it wasn’t for the directness and blunt images discussed in the lyrics could almost find itself with mass commercial appeal. But this isn’t the world of compromise and Felo isn’t holding back with in the scenes and scenarios he conjures and it is this balance of some of the smoothest sounds overlaid with the harsh realities of life and the pulse of the street that makes this such a mercurial musical ride.
Although it is easy to pick music apart to see what it is made of, in the case of Came Up it becomes more than the sum of its parts when the work is finished and the joins neatly concealed and is easier to defined by what it is the alternative to rather than what it conforms to. It is an old school OG brain on a young pair of shoulders, alt-trap and anti-rap and even in the dark streets of the underground, this seems even deeper, darker, more focused, more ambitious and more defiant.